Knowledge Is Power, Imagination Is Key

A college education is the second most expensive purchase for Americans. Most college educated Americans are very bright–but do not know how to make money.
Some of the best education options today are the ones that teach students how to make money out in the real world using their imagination and creativity.

Invest in Your Future: The Real Estate Nest Egg

Do you actually have savings, investments, or retirement plans in place? If you’re like most people, you don’t have an appropriate investment or retirement plan established.
Consider starting an investment and retirement plan today, either on your own or with a professional real estate or financial mentor or adviser. You may live a longer, healthier, happier life!

Self-Directed IRA for Real Estate Investing

Most of the larger financial institutions limit what you can direct your IRA investments into, namely securities, certificates of deposit, money market, etc.
If you want to have a truly self-directed IRA, you’ll need to roll your funds into a different IRA custodian who will allow non-traditional assets, such as real estate….

[VIDEO] How to Estimate Home Rehab Costs Like a Pro

Put away your fancy calculators and smartphone apps. Real estate investor and mentor, Phil Pustejovsky, shows you room-by-room a professional, expert way to estimate rehab costs and how much work needs to be done whether you plan to rent, wholesale, or fix and flip the house.

Treasury Yield Curves: Can They Predict a Boom or Bust in Real Estate?

At the beginning of 2014, financial analysts predicted that interest rates were more likely to increase due to factors such as the “tapering” of Quantitative Easing and the higher rates of inflation.
However, as we head toward the 2nd Half of 2014, interest rates have decreased.
Record-low rates and rampant inflation – What does it mean?

3 Smart Real Estate Investing Strategies for Today's Changing Market

Savvy investors know the importance of having a variety of investment strategies available to create cash flow and equity. But some investors are stuck spinning their wheels, trying to do only what has worked in the past.
Here are three smart strategies that are working great in today’s changing marketplace….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-03-29

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* Case-Shiller: Pace of Home Price Gains Slow
* Pending Home Sales Continue Slide
* New Home Sales Slide to 5-Month Low
* Freddie Mac: The National Housing Market Is Still Weak

The Four L Test: Location, Lendability, Leverage, Liquidity

For better or for worse, money makes the world go ‘round. Financing gets me into and out of any and all real estate transactions. So as a savvy investor, learn as many different investment and lending strategies as you can in order to prosper.
“The Four L Test” may help you simplify the complex world of real estate investing and finance. It’s a formula I’ve followed for years…

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-03-22

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* 96% of Markets Better Off Than at Height of Foreclosure Crisis
* Zillow Says Home Value Appreciation Slowest in Two Years
* Housing Starts Slide for 3rd Straight Month
* And much more….

A Quick and Easy Tip to Sell Your House Fast

You’re about to discover a quick and easy tip that will help you sell your house faster.
Shockingly, very few real estate agents or real estate investors use this technique despite how simple it is to lure buyers to your property before they meet your competition….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-03-08

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* CoreLogic Reports Home Prices Rise by 12 Percent
* Foreclosures Decrease as Market Recovers
* 4 Million Residential Properties Returned to Positive Equity
* Consumer Credit Risk Drops to Lowest Level Since 2005

3 Ways to Partner with Your IRA for Real Estate Investing

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already aware of the significant tax advantages available when investing in real estate through a self-directed IRA, also known as the Real Estate IRA.
What you may not know is that your self-directed IRA can also partner with other funding sources to increase your investment power and produce higher returns….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-03-01

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* S&P/Case-Shiller says home prices are losing momentum
* Foreclosure inventory is down 33% nationally from a year ago
* Sales of new homes up 9.6% in January
* And a whole lot more…

3 Easy Questions for Negotiating Your Best Real Estate Deal

As an investor, you want to spend your time, energy and resources connecting with sellers who will sell at a discount or provide good terms with owner financing. Without solid motivation to sell, you cannot make a good deal that meets your investment criteria.
These three questions will help you gauge the seller’s motivation…

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-02-22

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* Zillow Says National Home Values Rose 6.4% in 2013
* Signs of Softness in Housing – Builder Confidence Down
* Foreclosure Activity Increased 8 Percent in January
* Mortgage Delinquency Rate Drops Below 4%

Why Are Rents and Prices Increasing?

Regardless of the negative economic numbers that may be released in the near term, asset values seem to be linked more to a falling U.S. Dollar, which is more likely to continue than a very strong economy…
In other words, we’re looking at ongoing “hyperinflation” strategies.

