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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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Real Estate Investing

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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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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