Real Estate Investors: Stop Buying Barry Manilow Albums Today

Strong statement, we know - but what else would you come to expect from Hipster Investments by now? Ok - if you really love Barry Manilow, don't be offended. He did, after all, croon the famous song "Mandy" as well as "Copacabana". It's true - at one time, Barry Manilow's tunes were where it was at. Um...the thing is - that was a super long time ago. Manilow, and ...

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A Hands-Off Way To Build Passive Income With Real Estate

We all know how it feels to worry about losing your job, paying off student loans, or having enough money to pay for your children’s education. kinda sucks to know that despite working all of your life and constantly chasing debt, you might enter your golden years without anything close to what you need for your day-to-day living expenses. And while it might be worth it if ...

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Pay All Cash or Leverage a Property? An Amateur Analysis.

This article was originally posted at in October 2012. See the original post here. I was asked my opinion on whether someone should pay all cash for an investment property so they can borrow against it, or leverage it. I definitely don’t claim to be an expert, but based on my calculations and experience, I think leverage is the way to go every time. Two main reasons: 1. Your ...

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To Partner or Not to Partner…That is the Question!

Inevitably if you’ve been around real estate investing for very long, you’ve heard about the potential of partnering with other people for investment deals. Partnering can introduce considerable benefits to an investment deal. However, it can also introduce considerable headaches. There is nothing wrong with partnering, but just be smart about your decision to do it! When to Use An Investment Partner Whether you should use an investment ...

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Not Taking Risks Is Risky: True Lifestyle Design

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” Mark Zuckerberg Risk assessment. We all do it. Some people even make a career out of it (think: insurance companies). It’s a basic, natural instinct we are born with: to stay alive. If we take one step too many on a cliff, ...

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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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Your Time is an Investment: Invest Wisely

One of the key elements to effective lifestyle design is your personal time. How do you think about time? Something that just kind of...happens? This week we lost an hour due to daylight savings. You probably, like most of us, felt that loss in the morning. Up an hour earlier - yikes! Daylight savings is a great time to think about time. How it works in your ...

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Where I am Today.

I think it's about that time to explain how in the world I got to where I am today, which is out of corporate, starting my own company, and huge into real estate investing. I say that last part because, believe me, real estate was never on my radar for what I would be doing as a career. I knew I would own real estate investments because it's one of ...

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Press Play.

Lifestyle design is all about living the life you want to live and doing the things that make YOU happy. Maybe working for yourself is key to your lifestyle design...maybe packing lots of travel in is also crucial for you. Perhaps your idea lifestyle involves living near a Starbucks and enjoying as many delicious lattes as you can in a day. Maybe living oceanfront, or camping oceanfront, is more ...

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