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17 Jan Retirement Savings to Purchase an Investment Property

Purchasing an investment property can entail significant cash needs. An Alternative Documentation or Hard Money loan can cover a significant portion of the financing, but it might help to have a larger down payment, money to fix up the property after purchase, or just a cash cushion while investing in property.   While not often a utilized strategy, using retirement funds can be a potential alternative. It sounds risky, but when employed at the right time, going outside the box can be advantageous. If you are considering utilizing a 401(k), 503(b), or IRA to use in property investment, here's what you need...

13 Dec Cash Out Refi Now for the Inevitable Market Downturn

A big part of being successful in real estate investing means understanding the ins and outs of the market. Being a seasoned and effective investor goes far beyond simply buying and selling property; there's a lot more to know, from which improvements generate the highest ROI to how long to wait to make a purchase when the market isn't quite right. Another major strategy that can differentiate amateur investors from seasoned pros? Knowing how and when to utilize a cash out refinance when the market is poised to take a dip. If you're looking for a way to grow your...

06 Nov 7 Money Management Tips for Real Estate Investors

When investing in real estate, how you manage money can matter more than how much you have available. With so much cash changing hands and potential for loss should anything deviate from the plan, you need to know exactly what's going on in your finances at any given time – and there's little room for error. When things spiral even a little too far out of your grasp, it becomes increasingly more likely that what looked like a sure thing is actually a loss.   Instead of throwing caution to the wind and assuming everything will work out, take time to make...

16 Oct 6 Real Estate Investing Tips for Busy People

For those with the right knowledge and an appropriate level of risk tolerance, property investment has plenty of upsides. However, it's often quite labor-intensive, entailing time spent studying the markets, researching the industry, learning the metro area, touring properties, and performing upgrades and renovations – and making this commitment isn't always possible for everyone. For busy adults, it may seem like there's no time in the day to commit to a major investment.   Despite the time requirements many investors face, this doesn't necessarily mean you can't succeed in real estate investing with a busy job, family, or school schedule. These six...

11 Sep 6 Skills That Define Every Real Estate Investor

In theory, real estate investing sounds relatively simple: buy a property, transform that property, and either flip the property for more than the initial purchase price or rent it out to tenants. Simple, right? Not so fast.   While the basic steps to succeeding in real estate are fairly straightforward, mastering the logistics requires a serious amount of experience and expertise. From knowing when and where to buy to handling the repair work that can accompany both serving as a landlord and a successful fix and flip, there's a lot to know about real estate investing.   Successful investors must have more than a...

09 Aug Debt vs. Equity Financing Explained

Investing in real estate is an exciting opportunity to make money and diversify your portfolio, but even experienced investors stumble with one major component of buying property: funding an investment.   The average property purchase costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. As an investor, it's up to you to make the right calls for your portfolio, by carefully analyzing the financing available to you based on your future objectives, your plans for your property, and even your current financial position. Your choices? Debt or equity.   Financing a Property Purchase There's no way around it: buying a property requires capital. It may be a lot,...

07 Jun Upgrading an Investment Property to a Smart Home

Technology affects almost every part of daily life, changing the face of communication, entertainment, media, and job functions rapidly and unabashedly. Books are now on a screen, television streams in the palm of our hand, computers automate tasks that used to take hours to accomplish, and even a catch-up phone call has transitioned to text messages and emojis.   Technology has also made its way into real estate properties. Over the last decade, innovations in functional home upgrades have skyrocketed, creating a new and exciting frontier of opportunity. The potential in smart home technology isn't restricted to homeowners, either. As an investor,...

05 Apr 7 Home Upgrade Jobs to Leave to the Contractor

For property investors, repairs, renovations, and upgrades are par for the course. Whether you plan to rent out your property or sell it for a profit, improvements, whether minor or major, are generally required.   While experienced investors often know what kinds of renovations provide the biggest boost to property values and thus the largest return on investment, or ROI, the mechanics behind performing many necessary upgrades are a little less clear. An experienced and practiced contractor can be an enormous asset in ensuring home renovation projects are done and done right, avoiding the possible need for additional repairs to fix DIY...

08 Mar The Definitive Real Estate Investment Guide

Succeeding in real estate investing can be a challenge, especially for those just getting established in the industry. But if successful, real estate investments can be very lucrative. If you want to make sure your investments are as strong as possible, the more knowledge you have at your disposal, the better.   This definitive list of tools and tips can help you stack the deck for success, no matter where you live or how much you have to invest in your next property investment.   Research Well Before Making an Investment Research should be a given for every investment, from a single stock...

08 Feb 8 Tips for Buying a Short Sale

Not all real estate sales are the same. While most investment property purchases have more in common than they don't, some situations, like short sales, can deviate from the norms quite dramatically. As seasoned investors know, short sales offer great potential for big gains, but only when accompanied by substantial experience and due diligence.   Due to the nature of short sales – sales in which the proceeds from a property sale are insufficient to cover the total debts owed – a little more time and effort is required. Simply making an offer and expecting an expedited process for a fast fix...