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-02-08

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* CoreLogic: Home Prices Up 11%
* Foreclosure Rate Down to 2.5% at Year-End
* New App Looks to Hasten Short Sale Process

Survey Reveals the Best Incentives for Retaining Tenants

Here are the Key Findings from a recent survey of approximately 4,600 former and current renters:
* A discount on rent is the most preferred monetary incentive;
* Gym memberships and covered parking are the most preferred non-monetary incentives; and much more….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2014-01-25

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* Zillow says home values will increase 4.8% in 2014
* Foreclosure filings are down 26% – lowest since 2007
* Credit default rates decrease again
* The myths and the facts about short sales

How to Fund Real Estate Investments Through a Self-Directed IRA

The most common question I hear is, “But what if I don’t have enough money in my IRA?”
This article explains two alternative funding options for real estate IRAs. A low account balance doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the IRA strategy – it simply means that you’ll need to be more creative when exploring your options!

How the Dodd-Frank Act Affects Real Estate Investors [VIDEO]

Many real estate investors are “up in arms” over the Dodd-Frank Act. In this video, attorney Bill Bronchick simplifies the confusion. He explains that the only time investors need to be concerned is when they sell with owner financing and the buyers will occupy the house as their primary residence.
He also explains the exceptions….

6 Reasons to Invest in Single-Family Homes

I agree with Warren Buffett that single-family homes are an outstanding asset class for investors. I like single-family home investing a lot better then gold, stocks, bonds or mutual funds.
Here are six reasons single-family homes make great investments….

Financial Changes: What Is in Store for 2014?

What happens to our financial markets and asset prices when the Federal Reserve greatly reduces their various bailouts at some point in the future?
Is the Dow at 16,000 really sustainable?
How is it possible that some home prices are back near all-time highs?

Your Best Retirement Plan: One Good Property

Buy just one 30+ unit mobile home park, and your monthly cash flow can pay all park expenses, including a manager, and all your personal bills, too.
You can “retire” as soon as you stabilize operations and establish your systems with a manger who works for you….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-12-14

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Highlights this week:
* Foreclosure Activity Decreases 15 Percent in November
* CoreLogic Reports 48,000 Completed Foreclosures in October
* Cautious Consumers Stalling Housing Momentum

Tax Deductions: The Best, the Worst, the Trickiest

The best tax deductions are those that do not require cash outlay, yet generate tax savings for you while the property is still generating a positive cash flow and appreciating.
The worst tax deductions are those with significant audit risk, such as deductions taken on highly audited IRS schedules. Here are the best, the worst, and everything in between…

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-12-07

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Highlights this week:
* The time to clear distressed inventory rises
* Home prices increased by less than 1 percent
* Almost half of all homes sold in September were all-cash deals

Invest in Land for Infinite Opportunities

As the famous American humorist, Will Rogers, once said:
“Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff.”
Finding and buying distressed land deals at significant price discounts is one of the most promising ways to help investors retire sooner rather than later….

4 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Real Estate IRA

Investing through a self-directed IRA offers many tax advantages to real estate investors. With these advantages, comes a set of rules and regulations that must be followed in order for the IRA to remain compliant and maintain its tax-advantaged status.
If these rules are broken, the account owner could face significant taxes and penalties….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-11-23

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* Foreclosure Inventory Plunges Nearly 30%
* Foreclosure Activity Down 28 Percent from Year Ago
* National Credit Default Rates Remain Stable
* US Homes Spending Less Time on the Market

Which Payday Do You Want: Cash Now or Long-Term Cash Flow?

Which would you prefer – cash for today or wealth for tomorrow? How about BOTH?
Many people start off wholesaling and flipping houses and never make the transition from transactional income streams into long-term wealth building and residual income streams. Don’t lose sight of the long-term game plan….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-11-09

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* Corelogic says home price are up 12%
* Housing is nearing pre-crisis norms
* Price appreciation prediction says slow-down to 5.4%
* SFR vacancy rate is still above pre-bubble levels

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-11-02

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* S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are up 12.8%
* Price recovery seen in almost 90% of metros
* Pending home sales continue slide in September
* Foreclosure inventory is down 33%

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-10-26

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* Foreclosure inventory and delinquencies are down
* Institutional investor purchases reach new high
* Mortgage application fraud is down
* High-end home flipping is up 34%

Is Your Mortgage Status Designated Inactive?

Before attempting to pay off a MERS loan, it’s very important to find out if all of the mortgage payments have been properly applied to the account.
The vast majority of MERS mortgages have been assigned to multiple mortgage investors over the years, so it’s very important…

5 Ways to Invest in Real Estate with a Self-Directed IRA

When it comes to real estate investing with a self-directed IRA, your options are nearly limitless. The most popular option is typically direct property. It has the potential to bring in steady income through rental payments.
Here are the five most popular ways to invest in real estate through a self-directed IRA….

