Breaking It Up Into Small Action Steps

Henry Ford once said “nothing is particularly hard if you divide it up into small jobs”. That simple theory allowed him to create the American automobile industry via the invention of the assembly line. But you can also apply this concept to investing in real estate....

Success Is Where Preparation And Opportunity Meet

Bobby Unser won the Indy 500 three times and his favorite quote was “success is where preparation and opportunity meet” – and that’s 100% true with real estate investing just as it was with auto racing in the 1970s. All key is to figure out what the opportunity will...

How I Creatively Got Into Real Estate (Twice)

How can a recent college graduate get into real estate from his coffee table and build it into a giant business? And then after selling out to a public company start from scratch and do it again? In this episode we’re going to discuss how you can get into real estate...

The Necessity For Creative Thinking In Real Estate

Webster’s defines “creativity” as “the use of the imagination or original ideas”. And success in real estate today demands some use of creativity to get an advantage over the competition. So how do you make deals using “original ideas”? These can include a fresh...

The Power Of Real Estate To Create Wealth

John Jacob Astor was America’s first real estate millionaire – and that was back in 1800. But much of what fueled Astor’s success still holds true today, and that’s the powerful combination of factors that makes real estate capable of creating huge returns. From...

TIPS ON CALCULATING THE CAP RATE ON AN OFFICE PROPERTY

The capitalization rate (or “cap” rate) is one of the primary measuring tools of any office building investment. It is a short form method of deriving the rate of return based on the purchase price and allows you to compare many properties simultaneously to select the...

WHERE THE OPPORTUNITY IS IN OFFICE INVESTING TODAY

The world is changing rapidly, with external forces such as Covid-19 creating new and uncharted environments. It’s essential that today’s office investor monitor the current state of affairs in the U.S. and invest accordingly. So where is the opportunity today in...

INVESTING IN SENIOR HOUSING: A PRIMER

A recent “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019” report named senior housing and care one of the top areas for investment. These sector includes independent living units, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. So what is fueling the...

WHY BILLBOARDS SURVIVED THE INTERNET ATTACK

The internet has destroyed newspapers, magazines, radio and television advertising. They have reduced once-strong networks into struggling enterprises with depressed stock prices. Yet billboards stand alone as the only one of the old-fashioned advertising methods that...

WHERE INVESTING HAS A HIGHER PURPOSE: ASSISTED LIVING

Assisted Living is just that – a property that revolves around providing help to residents in making their daily life more pleasant and rewarding. It’s an interim step between living on their own and living in a nursing home. And it’s a really important step for many...

ASSISTED LIVING: THE ULTIMATE IN CREATIVE DEAL MAKING

There are few real estate niches that require as much creativity as the assisted living sector. While nursing homes are mostly the bastion of larger institutional players, assisted living is something that even smaller investors can get involved in if they use...

ASSISTED LIVING 101

ASSISTED LIVING 101 Assisted living is a unique niche of real estate that requires some serious management challenges but is on the right side of the Baby Boomer (those born between 1946 and 1964) megatrend – the biggest part of the American population is rapidly...

WHY MANY STORAGE BUYERS MISS THE BOAT

Successfully buying a self-storage facility is based on making good choices established through proper research and due diligence. Yet, despite the roadmap being publicly available, many buyers screw things up for no reason. Here are what some buyers do to destroy...

THE UNWRITTEN RULES OF RV PARK APPRAISALS

Like all sectors of real estate, every RV park deal eventually ends up with an appraisal being performed. The verdict of that value decision can either make or destroy your deal’s ability to get financing – a bad appraisal is more than most buyers can overcome. So how...

HOW TO MAKE A MOM AND POP RV PARK OWNER SELL TO YOU

So you’ve found the right RV park to buy, but there’s only one thing stopping you: how do you get the mom and pop owner to sell to you? It’s a problem that all buyers face, but here are some concrete techniques that we’ve learned from experience to help get the job...

