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Questions! Questions! Questions! There Are So Many Questions On Why Your 401k Is A Retirement Income Loser!

by Jeff Brown August 26, 2014
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In last week’s post I spoke about why your employer sponsored 401k is a loser. Since its inception over 30 years ago, it simply hasn’t produced the promised results. The only real empirically demonstrable fact you need to know about ‘em is that the average American turning 65 has $100,000 or less in their 401k […]

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Opinion

Economic And Real Estate Investment Factors Affecting Our Decisions Don’t Exist In A Vacuum

by Jeff Brown July 22, 2014
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Interest rates, unemployment, inflation, supply/demand, and a ton more, are factors affecting bazillions of daily decisions made by families, businesses of all sizes and in all industries. We spend countless hours attempting to figure out their impact on what we’d like to do, or even more immediately urgent, what we’ve already done. Thing is, those […]

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Opinion

Are You Acting Upon What You Believe The Economic Reality Will Be in The Next Few Years?

by Jeff Brown July 15, 2014
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Most of us, including me, have been caught by differing degrees of surprise by past economic transitions, both good and bad. Allow me to recount the good, bad, and the ugly I’ve experienced, firsthand. I began learning about the brokerage side of real estate back in the summer of 1967. ‘Classes’ were conducted on the […]

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Business Management & Productivity

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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Opinion

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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