Learn to Love The Micro-Vacation

Tablets. Smartphones. Wi-Fi. Laptops. Flexible work-spaces. Emails. Text messaging. Good old-fashioned phone calls. Does it ever end? Today is Friday - and as we come upon another weekend, let's take a step back and think about what weekends mean. Beyond the literal meaning of the end of the week, the weekend functions as something of a bookend between weeks. What is the purpose of the bookend? Bookends hold up books; ...

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Hitting Your ROI Out of the Ball Park

Spring - and baseball - are almost here. Excited? We are! Today we are drawing inspiration from one of America's favorite past times. There's just something about the smell of peanuts, hot dogs, cold beer and a sea of people all wearing the same hat as you, isn't there? Beyond the decidedly American ambiance, this sport requires its players to be clever and make well-considered moves that deliver results. Like ...

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Networking Increases Your Net Worth

As real estate investors, we make our own hours. We work at home, coffee shops, on the beach...but: most of the time, we're not at offices connecting with coworkers and sharing ideas. Sometimes, it can feel like we live in a bubble. That's the bad news. The good news? We don't have to do it all by ourselves! By connecting with fellow investors, we can learn about every thing ...

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Order Your Property Like You Order Your Coffee

As real estate investors, many of us are used to working early mornings and late nights. If you're anything like us at Hipster, you probably drink a fair amount of coffee. Ah, coffee. We each have a certain way we like it. Cream. Sugar. Soy milk. Raw sugar. Agave syrup. Hemp milk. Coconut milk. Skim milk. Foamed. Decaf. Over ice. French Press. You name it. Luckily, the world today is ...

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Lifestyle design is all about living the life you want to live and doing the things that make YOU happy. Maybe working for yourself is key to your lifestyle design...maybe packing lots of travel in is also crucial for you. Perhaps your idea lifestyle involves living near a Starbucks and enjoying as many delicious lattes as you can in a day. Maybe living oceanfront, or camping oceanfront, is more ...

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The Zen of Real Estate Investment

Real estate investment just isn’t something you can study in school. It requires skills drawn from all aspects of life: social, life-long learning, research, math, ambition, business savvy and a certain amount of inner peace. Inner peace? Yes. When you buy property, it’s a little bit different from say…buying a certificate of deposit from your savings bank. In real estate, you can more or less safely figure ...

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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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Merry Thanksgiving, Happy Christmas, and Real Estate

It’s that famous holiday time! Most of you are probably still feeling stuffed of turkey and mac & cheese (although probably fewer people than in past years due to the ever-increasing numbers of vegetarians and vegans) and all you can think about is just hanging on until Christmas so you can enjoy a week or two off from life and work. I hear you. It’s exciting for me ...

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The Best Books You Can Read To Succeed in Real Estate

Knowledge = power. Knowledge comes from education. Education comes from resources. Resources are everywhere! Easiest resource in my opinion? Books. Why? Because they hold a lot of information in a small package. Another bonus to books? You get advice straight from experts’ mouths. Can you imagine how much you would have to pay to attend a seminar by an expert that was long enough to cover everything in their books? Or ...

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Ali’s New Book Just Came Out!

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