A Quick Analysis of U.S. Cities for Rental Property Investments.

In response to a blog I saw online, I had commented with a quick analysis of some great rental markets out there right now. The conversation was about markets having either good cash flow, appreciation potential, or both. Here was my analysis. Remember, I just taught you the difference in the macro- versus micro-markets. This list is all macros, just FYI. And it pertains to buy-and-holds only. The Good: (good ...

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Finding Inspiration

What inspires you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee? Your dreams? Your dog? Your alarm clock? The thrill of making deals and making money? All of the above? At Hipster, we like to collect inspiration as much as we like to collect properties and friends. Inspiration for success is everywhere in our daily lives - from looking out the window at a beautiful tree to reflecting ...

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8 Steps to Survive Real Estate Investing’s Inevitable Challenges

There is literally only one reason real estate investors succeed. Get your notebook out, get a fat magic marker out, and write this one word down on a sheet of paper that you can post somewhere and see it everywhere you go. Or set a reminder on your phone for daily reminders of this one word. Ready for it? Perseverance. That’s right. That’s all you need to know ...

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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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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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