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  • Selling a House for Cash 101
    In many markets, property values have taken off to levels not seen in well over a decade. It may be a great time to explore selling your home. Depending on the condition of your property, the buyer may be a cash buyer. While this is a typical practice, there are many nuances and slight differences […]
  • Cash for Keys: What It Means for Rental Properties
    Cash for Keys: What It Means for Rental Properties As the owner of a rental property, eviction is never a fun prospect to have to consider. Maybe it’s an issue with a tenant adhering to their lease conditions or has numerous missed rent payments. Regardless, evicting problematic tenants is a natural part of ensuring landlords […]
  • Why Do Buyers Back Out in Real Estate
    Completing a successful real estate transaction is difficult, regardless of how experienced someone is regarding buying or selling homes. It takes several moving parts coming together at the right time to get a deal to the finish line. A handful of buyers back out of deals every day. Knowing the reasons a buyer might back […]
  • Understanding Closing Costs: Who Usually Pay
    When buying or selling a home, the topic of who pays closing costs is bound to come up eventually. Any real estate transaction will host numerous costs and fees that will be factored into the purchasing process on top of the property’s value. Understanding who is responsible for paying these fees is crucial for properly […]
  • Understanding Real Estate Market Trends
    The real estate market has a habit of being a reflection of its era, a timeless indicator of economic and social prosperity. For first-time homebuyers or real estate investors looking to make educated business decisions, understanding the ebbs and flows of the real estate market can be resourceful when choosing to move forward with a […]
  • Who Pays the Real Estate Commissions?
    Who Pays the Real Estate Commissions? When buying or selling a home, the logistics can get complicated pretty quickly. Tiny yet crucial details and extensive payment processes result in most individuals entering the real estate market with the help of a specialist or real estate agent. When selling a home or commercial real estate space, […]
  • Should You Sell or Keep Your Rental Property? | Happy Home Legacy
    People invest in rental properties for countless reasons and each rental property is different. Whether it’s a condominium in a city with numerous tenants or a vacation home that’s rented for only a few months of the year, owning rental property has its fair share of exciting advantages and unique challenges. At some point or […]
  • Guide to Selling Your House During COVID-19
    In this article, we’ll explore how the eviction moratorium has affected landlords and rental property owners, how the pandemic has reshaped the current real estate market and some strategies for selling your home during COVID-19. By being adaptable and understanding regulations related to rental investments, people can navigate the current real estate market more efficiently. […]
  • 14 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a General Contractor
    14 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a General Contractor April 8, 2021 Erin Helle When looking to hire a contractor for your building or remodeling project, you may feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of how to guarantee they are not only legit but also the best at what they do. Do you remember […]
  • Do Renters Need A Home Inspection Too?
    Should you get a rental property inspection before signing a lease? A home inspection is the norm when you buy property, but they’re virtually unheard of for renters.  Is that a big mistake? If you ask for a rental property inspection before signing a lease, are you just being a pain, or are you making a […]
  • How to Sell Your Home for Cash: The Process!
    In many markets property values have taken off to levels not seen in well over a decade. Depending on your financial situation and the growth of your market it may be a great time to explore cashing out and selling your home. Depending on the condition of your home, the buyer of your property may […]
  • What to Look Out for when Working with Cash Buyers
    At face value, working with cash buyers should be easy and simple. Cash, As-Is, no appraisals….easy peasy! Unfortunately this is not always the case and working with cash buyers can be difficult. The good news is, knowing what to look out for when working with cash buyers BEFORE opening escrow can prepare you to save […]
  • Austin Expected to be Nation’s Hottest Housing Market in 2021, Leading a Sunbelt Surge
    Austin Expected to be Nation’s Hottest Housing Market in 2021, Leading a Sunbelt Surge By Jeff Tucker on Jan. 19, 2021 A panel of economists and real estate experts expect Austin to outperform the national market by the largest margin, followed by Phoenix, Nashville, Tampa and Denver Expensive coastal markets New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles […]
  • 3 Reasons to Always Buy Distressed Property (& How to Find One)
    Engelo RumoraExpertise: Real Estate Investing Basics, Personal Development, Landlording & Rental Properties, Real Estate News & Commentary, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing Are you looking to save some money? Do you need a property and don’t mind doing some repairs to get you started? Do […]
