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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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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Investing in Rentals Locally vs. From Afar: Which is REALLY a Better Strategy?

I do so love to tackle “big debate” topics! I know this one — whether you should invest in rental properties locally to where you live or if it’s okay to invest non-locally — definitely hits a lot of hot spots on the BiggerPockets Forums, so I figure, let’s bring the wrestling match over to the blog! As you will always hear me say, regardless of the rights or wrongs ...

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The 5 Fastest Ways to Lose Money with a Rental Property

You’ve decided you want to invest in rental properties. Excellent decision! There are so many benefits to rentals, including cash in your pocket each month, tax benefits, equity building, and most importantly it’s passive income! So you know you want to invest in them, but where do you start? You probably know to “find a house undervalued” and “rent it out” and “boom you make money”. Well, okay, ...

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The Not-So-Obvious Reason Your Property Management Company is Failing You

Property managers. Oh, how many of us love them? (Secret answer — not many!) Why is property management such an often-hated industry? Well, the answer is easy. Because the majority of property managers out there just aren’t very good! Property managers typically not being the cream of the crop isn’t anything new, and in fact, it is a continuous battle for many real estate investors. I would venture to ...

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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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4 Buying Criteria for Rental Property (& How I Determine a Good Deal)

I most often get asked about my buying criteria as it relates to turnkey rental properties because that is what I have mostly bought over the years. However, the answers I give regarding turnkeys are really the same answers I would give for any rental property investment. What should you look for in a rental property? Are there guidelines? What factors should you consider? What about those pesky “rules of ...

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Are Turnkeys Too Good To Be True? And 4 More Popular Turnkey Questions Answered

Get Access To Our Latest Turnkey Investment Property Deals Right Here Turnkey properties are popping up everywhere lately - and no wonder, since they make it easy for ordinary people to get involved in real estate investing. Even if you don’t have the skill, knowledge, or time to start the sometimes laborious process of acquiring a rental property, you can still enjoy the benefits of a passive income property. ...

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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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