Home Warranty Plans Can Save Buyers and Sellers Repair and Replacement Fees

After all the trauma of seeking your dream home, homebuyers rarely think about what could possibly break and that could cover a multitude of items. As a home seller just thinks of the peace of mind you could have by purchasing a warranty package for the unknown. And what an enticement; purchasing a resale property […]

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Curb Appeal 101

They say that 1st impressions are lasting impressions. By improving a house exterior you can attract buyers to look inside, where hopefully you have also done other great improvements! Exterior improvements can add not only curb appeal but can add to your bottom line by commanding a higher selling price on the property and a […]

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What are Your Financial Resources for Real Estate Investing?

When you attended your first real estate event, it was probably expressed to you that you don’t need a ton of money to begin investing; and that is true. However, having even a bit of money can help speed up the process quite a bit. It is also true that properties can be bought with […]

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A House Is its Own Best “Comp”

An appraisal is a certification by a licensed professional that a house is worth a certain amount based on comparable sales. It is, however, an opinion of value based on one person’s analysis and experience. The actual “market value” is the amount a buyer is willing to pay and for which a seller is willing […]

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Tax Lien Investing 101

What is a tax lien? Tax liens occur when a property owner has not paid local taxes on a property. The local government will issue a lien against the property that states that it can’t be sold and ownership cannot be transferred until the owed amount has been paid in full. How do you make money […]

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Are Self-Directed IRAs the Best Kept Investment Secret?

There are any number of reasons why your investment advisor or broker hasn’t talked to you about a self-directed IRA. It could be they are afraid of losing your business, or it could simply be that they aren’t familiar with them. Whatever the reason, you should know all of the investment options optional for your […]

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Equity Sharing & Partnerships

If you are low on cash or have cash and are low on time, a partnership or equity-sharing arrangement may be for you.  Using partners to finance real estate transaction is the classic form of using “OPM” (other people’s money).  Experienced investors are always willing to put up money to be a partner in a […]

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How to Evaluate a Wholesale Deal

So, you are new to real estate and have attended a few seminars. You have even done some networking through some local REIAs (Real Estate Investors Associations). You have started building your team and have some real estate agents, hard money lenders, contractors, and more at your disposal.  You even have some of your own […]

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Investing with Disqualified Parties in a Self Directed IRA

Your self-directed IRA is a huge tool for creating tax-free or tax-deferred wealth, but it is fraught with technical rules and potentially deadly pitfalls.  One of those pitfalls is doing transactions with parties that are “disqualified”, namely spouses and lineal ascendants and descendants (parents, kids, etc).   Thus, you can’t borrow from your mother’s IRA […]

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