  • Top 10 Emerging Multifamily Markets
    The markets on this list have consistently outperformed national averages in rent growth, employment and construction activity.   By:  Razvan Cimpean In a year of constant uncertainty and economic volatility when most sectors of the economy faced significant uphill battles, the multifamily market remained notably consistent. While investment totals generally dwindled, mostly due to a […]
  • The Million-Dollar Mistake I Will Absolutely Never Repeat
    Sterling WhiteExpertise: Commercial Real Estate, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing, Business Management, Landlording & Rental Properties, Real Estate Investing Basics, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary, Mortgages & Creative Financing Let’s get into negotiating the deal. This is by far one of my favorite topics, because I’m a firm believer that everything in life […]
  • Top 5 Midwestern Markets for Multifamily Transactions
    The new property includes 288 units and 4,000 square feet of retail space in the city’s downtown Even as deal velocity has slowed nationwide, one market’s volume through October picked up by nearly 50 percent compared to last year. By   Jeff Hamann      Multifamily transaction volume in the Midwest has slowed this year, […]
  • Advantages of 18-Hour Cities for Real Estate Investors in 2020 (& Beyond)
    Brent Hieggelke Save for Later The impact of COVID-19 on the economy is on the minds of everyone–politicians, business owners, and employees alike. The pandemic has forced us all to re-evaluate our priorities, including how we work, play, and plan for the future.  In the investment space, we have seen new trends arise, such as the […]
  • Investors: A Real Estate Agent’s Most Powerful Partnership
    As any real estate agent knows, leads are the lifeblood to success. This is why it is no secret that a high percentage of most agents’ time is dedicated to uncovering possible leads via as many conduits as possible.  That being said, all leads are not created equal. Some leads roll in thanks to expensive […]
  • How Pre-Qualification Can Help You Get Your Dream Home
    Buying a home is an important – and exciting – decision. After all, having a place to call your own, to raise your family in, to do as you wish with no landlord to answer to are all motivating factors in starting the process. But, in addition to these emotional reasons, buying a home can […]
  • Investor Spotlight: How I Landed a Large Multifamily as My First Investment (& Why I’ve Never Looked Back) Featuring Evan Holladay
    Investor Spotlight: How I Landed a Large Multifamily as My First Investment (& Why I’ve Never Looked Back) Featuring Evan Holladay  Evan Holladay was a pre-med student in college when he discovered real estate investing. A mentorship with one of the top affordable housing developers confirmed his interest and led to his first deal—a (casual) $29 […]
  • Secrets of Successful Landlords: 8 Things Profitable Landlords Do Differently
    Remen OkoruwaExpertise: Landlording & Rental Properties Being a successful  landlord means more than collecting rent from your tenants. Sure, rental income is your primary source of cash flow. But making a healthy profit as a landlord requires managing properties and tenants properly. Even the way you collect rent from tenants can affect how profitable your business is. […]
  • How to Find the Right Property Manager for Your Out-of-State Rental
     Steve RozenbergExpertise: Landlording & Rental Properties Imagine receiving a $20,000 check to purchase a rental property. How about step-by-step guidance from some of the most experienced real estate investors in the industry? Well, that’s exactly what the Dream Investment Adventure Series is all about.   Follow along with our contest winner, Joe, and his journey of purchasing […]
  • Advantages of 18-Hour Cities for Real Estate Investors in 2020 (& Beyond)
    Brent Hieggelke   The impact of COVID-19 on the economy is on the minds of everyone–politicians, business owners, and employees alike. The pandemic has forced us all to re-evaluate our priorities, including how we work, play, and plan for the future.   In the investment space, we have seen new trends arise, such as the value […]
  • Why Buy-and-Hold Is Such a Powerful Investing Strategy
    Andrew SyriosExpertise: Mortgages & Creative Financing, Business Management, Landlording & Rental Properties, Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Real Estate Investing Basics, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary As I’ve noted before, the current market is not a particularly good one for newbies or for big moves by seasoned investors. But that […]
  • Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized
    Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized BY BOBVILA.COM ON 29 AUG 2020 A thoughtful approach to garage storage makes the most of this valuable space and keeps every necessity at your fingertips. If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. To […]
  • 7 Tips From a Pro to Start Investing in Real Estate Today
    Brandon TurnerExpertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Mortgages & Creative Financing, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Real Estate Wholesaling, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing, AskBP, Real Estate Investing Basics How would you like to be fabulously wealthy and spend your days on a yacht […]
  • How to Avoid Over-Improving Properties (& Make Bigger Profits!)
