Why Debt is a Good Thing in Real Estate

I worked through high school and college at a local Boy Scout Camp every summer. For my efforts, I earned a great scholarship to the University of Colorado. The donor who established the scholarship fund had given the Boy Scouts $4 million. One night he hosted a dinner to celebrate the successes of the scholarship recipients. Continue reading

New Crowdfunding Startups to Invest in Real Estate

If you are itching to invest in real estate but don’t have the down payment to buy a property of your own, there are new startups in the real estate industry that give you an opportunity to invest without buying an entire property outright. Curious to learn more? Read on to learn about the startups defining the new real estate marketplace lending sector, and how you can put your money to work in real estate. Continue reading

Reaching Financial Freedom Through a Real Estate Snowball

Real estate offers a world of opportunities to investors. Everyone in the world needs somewhere to live, and most businesses need a physical presence of some sort. This gives real estate a very special and unique profit opportunity. It is something that everyone needs, but only some people have. If you can position yourself to have something other people need, you’ll be raking in big profits in no time! Continue reading

The 3 Best Cloud-Based Landlord Apps

Landlords and other property investors have many options when it comes to cloud based landlord apps. In fact, there are dozens of landlord apps to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites you can consider if you are looking to start or improve your property management with the use of modern property management apps. Continue reading

Calculating How Much Home You Can Really Afford

Buying a home is an exciting time and process, but knowing how much you can afford to spend is not always easy. Calculating how much home you can afford before you start looking helps you to understand your budget, how to create your wants and needs list, and what neighborhoods you should consider calling home. Continue reading

6 Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors

Traits that successful real estate investors share in common

Investing in real estate is a daunting, but potentially lucrative, endeavor. Being a successful real estate investor requires diligence in keeping a pulse on the market. It also is a necessary hunger to see long-term returns. Below are six common habits of successful real estate investors. Continue reading

7 Tips for Winterizing Your Home Before the Holidays

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“Winter Landscape Lapland Sweden” by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee – Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. As you prepare and plan for Thanksgiving and beyond, you can also prepare your house for the coming cold condition. If you live in a freezing or snowy climate, taking steps to winterize early can save you time, money, and frustration as winter settles in around you. Continue reading

5 Factors to Consider Before You Start House Flipping

House flipping is hard work. Before buying your first house to flip, you’ll need to understand the process fully as well as avoid these common mistakes.

Flipping houses is hard work. Sure it seems relatively easy to do—you buy the home at a lower price, fix it up, and sell it off for a profit. Short and sweet at the surface, but in reality, there is a veritable laundry list of factors to consider first. Continue reading

5 Signs It’s Time to Walk Away from an Investment Property

Investing in real estate can be a life changing endeavor, but it is important to understand what you are getting yourself into and when to walk away from a deal. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here are five red flags to look out for so you know when to walk away. Continue reading

Cash Buyers of Luxury Los Angeles Homes to Lose Anonymity

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Southern California is an attractive home to movie stars, financial executives, and foreign millionaires and billionaires looking to live a glamorous lifestyle, and the hills above Los Angeles and the beautiful coastline.

The area is also attractive to criminals with millions of dollars in illegal funds from drug dealing, money laundering, and other illicit activity. While Los Angeles County is happy to be home to movie stars and business executives, new U.S. Treasury Department rules will make it much more difficult for criminals to buy luxury homes in the area. Continue reading