The 5 Primary Risks of BRRRR Investing and Flipping Houses

Buy a discounted property, do the work yourself, force appreciation from the work, sell it off or refinance it, and the money’s in the bank—it’s the real estate investing dream, right? Yes! Of course it is. It’s one of the fastest ways to make some serious buck. But let’s not kid ourselves here. This isn’t easy work. Knowing what makes a property a good ...

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What Snowboarding Can Teach Us About Real Estate Investing Strategy

It’s the right time of year for it, no? Well, for most parts of the country, it is definitely winter sports time—or at least winter sports temperature. Here in Los Angeles, not so much, as I was walking the beach in shorts and flip flops earlier. But my intent is not to rub in LA’s fantastic weather but rather to apply an analogy of winter season to ...

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8 Things That Make Real Estate Investing So Much Fun

You know, it’s so easy in this industry to forget why we are all here. OK, maybe the main reason we are all here is to make money, but hopefully we’re not doing that without having at least a little bit of fun along the way. I guess technically the returns can still be worth it even if you aren’t having fun earning them, but come on… ...

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How to Choose an Out-of-State Market for Investment (in 3 Easy Steps!)

You’ve decided, for whatever reason, that you want to invest outside of your local area or state. Your next question is—where should I invest? I’m going to offer you a list of things that you can consider when trying to figure out what market to invest in. These things are in no particular order, and some of them may not apply to you or your particular situation. ...

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The One Critical Question Investors Forget to Ask When Shopping for Rentals

There is a lot that goes into what makes a rental property a good investment or not. In fact, most properties don’t actually make good investments. But what exactly determines if a property will make a good rental property? Typically, the primary factors are the numbers and the location. The numbers matter more than anything, but location will determine whether or not the projected numbers will hold up. Someone ...

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5 Risks of Buying Rental Properties in Declining Markets

You’ve probably heard that the key to real estate investing is “location, location, location.” This is true for all different aspects of a property’s location—the larger metro market it is located in, the specific area of town, and even the specific neighborhood. Some cities can literally vary street to street in terms of where is good to buy and where isn’t good to buy. The very ...

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The 5-Point Real Estate Market Crash Survival Guide

I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about an impending market crash that is coming in the next couple of years. Consequently, I’ve heard a lot of people asking, “What impact will a crash have on me as an investor and/or what can I do in preparation for a crash?” I can only speak and educate in regard to rental properties because those are all I have ...

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Two Ways to Force Appreciation with Turnkey Rental Properties

How many times have you heard that forcing appreciation is the key to being profitable with real estate investing? And how many times have you heard there’s no way to force appreciation with turnkey rental properties? Surprise! There are two ways to force appreciation with turnkey rental properties. But first, let me make sure we are all still on the same page with terminology here. I don’t want ...

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Are Turnkeys as Simple and Profitable as Everyone Claims?

I recently got a really smart question over on BiggerPockets from Matt Van Parys about buying and owning a turnkey rental property. I was really impressed with it and thought it might help some of you out there who want to build passive income through real estate investing. Here is the question: I was just curious about what to expect from a turnkey company. Is it going to be as "...

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