WHERE THE OPPORTUNITY IS IN RV PARK INVESTING TODAY

RV parks can be an excellent investment, but only if you focus on the types of parks that succeed. Over the years, the specifics of RV parks has somewhat shifted, and it’s important that you understand what is working right now. The following is where the opportunity...

INVESTING IN SENIOR HOUSING: A PRIMER

A recent “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019” report named senior housing and care one of the top areas for investment. These sector includes independent living units, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. So what is fueling the...

THE OUTLOOK FOR INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE INVESTING

A recent report on the industrial sector highlighted some of the facts and trends recording this industry. Here are some of the latest statistics for this niche.   Only 5.1% of the nation’s industrial space is vacant. This is the lowest rate in history despite...

MOST IN-DEMAND FEATURES FOR WAREHOUSE INVESTING

One of the worst dangers in real estate is to own property that becomes obsolete with modern design and tastes of tenants. And warehouse investing is no different. There are certain features that today’s warehouse tenants are looking for, and these are the ones that...

HOW TO MAKE MONEY BUYING FIRST-LIEN REAL ESTATE NOTES

Buying first-lien notes has been a very successful investment strategy since the origins of the real estate sector. But there are some basic rules that must be followed if you want to succeed at this strategy. Buy low and sell high When you are buying a note, you are...

AN INTRODUCTION TO BUYING FIRST-LIEN REAL ESTATE NOTES

Real estate investing in built on leverage – the concept of obtaining debt at an average of 70% to 80% of value. While many real estate investors think about the property, other focus on investing in the debt side of the business. And the best of this debt is called...

THE PROS AND CONS OF SECTION 8 HOUSING INVESTING

Section 8 housing is a unique niche of real estate investing – and also one that has unique benefits as well as disadvantages. It’s important that every investor considering this sector be fully aware of the issues involved. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons....

SECTION 8 INVESTING: A PRIMER

Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. § 1437f), also known as “Section 8”, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 4.8 million low-income households. The largest part of this law is the Housing...

THE TOP FIVE CONSIDERATIONS IN BUYING AN AIRBNB PROPERTY

There are few investors in the U.S. that have not been at least curious about AIRBNB investing and what the potential benefits and landmines are. The truth is that there are solid financial returns if you do it right, but also huge potential disasters if you fail to...

THE FIVE BEST AND FIVE WORST CITIES FOR AIRBNB INVESTING

Real estate is all about location, location, location – and the same is true for AirBnb rentals. According to a new study, there are five markets that top the list on location, and five that are much weaker than all others. So what are the best five – and worst five –...

WHY BEING DIRECT IS THE BEST WAY TO BUY REAL ESTATE

There are many ways to approach people. Entire books have been written on the subject, and anybody in sales will be happy to give you their personal opinion. But in over 30 years of building up one of America’s largest real estate portfolios, we are firm believers...

ALL ABOUT APARTMENT EVICTIONS

Many investors associate apartment investing with having to file evictions on troubled tenants. While it is true that apartment owners do have to use evictions as a method to remove those who won’t pay their rent or act as a good neighbor, many people do not...

WHY APARTMENTS ARE WELL-POSITIONED FOR THE NEW AMERICA

It’s a fact that we are becoming a “nation of renters”. The percentage of households that rent their home has skyrocketed from 31.2% in 2006 to nearly 37% today. The last time the rate of rentals hit that level was in 1965. So why are so many Americans renting today,...

UNPAID PROPERTY TAX AUCTIONS: A SAFE WAY TO INVEST

Most segments of real estate have only one way to profit: by selling at a higher price than you paid. But buying at property tax auctions gives you two different paths. In addition, you often have the opportunity to buy real estate at bargain basement prices. So what...

TRIPLE NET LEASE TRAPS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Triple net leases are a great way to lock in a safe, fixed return on a property. But they also have some unique risks that should always be considered before investing in this asset type. So what are the traps to watch out for that can damage your investment return or...