    Alexander Felice Beginners almost always over-improve their first properties. This leaves you with a very nice asset to look at, but it leaves profitability on the table.  I’m going to discuss how to know if you’re over-improving your properties when utilizing the BRRRR strategy. I want to explain it in a holistic manner, so that there […]
  • Scaling From Single Family to Commercial Real Estate
     Jesse Fragale Let’s talk about scaling in real estate, whether that means moving from no properties to single family or single family to commercial. In general, we’re just going to talk about taking your business to the next level.  To explain how scaling is possible and how to have the courage to take the plunge, I’m going […]
  • 5 Ways to Find the Owner of a Seemingly Vacant Property
    Anson Young When you’ve been in real estate for more than six months, you gain a superpower. There is no fanfare, no announcement or email from your local superhero association. You may not even realize it at first. It’s not x-ray vision or time travel or super strength. It’s the seemingly boring ability to spot an abandoned […]
  • How Coronavirus Is Changing Americans’ Living Situations
    Jamie Greenberger    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many people, especially workers who are just starting a career. Whether someone lost their job because of the virus or took a pay cut, sometimes finances have to be reevaluated. For these young workers, that might mean moving back in with their parents in order to […]
  • Going the Distance: 3 Ways to Stay Motivated Long-Term
    Brandon Turner Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Mortgages & Creative Financing, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Real Estate Wholesaling, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing, AskBP, Real Estate Investing Basics Let’s talk about motivation. The truth is, people are motivated initially. They get really […]
  • Should You Flip Houses or Own Rental Properties?
    Brandon Turner Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Mortgages & Creative Financing, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Real Estate Wholesaling, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing, AskBP, Real Estate Investing Basics Recently on the BiggerPockets Podcast, I was speaking to Thach Nguyen, an investor and agent located […]
  • 5 Steps for Building Your First Foreclosure List
    David OsbornExpertise:3 Articles Written Follow author   Are you eager for the next auction now that you’ve found the perfect property to bid on? Don’t get too excited; the home you’re hoping to buy may not make it to auction, even if it’s already scheduled for sale.  After attending our first few auctions, we realized that […]
  • Why I Choose Real Estate Investing in Challenging Times
    Right now, it seems that everyone is focused on the future of our economy, the stock market, and real estate. We know we are on the cusp of something big, but we just aren’t quite sure how (and how much) we will be affected. We are in unprecedented times, and our leaders don’t have a lot […]
  • Is It Better to Flip or Rent? Here’s Why Buy and Hold Is Best
    Brandon Turner Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Personal Development, Real Estate News & Commentary, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Mortgages & Creative Financing, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Real Estate Wholesaling, Personal Finance, Real Estate Marketing, AskBP, Real Estate Investing Basics There are many ways to make money in real estate. You can wholesale, fix and flip, develop, […]
  • The Cost of Convenience: How Lack of Knowledge Hurts New Investors
    Tamar HermesExpertise:12 Articles Written Follow author We are living in a time where everyone wants everything fast and easy. But convenience can come at a high cost, especially with real estate. Besides being busier than ever, people are looking for ways to dive into real estate and get deals done fast, but they may not have all […]
  • Don’t Skip This Step When Buying Foreclosures at Auction
    Aaron AmuchasteguiExpertise:2 Articles Written Follow author    Save for Later At a recent auction in El Paso, Texas, I noticed many bidders pulling property information from the internet as trustees called out addresses. Many of them used Google Street View to look at homes as they were auctioned off. More likely than not, this was the first […]
  • Everything You Need to Know About Down Payments
    Payments Nathaniel HovsepianExpertise:15 Articles WrittenFollow author Throughout the home buying process, you are going to hear many terms that you may not be familiar with. A Realtor may talk to you about a home’s after repair value or about what they found doing a comparative market analysis. Your lender might talk to you about your debt-to-income ratio or the latest mortgage interest rates. Fortunately, […]
  • The Easiest, Most Effective Way to Target Your Marketing (& Stay Within Your Budget)
    Christopher GillExpertise:12 Articles WrittenFollow author Over the years, I’ve worn a number of different hats in the real estate investing industry—from real estate broker to wholesaler, from flipper to urban developer. Real estate, just like pretty much any other industry, is largely hinged on one small, but very important truth: “You must connect your product or service with people who […]
  • Mapped: Best Markets for Section 8 Housing—2020’s Top Recession-Resistant Strategy
