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Rental Properties

Tenant Screening is About the Questions You Ask

by Kevin Perk April 14, 2014
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Tenant screening is a critical part of being a successful landlord.  But screening is not just about eliminating the professional deadbeat tenant, it is also about eliminating and reducing the amount of problems you have as a landlord.  It is about finding people who will be good fits for your properties, who will live by […]

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Real Estate

Should We Act on What We Hear in The News About Real Estate?

by David Rodriguez April 13, 2014
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We are interested in selling. We look around for comps and set our best guess for a price. And then … nothing. Do we just drop it an arbitrary dollar value regularly until someone bites or is there a better way? Let’s Discuss… My goal for a recent article was to see if national or […]

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Real Estate

5 Simple Tips to Make Your House Flip Strategy Foolproof!

by Michael LaCava April 13, 2014
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Investing in real estate can be somewhat unpredictable… This is why you need to have a plan to eliminate the risk. It’s nearly impossible to predict what kind of problems can arise during rehabbing or selling or if the market will plateau. Some things you just cannot predict…and market valuations are one of them, so […]

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Real Estate

Overwhelmed? A Step By Step Guide on How to Focus and Complete Many Tasks Quickly

by Mark Ferguson April 13, 2014
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Whenever you start something new or get extremely busy it is easy to get overwhelmed. It is easy to get worked up and worry if all the tasks that need done will be done in time. There is an easy way to take control of the work that needs done; whether it be with learning […]

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Real Estate

What Argentina Can Teach Us About Real Estate

by Leon Yang April 12, 2014
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Several weeks ago I made a trip over to Buenos Aires. Admittedly part of the goal of this trip was to taste the delicious grass fed beef that is so hard find here in America, but my main goal was to see whether it was worth investing in real estate there. Now, Why Argentina? My […]

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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

How do You Select Your Target Real Estate Market Area?

by Chris Feltus April 11, 2014
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How do you select your target market area? This is a question that I am often asked within the blog comments and my goal with this post is to help demystify the process required to do so. It’s best to first take a step back and examine the bigger picture.  What are your goals, what […]

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Real Estate

Secrets to Real Estate Investing While Having a Full Time Job

by Dawn Anastasi April 11, 2014
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I started investing in buy and hold rental properties while having a full time job, just like many other investors.  If you’ve listened to the Bigger Pockets Podcasts, there are quite a number of successful investors who have done just that: Arthur Garcia, a buy and hold investor out of Southern California James Vermillion, who […]

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Rental Properties

14 Tenants Who Just Don’t Care

by Seth Williams April 11, 2014
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If you’ve ever rented your real estate to a tenant who doesn’t care about your rules or your property (or anything else for that matter) – you’re probably familiar with some of the struggles and complications that can come along as part of the package. If you’re considering renting your real estate to a tenant […]

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Real Estate

The BEST Way to Pay off Your Home Early

by Dave Van Horn April 10, 2014
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Recently, I wrote an article about successfully managing equity from the eyes of a pretty famous financial planner and wealth building expert, Doug Andrew.  I referenced how I had originally started out on a path of trying to acquire real estate with the intentions of paying the properties off as quickly as possible. Later, I […]

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Real Estate

Bookkeeping Tips to Help Investors Stay on Track During Tax Season

by Amanda Han April 10, 2014
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You are trying to refinance and your bank is requesting all sorts of financial documents…and at the same time your CPA is also asking for more financial information so they can complete your tax returns. Does this sound familiar? As real estate investors we know this scenario all too well.  This is a time to […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 065: Creative Investing, Mistakes, and Bulletproof Vests with Wendell De Guzman

by Brandon Turner April 10, 2014
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On today’s show we talk with a real estate investor who started with no money – and has done well over 100 deals using a variety of creative methods to finance his deals with little to no money out of pocket (including a $6 million dollar deal!) Wendell De Guzman from the Chicago area tells […]

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Real Estate Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Using Direct Mail Advertising to Grow Your Real Estate Business

by Brandon Turner April 9, 2014
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Last week I received a car key in my mailbox.  The key looked different… it had no grooves in the side, just smooth. Furthermore, the key was attached to a  brightly colored postcard that claimed “You’ve Won!” Did it have my attention? Of course! I had to continue reading, despite the fact that I knew […]

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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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