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How to Get A Loan To Flip Houses in 4 Steps

by Michael LaCava August 24, 2014
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Nearly everybody I talk to says that “money” is the number one issue that prevents them from getting started flipping houses. I get this question all the time. Thousands of people have asked me this in fact through meetups, REIA meetings, on the BP forum here as well as well as my own personal email list […]

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Property Manager Marketing: Who Are They To You?

by Drew Sygit August 20, 2014
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In Part I (“Your Perfect Client”), we went over how to establish a business-relevant, realistic portrait of the ideal investor who wants your services. Today, we’re going to talk about some relationship marketing — in other words, what the stages of interaction with such an investor are and how to establish when an investor is […]

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The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers in Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt August 19, 2014
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I have been noticing a theme on several of the forums lately. Some real estate investors are worried about “offending the seller” with their low offer.   What?  There is only one thing we should be doing and that is making solid offers based on the numbers. There is a saying that goes something like this; […]

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The 5 Steps To Becoming A Pro At Wholesaling!

by Michael LaCava August 17, 2014
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In order to become a pro at wholesaling, you need to learn the tricks of the trade. A few clever tips can get you on the right track. Real estate usually revolves around long term buying and holding or house flipping but wholesaling is often overlooked. Wholesaling is simply finding property and putting it under […]

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Universally Accepted Lies In Real Estate EXPOSED!

by Jeff Brown August 12, 2014
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There’s so much out there in the real estate investing world perceived to be universally understood as ‘known’. Just a few examples might be . . . . “Buy ‘n hold, and never sell.”   “Only fools pay taxes when a tax deferred exchange is an option.” “Leverage is all about down payment. The lower […]

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In Real Estate, You May Have to Kiss A Few Frogs… Here’s Why!

by Lisa Phillips July 1, 2014
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I advocate going into neighborhoods that are safe and cost significantly less than others. However, when searching for these gems of cash flowing investments, I see frustration sometimes when people are searching, and just wanted to make things very clear: IN THIS PRICE RANGE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KISS A FEW FROGS BEFORE FINDING […]

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What Property Owners and Managers Need to Know about Risk Management

by Drew Sygit June 25, 2014
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‘Risk management’ — the term brings up different ideas in different people. But no matter who you are or what you do, effective risk management consists of two primary activities. You look forward with an eye toward what unforeseen events can do to your business, and you do what you can to mitigate the effects […]

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How To Handle Tenant Referral Requests

by Kevin Perk June 9, 2014
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If you manage to stay in the landlording business long enough, eventually you will get calls from other landlords seeking references on your current and former tenants. These landlords are doing the same thing that you hopefully did, checking on a prospective tenant’s rental history before letting them have the keys. These calls usually elicit […]

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Retirement Security: Invest In Texas NOT California

by Jeff Brown May 27, 2014
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A real estate investor from California has several small rental properties (8), all local. Location quality is suspect, as they’re in… you know… California. Related: Southern California Housing Markets Increasingly Overvalued Opinions vary on that topic. ;) 8% sales/closing costs generates a net equity of  around $435,000, give or take. That includes one rental in which he used […]

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How To Be Everywhere At Once In Real Estate

by John Fedro May 16, 2014
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Real estate investing is a people business. We make money by dealing with people. We work with sellers, buyers, Realtors, brokers, community mangers, sales reps, agents, lenders, strangers, friends, handyman, contractors, and many more people on a daily basis. We find properties, buy properties, and sell properties to people. The point being made above is […]

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Things to Consider Before You Buy That First Multifamily Building: Managing Property Management

by Drew Sygit May 14, 2014
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This three-part set of blog posts looks into the factors that you ought to consider before you buy your first multifamily rental. Part I (Click here to read)  was about the fundamental economics of the purchase: will it make you reasonable money within a reasonable timeframe? Part II (click here to read) was about the property & people you expect to […]

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How to Use Your Tax Assessor’s Site to Research Your Potential Real Estate Deals

by Sharon Vornholt May 6, 2014
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When a motivated seller calls me, the first thing I do is pull up a couple of online tools while I have them on the phone. I got in the habit of doing this a long time ago, and it really helps when I am speaking to someone for the first time. I also believe […]

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How I Buy Houses High and Sell Them Low… and Still Make Money

by James Vasquez April 19, 2014
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Yes, you read that title correctly. Late last year I ran across a deal that I bought for more money that most investors that only buy within certain parameters would have paid, made absolutely no repairs (except adding a front and back door knob to secure the house), and resold the house to make just […]

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3 Benefits to Getting a Real Estate Agent License

by Paula Pant April 16, 2014
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I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of the month in which I received my real estate license. That’s right. I’m a licensed real estate agent. Most people don’t know that about me, not even my closest friends. It’s not that I’m trying to hide it. It just never really seems to come up in […]

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How to Rock at Finding a Mentor in Real Estate: The Definitive Guide

by Jaren Barnes April 16, 2014
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Finding a mentor in the real estate game is both one of the most important tasks of a beginning investor and one of the hardest. You hear it here on BiggerPockets all the time, “Don’t waste your time with the Gurus! Instead find a mentor in your local market who will show you the ropes of […]

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