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Archive of Seth Williams

Seth Williams (@retipsterseth , G+) is an experienced land investor, commercial real estate banker and residential income property owner. He is also the Founder of REtipster.com - a real estate investing blog providing real world guidance for part time real estate investors.

Seth has written 26 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

The 15 Most Hilarious Autocompletes from Real Estate Related Searches

by Seth Williams September 12, 2014
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Remember when search engines like Google and Bing started integrating the “autocomplete” function into their search bars a few years ago? Ever since, I’ve noticed a lot of interesting, hilarious, disturbing and bizarre trends about what other people are searching for. If you start paying attention to these autocomplete results like I did — you […]

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Real Estate

10 Incredible Real Estate Phenomenons You Probably Haven’t Seen Before!

by Seth Williams August 22, 2014
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There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world of real estate and most of these things go completely unnoticed by folks like you and me. Related: A High-Level Overview (Literally) of 30 Unique Real Estate Markets Around the World Maybe it’s because they aren’t “newsworthy”, or maybe they just don’t have any direct […]

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Real Estate Technology

20 Cool New Inventions for the Modern Day Real Estate Investor

by Seth Williams August 8, 2014
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Make no mistake about it – we live in an amazing new era that offers us easy access to some crazy new technology. Some of the inventions in the world today are truly ground breaking and have the power to legitimately changes our lives. Other inventions and gadgets are moderately amusing, but give nothing more than novelty value. […]

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Markets

A High-Level Overview (Literally) of 30 Unique Real Estate Markets Around the World

by Seth Williams July 18, 2014
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that I tend to get really caught up in the things happening in my real estate market (as if the whole world revolved me). I’ve gotten used to the buildings, the surroundings, the features and the lay of the land around me – but the truth is, the […]

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General Real Estate

16 Real Estate Investors Having A Worse Day Than You

by Seth Williams July 4, 2014
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We’ve all experienced some of the setbacks and low points that come with real estate investing. If you’re having a bad week – take heart! Here are 16 real estate investors having a worse day than you… 1. Yes, paint cans come with lids for a reason. via 2. Note to Self: Attic floors are different […]

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Investor Psychology

10 Powerful YouTube Videos Every Real Estate Investor Needs To See (#10 Might Even Change Your Life)

by Seth Williams June 20, 2014
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1. Simon Sinek: Start With Why While it sounds like an obvious concept on the surface, I’ve found a surprising pattern in my conversations with a lot of real estate investors. Most real estate investors have no idea why they’re in business. They may understand what they’re doing (buying and selling real estate), they may understand how […]

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Investor Psychology

One Man’s BiggerPockets Experience – Narrated by 15 Mildly Amusing Internet Memes

by Seth Williams June 6, 2014
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If you’re not familiar with “internet memes”, let me give you a quick rundown. According to Wikipedia, A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem)[1] is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another.” If you’ve spent any […]

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Markets

10 Real Estate Markets Where The “Buy and Hold” Strategy Actually Made Sense

by Seth Williams May 23, 2014
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Have you ever heard of John Jacob Astor? A couple hundred years ago, this guy was kind of a big deal. Astor was one of the earliest (and most successful) businessmen in America. He was a merchant, fur trader and real estate investor who became the first multi-millionaire in the United States. In 1799, Astor acquired several tracts […]

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General Real Estate

House Won’t Sell? Here Are 19 Unique Remodeling Ideas GUARANTEED to Get Your House Noticed

by Seth Williams May 9, 2014
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Ever had a house that just wouldn’t sell? We all know how insanely frustrating it can be when buyers pass you by, one after another, without even giving your property a second glance. When you’re trying to sell anything – sometimes it’s less a matter of being practical, and more a matter of being different. Anyone can […]

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General Real Estate

The Real Problem With Your Ambition (And How To Avoid It)

by Seth Williams April 25, 2014
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As real estate investors, I think we all have something in common. We’re all extremely ambitious people. Let’s be honest – if a person hopes to accomplish anything great in this world, they must have some kind of personal drive, hunger or zeal. If you’re serious about the real estate investing gig, ambition just has to be part […]

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Rental Properties

14 Tenants Who Just Don’t Care

by Seth Williams April 11, 2014
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If you’ve ever rented your real estate to a tenant who doesn’t care about your rules or your property (or anything else for that matter) – you’re probably familiar with some of the struggles and complications that can come along as part of the package. If you’re considering renting your real estate to a tenant […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing

Facepalm Moments: 21 EPIC FAILS From Construction Projects Around The World

by Seth Williams March 28, 2014
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If you’ve had any experience with flipping houses or new construction projects – you probably know that general contractors, carpenters, plumbers and other subcontractors in the industry aren’t all created equal. It’s important to work with the right people because without careful planning, clear communication and a thoroughly competent team of individuals working on all aspects […]

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Real Estate

You Haven’t Learned Anything Until You’ve Changed Your Behavior

by Seth Williams March 14, 2014
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One of the things I love about BiggerPockets is all of the learning that happens here. Most of us recognize how special this place is. A community that offers an abundance of legitimate guidance, information and education without asking for anything in return is a rare thing indeed. In a world saturated with half-truths and get-rich-quick schemes, I […]

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General Real Estate

10 Of The Strangest (And Coolest) Houses You’ve Ever Seen

by Seth Williams February 28, 2014
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Some architects don’t like to draw inside the lines and some homeowners don’t like to live like everyone else. Have you ever gotten bored with the same old “cookie-cutter” designs that home builders have been using for centuries on end? If you’ve ever wanted to try something different with your next home or building project, […]

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Real Estate

20 Of The Weirdest Things Documented During Property Inspections (Some Of These Will Blow Your Mind, Especially #2)

by Seth Williams February 14, 2014
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As any experienced real estate professional can tell you, if you do enough property inspections on a regular basis – it’s only a matter of time until you stumble across some exceptionally weird things out in the trade. These encounters can be shocking, disgusting, confusing, or even hilarious…   but all of them are likely to leave […]

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