    G. Brian Davis Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Real Estate News & Commentary, Personal Finance, Real Estate Investing Basics The United States officially entered a recession in February 2020. Traditionally, a recession is defined as two adjacent quarters of economic contraction, as measured by shrinking gross domestic product (GDP). The recession ends when GDP hits bottom and starts growing […]
  • Real Estate Ride Along: Buying, Renovating, & Selling a 6-Unit Multifamily Property
    In this episode of “Real Estate Ride Along,” Chris Lopez and I walk a six-unit multifamily building that is just five minutes outside of downtown Denver in the West Colfax neighborhood. We really like this area for several reasons. There’s a lot of new development here. Watch the drone footage in the video, and you’ll see lots of development going on. […]
  • The 5 Biggest Risks of Buying Foreclosures at Auction
    David OsbornExpertise:1 Article WrittenFollow author After the housing crash in 2008, home building was a dying business—one that my partners and I needed to replace with a new source of revenue. With our experience, flipping foreclosures seemed like a relatively easy way to make money. Considering how fast home values fell, we thought we’d be able […]
  • 5 Ways Coronavirus Has Changed My Investing Plans
    Tamar HermesExpertise:8 Articles WrittenFollow author Two months ago, I was flying high in real estate. I’ve always kept in mind that investing carries some risk, but it did not seem feasible that anything wildly significant would change anytime soon. Enter COVID-19. Overnight the world changed, and so did my investing plans. Here are some strategies that I’m […]
  • Looking for a New Place? Use This Time to Create Your Wishlist
    BY SUSAN KELLEHER ON 17 APR 2020 If your move is delayed, evaluate the features of your current home so you know just what you want in your next one. Now that many of us have spent several weeks living inside, we’ve become quite familiar with our homes — in some cases, maybe too familiar. If you were […]
  • Coronavirus & the Real Estate Market: 4 Challenges Investors Face Today (& How to Overcome Them)
    Matt Faircloth Expertise: Real Estate Investing Basics, Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice, Mortgages & Creative Financing, Landlording & Rental Properties, Business Management, Personal Development, Flipping Houses, Commercial Real Estate A lot of you out there want to get involved with real estate investing or ramp up your existing portfolio. But how can you manage it in […]
  • 9 Easy-to-Ambitious DIY Projects to Improve Your Home
    BY SUSAN KELLEHER Whether you’re looking for a small project or a new challenge, these improvements can enhance your space and potentially boost your home’s value. Like many homeowners, you may have eyed a home improvement project in the past only to come up short on time or inspiration. Don’t feel bad. Nearly half (43%) of […]
  • Top 9 Books on How to Survive a Recession in 2020
    David PereExpertise: Real Estate Investing Basics15 Articles WrittenFollow author If you’re like me, you are probably trying to get ahead of this potential recession. I have been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching YouTube videos by people much smarter than myself. I realized very quickly that I should have been reading these books last year. A lot of the […]
  • What Bay Area homebuyers need to know during the coronavirus pandemic
    What Bay Area homebuyers need to know during the coronavirus pandemic “Since the shelter in place was first initiated a couple weeks ago, the market nearly overnight shifted to a buyer’s market” By Brock [email protected]  Updated Apr 23, 2020, 9:14am PDT AsAs the global pandemic touches every aspect of life, people have been asked—or, in some cases, ordered—to shelter […]
  • Selling? Increase Your Home’s “Screen Appeal”
    BY MELISSA LIEBLING-GOLDBERG ON 16 APR 2020 With home showings going online during COVID-19, learn how to make your listing stand out on screen. If you were counting on crowded open houses (or any open houses, for that matter) to sell your home, you’ve probably been rethinking your strategy. Nearly the entire country is following public health orders to stay […]
  • 5 Tips for Moving During COVID-19
    BY FRANCES THOMAS ON 9 APR 2020 By taking extra safety precautions and minimizing social contact, you can still move safely. Amid travel bans, widespread stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans are learning to adapt to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for a few people — including […]
  • Spring Cleaning 101: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective
    BY JAMIE BIRDWELL-BRANSON ON 26 MAR 2020 Because you want to enjoy your space now without added fuss. Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch, but there’s no reason to spend more time on this task than necessary. Use these tips to quickly get your home spic […]
  • How COVID-19 has affected the Bay Area housing market
    Despite ups and downs, San Francisco’s housing market has seemed invincible in recent years, such that it would take a crisis of unprecedented proportions to call its fundamentals into question. Then one happened. Only two weeks ago, realtors and analysts were cautious yet confident about the short-term future of the business, telling Curbed SF that, while […]
  • Coronavirus: How hard will it bite Bay Area home market?
