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Real Estate Investing Articles on the BiggerPockets Blog

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Quit Your Job & Invest in Real Estate Full Time: Steps 1, 2, & 3!

by Chad Carson October 22, 2014
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I became a full-time real estate entrepreneur right after graduating from college. I started from scratch with wholesaling, and then a partner and I progressed to flipping, rentals, notes, master leasing and other niches within real estate. Today, our main focus is on regular monthly income (we own and manage 61 units), and we continue […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Use a Margin of Safety to Avoid Financial Disaster (The Buffett Series)

by Chad Carson October 15, 2014
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We real estate investors love to focus on profits, cash flow and big checks. But if you want to be more than a one-hit wonder, you should follow the advice of investors who have survived and thrived a long time — through up and down markets. The best longterm investor I know of is Warren […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

3 Fundamental Tips for Real Estate Investing Newbies

by Tracy Royce October 15, 2014
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Few things in life come easy; rarely are any of us blessed with enough God-given talent to become experts at anything without failing (a lot) first. Opportunities to become rich or debt and boss-free seem elusive. Create wealth through leverage and have others pay down your investments? Not many avenues are available to the 99% […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Real Estate is Crucial to Your Investment Portfolio: Here’s Why

by Ken Corsini October 9, 2014
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Financial planners and investment advisors emphasize the importance of diversification in a portfolio of investments, as well they should. Diversification reduces the impact of poor performance on the part of any particular company or sector. Diversification also helps the investor achieve balanced results by combining the equity appreciation from growth-oriented securities or funds with the current cash […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

How to Analyze the Real Estate Market to Avoid Major Investing Mistakes

by Jeff Brown October 7, 2014
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What’s a “macro” analysis? Very simply, it’s an overall statewide, regional or nationwide analysis of the general real estate status quo. Though some see it as time you’ll never get back, it can and has saved my bacon time and again. Here are a few examples from my own experience. 6 Examples of Macro Analyses, 1976-2014 […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

6 Foolproof Steps to Obtaining Your First Investment Property

by Conor Flaherty October 7, 2014
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The allure of real estate investing is easy to grasp: it offers residual income, price appreciation, and the safety of owning a hard asset. I grew up living in a rental home and remember thinking how lucky my landlord was to get money every month without having to do anything! In an effort to replicate […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Don’t Let Shiny-Object-itis Kill Your Real Estate Investing Career

by Michael Blank October 6, 2014
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I’m recovering from Shiny-Object-itis. Not familiar with this disease that tends to ravage many entrepreneurs? You may be suffering from it yourself, and it’s holding you back from achieving your full potential with real estate investing. Shiny-Object-itis is a “grass is always greener” mentality. You’re never satisfied with anything, you’re always starting, but never finishing […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

One Crucial Step You Need to Take BEFORE Investing in Real Estate

by Ben Leybovich October 5, 2014
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It’s five in the morning, and I can’t sleep; commonplace around here, actually. There is a cup of coffee next to me, with maple syrup for sweetener. I haven’t had an iota of processed bleached sugar that they sell in the store in my mouth in over a year; it’s horrible for you. Coffee tastes […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Why You Absolutely Should NOT Settle for a Job You Don’t Love

by Mark Ferguson October 5, 2014
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I have seen a few different view points on the question of whether you should do what you love or choose a career that pays well, even if you hate your job. I have also had many comments on some of my previous articles about the dangers of encouraging children to do what they love […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The Beginner’s Guide to Highly Effective Real Estate Networking

by Marcus Maloney October 3, 2014
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The term “networking” can be defined in many ways, but I believe Dr. Wayne Baker’s definition gets to the core of the word best: “The ability to relate well with others is a sign of a person’s mastery of the art of networking.” As strange as it may seem to some, many people become frightened by the thought […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

One Proven Piece of Advice to Improve All Your Investing Decisions (The Buffett Series)

by Chad Carson October 1, 2014
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“Everything popular is wrong.”  — Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright and Poet “When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain Back when you were a young teenager, going against the popular trends was probably not fun. Instead, you tended to do what everyone else did because it […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

To Rent or To Buy: A Complete Analysis for Prospective Homeowners

by Eric Drenckhahn September 30, 2014
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The question to rent or buy a home is always a great one. There are many calculators on the web that compute all sorts of things, including depreciation, appreciation, tax deductions, etc. But none of these calculators factor in the flexibility of renting and the financial advantages you can have if you rent. If you rent […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Avoid Getting Shot at a Real Estate Club Meeting

by Engelo Rumora September 27, 2014
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As many of you know, I enjoy telling my story. Not for the purpose of making myself seem big or giving myself a great pat on the back, but for the purpose of assisting others to reach out for their dreams. On some occasions I also attempt to solicit for inventory (properties we buy to […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

6 Investment Rules Necessary to Build a Real Estate Empire

by Gerald Harris September 25, 2014
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A prudent real estate investment can turn anyone into a millionaire. As opposed to investing in stocks and bonds, where marginal increases in value only mean a little added income, minor increases in the value of real estate can attract hundreds of thousands in returns. While investors on stocks can only make money through appreciated […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The One Real Estate Mistake You Can Never Fix…

by Ben Leybovich September 23, 2014
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I often perceive things in philosophical terms — how about you? I mean, it’s a blessing and a curse, because on one hand this enables me to see colors where someone else sees only grey, but on the other hand, sometimes — too much color! Well, I can’t help it either way, and this week […]

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