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Book Review: Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Book Review: Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Time management is an issue for many on both a personal and professional level. Author Brian Tracy makes it clear that the important piece of time management and prioritizing is not completing every task (because you never will!) but rather finding the most challenging tasks and getting those done first. The title of the...
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USA Investment Property – A Great Choice For Investors

USA Investment Property – A Great Choice For Investors

USA investment property is becoming very popular these days, and many foreign investors, especially from the UK, Australia and Europe, would prefer purchasing properties in this country. There are several economic reasons that are responsible for the US property market to work well, where investors can make large profits from relatively small investments. It...
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Understanding Property Taxes

Understanding Property Taxes

Property taxes can be a major expense for investors, but understanding how this tax works could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The first thing to learn about property tax is that property is divided into two categories: real and personal. Real property includes land, buildings and permanent property attached to...
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Bad Debt vs. Good Debt

Bad Debt vs. Good Debt

This is an investing concept that’s not often thought about within the context of real estate, but it’s vital for you to understand the differences between these two types of debt. Bad debt is typically referred to as consumer debt. What makes bad debt “bad” is the fact that it’s not being used on...
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Investing vs. Speculating

Investing vs. Speculating

It’s vital to know the difference between speculation and investing! If you don’t, you could make some very bad decisions and lose a lot of money. Speculation is generally a high risk form of investing. It’s done over a very short period of time, ranging anywhere from 1 day on the low end to...
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The Investing Pyramid

The Investing Pyramid

There are three major areas when it comes to real estate investing.  Each of these can be seen as the corner of a triangle as shown here. It’s important to understand these three major areas and the relationship among them. The first corner of real estate investing is called creating cash. This is where...
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Understanding the Tax Advantages of Depreciation

Understanding the Tax Advantages of Depreciation

There’s no doubt about it – one of the greatest benefits of real estate investment are the tax benefits the investor receives!  It’s entirely legal to shelter income and defer capital gains.  It’s entirely legal to minimize taxation and maximize the money the investor keeps on an after-tax basis. The concept of depreciation (also...
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How Much Cash Should You Keep in Reserve?

How Much Cash Should You Keep in Reserve?

There’s no magic formula you can use to determine how much you should keep in reserve in your business as a real estate investor.  When you rent properties, the four key factors to consider are the strength of the local rental market, eviction time line and cost, the age of the property, and the...
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Strategies to Benefit from Inflation

Strategies to Benefit from Inflation

The only “hedge” against inflation that we are aware of that works consistently over time, in any market, and any economy is real estate. Well bought real estate can stand the scrutiny of analyses, using historic or current data, by investing using borrowed money. To be clear, the ability of real estate to provide...
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Three Strategies for Surviving in a Slow Market

Three Strategies for Surviving in a Slow Market

Don’t buy into all the doom and gloom stories from the media. Learn how to profit from them. Many investors continue to be very successful in the real estate business by following the philosophy, Don’t be afraid to be a “purple snowflake.” So try these strategies. You can make a great deal of money...
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