Snowboarding is JUST Like Real Estate Investing: Here’s How

Real estate investing is just like snowboarding. Wait, don’t stop reading if you don’t snowboard; you’ll still be able to follow along, I promise. I love this time of year because my anticipations about getting back into snowboarding are getting stronger by the day (although obviously not strong enough because I haven’t driven out to the perfectly snowy slopes yet). As I was pondering my upcoming ...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIPSTER!!

Hipster has officially turned 1! What an adorable little toddler she's turned out to be. I can only hope, and plan for, avoiding the terrible 2’s. But if I think about how amazing this first year has been, I have every reason to believe Hipster is on her way to rocking it out for years to come. So what is a birthday without presents and a toast! Not a fun one, ...

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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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4 Reasons to LOVE Owning Real Property (Over Stocks, REITS & Notes)

How many times have you seen people ask whether it’s better to invest in real estate or stocks/mutual funds? What about investing in a REIT versus a rental property? What about notes versus rental properties? What about flipping a property versus owning a rental property? There is a category embedded in those debates that I want you to consider: real property. What is real property? When you hear ...

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The Difference Between Investing and Working in Real Estate

I think one of the most important things for real estate investors to be educated on and aware of is what they are getting themselves into when they decide on a particular investing strategy. For the record, I don’t think any strategy is the wrong way to go. I only think a strategy is the wrong way to go if you chose it naively with no idea what you’...

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You Only Live Once: Embrace Life’s Transitions

Well, Hipsters - it's a new month and almost a new season. September ushers in a time of transitions. If you have kids, it's back to school time. If you don't, you may be entering a new phase at work or in your career. If you have kids and a career - well, you're fairly busy. Though in a perfect world, transitions would be easy as those magical easy bake ...

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How to Survive Real Estate Investing: 12 Life-Changing Tips

What better way to celebrate a weekend than to sit back, relax about investing, and gain a little motivation? Whether you are a brand new investor and struggling over the hurdles of getting started, or you are a more advanced investor and just hitting the usual obstacles, it always helps to take a deep breath, exhale, and calm down. The perfect analogy is lifting weights at the gym. Almost every ...

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Real-Life Analysis of a Rental Property Market: Palmdale, CA

I’ve been talking a lot about markets lately, and oddly enough I was asked on three separate occasions just in the last week my opinion as to whether or not I thought Palmdale, CA would be a good place to invest in a rental property. So I thought, well, people are obviously wondering — so how about I just make a whole article out of it? I thought it would ...

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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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