UNDERSTANDING TRIPLE NET LEASES

Of all the real estate sectors, “triple net leases” stand unique in their structure. They were originally designed to allow large franchises to utilize and control property without having to invest significant capital, with the intent that they could use the money...

THE INTERNET ANTIDOTE: THE COMMON STRIP CENTER

In many ways, the biggest casualty of the rise of the internet has been the retail sector. When a consumer buys a product on Amazon they are effectively electing not to buy that item from the local retail store and that lowers revenue for the merchant. While big malls...

THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCATION. LOCATION, LOCATION

It’s often been said that the three most important points about real estate investing are 1) location 2) location and 3) location. And this has never been more true than in single-family home investing. The success or failure of your investment – more than any other...

THE TOP FIVE WAYS TO ADVERTISE YOUR BOAT MARINA

It’s one thing to buy a marina and another to fill up all the slips. However, the keys to creating demand for your property are relatively simple and straightforward, and there’s no reason you can’t conquer this skill if you follow the established paths. So what are...

THOUGHTS ON SETTING YOUR SLIP RENTAL RATES

How do you properly set the rates at a marina? It’s not just guesswork. Instead, there’s a methodology that yields the correct rent based on market levels. So how do you do it? What’s the market rent? Before you can even start deciding on what your rent should be, you...

OWNING A MARINA CAN BE A LOT OF WORK BUT A LOT OF REWARD

To many investors – particularly those who enjoy boating – there can be no more exciting idea than owning a marina on a lake or ocean. But the fantasy does not always meet the reality, and there are some things that every potential marina owner should know before they...

TOP FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER IN B&B INVESTING

Buying a B&B can be an important step in your life. However, before you begin the process there are some basic items you need to address. The answers will shape exactly what your correct B&B investment will look like. Where? For a B&B to work successfully,...

WHY BUYING A DUPLEX IS NOT FOR EVERYONE

Everyone in the U.S. knows what a duplex is. But many don’t know if a duplex investment is right for them, and the truth is that it’s not the perfect purchase for everyone. So what would make you think twice about buying a duplex? Tenants In one word: “tenants”....

HOW TO PROPERLY HARNESS THE INVESTMENT POWER OF A DUPLEX

There are few investment vehicles more versatile than the standard American duplex. Essentially two dwellings that share a common wall (although sometimes a lower vs. upper floor) these economic workhorses have many different options to meet a variety of financial...

HOW TO MAKE MONEY BUYING FIRST-LIEN REAL ESTATE NOTES

Buying first-lien notes has been a very successful investment strategy since the origins of the real estate sector. But there are some basic rules that must be followed if you want to succeed at this strategy. Buy low and sell high When you are buying a note, you are...

AN INTRODUCTION TO BUYING FIRST-LIEN REAL ESTATE NOTES

Real estate investing in built on leverage – the concept of obtaining debt at an average of 70% to 80% of value. While many real estate investors think about the property, other focus on investing in the debt side of the business. And the best of this debt is called...

What to Expect When Closing Your First Deal

If you’re new to the investment or house flipping space, and you haven’t closed a deal yet, you aren’t alone.   You may be wondering how it’ll go.   Will it be smooth and seamless, like it sounds when you listen to professionals talk about it? Will it be a...

Want to succeed in real estate? Focus on these habits.

Lots of people try to create successful real estate investment businesses. Few make it long term. Few see real success from their business. So what’s the difference between those who fail, and those who succeed? That’s what I’m exploring in this article, guided by the...

7 Pieces of Advice to REI Newbies

Tips to help you go the long-haul and run a successful business. Starting out in real estate investment can be daunting. There’s seemingly endless videos, articles, and podcasts devoted to helping you get your start. In fact, it’s fair to say that there have never...

