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Lease/Option vs Contract for Deed

Many investors are generally familiar with the concepts lease option and contract for deed (aka “installment land contract”). Many investors confuse the two, and this article will help you understand the tax, legal, and practical issues between a lease option vs contract for deed. Lease Options First, let’s start with the lease option, which is really two […]

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10 Tips on Decision Making in Your Real Estate Business

In the real estate investor’s world, and especially in the tight real estate markets that many of us are currently experiencing, it’s critical to be able to make quick, yet solid decisions. Some seem to have this gift and some don’t. If you don’t have this ability, unfortunately you may tend to lose out on deals as others […]

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A House Is its Own Best “Comp”

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 […]

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The Basics of “Short-Sales”

You will likely come across dozens of properties in foreclosure with little or no equity, that is, the seller owes at close to or more than the property is worth. In these situations, lenders are sometimes willing to accept less than the full amount due, commonly referred to a “short pay” or “short sale.” Negotiating […]

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Apartment Investing

Why NOW is the Time to Get into Apartment Investing If you’ve been buying and flipping or renting single family homes, you may want to look into apartment investing.  Yes, I know, you think you need gobs of cash to buy apartments, when the fact is you can buy apartments with little or no cash out […]

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7 Reasons to Use Land Trusts

Trusts

You wouldn’t walk around with a financial statement taped to your back, would you?  Then why are you holding title to your real estate in your own name?  Whether it’s your personal residence or your rental properties, you are a “sitting duck” for disgruntled tenants, ex-employees, ex-spouses, the IRS and their attorneys.  Real estate is […]

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Joining a Real Estate Investor Association

Of recently, real estate investing has again become one of the most popular trends in making money. This is a fact. Some of the richest persons in the world who proudly maintained a real estate investing status have acquired more and is still growing. Give it a moment. If you think that real estate investing […]

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The Recipe for Real Estate Success… Finding Motivated Sellers

The Recipe for Real Estate Success…Finding Motivated SellersIn real estate there is a saying that you don’t make your money when you sell, you make your money when you buy. The name of the game is finding amazing deals and then keeping them for the long term or turning around and flipping for a handsome […]

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Retaining Tenants

What tenant wouldn’t love the allure of high speed Internet and a computer of their very own? This is one of many incentives that investors and property owners are offering in order to retain or reward long term tenants. There are other rewards that are just as effective and cost property owners a little less […]

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Dealing with Competition in Your Real Estate Business

When you talk about competition and competitors in any business and the real estate business is no different. It can tend to strike fear into the hearts of many investors who are in direct competition with them. The fact is, for most of us, our competition is here to stay, so we need to be […]

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