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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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When Is Cash Better Than Financing?

When Is Cash Better Than Financing?

Using all cash to purchase investment property may be better than financing in two particular situations. The first situation is a short-term deal, that is, you intend to sell the property shortly after you buy it (known as “flipping”). When you have the cash to close quickly, you can generally get a larger discount...
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U.S. Housing Market Intelligence Report (April 2011)

U.S. Housing Market Intelligence Report (April 2011)

Categories are graded from A thru F: Economic Growth:  C- Economic growth trends were mixed this month, as several key metrics ticked up while others ticked down.  The employment market improved once again as year-over-year employment growth has now been positive for seven consecutive months, and unemployment now stands at its lowest level since...
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The Return of Real Estate – Fortune Magazine

The Return of Real Estate – Fortune Magazine

This week’s issue of Fortune Magazine proclaims the “return of real estate”.  I didn’t think I would see an article like this from a mainstream publication so soon – especially from one of the most trusted financial magazines.  Could this mark the beginning of more good news to come? “Forget stocks. Don’t bet on...
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Atlanta Investment Property with Seller Financing

Atlanta Investment Property with Seller Financing

We just released our latest real estate investment opportunity in Atlanta, Georgia.  These are fully refurbished single family homes within the greater Atlanta market.  The properties are delivered tenant occupied and managed by our professional management firm. The properties provide investors with a positive cash flow of $300 to $500 per month (assuming a...
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Real Estate Investing Myths

Real Estate Investing Myths

There are various myths about real estate investing that never seem to die no matter how much you try to kill them!  Hopefully, the information provided below will help you avoid falling for these untruths. Myth #1: You Can’t Make Money in Real Estate Without a Lot of Money. It’s true that you usually...
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