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Archive of Marty Boardman

Marty (G+) is the Chief Financial Officer for Rising Sun Capital Group, LLC, a real estate investment firm based in Gilbert, AZ. His firm purchases homes at the courthouse steps and public REO auctions. They have two exit strategies, either fix and flip or seller financing.

Marty has written 110 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Investing Basics*

Become a Million Dollar Question Asker

by Marty Boardman March 10, 2013

She sat across the desk from a master. This real estate broker was about to be grilled by one of the best question askers I have ever met. Mark sized her up quickly. With a twinkle in his eye he fired the first shot. “How’s business?” he asked. She told us that business was great. […]

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Real Estate Marketing*

How to Lose Friends and Annoy People

by Marty Boardman March 3, 2013
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You know this guy. Or gal. Heck, I know at least 5 of them. It could be a friend, relative, business contact or co-worker. This person posts on Facebook – constantly. They fill up your email inbox with distribution emails you never asked to receive. Or, worst of all, this person calls you out of […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

Flipping Houses and Functional Obsolescence

by Marty Boardman February 23, 2013
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I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to audio and video entertainment consumption. When high definition televisions first hit the market in 2004 I quickly snatched up a Samsung 42” DLP. Within months I completely abandoned any programming that wasn’t broadcast in 1080p. I just couldn’t stand watching standard definition broadcasts anymore. The […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Never (Ever!) Offer a Distressed Seller This…

by Marty Boardman February 15, 2013
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The flyer I left on Jack’s door that day explained I was a real estate investor. I could buy his house, pay cash and close quickly. Unimaginative, I know, but effective. Jack was in foreclosure and needed help. Quickly. The auction date was less than a week away. I knew this because, desperate and out […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

Long Distance Fixing and Flipping: How We Did It

by Marty Boardman February 10, 2013
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I was shocked when I first heard the news. Overcome with disbelief. How could this happen? Who could have possible seen this coming? The popular tabloid headline (which I read on a rack at the grocery store because I would never buy or subscribe to that kind of ridiculous gossipy trash) – rocked my world. […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

Flipping Houses and the Velocity of a Market

by Marty Boardman February 4, 2013
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Velocity – a quickness of motion. -Merriam-Webster Dictionary There’s been plenty of debate here on BiggerPockets.com over the years about whether or not fixing and flipping houses is, by definition, “investing”. I haven’t spent much time thinking about it, nor have I dove into the discussion. Truth be told, I consider myself a real estate […]

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Real Estate Wholesaling*

Don’t Start Wholesaling Until You Read This: Wholesale Advice from a Fix and Flipper

by Marty Boardman January 26, 2013
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Have you ever wondered how Google knows exactly what information you’re looking for after typing 2-3 words in the search box? How did Steve Jobs figure out the American consumer would go nuts over a little portable device that stores and plays our favorite music? Who knew combining a pickup truck and a station wagon […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Your Real Estate Pipeline is Full of Gold

by Marty Boardman January 19, 2013
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I just finished reading an article about a guy in Australia that found a 12-pound gold nugget. He used a $6,000 metal detector called a Minelab GPX 5000 with Advantage plus ‘Sadie’ mono elliptical coil and Rooster Booster audio enhancer to dig it up. Apparently the precious metal was buried more than two feet below […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Lose a Million Dollars from Real Estate: A Step by Step Path

by Marty Boardman January 13, 2013
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There is something very humbling about being the only person in my house with the technical skills required to replace an empty toilet paper dispenser. With a wife and two daughters I’m saddled with this task at least 10 times a week. I also happen to be the “the man” when it comes to operating […]

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Real Estate

Appraisals: High or Low, They’re Still Disappointing

by Marty Boardman January 5, 2013
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Dateline: Pasadena, California, The Rose Bowl, January 1997 My beloved Arizona State University Sun Devils football team had a 17-14 lead with 1:19 left in the fourth quarter of a back and forth game. A share of the national championship was on the line. All they had to do was make one defensive stop and […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

What Does a Fix and Flip Investor do all Day?

by Marty Boardman December 21, 2012
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In my post last week called “What Are You Willing to do to Become a Real Estate Investor?” I described how I got my start in real estate investing and listed six steps for getting started. I also wrote that following these steps requires a lot of effort. After reading the column Morris L. made […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

What Are You Willing to Do to Become a Real Estate Investor?

by Marty Boardman December 14, 2012
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The class was called Foreclosures and Short Sales 101. The room was filled with Realtors, likely there for the six hours of continuing education credits. I attended because I wanted to learn about foreclosures and short sales, and more importantly, meet a local real estate investor. It was 2003 and I’d been struggling for two […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The Most Anxious Feeling on Earth (for a Real Estate Investor)

by Marty Boardman December 8, 2012
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If you’re like me – the suspense is unbearable. Days seem like weeks, minutes like hours. The entrance is glorious. Happy music plays in the background and the aroma of flowers extends throughout the park. Around each corner there is something new to see – a character, exhibit, attraction – or all three. Fantasy becomes […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Not So Subtle Clues for Identifying a Motivated Buyer

by Marty Boardman December 1, 2012
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I don’t remember much about kindergarten. Okay, I only remember one thing from kindergarten. My class was finger painting one day and to protect our clothes we were all assigned an apron. The teacher, Mrs. Mail, warned us not to clean our hands on them when finished. Instead, we were instructed to use a paper […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Don’t Let the Corporate Culture Kill Your Real Estate Business

by Marty Boardman November 23, 2012
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A large, national electronics and appliance store botches the delivery of a range, microwave and dishwasher. The purchaser is told these items would show up at their home on Monday and instead they arrive Friday. Does the retailer offer the customer anything, like a gift card or discount on their next order, for the inconvenience? […]

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