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Check out Rick's new book The Credit Crisis: 10 Years and Counting (August 2017 publishing date) as well as The Credit Crisis Deals: Finding America's Best Real Estate Bargains.

Rick Tobin has a diversified background in both the Real Estate and Securities fields for the past 25+ years. He has held seven (7) different Real Estate and Securities brokerage licenses to date. He also writes college textbooks and real estate courses in several states for some of the largest educational firms nationwide.

Rick has an extensive background in the financing of residential and commercial properties around the U.S with debt, equity, and mezzanine money. His funding sources have included banks, life insurance companies, REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), Equity Funds, and foreign money sources.

You can visit Rick Tobin at RealLoans.com.

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.

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Where to Invest in Real Estate NOW (Inflow, Outflow, Increasing Rates)

As people leave one region (outflow), they need to find a place to live in another city, county, or state.

Savvy real estate investors will keep a close eye on those most popular regions that are attracting new residents (inflow).

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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?

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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.

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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!

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9 Affordable Strategies to Find, Buy, and Sell Real Estate

Buying and selling real estate can take a great deal of time and money. And since time is possibly the most valuable commodity of them all, expert, Rick Tobin, has compiled a list of some affordable strategies to find (and sell) properties.

Here are 9 affordable strategies to find highly motivated sellers and great real estate deals…

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Curb Appeal: Green Lawns, Landscaping & Cash Returns

Some sellers may spend anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000 (or more) remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms by way of new paint, flooring upgrades, kitchen appliances, or new cabinetry and run out of money to fix up and improve the outdoor area.

An investment in outdoor living areas can be much more affordable and profitable than indoor remodels. A healthy, vibrant yard and a green thumb can lead to very green investment returns!

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How Yucky Mold Makes You Sick and Ruins Your Property

Mold is all around us, both indoors and outdoors. Mold can severely damage a tenant or homeowner’s overall health and quality of life and make their property unlivable and unsaleable.

Here’s what you need to know…

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Declining Days on Market & Increasing Price Trends

The National Association of Realtors® recently published a national sales report for existing properties sold between January and June 2016.

Let’s review some of the key Days on Market and other home sales data trends in 2015 and the first half of 2016 to better understand the positive home sales numbers…

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The Top 10 Rebounding U.S. Metropolitan Housing Markets

The Credit Crisis has impacted housing price movements somewhat like a Yo-Yo toy, swinging from peak highs to peak lows in short periods of time.

Some regions have rebounded quite strongly, while other regions are still struggling to get closer to their once peak-price highs of the past decade or so. Let’s take a look…

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