Don’t Believe Every Selfie You See

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” Iris Murdoch So, let’s tackle something a little uncomfortable. What’s up? You know that saying, “what you see is what you get?” Well, we see a lot of everyone’s lives these days. From Instagram to Facebook to Pinterest to Twitter, we are a culture that is pretty obsessed ...

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5 Creative Ideas to Come Up with Your Next Down Payment on a Rental Property

For most real estate investors, cash for down payments proves the greatest choke point. Your ability to build your rental portfolio and passive income is constrained by your bank balance.  Because unlike homeowner mortgages, which can require as little as 3% down, rental property loans typically only cover 70-80% of the purchase price. That leaves investors on the hook for the other 20-30% as a down payment. So how can ...

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The Power of Passive Income: How to Free Yourself From Your 9 to 5

Do you realize how powerful passive income really is? Do you? I bet you know generally what passive income is, but have you really weighed out how passive income could change your entire life — in ways you likely never thought possible? What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work a full-time job? The Definition of Passive Income According to Wikipedia (one of my favorite ...

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Using Your Strengths to Succeed as a Real Estate Investor

There is something really cool about real estate investing: how many routes you can go and succeed. I think something so many new folks don’t understand as they get into the industry is how many variations of real estate investments there are. Even if someone does understand how many options are out there, they often don’t realize how to capitalize on having those options. Strengths vs. Weaknesses We ...

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Shatter Fear

What do you regret most in life? That which you did, or that which you didn't do? It's an age-old question, and it usually has the same answer: we regret what we didn't do. We regret those times we didn't act. We regret the times we were .... afraid. Yes, afraid. There's nothing wrong with being afraid, of course: it happens to the strongest of us. It's a natural reaction to ...

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The 2 Biggest Mistakes Made in Calculating Rental Property Returns

Not only should you avoid these mistakes when you run your own numbers on a property, but you should also be on the lookout for anyone else who is making these mistakes when they try to sell you a property that is supposedly a great investment. For anyone newer out there who doesn’t understand what I mean when I say “the numbers,” I am referring to the numbers used ...

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A Personal Rant: I Can’t Stand Working with Contractors!

Yep, I said it. I absolutely, in no way, enjoy working with contractors who do work on my house! I understand that a lot of you do, and that is totally fine. I can see the appeal and where it could be fun to rehab or fix up a property that you’ve bought, but personally, I can’t stand it. A lot of real estate investing revolves around fixing ...

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Wanna Be a Lifestyle Entrepreneur?

Today, we pay our bills online. We meet our significant others online. We schedule our doctor’s appointments online. We even hang out with friends and family online. The online world is unrecognizable from the 80’s and 90’s era of online bulletin boards and chat rooms. Now, you can even work online. Being able to make a living - or, better yet: create a lifestyle - online changes everything. If ...

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