5 Factors to Investigate BEFORE You Buy That Property You Found on Zillow

You want an investment property. You’re certain you’ve learned what you need to in order to buy a successfully profitable property. So you go shopping. Hello, Zillow. (Or Trulia if you’re super hip to the game.) Party time! Ooooh, so many properties to choose from. Wherever do you start? Bets would say that you jump on Zillow and check out what is there. Or Trulia, or whatever. ...

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Shop Smart When You Invest

Where do you shop? Why? Do you have favorite department stores, grocery stores and online stores? What makes them your go-to markets? Great markets offer convenience, value and quality. Look at the biggest retailers on the market, for examples. Nordstrom offers top notch quality and the convenience of top notch customer service; meanwhile, Walmart offers unbeatable values coupled with the convenience of being able to purchase everything from milk to ...

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Out-of-State Real Estate Investing 101

One of the biggest questions I hear is “How can I invest out-of-state? I hear the returns are much better, but how would I even start to do that?” Assuming you live anywhere other than in a handful of cities, you are probably right about the returns. You also realize that you don’t need to be local to your investments so that you can routinely “check in on them”. ...

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Real Estate Investing is Just like Surfing

I feel obligated to write an article with reference to surfing since I have finally decided to take that leap and learn the sport. I mean, I do live in Venice Beach, so it would be a waste to not know how to, right? It’s almost sad how often I relate random situations to real estate investing. I can tell you exactly how working out and getting fit is ...

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5 Risks of Buying Rental Properties in Declining Markets

You’ve probably heard that the key to real estate investing is “location, location, location.” This is true for all different aspects of a property’s location—the larger metro market it is located in, the specific area of town, and even the specific neighborhood. Some cities can literally vary street to street in terms of where is good to buy and where isn’t good to buy. The very ...

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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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3 Things to Consider Before Saying ‘I Do’ (To Your Property)!

Buying property is kind of a big deal. It’s not something most of us enter into lightly.  Investing in real estate means a time and financial commitment, regardless of your particular investment strategy. As a result, we put a lot of thought into the properties we buy. Like deciding to get married, we do a bit of soul searching before we jump in…is the property in agreement with ...

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4 Tips to Combat the Analysis Paralysis That Comes From TMI (Too Much Information)

Man, can I think of plenty of places there is just way “too much information” (TMI) floating around these days. Do I even have to mention seeing what people eat for breakfast every morning on social media? It’s not new news that we have absurd amounts of information floating around the internet, social media, and cell phones these days, but is it affecting real estate investors too? Yes! When ...

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Warning: The Market You Should Be Buying in Has CHANGED!

Did you know that the dynamics of markets (a.k.a. cities) for real estate investing changes? They change all the time actually. One year there may be a market that everyone is buying in, like an investor feeding frenzy, but that market will change, guaranteed. Especially if it experienced an investor feeding frenzy. If you are already trying to tie what I’m saying to your situation and it’...

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