    Real estate agents have canceled professional meetings, seen clients show up in masks, and resorted to fist bumps and elbow nudges instead of their traditional social currency — firm handshakes and longish hugs. Home tours and last week’s open houses remained on track, Bay Area agents said, but crowds of 200 guests visiting homes in […]
  • Seeking High-Quality Contractors to Join Our Team
    An important piece of the real estate puzzle hinges on building a strong team. This is why in addition to our network of agents, lenders, attorneys, and brokers, we are always on the lookout for great contractors to partner with. Below is some more insight on what we are looking for along with a number […]
  • Are you Looking to Grow Your Real Estate Investment Opportunities?
    If you are a real estate investor looking to purchase wholesale properties or partner on joint venture projects, look no further. Our team has the experience, know-how, and infrastructure to offer you opportunities in your real estate investment endeavors. No matter if you are looking for a rehab project to work on or you are […]
  • Situations We Can Help Home Sellers With
    Homeowners find themselves in the position of having to sell their home fast for any number of reasons. For example, there are times when family obligations require you to move out of state with little warning. Maybe a job relocation takes you to a new area. Or a personal situation has arisen, putting homeowners on […]
  • How To Successfully Purchase A Rental Property Purchase
    A rental property purchase is not the same as a fix and flip project. With a fix and flip deal, you are focused on generating short term profits whereas a buy and hold rental may be in your portfolio for several years. It is essential that you know everything about your rental market, the property […]
  • The Impact Of A Foreclosure On Your Credit Report
    There are few things more impactful to your financial health than a foreclosure. Aside from a bankruptcy, a property foreclosure is one of the worst things that can negatively affect your credit. Not only does it hurt your credit in the short term, but it has a lasting impact that could take years to recover. […]
  • How To Be A Better Landlord
    Investing in rental properties can be one of the most difficult things you do in real estate. It can also be one of the most profitable if executed properly. Being a landlord is not exactly rocket science. You find a property, make subtle improvements, get good tenants and collect rent checks. Your rent checks should exceed the […]
  • Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2018
    If you haven’t given much thought to selling your home this year, you might want to think again. Real estate information company Trulia commissioned a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted by Harris Poll, to get a feel for expectations and plans for housing and homeownership in 2018. The survey results show 31 […]
  • How To Find The Right Business Financing
    All loans are not created equally. Depending on the property type, timeframe and specific situation some loans work better than others. If you are into quick flips and rehabs a 30-year fixed loan doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Regardless of what type of investing you are into you can probably find financing that […]
  • 4 Things To Consider When You Are Selling A Property
    There are a handful of subtle things you should be doing if you are selling your property. Some of these are common sense but all of them can have a tremendous impact on your bottom line. Even in a seller’s market, it is not enough to list your home and wait for the offers to […]
  • Real Estate Lead Generation 101
    What are the best real estate lead generation options today? Where and how can real estate agents, investors and other related industry professionals generate more leads for buying, selling and renting properties? What are some of the little known benefits, and pitfalls of common real estate lead generation channels today? Here are 12 ways for real estate […]
  • Technology vs. People Skills: Which Real Estate Strategies Will Win?
    The real estate industry caters to independent strategies. For every investor, there is another way to go about conducting business. Some may prefer to utilize the convenience of technology while others want to maintain personal relationships. However, for one reason or another, there remains a void between these two independent strategies. Smart investors will figure […]
  • Real Estate Investing As A Business
    “Investment is most intelligent when most business like” – Warren Buffett If investing is better when conducted most business like, does it mean that more real estate investors ought to be investing in a more businesslike fashion? Should every real estate investor be investing as a business? What does that really mean? What does it look […]
  • Housing Still The Best Investment Tool Of A Lifetime
    Many people are still wondering whether or not real estate is one of the best investment strategies for long-term wealth building. Is investing in homes still a smart investment for the average individual? Is a home still the best investment of a lifetime for most Americans? If so, why are some pessimists still questioning the rebound […]