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One of the things I love about BiggerPockets is all of the learning that happens here. Most of us recognize how special this place is. A community that offers an abundance of legitimate guidance, information and education without asking for anything in return is a rare thing indeed. In a world saturated with half-truths and get-rich-quick schemes, I […]

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General Real Estate

Clarity: The Key For Real Estate Success

by John Fedro March 14, 2014
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It is said that as human beings the easiest person to fool is ourselves. All too often we lie, cheat, manipulate, bully, and de-motivate ourselves on a regular basis. If this describes you or someone you know please send this article their way. The topic of this post is about the how and why to […]

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Real Estate

Finding the Right Tax Advisor for Your Real Estate Investments

by Amanda Han March 13, 2014
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One of the reasons that people end up paying more than their fair share of taxes is because they simply don’t understand the tax code. Who can blame them though? With hundreds of thousands of pages, the tax code is written in a language all on its own. If you think I’m joking, you should […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 061: How to Succeed in Multifamily Investing – A Unique Conversation with Josh, Brandon, and Ben

by Brandon Turner March 13, 2014
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Change is good, right? We hope so – because in this episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, we change a lot of things up and invite you to come sit in the BiggerPockets digital coffee shop and listen in on a fascinating discussion! For the first time, we bring back a previous guest on the BiggerPockets Podcast […]

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Real Estate

20 Questions To Ask Before Hiring Rental Property Management!

by Chris Clothier March 12, 2014
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I get this question a lot from real estate investors and it came up recently on the BiggerPockets.com forums.  ”How do I know if a property management company is any good?”  My answer always comes back to the questions you are asking the company you are getting ready to hire.  Before you will know if […]

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Real Estate

How We Prepare An Investment Property When Selling

by Jeff Brown March 12, 2014
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Let’s get the Captain Obvious stuff outa the way right off the bat. Yeah, make sure the paint doesn’t suck. Ya might even check if the colors make sense. Get rid of the weeds in the yard, and trim things up. If it’s a rental house, DO NOT put it on the market unless it’s […]

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Real Estate

Case Study: Buying an Island For 96% Off The Asking Price

by Jimmy Moncrief March 12, 2014
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“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Know When Your Real Estate Market is Getting Bad

by Ankit Duggal March 12, 2014
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“Real Estate is not a passive investment business. If you don’t add value, you fail” -Marcel Arsenault Value adding strategies typically surround increasing rents, decreasing expenses or repurposing the asset i.e. office to apartments. I would like to propose another value-add strategy, Market Trend Analysis,  that if used effectively can help you make and avoid […]

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Real Estate Investing

7 Tips for Starting Your Real Estate Business Off On the Right Foot

by Sharon Vornholt March 11, 2014
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I got a question this week from someone that is trying to get started in real estate investing. This woman has decided to start with absentee owners and her question to me was: I have managed to get the names of a few absentee owners. Now, what do I mail to them? In her mind, […]

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General Real Estate

Don’t Rely on Luck: A Lesson in Real Estate Investment

by Karen Margrave March 11, 2014
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Often times on BP, we get people who ask questions like… Where should I invest? What type of property should I buy? Is this property a good deal? Should I specialize in wholesaling, fix and flips, new, spec, multi family, SFR, or…? “All Real Estate is Local” There is a saying, “all real estate is […]

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Real Estate

There Is a Reason for a License – I Stand Corrected

by Ben Leybovich March 11, 2014
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I believe in saying “sorry” when it’s warranted, and I am big enough to acknowledge when I am wrong; except when talking to Brandon Turner – not because I don’t want to apologize to Brandon, but because I am never wrong when I talk to Brandon… I rolled out of bed this morning and thought […]

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Real Estate

How to Incorporate Floor Plans into Your Real Estate Business

by Tom Sylvester March 10, 2014
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I am always looking for ways to improve and different ways to set our real estate business apart from the competition.  Some things that we try work, others don’t. Today I’m going to share one idea that we started using a while ago that we have kept, which is creating diagrams of the floor plans […]

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Landlord Tenant

What are Your House Rules?

by Kevin Perk March 10, 2014
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As landlords, we have a set of house rules that go with our rental properties.  They are an addendum to our lease and we sit with every new and approved applicant and read them word for word. I like to keep the rules separate from the lease.  It just seems a bit easier to administer […]

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Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Investment Advice From Warren Buffett

by Brad Johnson March 10, 2014
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If you’ve ever longed for real estate investing advice from the “Oracle of Omaha,” your wait is over. In his latest shareholder letter (released March 1st, 2014), Warren Buffett shares the details and lessons learned on two of his real estate investments that – spoiler alert – were wildly successful. Real Estate Investment #1 – […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Truck Sales Suggest Strong Outlook for Housing Market

by Harrison Stowe March 10, 2014
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As I noted in a prior post, activity in the consumer goods sector is often an indicator of health in the housing market. Major home supply retailers often see a jump in sales during or even before a rise in buyer activity. Scenarios like this can have spillover effects as well, with the increase in […]

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