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Archive of Peter Giardini

Peter is an active and successful real estate investor in the Baltimore Maryland region for the past 8 years and is one of the founders of The Club Mastermind a real estate investing coaching program focused on local coaches helping investors to perfect their game.

Peter has written 93 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate News & Commentary

A Sawtooth Recovery: Validation of What You can Expect in Our Housing Market!

by Peter Giardini September 22, 2012
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Back in May of 2010 I wrote an article for BiggerPockets with the title of, “A Saw Tooth Recovery.”  By the title you can guess that the housing recovery was expected to see ups and downs in both prices and inventory until a full recovery could be expected.  Two years later it seems that indeed […]

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Rental Properties

Effectively Communicating With Your Tenants

by Peter Giardini August 31, 2012
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I have to say that I am amazed at how quickly real estate investors, especially landlords, have adopted electronic media as a primary means of communicating with tenants.  Heck… I got caught up in a text exchange just today with one of my tenants. Lets face it, technology, emails, texting and voice messages have made it extremely […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Handshakes Vs. Contracts: Which Do You Think Is Better?

by Peter Giardini August 9, 2012
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Yes, I know . . . on the face of it this seems like an incredibly dumb question.  But is it? In the past two weeks I have found myself in the challenging position of advising clients on the basics of the difference between executed contracts vs. doing business with just a handshake.  And, to […]

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Business Management & Productivity

So… Your Market Sucks! 7 Indicators That Your Business Model Needs to Change

by Peter Giardini July 19, 2012
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In my last article, I wrote about positioning your real estate business for success and maximum profits. The key, in my opinion, is to know that what you are doing is not working. Your Market Sucks!  Now What? The key is that sooner or later whatever you are doing in your market may not work and while […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Positioning Your Real Estate Business For Success!

by Peter Giardini July 5, 2012

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day?  As real estate investors and entrepreneurs, the freedoms in our country that we should not take for granted, allow us to make our own choices regarding how we build our wealth and whether we succeed or fail. Our success should be up to us, based on our decisions!  And […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

FAST Nickels vs. SLOW Dimes: As a Real Estate Investor, Which is Better?

by Peter Giardini May 31, 2012
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It seems that I have found myself having the same discussion with many small business owners, especially my personal real estate clients, as of late. I have found myself posing this question to all of them: At this moment in time, with both the knowns and unknowns regarding our economy, the general credit markets, and mortgage availability […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Deal with Problem Tenants: Keeping to YOUR Agenda

by Peter Giardini May 24, 2012
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What if your tenants aren’t on your agenda?  What if your tenant(s) fight you at every turn: paying rent late, always complaining about the condition of the property, involving friends and relatives to pressure you, and so on? What do you do in these and other situations to get them back on the wagon? It […]

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Rental Properties

Tenant Screening Failure: How to Avoid a Similar Fate

by Peter Giardini April 26, 2012

As landlords we know that one of the most critical jobs we have is screening and selecting tenants.  We know that if we get this part correct that our relationship with our selected tenants will be a profitable one. So, imagine that you have done your tenant screening job well.  You collected references (landlords and […]

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Rental Properties

Stupid Landlord Mistakes That Could Cost Big Money

by Peter Giardini April 22, 2012

It does not take a genius to realize that the relationship between landlords and tenants can sometimes become strained.  In fact there have been times when tenants have managed to get me so riled up that I am willing to pull my hair out just to end the frustration — and, I don’t have a […]

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Real Estate Investing

10 Critical Themes That Were Ever Present At The Inaugural BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

by Peter Giardini April 6, 2012
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Sorry for the delay in getting this lessons learned post about the BiggerPockets Real Estate Summit, but I took a trip through the North Dakota oil patch after leaving Denver and was overwhelmed with the possibilities! As I look back at what a great experience participating in the BiggerPockets Summit was, I keep coming back to […]

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Real Estate

Real Estate Negotiation 101: Don’t Bid Against Yourself!

by Peter Giardini March 2, 2012
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I find the “art” of negotiating to be a truly fascinating experience, and find myself often times spending as much time assisting investors to learn the business as I do helping them to understand effective and execute negotiating techniques. The fact is negotiating is something we do everyday.  From our personal relationships (negotiating whats for […]

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Real Estate Investing

Five Characteristics Of Successful Real Estate Investors

by Peter Giardini February 19, 2012
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One of the greatest joys for me is to watch others succeed as real estate investors.  I am always amazed how some investors jump in and can create profits from almost any deal, while others seem to struggle with each step they take.  Over the course of my investing career I have tried hard to […]

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Real Estate Investing

Appreciation or Cash Flow — Which is Better?

by Peter Giardini January 19, 2012

Yes I know, I am treading into a debate which in all likelihood would cause a real brawl if discussed over a few beers, but that is not my intention. My intention is really simple. Is today’s market a better market to be investing for appreciation or for cashflow? In some markets the answer might be BOTH, […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Real Estate Investors: Who Moved Your Cheese?

by Peter Giardini January 6, 2012

First and foremost… Happy New Year!  I hope that 2012 will be one of great prosperity for you and your family. As we get started in the brand new year, there are very few things that we can count on.  Of those things, the most prominent is that we will continue to see changes in […]

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Rental Properties

Self-Help Evictions: What You Should NEVER Do as a Landlord

by Peter Giardini December 4, 2011
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Now, I have to admit that there have been several times where having the ability to “help” myself to an eviction, especially while using a forklift, might have crossed my mind, but better judgement seemed to always prevail. The first question that should be crossing your mind is: “Is this even possible”? The short answer […]

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