How We Got a $45,000 Payday From a Tax Sale

It’s always surprising how many people wait until the very last minute to pay their overdue property taxes.
At some tax sales people are still paying their delinquent taxes during the auction. We buy lots of houses from tax sales.
This is the story of one of those houses….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-10-12

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* Foreclosure inventory is down 34%
* Foreclosure “activity” is down 27%
* The housing market is running at 85% of normal

4 Ways to Supersize Your Real Estate Investments with Seller Financing

When presenting an offer to buy a house, always remember the seller has a problem, and you have a solution. Learn to think outside the box of just a low-ball cash offer and learn to present multiple offers that focus on what the seller really needs.
The benefits of getting seller financing with low/no down payments and low/no interest will allow you to supersize your investments….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-10-05

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* CoreLogic Home Price Index: Prices Up 12.4%
* HUD announces new short sales requirements
* RealtyTrac® says two monsters threaten the housing recovery

How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Real Estate Investing

How is the government shutdown affecting real estate investors?
Those investors who buy and then resell, or flip, properties to retail buyers are the most affected because the shutdown is playing havoc with the loan origination process.
And when buyers can’t get their loans funded, deals don’t close and real estate investors can run into cash flow problems….

8 Essential Items for a Good Short Sale Package

You must set the stage to show the bank why it is in their best interest to take a discount now rather than later.
Prove how they will make more money by releasing the lien now rather than going through a costly foreclosure and terrible resell market.
Must-have items in a short sale package include…

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-09-28

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* Case-Schiller Indices: 12% annual rate of gain continues
* RealtyTrac® August Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report
* 22% of top U.S. markets fully recovered
* Mortgage delinquency rate continues to fall

8 Ways to Buy Older Mobile Homes for Cheap

A “Lonnie Deal” (named after Lonnie Scruggs) is when you buy an older mobile home for a couple thousand dollars, then resell with seller financing for 2,3,4 times more. Often you get all your money back within a few months. After that, it’s pure cash flow.
There is much less competition for mobile home deals. Get 10 or 20 Lonnie Deals going, and you can kiss your day job goodbye….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-09-21

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* Existing Home Sales Highest in 6 1/2 Years
* Building Permits and Housing Starts Are Up
* Top 25 Hidden Gem Single Family Rental Markets

What They Don't Tell You About Flipping Houses

Flipping houses is the creative investing technique of choice for many beginners. For those brand new to the business, it appears to be the best place to get started because it requires little or no money and seems to have very little risk.
However, all that glitters is not gold. Here’s a dirty little secret most beginners don’t know about….

60 Months of Financial Chaos (Five Years Later)

Our financial markets and country have changed over the past five years (September 2008 – September 2013). But the true magnitude of the financial chaos became apparent to most Americans in September 2008.
In mid-September 2008, we witnessed the largest banking collapse in U.S. history. Here’s what happened…

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-09-14

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* 2.5 million houses return to positive equity
* Foreclosure starts down 8%, bank repos up 6%
* List of improving markets hits new record

6 Ways to Find Owners of Vacant Houses

Vacant houses are usually the best deals.
To make a deal, you have to find the owner. When you find a vacant house opportunity, talk to the neighbors to find the owner.
Here are more ways to find the owner of a vacant house….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-08-24

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* July existing home sales highest since 2009
* Home appreciation at 6% – highest since 2006
* Conflicting picture in housing data
* RealtyTrac’s first “Housing Market Recovery Index”

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-08-17

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* 31 percent of Metros posted double-digit price gains
* Builder confidence at highest level in eight years
* Foreclosure activity increased two percent in July

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-08-10

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Here’s the best of this week’s real estate news:
* Home prices are up 11.9 percent
* Mortgage delinquency rates continue to decline
* Cash deals comprised 30% of home sales in June

Is Real Estate More Affordable Than Stocks and Movie Theater Tickets?

In spite of a tough job market, rising consumer goods prices, challenging mortgage underwriting guidelines, and numerous trillion dollar bailouts, home prices have been improving.
What happens when mortgage underwriting guidelines ease up? What happens when private entities begin to originate loans?
Let’s take a look….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-08-03

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This week’s real estate news is short but sweet:
* Home prices are up 10.2 percent.
* Foreclosure activity is down 28 percent from a year ago.
* Zillow’s Home Value Index is up 5.8 percent.

Why You May Be Overpaying in Property Taxes

Are you overpaying in property taxes without knowing it?
In the aftermath of the biggest real estate collapse in recent history, it’s entirely possible that the current assessed value on your real estate is higher than the current market value.
How did this happen and what can you do about it? That’s what you’re about to discover….

