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The Top Five Reasons to Consider Commercial Real Estate F...

While many investors see single-family homes as their "bread-and-butter" investment, investing in commercial properties is an option that can also help you achieve your financial goals. I'm often asked what kinds of properties I recommend. There is, of course, no one size that fits all investors or markets. While in a normal market multifamily properties are a natu...

Crowdfunding, Steroids for Investors

Crowdfunding has become a hot topic. And for good reason. It allows an investor to participate in an investment that is normally reserved for the wealthy. However it is far from new. It is simply syndicating, a popular investing technique before crowdfunding for real estate ever was a term. Syndicating and crowdfunding is the pooling of capital with other individua...

Not Created Equal: Analyzing the $100K Deal

Let me tell you about two great real estate deals for the busy professional. Both are single family homes that have been renovated and are offered as turnkey rental investments. Investor Special #1 is priced at $100,000 and rents for $1,200-a 1.2 rent ratio. Investor Special #2 is priced at $100,000 and rents for $1,050-a 1.05 rent ratio. Which property do you choo...

True Costs of D.I.Y. Acquisitions

Imagine two houses on the same tree-lined suburban street. Both were built within the last 20 years, both have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and yards large enough for a couple of kids to play. House number one, is purchased by a new, starry-eyed investor. He did a walk through, took a few measurements, read the reports and determined that the house only needed fr...

Stamp Out Drive By Shootings!

I never cease to be amazed at the poor quality of many real estate photographs. Are you aware that the picture for many properties for sale is literally taken from the driver's seat of a car!? For only an extra 30 min. of your time, or $100 paid to a professional photographer, one of the most expensive products you will ever market can go from an "also available" t...

Real Recovery Starts with Investor Lending Changes

This is the best window of opportunity of our lifetime to procure real estate for long-term hold. Unfortunately, the pendulum at capital hill and Wall Street overreacted to the short-term speculative investors at the height of the bubble and has swung too far back to conservative terms for investor loans, thus impeding the ability of investors to get homes off the ...

Planning Your Business for Your Best New Year

Do you plan your business, or does your business plan you? Day to day tasks can push you further and further away from achieving your goals without a solid business plan to keep you focused in the right direction. A business plan's value is primarily in the process of creating it in the thought processes it takes to really understand your business and where it need...

Multifamily Investing

Although Wilson started with residential 1-4 properties and still owns many, he has always liked multifamily properties too, since they can provide higher cash flow due to higher rent ratios. They do, however, require much more careful selection, more due diligence, and excellent property management. There are many more "moving parts" with a multifamily property th...

High Tech Tools Redefine Cash Flow Analysis

When analyzing investment properties, conventional thinkers knee deep in real estate dogma worry about property tax rates and property management fees and any number of other data points. However, a scientific approach to property data yields a far more accurate and simple buy / no-buy decision. Yes, science (specifically, sensitivity analysis) helped me identify ...

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