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Rental property investing is a long game. It takes patience, strategy and a strong stomach. Why do people believe in this way to make money?  Because it can work, and the return can be better than most anything else you can think of. Tax deductions, cashflow, equity... there are lots of ways investing in real estate can pay off. Already an investor? Looking to become one?  An important step is keeping on top of the many factors involved in this field. This blog posts information from the widest variety of sources, and we encourage you to bookmark the sources of any of these articles you feel is helpful to you. The more knowledge and information you have in this field, the more successful you will achieve!

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Feb 04, 2019

Private Equity Is Moving in on Single-Family Rentals. Individual Investors Might Want to go Commercial Instead

In the past, individual investors owned more than 80 percent of single-family rentals. Since then, the number has fallen significantly. Once upon a time, buying single-family homes and renting them out was the default way individuals diversified their investment portfolios beyond stocks and bonds. Becoming a landlord generated steady income (albeit a small one in terms of yield), and (successful) individual investors could buy rental properties and simply sit back and watch their wealth grow.That model has been disrupted in recent years, as individual landlords have been increasingly marginalized by big institutional investors...

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Jan 27, 2019

Condos vs. Houses: Which Is Better to Buy?

Aspiring homeowners might gravitate to condos over houses for plenty of reasons: Condos offer less upkeep, look more up to date, and seem to be more affordable. However, the economics of houses may work out better, especially when it comes to selling down the road. Condos also demand certain accommodations when it comes to everyday life, as well.

Defining a Condo A condo (short for "condominium") is a private residential unit within a multiunit building, project, or community. While the residences are usually apartment-like—they share walls—they can also be semidetached, like townhouses, or even fully detached, too. The residences frequently share common areas, facilities, and amenities, both external (yards, swimming pools) and internal (laundry rooms, garages).

There are two main types of condos: those that were simply converted from rental apartments and those that were originally built as condominiums—sometimes in a brand-new structure, sometimes in a renovated or configured commercial or industrial space. If you can't see the difference, it probably won't matter for future values. Often, however, the rental-conversion type is older and can look or feel cheaper—both of which suggest the need for repairs and more upkeep in the future.

A big factor in condo life is the condominium association...

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Jan 09, 2019

What Is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure? Pros and Cons to a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

If you've heard about banks offering homeowners the option for a deed in lieu of foreclosure over a short sale, you might ask yourself why anybody would want to give a bank a deed to their home instead of going through the short sale process. Essentially, if the bank rejects your short sale, the bank is telling you to go pound sand. Under those circumstances, why would you want to help the bank?...

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Jan 04, 2019

The 6 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2019

In case you weren’t paying attention, 2018 was an exciting year in real estate—full of twists and turns. Obviously, I don’t have a crystal ball—but after spending decades as a successful real estate investor, I am pretty well versed in reading the tea leaves. So, what does 2019 have in store for real estate investors?According to Zillow, “rising mortgage rates will set the scene for the housing market in 2019. They will affect everyone, driving up costs for home buyers and creating more demand for rentals. Even current homeowners could start to feel locked into their mortgage rates.”Here are some interesting trends that will affect the real estate market in 2019:

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Dec 17, 2018

Rapid Rescoring Can Raise Credit Scores Quickly

It takes time to improve your credit, but you may not have the luxury of waiting on creditors and credit reporting agencies. Especially when you’re getting a large loan (like a home purchase loan), a small increase in your credit score can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, rapid rescoring allows you to quickly get your credit reports updated, and you may see higher scores within just a few days...

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Dec 13, 2018

Las Vegas Housing Weakness Signals the Slowdown Is Spreading

The national housing slowdown is spreading to markets like Las Vegas and Phoenix, where prices still haven’t reclaimed their pre-crisis peaks. After home values rose sharply this year, the market has shifted in recent weeks. Prices fell slightly in November while the inventory of unsold homes in the Las Vegas region has roughly doubled compared with a year earlier, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Existing home sales slowed nearly 12% in November compared with a year earlier.

Angela Hutchins, a Las Vegas realtor, said price cuts of up to tens of thousands of dollars are now common.

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Dec 10, 2018

Home Projects With Big Payoffs

Stretch your dollars with home improvements known to yield high ROI.Whether you’re remodeling for your own pleasure or with an eye to a future home sale, your home improvements represent a significant investment. Careful planning and decision-making can help you reap the best return on that investment (ROI). “Well-planned and executed home improvements make your house more livable while you live there, and they boost your home’s resale value,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. “If you’re investing in your home specifically to help sell it, focus your dollars on the things that will really wow a potential buyer.”...

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Dec 06, 2018

Stock market jitters? Consider real estate investing

Historically implementing a “buy and hold” strategy-and not panicking during market corrections- results in long term gains over time. Diversity with all of your investments remains the key to being financially successful-this includes stocks, bonds, cash, real estate and other alternative investments...