Short Sales: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Prices are going up, houses are selling faster, and foreclosures are becoming harder to buy. Less distressed housing inventory brings the next challenge for real estate investors–finding and buying cheap houses.
One source of distressed housing appears to remain strong, and that is short sales. But short sales can turn bad and ugly….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-07-20

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* Single-family home flipping profits are soaring
* Builder confidence is rising
* Corelogic says the U.S. is not in a housing bubble
* Housing starts are up 10.4 percent year-over-year

Why Real Estate Mortgage Interest Rates Are Rising

Mortgage interest rates are moving higher in spite of a sluggish U.S. economy.
In late June 2013, interest rates spiked skyward while the Dow Jones index dropped. Why?
The combination of low interest rates and increasing rates of inflation historically has helped the asset class of “Real Estate.”

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-07-13

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Foreclosure activity is down 14 percent, foreclosure inventory is down 29 percent, the mortgage delinquency rate has fallen by 15 percent, and home prices are up by over 12 percent.
Everything points to a real estate recovery, but MarketWatch’s David Weidner says, “the housing recovery is bogus.”

Why Real Estate Investors Need to Keep Score

How can you focus on a game or an investment without knowing the score?
The ability to focus transcends just being competitive in nature. When building your investment, you need to focus on the end result or you can easily get distracted.
Just stay focused, and keeping score will help you keep ….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-06-29

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The Case-Shiller Indices posted record monthly gains; over one-third of markets are more than halfway recovered; and the housing recovery passed 60% for the first time since the crash.
Also, delinquency and foreclosure rates have decreased to post-crisis lows, and the Pending Home Sales Index jumped in May.

A Super-Powerful Asset Protection Strategy – Debt!

Asset protection is more important now than ever before because there are 82,000 lawsuits filed DAILY with real estate being a BIG target. There are numerous vehicles to protect you – LLC’s, trusts, insurance – including combinations of these.
There is a also very powerful (but overlooked) asset protection technique called “Equity Stripping” ….

What NOT To Do When Investing in Real Estate

You’re about to discover what NOT to do when investing in real estate. So often, creative real estate investors and educators share their positive experiences. But there are a ton of pitfalls in the world of real estate, too. In fact, I would argue that more people fail than succeed in this business.
So rather than focus on what to do, you’re going to learn what NOT to do….

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-06-22

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National credit default rates remain at a post-recession low, the risk of mortgage default is at its lowest in nearly 10 years, and housing starts have increased over 28% in the last year.
Builder confidence is up in positive territory for the first time in 7 years, and 850,000 more houses have positive equity.

The Rebound of Industrial Real Estate

From 2012 to 2013, residential home prices have continued to increase in value due to a combination of record low mortgage interest rates, very low home listing inventory levels, and an increased demand from individual buyers and large investment group buyers.
Commercial real estate has begun to follow that lead….

Top 20 Web Resources for Real Estate Investors

Have you heard the great news about Google? It has the answers to almost everything these days. Put the words “real estate invest” into Google and you receive 128 million results!
How can we focus on the best of the best for real estate investors on the Internet? Here’s my list of “must have” resources for real estate investors.

Select the Right Entity for Your Real Estate and Save Thousands

Money-saving entity selection is not based on arbitrary guess work, but on factual data by examining the three sides of an entity – the LEGAL side governed by state law – the TAX side governed by tax law – and the IRS side governed by statistics as to which entities are audited the most or the least.
Here’s how to get the BEST of all three sides….

How to Negotiate a Real Estate Deal Without Saying a Word

I don’t like to negotiate with sellers, it just doesn’t fit my personality.
But I have found one very strong method for getting people to realize the problems with a house without me having to verbalize the problem. This is important because you never know if the owner did the work themselves.
Here it is.

Real Estate Investing News This Week 2013-06-08

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* We’re starting to get a glimmer of how much “Shadow Inventory” is really out there.
* Corelogic reports that home prices are up 12 percent.
* RealtyTrac opinion: The 15 best cities for buying fixer bargains.

The Magic of Compound Growth

When it comes to investments, nothing is more powerful than the magic of compound growth. In today’s world of incredibly low savings rates, it’s challenging to find investment options that provide any decent positive net returns after factoring in taxes, inflation, and bank or investment fees.
Doesn’t real estate seem like a safer investment option than the U.S. stock market?

Should Creative Investors Get a Real Estate License?

At some point, every creative real estate investor wonders: Should I get a real estate license? It’s a good question.
You may have heard myths about how being a licensed real estate agent restricts a creative investor’s ability to do deals.
I hope to set the record straight, so you can answer the question for yourself…



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