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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Is The IRR Metric Any Good When Investing in Real Estate?

by Ben Leybovich July 22, 2014
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Well – that all depends… I wrote an article entitled The Definitive Guide to IRR a few weeks ago, in which I discussed the basic premise behind the Internal Rate of Return metric.  I mentioned in that article that a lot of sophisticated investors like to use this metric to assess an investment opportunity and […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Are You Willing To Sacrifice Your Potential Retirement Income At The Altar Of ‘Local Control’?

by Jeff Brown June 24, 2014
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The battle cry sayin’ all real estate is local, has been bastardized of late to also mean the real estate investor is foolish to eschew their local market for superior markets far away. It usually involves — strike that — virtually always involves the comfort zone of the individual investor. For the record, like you, […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

The Internal Rate Of Return: Is It Really As Foolproof As We Thought?

by David Rodriguez May 24, 2014
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I recently had a conversation with an investor that was relying on their internal rate of return when considering an investment. While I find the IRR to be a weak tool in general, the most pressing concern during this conversation was the reinvestment rate assumption that is embedded in the internal rate of return calculation. […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

3 Must-Have Considerations Before Purchasing Your First Rental Property

by Tom Sylvester May 12, 2014
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I was at a local real estate meeting this past week. After the meeting, a local investor working to get his first deal approached me for some insight and advice, wanting a second opinion. There are a lot of things that go into analyzing a potential deal and after that encounter this past week, I […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

5 Simple Strategies For Real Estate Acquisition Domination! (You are Going to LOVE #5!)

by Jaren Barnes April 23, 2014
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Last week I wrote an in depth post covering the topic of  “How to Rock at Finding  a Mentor in Real Estate”. In the post we discussed how one of the key components to getting the conversation started is by actually bringing a deal to the table that the seasoned investor can help you with (and make money from). […]

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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 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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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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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

RED FLAGS! Risk Factors of Rental Properties

by Ali Boone March 8, 2014
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Recently an investor passed me some information he was given on a potential first investment property and asked for my opinion on the deal. I first asked him what his goals for buying a property were because I don’t always want to judge a property on whether or not I would buy it, because another […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

How to Find Great Working Class Neighborhoods to Invest In Using The “Leveraged Analysis Technique”

by Lisa Phillips February 16, 2014
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Today I would like to share with the BiggerPockets audience a systematic technique I use to vet low priced/high cash flowing neighborhoods: The Leveraged Analysis Technique. This process leverages the available resources so we can find safe Working Class Neighborhoods (WCNs), as well as cut our search time in half by not wading through duds. […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

What Skills Do You Need to Become a Rockstar Non-Performing Note Investor?

by Dave Van Horn February 12, 2014
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From my incoming emails to Bigger Pockets forums, I see colleagues reach out to each other, mostly to ask, “Do you think this is a good deal?” And although my initial response may seem static, it usually describes the various factors that can influence whether that specific deal (or any nonperforming note deal) will be […]

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Capital Growth,Cash Flow, Taxes And Timing: Planning for Your Retirement the Smart Way

by Jeff Brown January 24, 2014
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Show of hands — How many relish the thought of shellin’ out big wads of cash to the taxman? Yeah, me too. On the other hand, we all wanna retire with the largest, most reliable AFTER tax income possible, right? So, here’s a poser for ya… You have X number of years to go before […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Don’t Buy That Cheap Property! (UNLESS…)

by Tom Sylvester January 20, 2014
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It’s a fact, Josh Dorkin hates Detroit (and Rochester, Buffalo, Columbus, etc).  Anyone who has listened to the BiggerPockets Podcast each week is just waiting for Josh to take any random topic and turn it into a way to bash Detroit.  In this week’s podcast Josh decided that he was no longer going to talk […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

To Syndicate or Not – This is The Question (What Would You Do?)

by Ben Leybovich January 15, 2014
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Indeed – this is the question I need answered.  As you can imagine, I am leaning in one direction in this matter, but I need you to check my thorough process and offer an opinion. My answer – an emphatic YES.The next deal that I do is going to be a syndicate.  My feeling on […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Lies, Damn Lies and Proforma’s

by Douglas Dowell January 3, 2014
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“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” – Benjamin Disraeli The 50% rule is a great start for back of the envelope analysis for apartment investing, but what if you are seeking development capital for a project or private money? Will a wave of the hand and “oh the 50% rule […]

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