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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

How to Be a Terrible Cash Flow Investor (7 Guidelines for Ultimate Failure!)

by Ali Boone April 12, 2014
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That’s right. Instructions on how to be a terrible cash flow investor are finally here. Make sure you follow all of these recommendations to ensure ultimate success! Once you have decided cash-flow investing is the way you want to go, follow these simple guidelines and you are certain to go broke in no time at […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Expecting Appreciation is a Game For Speculators, Not Long-Term Investors

by Jeff Brown April 8, 2014
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On the surface that must seem a foolish idea. After all, though many call flippers ‘investors’ we realize that’s simply not the case. They’re the embodiment of speculation. They buy low with the plan to add value through the fix up process, then sell quickly and for a significant profit. At least that’s the intention, […]

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Real Estate Investing

That Terrifying Moment When Newbies Talk to A Motivated Seller

by Sharon Vornholt April 8, 2014
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One of the scariest and most dreaded parts of this business for brand new real estate investors is taking phone calls; specifically what to say when a motivated seller calls. Some real estate investors just have the gift of gab and can “wing it,” but others find it more difficult to find the right words. […]

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Investor Psychology

Sometimes Landlords Create Their Own Problems

by Kevin Perk April 7, 2014
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I was sitting around talking with a few other landlords the other day.  Some of these folks were new to landlording, others had been in the business for decades.  As is usually the case every time landlords get together, the discussion turned towards landlording problems.  This time was no different.  As the discussion rolled along, […]

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Real Estate Investing

Is there Such Thing as Buying Too Nice of a Rental Property? (Hint: The Answer is Yes.)

by Ali Boone April 5, 2014
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I actually wish I wasn’t telling you there is such thing as too nice of a rental property because it might mean that I’m not experiencing this first-hand as we speak but, unfortunately, I know for certain that it is possible to have too nice of a rental property! I have one now and it’s […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Defying Gravity and Investing in Real Estate in the Land of Oz… [Why it Doesn't Work!]

by Jeff Brown April 4, 2014
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Let’s begin with the assumption that actual investment principles are just that: principles. For example, in physics, the principle of gravity is what we call a fundamental truth. Some might wanna convince us we’ll fall sideways when we jump off a 10 story building. Gravity and thousands of years of human experience tell us we’ll […]

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Real Estate Investing

The First Step in Buying A Rental Property

by Dawn Anastasi April 3, 2014
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This is a follow up to Brandon Turner’s blog article on 8 steps to buying a rental property. The first step that Brandon mentioned is that when you’re going to buy a rental property, it’s a good idea to get pre-approved (if you know you’re going to be buying with financing rather than all cash). […]

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Real Estate

3 Impressive Ways that Buy-and-Hold Investors Gain Equity

by Paula Pant April 2, 2014
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Think rental properties are ONLY good for cash flow? Guess again. If you have a buy-and-hold strategy with real estate — in other words, if you are the proud owner of a rental property — you may think that the only money that you earn is through monthly cash flow. If your property grosses $1400 […]

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Real Estate Investing

Creating Your REI Story: How to Be “The One” the Motivated Seller Chooses

by Sharon Vornholt April 1, 2014
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We are real estate investors. As a group, there is not much to differentiate us. • We buy houses • We sell houses • We rehab houses • We have rentals Everyone is competing for the same thing; attention. We are trying to stand out in a crowded field; trying to rise above the clutter. […]

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Commercial Real Estate

Passive Real Estate Investments vs REITs

by Brad Johnson March 31, 2014
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Why screen private real estate investments and deal with sponsors and the paperwork (subscription agreement, operating agreements, etc.) required to invest passively in real estate when you simply buy the shares of a publicly traded real estate investment trust? Here are a few reasons to invest in direct real estate instead (or in addition to) […]

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Real Estate Investing

What Do You Plan To Do With That Investment Property in 5 to 10 Years?

by Kevin Perk March 31, 2014
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As real estate investors, we look at the numbers before we buy any property (at least I hope we do).  We want our properties to cashflow.  We want to make good, solid investments that will provide solid returns while we own them.  But what about when you are ready to sell, what are you going […]

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Financing Real Estate

Trying to Choose The Right Loan? Stop Looking at Just The Rates!

by David Rodriguez March 30, 2014
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It is not uncommon for investors to be presented with different loan options when they are securing a loan for a property. Often these options can differ in the required loan to value (LTV), the interest rate or whether or not they allow you to roll in construction costs. I am probably presented options by […]

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