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Different Markets, Different Strategies

Different Markets, Different Strategies

Once you learn how to analyze where your market is and the direction it’s probably going, then you can plan your investment attack. Certain strategies work well in a rising market, others work better in a flat or falling market.  Many strategies work in any market, as long as you know your market and...
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Are You “CLEAR” on What is a Good Deal?

Are You “CLEAR” on What is a Good Deal?

So often beginning investors focus on real estate investing techniques that they lose sight of the important issue – is this a good deal?  Learning to recognize a good deal takes research, education and, above all, experience. Here’s a good formula to determine whether a potential real estate purchase is a deal.  It’s a...
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How to Determine Property Values in Today’s Market

How to Determine Property Values in Today’s Market

In today’s market where there are so many foreclosure and bank REO sales, figuring out the real value of a property can be difficult. The comparable sales method is the most commonly used — and still the most accurate one — to determine the value of single-family homes, condominiums and smaller multi-unit properties (two...
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5 Good Reasons to Hold Real Estate in a Land Trust

5 Good Reasons to Hold Real Estate in a Land Trust

Are you a target for tenant lawsuits? Are your assets easy to locate? Do you own rental properties in your own name? You wouldn’t walk around with a financial statement taped to your forehead would you? So why would you have your most valuable assets exposed to public scrutiny? Anyone can go down to...
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The Delaware Series LLC for Real Estate Investors

The Delaware Series LLC for Real Estate Investors

Following up to our previous article titled, “3 Reasons a Series LLC Should be a Real Estate Investor’s Best Friend“, we now focus on benefits of a Delaware Series LLC. The Delaware series LLC is a form of a limited liability company that provides liability protection across multiple “series”, each of which is theoretically...
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Analyze Your Market Using the MAD Method

Analyze Your Market Using the MAD Method

There are many complicated ways to analyze the market conditions in your local area, enough to confuse and boggle the novice investor’s mind.  However, you can keep things simple by using our “MAD” method.  This means paying attention to three important factors and noting whether they’re going up or down: M — Median housing...
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Build Your Real Estate Dream Team

Build Your Real Estate Dream Team

Many entrepreneurs believe that, if you want something done right, do it yourself.  Personally, I believe that is the rationalization of control freaks unwilling to delegate. In reality, your dream team will help you reach your financial goals faster than you ever can alone. Sure, you can find motivated sellers and build a great...
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What Determines the Market?

What Determines the Market?

Most people think of the real estate market as something that’s measured like the stock market—bearish or bullish. In real estate, the common expressions for a bull market are “up,” “strong,” “good,” “hot,” and “seller’s.” A bearish market is described as “soft,” “bad,” “down,” or “buyer’s.” On a daily basis, you’ll hear the media...
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Wealth Protection for Real Estate Investors

Wealth Protection for Real Estate Investors

We live in a “lawsuit happy” society.  Attorneys advertise on billboards with slogans such as “Have You Been Injured?  You May be Entitled to a Cash Award!” Nobody wants to accept responsibility for their own actions.  Everybody is a victim. It’s sad but true… when you build wealth and get rich, you become a...
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The Great Debate: Flipping versus Holding

The Great Debate: Flipping versus Holding

Some investors focus on flipping — that is, turning properties over quickly, rather than keeping them long term. In most cases, holding property generates more long-term wealth for you than flipping. Therefore, you may consider flipping some properties and holding others. On the other hand, you may consider using the flipping strategy a while,...
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