Purchasing Investment Properties at a Real Estate Auction

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge into investment real estate. Your next step is to find an investment property. This is sometimes easier said than done. During a seller’s market, investment property selections may be low. If you’re looking for a duplex or another...

5 Keys To Mastering Rental Property

5 Keys To Mastering Rental Property   INTRODUCTION   If you’re reading this, you are more than likely either an investor or considering building a rental portfolio of single-family houses.   Owning a rental property – or a portfolio of properties – can...

How to Avoid Any Mistakes Investing in Real Estate?

Investing in real estate can be a profitable business venture, but it is hardly a get-rich-quick scheme. Real estate investment can build wealth, provide an inheritance for your children, and can help you achieve the American Dream. But it can also lead to financial...

Real Estate Investing in the Age of Bitcoin (and other Cryptocurrencies)

Many investors in blockchain networks have made an absolute fortune watching their share prices go from cents to dollars to hundreds of dollars and even tens of thousands of dollars.
It would be a natural transition for holders of digital currencies to take their newfound wealth and roll it from cryptocurrencies into real estate as a way to diversify their financial holdings.

Which Investing Strategies Work Best for You?

As far as what type of investing, there’s no right or wrong answer. The answer may just be, “It depends.”
That said, There are a few things you should take into consideration when considering an investment strategy, whether it’s your first or your one hundred and first!

Success Story: $295,000 Profit on a Self-Storage Property

I really hadn’t planned on selling the property because I acquired it at a good price and had stabilized it up to 85%-90% within six months.
But, a year later the broker approached me with an offer from a motivated buyer. I ended up selling it for $620k. Not bad for a property I held for only 18 months.

Real Estate Investing Is a Relationship Business (My Story)

I’m glad to have the opportunity to share my latest investment in hopes of inspiring anyone in need of a nudge or offering some valuable information.
I recently just closed on an under-performing and value-added commercial real estate opportunity – a self-storage property in Kern County, CA.

Does Wholesaling Real Estate Work in My Market?

In real estate investing, people constantly are looking for reasons why something won’t work. The good news is: Wholesaling – buying low and selling high – works. Wholesaling works in my market, your market, and every other market.
In fact, wholesaling is the least risky way for a beginning investor to make a profit.

8 Tips for Cutting Your Losses in Real Estate

If you’re in the real estate game long enough, you may run into a deal that started out great but for some reason became slim.
I hope that one or more of these strategies help you muddle through a deal that has gone or is heading south.

Boost Your Retirement Plan with Real Estate – The Basics

Are you a real estate investor, or perhaps, you plan to get into real estate investing?
If that’s the case, real estate is probably your preferred investment option for your retirement fund and why not? You already understand real estate investing, trends in your target market, and you enjoy more control over your investments.

How I Built My Six-Figure Airbnb Empire (with No Cash, Credit, or Properties)

How I accidentally got started on Airbnb…
At the time, I was working a 50+ hour a week job and was renting an apartment with a roommate who gave me notice he was moving out.
I had heard of Airbnb and had done some research on them. With that I started thinking…
I could either go find a roommate, or, I could try out this Airbnb thing.

Investing in Real Estate When Your Spouse (and Family) Aren't on Board

Understand that not everyone will be on board at first. This is new territory and most of us tend to resist change. Changes can be uncomfortable, especially major ones.
Most folks don’t allow themselves to release the “inner entrepreneur” within them. That’s the difference between you and the 9-to-5 folks…

Out of Crisis Comes Opportunity – Maximize Assets & Minimize Debt

In booming markets, debt can be good when used as creative leverage to buy and hold or fix and flip real estate.
How long will the boom market last? How long will interest rates remain near historical lows?
Do you have investment strategies in place for either a boom or bust scenario over the next year or so?

Top 4 Tips for First-Time Crowdfunding Investors

There are over 100 real estate crowdfunding websites battling to secure investors – all promising high rates of returns.
For new investors looking to take a dip into the real estate crowdfunding pond, the choices can be overwhelming.
These four basic tips will help investors enter this growing industry and discover which platform and asset class suits them best.

