How Do Real Estate Markets Differ and Which Should You Buy In?

I get asked quite a bit… “Well how do I decide which market to invest in?” Great question, how do you know? The first step is to narrow down the markets that will be advantageous to invest in at all. For flippers, this isn’t as big of a deal because you can flip properties in just about any market. Some markets will be better than others, but you can ...

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Key Real Estate Investing Myths: Debunked

There's a lot of information about how the best way to invest is - where to buy, how to buy, what to buy - what money to use and from where. It's a lot to take in all at once. Should you flip? Should you be a rehabber? Should you buy and hold? Should try a mix? Not everything works for every one person. It seems that around every corner, ...

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How to Calculate Numbers on a Rental Property! (video)

Running numbers on a potential rental property to buy 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. This explanation does not include rehabbing, but those numbers can be added in easily! For a detailed explanation of calculating rental property numbers (so easy you can do it on a napkin!), check out one ...

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What Snowboarding Can Teach Us About Real Estate Investing Strategy

It’s the right time of year for it, no? Well, for most parts of the country, it is definitely winter sports time—or at least winter sports temperature. Here in Los Angeles, not so much, as I was walking the beach in shorts and flip flops earlier. But my intent is not to rub in LA’s fantastic weather but rather to apply an analogy of winter season to ...

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Investing for Cash Flow or Appreciation – What’s the Difference?

No doubt, the point of investing is to receive income. Why else would you invest? You want to put your money into a property or a project or a stock or a thing or whatever will earn you some cash. It’s the whole reason for investing- to turn a smaller amount of money into a larger amount of money. How does one do that? There are a few ways ...

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4 Hazardous Attitudes That Land Investors in Trouble

In pilot world (I’m a pilot), I had to become very familiar with the attitudes and mindsets that get pilots into trouble. I partially had to learn this to attempt to keep myself out of trouble, but I especially had to learn about these mindsets when I began teaching flying because I needed to be able to identify these attitudes in my students. Real estate investing is no different ...

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Sorry, But Turnkeys Aren’t 100% Hands-Off. For Success, Know THIS.

People think that when turnkeys are advertised as “hands-off,” it means they have to do nothing. Then, inevitably, when something goes wrong, the investor is irritated because things are getting handled. Well, I hate to break your cookie jar and spill cookies everywhere, but turnkeys aren’t fully hands-off! Turnkeys do, however, take care of a lot of the work for you. You don’t have to spend time focusing ...

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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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Ali’s New Book Just Came Out!

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