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My Friends All Laughed At Me When I Told Them This Strategy…But Then I Showed Them The Check

by Jimmy Moncrief April 2, 2014
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Have you ever told a friend, spouse, or work colleague a business idea and they laughed hysterically at you? If so, join my club! I basically have at least 2 business ideas a day.  I used to tell my wife all of them to get her insight.  Well…..after 12 years of marriage she was exhausted […]

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Let’s Get One Thing Straight About “Waldo…” (A Follow Up to my Debate with Ben)

by Brandon Turner March 14, 2014
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If you listened to the most recent BiggerPockets Podcast episode with my good friend Ben Leybovich (If not… click here and listen) you’ll recognize the word “Waldo” being tossed around quite frequently. For those who don’t remember, “Waldo” is the nickname Ben Leybovich gave my recent triplex that I talked about in How I Found, […]

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Why I Decided to Become a “Start-up Syndicator”

by Ben Leybovich January 28, 2014
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Well – I guess it’s no big secret that I am working on my first syndicate. I don’t think that I couldn’t have been more transparent about this fact if I got on top of the roof of my house and put the loudspeaker to my lips. What can I say – I am excited […]

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Who’s Your Financial Advisor?

by Dave Van Horn January 17, 2014
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It’s probably safe to say that most people don’t have a financial advisor. I know this because I used to be one, for a short time. We were actually insurance salesman, and a few of us may have had a securities license as well. This seems fairly common too, which is one of the reasons […]

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Federal Reserve Economists Zero in on Investors

by Steve Cook December 20, 2013
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In today’s economy, there are few people whose opinions can drive national economic policy and change the way entire industries are perceived.  The highly trained 331 economists who work for Federal Reserve are among them.  Their expertise and impartiality give their views on critical issues extraordinary credibility in the halls of Congress, the Administration, the […]

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Top 3 Reasons Fannie and Freddie are NOT Doomed for Destruction

by Douglas Dowell November 22, 2013
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” I’ve been kicked around Since I was born. And now it’s all right. It’s OK. And you may look the other way. We can try to understand The New York Times’ effect on man.” Bee Gee’s  Staying Alive Getting the stop sign signal is really important to long-term success in driving… and real estate […]

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Real Estate is Better than Stocks – Fact, Not Opinion.

by Ben Leybovich November 19, 2013
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Last week my colleague Mark Ferguson posted an article on this blog which argues that real estate investments are a better and more effective vehicle for achievement of financial success than stocks for most of us. While the article was good, the comments were absolutely priceless. Interestingly, if I were to describe the spirit of […]

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Why Making Big Goals Will Make You More Successful

by Mark Ferguson November 17, 2013
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I am a huge fan of big goals even though I rarely, if ever, used goals a few years ago. That is not exactly true – I used goals… but I didn’t know I was using goals and I didn’t use them consciously.  I think it is no coincidence that once I started using goals, […]

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Why Long Term Goal Planning Might Be Severely Hurting Your Financial Future

by Kenny Estes November 14, 2013
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76 years ago Napolean Hill wrote the book “Think and Grow Rich,” one of the best selling self-help books of all time.  He argues that to reach financial wealth the most important thing to do is create an aggressive and specific target monetary target.  Tape the goal to your bathroom mirror, imagine yourself achieving that […]

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Why The MLS Is A Goldmine For Real Estate Investors

by Chris Clothier November 14, 2013
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I was reading one of the real estate forums in the last couple of weeks and I came across a piece of advice that made me shake my head.  I think I may have asked out loud when someone was going to come up with a forum that had a delete button for really bad […]

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My Tenant Died and I Cried

by Dave Van Horn October 23, 2013
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Have you ever had a tenant pass away on you? First of all, I’m not a really big fan of the word tenant. It kind of has an inferior connotation to it (for example, landlord vs. tenant). Owners of property sometimes think that they’re better than renters. I have been a tenant where that’s been […]

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Humans Are Idiots And What We Can Do About It

by Kenny Estes October 16, 2013
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Last week I finished the book “Antifragility: things that gain from disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT).  I came to a conclusion: NNT is an egotistical ass.  This is why it irks me to no end that his narcissistic rant is going to make a home for itself in my top 10 books.  Why?  Because […]

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20 Things Only BiggerPockets Forum Users Will Understand

by Seth Williams October 10, 2013
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1. How it feels to earn the “Popular Poster” Award on the BiggerPockets forum. Source: ebaumsworld.com  2. When a real estate guru Googles their own name and finds a negative review on the BiggerPockets forum. Source: ebaumsworld.com 3. When I’m trying to visit the BiggerPockets forum and the site is temporarily down. Source: i.imgur.com 4. How it […]

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How to Improve the Economy and Reduce the Deficit…

by Mark Ferguson September 29, 2013
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When I write my articles I try to keep as positive as possible.  I hope some of my other articles like How Life Coaching has Helped Improve My Business and Life and Improving Business and Life by Changing Your Attitude: A Personal Case Study of 2013 have shown you that I strongly believe in the power […]

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Your Ultimate Game Plan — Can It Be Tweaked?

by Jeff Brown September 13, 2013
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Here’s a scoop. At BiggerPockets we love talking about investing in real estate. Then there’s short and long term strategies. Some stay out of the real estate investment arena, preferring instead the role of banker — they like notes. They like dealing with paper, not people. However, what so often tends to get lost in […]

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