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Dec 04, 2018

Large, Small Markets See Diverging Pricing Trends

A tale of two housing markets is unfolding nationwide, with homes in large cities seeing deep price cuts while those in smaller markets experience growth, according to®’s November housing report. “The housing market is a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ as the divergence widens between high-cost, large urban areas and smaller, more affordable markets,” says® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “Buyers in large metros are seeing more homes on the market and listing prices decline...

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Nov 28, 2018

10 Surprising Secrets of Millionaires

A record 10.4 million households had a net worth of $1 million or more in 2015, according to a 2016 study. That’s a lot of millionaires! But would you really know if a millionaire was standing next to you? While your mind may conjure up the jet-setting rich that are the subjects of many over-the-top reality shows, the truth is that you might already know people with a net worth of over seven figures.

Every-Day Millionaires You see these people every day of the week. They drive Toyotas, Hondas, Kia’s, and the occasional Jeep Cherokee. They have saved for a long time and finally find themselves in a position to quit their job and live life on their own terms. Here are ten secrets that these “rich” people have in common:

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Nov 21, 2018

Top Seven Traits Of A Successful Real Estate Investor

Real estate is said to have made more millionaires than anything else. For those who have successfully made money in it, it’s not hard to see why. With so many different ways to grow wealth investing in real estate, there are tons of opportunities for many different people with different skill sets and talents to be successful, make money, and improve their financial position in meaningful ways.I am a real estate investor and I've become a student of creating wealth through it. Having interviewed successful investors on the BiggerPockets podcast and networked with them in many forms, I’ve recognized patterns in the abilities of an investor that often lead to their success. I’ve compiled a list of some of the traits...

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Nov 15, 2018

At Miami’s Billionaire Bunker, Another Wealthy Buyer Heads for the Exit

Real-estate developer Edward J. Minskoff is asking $16.5 million for his apartment at Faena House, a condominium tower that drew diplomats, billionaires and financiers.

Real-estate developer and art collector Edward J. Minskoff is listing his Miami Beach apartment in the high-profile Faena House condo project for $16.5 million. Mr. Minskoff bought the condo, a nearly 4,200-square-foot unit on the 14th floor with an enormous wraparound terrace, for about $15.323 million in 2015, property records show. He said he then invested in upgrades, bringing in French interior designer Christian Liaigre and adding special lighting to highlight his art collection. The property is being sold furnished; art isn’t included.

Mr. Minskoff is the latest ultra high-net-worth buyer to attempt to exit Faena House, one of the priciest condominiums in Miami...

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Nov 13, 2018

The Best – and Worst – Cities for Millennials to Earn a Living and Tips on Building Wealth

The biggest and most diverse generation in U.S. history, millennials are known for their mastery of digital technology, social media, and perhaps less flattering, their penchant for job hopping or living at home with mom and dad.

Millennials have also struggled with record amounts of student loan debt and a struggling job market. And while it’s no secret that student loan debt is on the rise, millennials also earn roughly 20 percent less than their parents did at the same age. So, there’s a reason for their debt.

Despite the challenges, there are some states that make it easier for millennials to build wealth...

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Nov 05, 2018

Real Estate Investing With Section 199A: Don't Let Your Deductions Fly Out The Window

y way of brief review, the Section 199A deduction allows up to a 20% deduction from net income received from a qualified trade or business. The active rental of real estate, being a dealer or developer in real estate, and other associated activities and vocations can qualify, but several special rules apply.This may be best described by an example.Assume that Jane Buildart is a real estate investor who has a consulting and brokerage firm that provides services to people who want to buy and sell real estate. She receives most of her income from commissions on her sales and the sales of her employees. In addition, she owns ten rental properties that are conducted under ten separate L.L.C.'s...

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Oct 29, 2018

The Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder (and rightfully so) if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do fine on their ​own, but many don't. Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent...

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Oct 24, 2018

SFRs vs. Apartment Syndications: Which is the Better Passive Investment?

We've weighted the pros and cons of passive apartment investing versus investing in REITs, but what about another type of real estate - single family residences? ...

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Oct 21, 2018

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before Retiring?

For years, it has been part of retirement planning collective knowledge that paying off your mortgage before you retire should be a top priority. But is this advice true for all homeowners and retirees? The answer is that it depends. While having a mortgage during retirement adds a hefty bill to a post-employment lifestyle, allocating more money to paying off your mortgage before retirement to the detriment of your ability to save for retirement is generally not the answer.

To determine whether paying off your mortgage before retirement is a good strategy...

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Oct 18, 2018

Fix and Flip, or Buy and Hold? 8 Questions to Help You Decide

If you want to get into real estate investing, the first thing you need to decide is what kind of investor you want to be.

