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Why Real Estate Investors Love Inflation!

Why Real Estate Investors Love Inflation!

Investors love real estate because it acts as a hedge against inflation. This occurs for several reasons: One, on an historical basis, housing prices rise just as fast or faster than the rate of inflation. Two, although investors can’t always raise rents to account for inflation (due to fixed-rent leases of one year or...
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What is a Short Sale?

What is a Short Sale?

You may have heard the term “short sale” and wondered what it referred to – and what kind of opportunities these types of transactions offer in the real estate market. Let’s define a short sale first. A short sale can occur when a home owner’s debt on a property is greater than the amount...
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Diversification in Real Estate

Diversification in Real Estate

You normally hear the term “diversification” from financial planners and stock brokers. But you don’t hear the term used so often when it comes to real estate investing. The goal of diversification, regardless of the investment, is to reduce the investor’s overall risk. Diversification in real estate is easily achieved by purchasing income-producing properties...
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Real Estate Is a Business!

Real Estate Is a Business!

Real estate is a business – plain and simple. You’ll need to plan, analyze, negotiate, write offers, manage, market, and sell just like any other form of business. A business does not stay in business for very long if it’s not producing a profit! In real estate, there’s a certain level of commitment required,...
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Real Estate Lease Options

Real Estate Lease Options

In simplest terms, a real estate lease option is the right to control a property without the obligation to buy it. As a real estate investor, when you have such an option, you have the opportunity to buy a property during a set period of time, but you aren’t required to do so. The...
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Active vs. Passive Investing

Active vs. Passive Investing

In real estate, there are two basic concepts of investing – active and passive. Passive investing is typically your buy-and-hold form of investing. Simply put, once you’ve purchased a solid income property, you sit back and let it appreciate over time and have your tenants literally pay down your mortgage each and every month....
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Understanding Market Cycles

Understanding Market Cycles

In order to make profitable investments, it’s vital for you to understand the cycles of the real estate market because they directly affect the value of properties you may want to consider. The first thing to understand that just like the weather has four seasons, so does the real estate market have four general...
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The Roots of Appreciation

The Roots of Appreciation

Even during the Great Depression some people made money. The same holds true today despite one of the toughest economic environments in decades. The key is to understand the roots of appreciation or what causes real estate to go up or down in value. Because all real estate is local, it is entirely possible...
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20 Million Underwater Mortgages by 2012?

20 Million Underwater Mortgages by 2012?

More than 14 million borrowers were underwater as of Q1 2010, and with a further 10.8% decline in house prices expected relative to Q4 2009 levels, another 6 million borrowers are likely fall into negative equity by the end of 2011, according to commentary today by Deutsche Bank. The presence of negative equity goes...
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Cash Flow Will NOT Make You Rich

Cash Flow Will NOT Make You Rich

Don’t get me wrong. Cash flow is good (assuming it’s positive), but absolutely NO one has ever become rich from cash flow alone. Think about that for a minute. Let’s look at a quick example. Let’s say you have a $100,000 property that generates $200 per month in positive cash flow. That’s $200 per...
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