Invest In A Calculator, Not A Guru

Hipster thinks real estate investment is the height of cool. Why? We approach investing as a way to connect with the things we love most - the things we really want to do. It's an amazing feeling - owning property, letting it appreciate it, and getting real cash-flow from your work. Turnkey real estate investing has legs that take you from where you to be to where you want to ...

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Battle of the Cap Rates

Want higher ones, right? I don’t. Confused? I don’t blame you. You heard me right. I am just recently more impressed with 7-10% cap rates than 12%+ cap rates. I’ve had just enough experience in the rental property world to teach me that there is some real value in not ruling out those lower cap rates! What is a Cap Rate? A cap rate is a measure of ...

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The Truth About Active Income vs. Passive Income

Oh yes, there is a difference. More than you know. You may already know there is a difference and you may know generally what that difference is, but it’s likely you don’t truly grasp the implications of those differences. For the record, there is nothing wrong with either of them. But if you want to maximize your returns down the road, you do want to make sure you ...

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Pay All Cash or Leverage a Property? An Amateur Analysis.

This article was originally posted at hipsterinvestments.com in October 2012. See the original post here. I was asked my opinion on whether someone should pay all cash for an investment property so they can borrow against it, or leverage it. I definitely don’t claim to be an expert, but based on my calculations and experience, I think leverage is the way to go every time. Two main reasons: 1. Your ...

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How to Calculate Numbers on a Rental Property

Running numbers on a potential rental property you're looking at buying is a must to find out your Return On Investment (ROI), but it doesn’t have to be hard. Once you know the formula, you can use the same one every time so you can run the numbers very quickly. Here at Hipster, we do this a lot, and we want to share what we know with you! First, ...

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Contact Page Technical Difficulties

Hey all— We are having some technical problems with our Contact page. Bummer, we know. We are working hard to figure out what's going on, but in the meantime, just email melissa@hipsterinvestments.com directly with any inquiries. Thanks for your patience!

Recession-Proof Your Portfolio With Rental Properties

Real estate is like the economy. The economy? It's like the weather. We have warm seasons, we have cold ones. Some seasons are unseasonably hot and others: unseasonably cold. As we come out of the most recent downturn and start assessing what happened, what went wrong, what went right - one thing is for certain: rental properties survived the storms. For investors who want cash-flow, the recession has been a ...

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The Dirty Truth About Property Management Only Experience Will Teach You

Oh, property management — such a love/hate concept. On one hand, I absolutely love you because you are the reason I don’t have to spend any time (or brain power) on my real estate investments. On the other hand, you really test my sanity sometimes! If you have invested outside of your local area or you live close to your investments but prefer someone with more expertise or interest ...

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