Most real estate investors fall into one of two categories: house flippers and buy-and-hold owners. You can profit as either one if you acquire the right property, but choosing the investment strategy best for you will depend on your goals, finances and personal preferences. We’ll go over each strategy and help you answer eight simple questions to point you in the right direction.Why Invest in Real Estate?

Simply put, the vast majority of properties increase in value over time because people will always need somewhere to live. Unlike most stocks, land is a tangible asset that you can improve, rent out for monthly income and use to qualify for some sweet tax benefits. For these reasons and many more, real estate has outperformed the stock market by almost two to one since 2000. When you consider the housing bubble of 2008 happened in that stretch, it’s hard to deny the long-term stability of real estate investing.What’s the Difference Between...

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Oct 15, 2018

How to Record Deeds in Miami

How to record deeds in Miami: got a Quit Claim, 2nd Mortgage and need it to be official? Here's how to EASILY QUICKLY have it recorded!

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Sep 17, 2018

Make Yourself a Millionaire by Saving $100/Month

o you think being a millionaire is out of the question for you? Think again. If you avoid consumer debt and start investing when you're in your twenties or thirties, you can be a millionaire. Here's how.

Getting Started Let's assume you have $0 in your investment account right now. You have no debt, but you haven't saved anything, either. Let's assume you put your investments into a tax-deferred account, such as a 401(k). Let's also assume that your investments, over the long haul, will grow at an annualized average rate of 7 percent. (Investing legend Warren Buffet predicts the long-term annualized return of the U.S. stock market in the early-to-mid 21st century will be 7 percent.)

Remember: this is a very, very long-term average – over the span of 20 years or more. In any given year, your investments might be up or down. Don't focus on the short-term. One year – or three years, or five years – is small-scale when you're talking about a lifetime portfolio.

With those three assumptions in mind: You're starting at $0, you're investing in a tax-deferred account, and you'll get a 7 percent return over the long haul. Let's look at how much you need to invest to create a $1 million portfolio.*

The Math of Becoming a Millionaire If You Save: $100 per monthYou'll Be a Millionaire In 58 years and 6 months... (more)

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Aug 24, 2018

The 800 Credit Score: What It Means and How to Get One

Your credit score is one of the most important numbers of your life. These three-digit numbers indicate your creditworthiness or the likelihood that you'll repay the money you borrow. Credit scores generally range from 300 to 850, with higher credit scores being the best of all.

As of April 2017, 20.7 percent of Americans have a FICO score above 800, according to data from FICO. This makes a record high percentage of people with credit scores over 800 and correlates directly to lower delinquency rates. Since payment history makes up 35 percent of the credit scoring calculation, there's a strong relationship between having a high credit score and a low amount of late payments.

The Benefits of an 800 Credit Score So what exactly do you gain by having an 800 credit score?...

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Aug 22, 2018

Tips for Lowering Your Electric Bill

Say ​goodbye to high electric bills. These tips will help you increase your home efficiency for year-round savings...

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Aug 22, 2018

Calculating your real estate investment return High rental yields or strong capital growth: which is best for you?

When considering an investment in real estate, it is important to decide the type of income you wish to earn from the property. Capital gain and rental yields are two ways to earn money as a property investor, so it is important to understand the difference between the before buying an asset. Rental yields are often considered a key signifier of a property’s potential. Capital gains are also important, but the significance of each depends to some extent on an investor’s personal or financial circumstances...

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Aug 21, 2018

8 Easy Ways To Earn Passive Income, According To Money Experts

Wouldn't it be nice to earn income without worrying about it? I'm not talking about doing your regular 9-to-5 job, but through passive income. Because, believe it or not, there are several easy ways to earn passive income. Yes, some of the ways may involve some work, time, and money up front, but once that's taken care of, you can sit back and watch your bank balance grow.

"You know what they say: 'Don't work for your money. Make your money work for you,'" Jenna Goudreau, Managing Editor of Make It, CNBC's new site focusing on all things money, tells Bustle. "That's exactly the goal with passive income: By being smart about the resources you already have, an initial investment of effort can eventually earn you money while you sleep."...

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Aug 20, 2018

Condos vs Houses: What Is the Difference?

In some major metropolitan cities, it's not a choice between buying condos vs houses because urban houses can be too expensive. Condos almost always win out. Because they often cost less. Two of the biggest benefits to buying a condo are: usually condos are newer than a house, which means better upgrades, and the price is more affordable.

But there are other reasons buyers might gravitate toward condos vs houses. To make a fair comparison price-wise, I suggest buyers consider the amount of the homeowner's association (HOA) fee upfront. Whatever that amount, equate that sum to an increased mortgage payment. For example, let's say your HOA fee is $250. At an interest rate of 4.5 percent, that could be an additional payment on a principal sum of $50,000.

What this means to you is without an HOA fee, you could bump up your price range by $50,000, buy a home and pay about the same amount every month. In other words...

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