Rental Property Investing &
Real Estate Market News and Information

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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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 realtor.com®’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 realtor.com® 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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Aug 07, 2018

Are you a DIY/REHAB/INVESTOR LOOKING FOR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY?

Spacious light & bright 3/2.5 condo in prestigious Quayside North Miami oceanfront community for sale, just $385k. Last comp sold in July (remodeled) for $548k! This condo is fantastic, tons of storage, wonderful family-friendly place to live and have fun.

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Jul 14, 2018

Owners, Appraisers Closest to Agreement Since 2015

The gap continues to narrow between homeowners’ and appraisers’ perceptions over home values. The latest Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index shows that the average home appraisal in June was only 0.25 percent lower than what owners had estimated—this puts the two different value perceptions at their closest since February 2015.Homeowners provide their home value estimate at the beginning of the refinance process; that is then matched against the actual value appraisers assigned to the property later during the mortgage process. The two perceptions over value have been inching closer together over the last few months. A year ago, homeowners were saying their homes were worth 1.70 percent more than appraisers’ valuations.

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Jun 15, 2018

Thinking of becoming a landlord? 5 tips to profit from rental properties

The wheels are turning in your head: Rent prices in Metro Orlando are rising, and real estate has long been seen as a top investment.

Is it time to take the leap and become a landlord? “Owning a rental property can be a great source of cash flow and future equity appreciation,” said David Diaz, head of operations at Florida property management company Great Jones.Diaz took a few minutes recently to outline a few tips to succeed as a first-time landlord.

Here are five key points:

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May 09, 2018

Pros and cons of investing in gated community homes

The amount of gated communities in the country has exploded in the past couple of decades. And on the face of things, buying a home in one of these exclusive areas appears to be a sound investment. Safety and security, wealthy residents and expensive homes, and the exclusive nature of these communities – they all add up to what seems like a positive place to park some of your money. But are gated communities all they’re cracked up to be for investors? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons – and as we will discover, it’s something of a mixed bag...

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Mar 14, 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 for you, here are three questions to ask yourself:

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Mar 04, 2018

Invest in things that gain in value over the years

How is your health? I am not talking about whether you have the flu. I am talking about your financial health. There are many indicators of your financial health, but the one most used by financial planners is your net worth. It is probably the most important measure of your personal financial health, yet most people don’t even know about it and have never calculated it.Many people determine their financial health by their income, how much money they make. But if you spend it all or even spend more than you make, it isn’t very accurate. Some people determine their wealth by how much they have in savings. Some people determine financial health by how big their house is or where they live. But these methods have a serious flaw. They don’t take into account any debts you might have.Your net worth is calculated by adding up the assets you have and subtracting your liabilities. In English it means you add up all the things you own and subtract what you owe. If you have ever taken out a home loan, the bank did this to determine whether to give you a loan and how much interest you were going to pay. They asked for all of your assets, which are savings, retirement assets, other real estate you own, business and personal assets and cash. Next they asked for all of your liabilities or what you owe, including mortgages, student loans, credit cards, business loans, personal loans and car loans.

That one number, your net worth, is the...

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Feb 14, 2018

11 Ways to Add Value to Bathrooms

Bathrooms, like kitchens, are a huge selling point in your home. They're also the most personal of spaces. Here are 11 ways you can add value to yours through quick updates that make a big difference...

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