When There’s Too Much Traffic in Your Life, Take the Bike Path; A Different Approach for Life and Investment!

We’re a few weeks into 2014 and a lot of us are starting to feel the time crunch.  Work, home, staying in shape, getting our finances in order, making time for family, making time for friends…oh, and remembering to stop and smell the roses from time to time. We’ve got a lot on our plates, don’t we? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Instead ...

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Real Estate Investment Is A Craft

With anything in life, there are a whole bunch of ways to approach something (but! - nothing one-size-fits-all). There are a lot of teachers out there in real estate development who will tell you there is one sure-fire way to get results as an investor. What they don't tell you is simple: there are a lot of approaches that will work. The thing is, and this is a big thing, ...

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Real Estate Investors: Treat Your Customers With Respect

As real estate investors, we don't need to be say be - Nordstrom - but - it is important to hold down a baseline of respect with your customers (tenants, vendors, property managers, agents, promoters, etc...).  Cultivating a culture of true respect and customer service will set you apart as a real estate investor - creating friendly, positive relationships with those with whom you do business is crucial to your ...

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Organize Your Life, Not Your Cubicle

When it comes to organizing, which do you usually organize first: your office or your life? If you said office, you're not alone. Most of us organize our offices and the things we see each day in our home and work environments before we dive into the way bigger stuff like our lives. What's the point of organizing? It makes it easier to find things and contributes to greater success. ...

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Why Investing In Turnkey Real Estate Matters For Your Lifestyle

If you’re considering jumping in to the exciting world of investing in real estate, consider investing in turnkey real estate for maximum return on your income or ROI. Why? Turnkey real estate is an incredible gig - you buy a ready to rent or already rented, fully renovated property, get hooked up with an ace property manager, and your focus, life and bank account don’t get drained by ...

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Part 1 [Survey Results]

A couple weeks ago we sent out a survey to all our newsletter subscribers, because Hipster is all about YOU! One of our questions was, "If you could ask Ali two questions, what would they be?" And you answered! (If you missed out on this, make sure you subscribe to everything awesome to get all the latest and greatest!) We then sat down with Ali and asked her your questions ...

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Ali’s Starring In a Makeover Show!

Yes! You absolutely read that right. Ali is starring in an episode of a makeover show. She may love camping, outdoors, the beach, rugby, and flying... but she's also going to be on a makeover show this summer! The show is on TLC, called Dare to Wear. The host and style expert, Tai Beauchamp, asks "two extreme fashion disasters on total opposite sides of the style spectrum to switch perspectives ...

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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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4 Buying Criteria for Rental Property (& How I Determine a Good Deal)

I most often get asked about my buying criteria as it relates to turnkey rental properties because that is what I have mostly bought over the years. However, the answers I give regarding turnkeys are really the same answers I would give for any rental property investment. What should you look for in a rental property? Are there guidelines? What factors should you consider? What about those pesky “rules of ...

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Ali’s New Book Just Came Out!

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