The Truth About Inflating Rents and Deflating Dollars

Owning real estate is an exceptional hedge against inflation. This has proved true since the early 20th century, partly since values have consistently compounded annually at a pace at least as high as the annual reported inflation numbers.
However, inflation can be your number one enemy if you rent.

Today's Mortgage Debt – Secure or Not?

If and when the alarms begin sounding louder (due to financial or value concerns related to banks and assets, such as real estate and stocks), it will likely have an impact on the bond and derivatives markets, first and foremost, before affecting consumers and investors.
Tragically and ironically, private money that is not sold off in the secondary markets may seem more secure, flexible, and better priced than funds originated in the securities markets!

5 Real Estate Investments That Can Help You Retire Rich

Nearly 45% of the working-age households in the U.S. don’t have any type of retirement accounts.
The key to avoiding a potential retirement crisis is to start saving early. At the same time, it’s important to invest your retirement funds in assets that can outgrow inflation while offering portfolio security.
Real estate is one of the potential investment options you can look at.

Setting Your Goals for Real Estate Investing

Two questions: 1. Do you have a Will? And 2. Do you have written goals for the next one, three, five, and ten years?
If you answered yes to the first question but no to the second, you’re planning more for your death than you are for while you are here. Think about that.
Time to start setting some goals, but remember if a goal isn’t in writing, it’s simply a conversation.

6 Key People for Your Real Estate Investing Dream Team

Ask the world’s most successful business people – including real estate investors – for their secrets and there’s a huge chance that all of them will list “the right team” as one of the biggest factors to their success.
No one who’s truly successful does it all himself. If you want to catapult your investing business to the next level and find the kind of financial and professional success you’re looking for, you need to assemble a team of experts to support you on the way.

What Low Inventory and Price Trends Mean for Investors

Smart real estate investments go beyond word-of-mouth figures and perceived popularity. You may hear rumors of “hot” markets, but nothing beats cold, hard data when it comes to forecasting real estate investment viability.
From inventory to median price, breaking down the numbers helps investors locate rewarding ventures at reasonable price points.

Investment Clubs: How to Gain the Exclusive Access of the Top 1%

There are two distinct classes of investors as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Non-accredited and accredited.
Accredited investors, roughly speaking, have a net worth of at least $1 million and/or make a minimum of $250,000 per year.
Non-accredited investors are everyone else. But did you know… there’s a little-known solution that affords non-accredited investors the opportunity to participate in the exclusive securities offerings of hedge funds and invest like the top 1%?

How to Start a Real Estate Business with Your Retirement Funds

Use your retirement funds to purchase real estate? Is that even legal?
Yes it is! The IRS allows you to invest in real estate through qualified retirement plans, and a self-directed Solo 401k retirement plan is one of the most popular among investors, allowing them to add real estate to their retirement portfolio.
Opening a self-directed Solo 401k may be one of the best financial decisions of your life!

Success Story: Apartment Building for No Money Down

Mike Melvin was a real estate investor in New Brunswick, Canada. By 2010, Mike had bought and sold about 40 properties, all of which sold at or near the top of the market.
But by the end of 2011, he was out of real estate investing completely, and a bad divorce destroyed his motivation.
It’s 2017 and he’s back in the game! Mike now has an apartment building with $1,500+ per month positive cash flow in what really IS a no money down real estate deal with an infinite return.

Real Estate Success Story – My Exit Strategy Paid off

In 2012, Lynda Hamid, a government civil service secretary from Texas, sent us her first “Real Estate Success Story.”
In September 2013, Lynda retired from her civil service job after 25 years. Her pension was so small that if she didn’t have a real estate business on the side, she wouldn’t be able live a decent retirement.
Her real estate success continues today, as she put her “exit strategy” into motion to fund her retirement…

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