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13 Red Flags for Troublesome Tenants (+ 9 Totally Insane True-Life Tenant Stories)

by Dave Van Horn April 24, 2014
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Last week, I was taking the dreaded continuing education to maintain my real estate license. You see, although I’m not really a traditional practicing agent any longer, I do keep my license active for tax purposes (unlimited passive losses). So, naturally, I’ve procrastinated once again, and my selection of remaining courses was somewhat limited. I […]

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7 Tips for Holding On To Amazing Tenants

by Ken Horst April 23, 2014
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Previously I wrote a post called 6 Tips to Turn Bad Tenants Into Great Tenants. It generated a bit of commentary, because many real estate investors have been there. You try to find good tenants, of course. But sometimes it just happens you end up with a terrible tenant and you have to try to […]

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Five Tips to Get Great Deals On the MLS (Including Buying Houses on Friday…?)

by Mark Ferguson April 20, 2014
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I buy almost all of my houses off of the MLS. I have tried direct marketing, wholesalers and other methods to get great deals, but the MLS seems to work the best for me.  So why am I finding so much success with the MLS when others are struggling? Here are the the top five reasons […]

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How Horse Racing Made me a Better Real Estate Investor

by Jimmy Moncrief April 16, 2014
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Although I live in beautiful Chattanooga, TN I visit Kentucky and go to the horse races every chance I get.  I have been going to the Kentucky Derby for the last five years and encourage everyone to go.  If you want to meet me and get a free mint Julip – keep reading! The Kentucky […]

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Should We Act on What We Hear in The News About Real Estate?

by David Rodriguez April 13, 2014
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We are interested in selling. We look around for comps and set our best guess for a price. And then … nothing. Do we just drop it an arbitrary dollar value regularly until someone bites or is there a better way? Let’s Discuss… My goal for a recent article was to see if national or […]

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5 Simple Tips to Make Your House Flip Strategy Foolproof!

by Michael LaCava April 13, 2014
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Investing in real estate can be somewhat unpredictable… This is why you need to have a plan to eliminate the risk. It’s nearly impossible to predict what kind of problems can arise during rehabbing or selling or if the market will plateau. Some things you just cannot predict…and market valuations are one of them, so […]

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Overwhelmed? A Step By Step Guide on How to Focus and Complete Many Tasks Quickly

by Mark Ferguson April 13, 2014
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Whenever you start something new or get extremely busy it is easy to get overwhelmed. It is easy to get worked up and worry if all the tasks that need done will be done in time. There is an easy way to take control of the work that needs done; whether it be with learning […]

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What Argentina Can Teach Us About Real Estate

by Leon Yang April 12, 2014
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Several weeks ago I made a trip over to Buenos Aires. Admittedly part of the goal of this trip was to taste the delicious grass fed beef that is so hard find here in America, but my main goal was to see whether it was worth investing in real estate there. Now, Why Argentina? My […]

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How do You Select Your Target Real Estate Market Area?

by Chris Feltus April 11, 2014
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How do you select your target market area? This is a question that I am often asked within the blog comments and my goal with this post is to help demystify the process required to do so. It’s best to first take a step back and examine the bigger picture.  What are your goals, what […]

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Secrets to Real Estate Investing While Having a Full Time Job

by Dawn Anastasi April 11, 2014
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I started investing in buy and hold rental properties while having a full time job, just like many other investors.  If you’ve listened to the Bigger Pockets Podcasts, there are quite a number of successful investors who have done just that: Arthur Garcia, a buy and hold investor out of Southern California James Vermillion, who […]

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The BEST Way to Pay off Your Home Early

by Dave Van Horn April 10, 2014
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Recently, I wrote an article about successfully managing equity from the eyes of a pretty famous financial planner and wealth building expert, Doug Andrew.  I referenced how I had originally started out on a path of trying to acquire real estate with the intentions of paying the properties off as quickly as possible. Later, I […]

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Bookkeeping Tips to Help Investors Stay on Track During Tax Season

by Amanda Han April 10, 2014
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You are trying to refinance and your bank is requesting all sorts of financial documents…and at the same time your CPA is also asking for more financial information so they can complete your tax returns. Does this sound familiar? As real estate investors we know this scenario all too well.  This is a time to […]

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Mobile Home Park Investing: Legal Tax Reduction Strategies

by Brad Johnson April 7, 2014
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Taxes are always top of mind this time of year. But shouldn’t tax mitigation be top of mind year round? It’s shocking how little attention most investors devote to tax planning within their investment portfolios. Last time I checked, a dollar saved in taxes is a just as valuable as a dollar earned. It’s not […]

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6 Ways to Teach Your Children About Building Wealth

by Michael Blank April 7, 2014
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I normally talk about apartment building investing but I wanted to talk about another topic that I’ve slowly started to work on with my kids as they get a bit older. I have four kids from 5 to 12, and while all of them are learning about money, I felt the two older ones (9 […]

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An Immigrant’s Impressions on Opportunity and Real Estate Investing in America

by Erion Shehaj April 4, 2014
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When I was just ten years old, I witnessed the fall of communism in Albania. I vividly remember a detail that has stuck with me through the years. One afternoon during those tumultuous days, pamphlets were distributed throughout the city that cryptically read: “At nine o’clock tomorrow, kiss someone you love.” It was a foreshadowing […]

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