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Archive of Jason Hanson

Jason R. Hanson is the founder of National Real Estate Investor Month and the author of “How to Build a Real Estate Empire”. Jason specializes in purchasing properties “subject-to” and has purchased millions of dollars worth of property using none of his own cash or credit.

Jason has written 194 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Investing

Why You Must be Versatile as an Investor and Have Many Strategy Options

by Jason Hanson April 29, 2012

In order to be successful you have to know how to close multiple types of deals. You have to know how to wholesale, you have to know lease options and also subject-to’s. You also need to be smart enough to figure out what type of deal applies to each type of selling situation. For instance, […]

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Real Estate

The Outcome of My Lawsuit From an Unhappy Tenant – Part 2

by Jason Hanson April 22, 2012

Last week I wrote about how a lawsuit against me by one of my tenants for $5,000 got dismissed and how I countersued and won about $3,500. I got several questions about the lawsuit, which I’m going to attempt to answer today. The reason I ended up getting sued in the first place was because […]

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Real Estate Investing

The Outcome of My Lawsuit From an Unhappy Tenant

by Jason Hanson April 15, 2012

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how I was getting sued by one of my tenants for the first time ever. To give you a quick recap, I had a tenant sign a lease and then the day she was supposed to move into the property she claimed that it was “uninhabitable” and wanted her […]

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Real Estate Investing

What to Do When Tenants Leave Your Rental

by Jason Hanson April 8, 2012
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Early last week I got the call that no landlord looks forward to. It wasn’t that my tenant had destroyed the property or that she couldn’t pay rent, but my tenant told me she was going to move soon because she was buying a house. The truth is, even though I hate to see her […]

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Real Estate Marketing

How to Follow Up With a Seller After the First Call and Better The Chance of a Deal

by Jason Hanson April 1, 2012

When my phone rings from a seller, my assistant Lisa is the one who takes the call, and she thoroughly screens the seller to see whether they are motivated or not. If the seller is motivated enough she passes their information along to me. Once I get the information sheet, I evaluate the deal and […]

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Real Estate Investing

Should I Manage My Own Rental Property or Hire a Property Manager?

by Jason Hanson March 26, 2012
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There are many good reasons to manage your own rental properties. First, there is the common saying that “nobody cares about your property as much as you do.” That’s true and nobody will likely try harder to find and keep good tenants than you will. Another reason to manage your properties is because it will […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Don’t be Afraid to Video or Audio Record Your Deal Signing

by Jason Hanson March 11, 2012
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Most smart real estate investors have several clauses in their contracts to protect themselves. One of the many clauses I have is that the person states they are not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol and that nobody is pressuring them to sign. However, you and I both know that often contracts are […]

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Real Estate

How to be a Safe Realtor and Investor

by Jason Hanson March 5, 2012

A friend of mine is a Realtor in Northern Virginia. Early last week her company sent out an email alert about a strange man who had been calling around asking to see vacant houses in the area. He refused to see anything but vacant houses and he refused to show any ID. The fact is, […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Find a Real Estate Investing Mentor

by Jason Hanson February 12, 2012
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Over the past 10 years I’ve had several mentors and I still have one to this day. I plan on having a mentor until the day I die, because I’m pretty sure there is always going to be someone on the planet who is smarter than me. Just like everyone else, I’ve had good mentors […]

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Real Estate

Why I’m Getting Sued by a Tenant

by Jason Hanson February 6, 2012

I once read a real estate book that said, “If you’re a real estate investor, it’s not a matter if you’re going to be sued, it’s when you’re going to be sued.” Well, I’ve been in the business about 10 years and I’ve dealt with dozens upon dozens of tenants and sellers and I am […]

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Real Estate Marketing

Advertising on the top of a cab?

by Jason Hanson January 29, 2012
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I’m a big believer in always testing new marketing ideas. After all, an idea you think is never going to work may turn into a blockbuster method and get you a ton of deals. In fact, just this morning I had a friend of mine email me and tell me that he was in a […]

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Real Estate

The Four Money Buckets That Will Lead You to The Good Life

by Jason Hanson January 22, 2012

When I first started out in this business about 10 years ago, I had almost no money. I was desperate for deals and would do almost anything to get a deal. I would run all over the place, I would let seller’s “beat me down” on price and I didn’t have the confidence to stand […]

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Real Estate Investing

Why The Real Estate Guru’s Don’t Want Me Talking

by Jason Hanson January 15, 2012
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I was recently contacted by a well-known real estate guru whose name you would instantly recognize. I’d never spoken with him before but apparently he got my phone number from a mutual friend. This guru told me he had a big project in development and wanted me to be part of it. But first, he […]

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Real Estate Investing

Why You Need to Check on Your Rental Properties

by Jason Hanson January 8, 2012

I just read about a couple in South Carolina who had a rental property up for sale. One day, they received a call from one of their neighbors that it appeared someone was inside the property. Nobody was supposed to be in the house at the time so the couple headed over to their place […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

What You Hopefully Opened on Christmas

by Jason Hanson December 25, 2011
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Merry Christmas. By the time you’re reading this you may have already opened your presents. Hopefully, in addition to all of the stuff you don’t need (like iPods and TV’s) you got some Christmas presents that can increase your income in 2012. I sure did. I got several books and a marketing course which I […]

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