Slow Down – Take Life One Awesome Moment at a Time.

If life is a road trip, it's time to slow down. Way down. Many of us live as though life is a race to the finish line and in doing so, we lose precious moments, weeks and even years to speeding. What is speeding, exactly? It's rushing through the amazing smaller things that compose our lives in order to get to the "bigger" things. For example, if your goal is ...

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BiggerPockets. I Need Your Ideas.

If you have never read the BiggerPockets website, you are missing out as an investor. BiggerPockets is awesome. They have a forum where you can post any question you have and the community can respond, they have awesome blogs that are incredibly educational and cover several aspects of real estate investing, and it's really a great way to explore the world of real estate investing. The best part? I got ...

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Hey, Lifestyle Designers: What Would Steve Jobs Do?

Okay, Hipsters. We’re looking to the Elvis Presley of Computers - aka Steve Jobs - for today’s lifestyle inspiration. Steve Jobs, in many ways, was the ultimate lifestyle designer. He didn’t take “no, you can’t do it that way” for an answer. Where other people saw limitations, he saw boundless opportunities. Then - he created them. He created opportunity not just for himself,  but for all ...

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How Do You Know Who You Can Trust?

The nice thing about this industry is you actually don’t have to trust anyone! This may be true in other industries as well, I haven’t really put much thought into it, but in real estate investing there is very little that you can’t somehow verify. At least in my opinion. We all know the gurus shouting from the rooftop about their mentoring programs, or their get rich ...

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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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Real Estate as a Hedge Against Inflation

Why do houses appreciate? It’s not because they get better with time because they most certainly don’t. They can actually get pretty worn out and require substantial repairs. So then what causes the famous appreciation so many people buy houses for? Inflation. The CNN news headline on TV this morning was “America’s economy held hostage!” Merry Christmas everyone, we’re all doomed. At least that seems to ...

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The Downside to Turnkey Rental Properties No One Tells You

If you’ve followed me at all on here, you know that I primarily deal with turnkey rental properties for my own investments. The reason I deal mostly with the turnkeys is because I prefer being as hands-off as possible with my investments. The “out of sight, out of mind” theory doesn’t intrigue me for many things in my life, but it does for my investments. I prefer to ...

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