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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25 Items You May Be Able to Write Off for Rental Properties

Note: I am not a licensed accountant. You should consult a professional licensed accountant for all of your tax and investment matters. This article should be used for nothing more than an idea of the kinds of things you can write off on your rental property investments. It is not in any way meant to be an instructional manual for your taxes. It’s tax season! Nothing is more exciting ...

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4 Life-Changing Lessons My Real Estate Mentor Taught Me

There is no question about it—everyone in this industry needs a mentor. I can truly say that if I didn’t have the mentor that I do, I wouldn’t have made it this far—if not just for his teachings, but for his moral support during my freak outs. I’d say the latter has been the most important, but all the while, there is no reason to ...

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The 5-Point Real Estate Market Crash Survival Guide

I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about an impending market crash that is coming in the next couple of years. Consequently, I’ve heard a lot of people asking, “What impact will a crash have on me as an investor and/or what can I do in preparation for a crash?” I can only speak and educate in regard to rental properties because those are all I have ...

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Is Investing in Real Estate For You?

It's a question worth considering - especially if you've been on the fence. To invest or not? The answer Hipster has to offer is simple: maybe. It really depends...It depends on what kind of investor and person you are - what you want to achieve - and how comfortable you are fixing toilets (or not, to be blunt). PS - you DO NOT need to fix toilets to be ...

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Lease Options as a Tool to Rock Out Your Rental Properties

Money. We buy rental properties because we want money, right? I do at least. I don’t know what you buy them for. If I want money, what has to not happen in a rental property? Vacancy and repairs. Vacancy is avoided if you happen to get that lifelong tenant (of which I’ve yet to find). Repairs are unavoidable no matter what. It’s a house, it wears. So ...

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Is Buying a Rental Property with Negative Cash Flow Ever OK?

Cash flow—it’s a term real estate investors eat, sleep, and live for. Maybe it’s used in reference to bigger sums of cash flow, as in flipping, or more often it’s used in terms of the monthly cash flow that a rental property does (or doesn’t) bring in. Either way, cash needs to be flowing in for a real estate investment to be a win. The ...

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Is It Better to Buy & Rehab or Purchase Turnkeys? Let’s Look at the Pros & Cons.

As I see turnkeys becoming more popular, I’m seeing more and more people wonder which route they should go when buying a rental property — turnkey or buy and rehab (BRRRR) the property themselves? It’s such a great question! I think the only true answer to the question is it depends. It depends on you. What are you wanting to accomplish, what are your interests in an investment, what ...

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Why Investing In Turnkey Real Estate Matters For Your Lifestyle

If you’re considering jumping in to the exciting world of investing in real estate, consider investing in turnkey real estate for maximum return on your income or ROI. Why? Turnkey real estate is an incredible gig - you buy a ready to rent or already rented, fully renovated property, get hooked up with an ace property manager, and your focus, life and bank account don’t get drained by ...

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