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Should You Get a Real Estate License to Invest?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 11.23.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dean Graziosi

An early question many people have if they're getting serious about actively investing in real estate is whether to get a real estate license or not. After all, if you're out there buying and selling homes, it can be great to save the commissions and increase your income on every deal. Especially with fix and flip, there can be some decent savings if you can avoid using real estate agent commissions.

The Best-Kept Home Mortgage Loan Secret

Ryan Poelman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

There are a number of government and quasi-government agencies guaranteeing home loans to make borrowing easier with lower down payments. We all kn...

Tear Down or Add on as a Rental Investment Play

Scott Yancey | Posted 11.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
Scott Yancey

There is a lot of competition out there, with real estate investors doing wholesaling, fix & flip, ready-to-rent purchasing, and fix to hold for ren...

Get the Home You Want Now -- Buy it Later

Dean Graziosi | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

There are other ways you can locate opportunities for lease to-own-homes, from the classifieds to Web searches and even on the social sites. Are you in a situation that keeps you from buying right now, but you are stable in the area and wanting to own at some point?

Vacation Property Investing -- Fun or ROI?

Ryan Poelman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Money
Ryan Poelman

Management costs vary, but one thing is pretty constant. In many small vacation oriented areas, especially when we're talking about condos, there is an entrenched management structure you must use.

It's Hard to Go Wrong Buying for Cash Flow

Scott Yancey | Posted 11.12.2015 | Money
Scott Yancey

There is no magic bullet that will protect you from another real estate crash if it happens. But, if you haven't used excessive leverage, keeping cash flow on the positive side should protect you and leave you in a good position when the ultimate recovery is in place.

Level 2 Passive Real Estate Investing

Dean Graziosi | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

This article is for the investor who wants to move into real estate, but they want a higher level of involvement than just buying shares in a REIT, Real Estate Investment Trust. You still do not want to buy and sell properties or work with contractors, but you would like to get a nice return on investment in a real estate investment environment. You also want short term turnover of your money to limit market risk.

Transactional Funding 101

Ryan Poelman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Money
Ryan Poelman

You've decided that fix and flip investing is for you. You have some knowledge of contracting, know how to work with contractors, can negotiate with the best of them, so you really are ready for your new business... almost. There's this nagging little problem of money.

Lowering Vacancy Rates With Today's Multi-Family Renters

Scott Yancey | Posted 11.05.2015 | HuffPost Home
Scott Yancey

Demand for rental units for this younger group is often based on financial considerations. High student debt, lower expectations for that perfect job after graduation, and a more mobile lifestyle are all a part of their decision to rent rather than buy.

5 Tips for a Low Stress First Rental Property Investment

Dean Graziosi | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Sure, doing anything for the first time can be a little stressful. And, it's definitely a major investment to buy your first rental home. But, you really can make it happen without going into stress overload.

Rental Demand: Both Ends of the Age Spectrum

Ryan Poelman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Money
Ryan Poelman

While some housing market watchers are hopeful that these numbers indicate pent-up demand that will spill out into the home-buying market, it is just as likely to go the other way. When they decide to move out on their own, it may be more likely that they will rent rather than buy.

Investment Diversification: Is Real Estate for You?

Scott Yancey | Posted 10.28.2015 | Money
Scott Yancey

We're talking about buying a single family rental home as compared to other investment types. If you want to diversify, this information should help you to decide if real estate is for you.

Top 10 CYA Items in a Tight Lease

Dean Graziosi | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Let's look at a dozen things you may or may not find in a free lease template, but make sure that you handle them according to your state's laws.

Student Occupancy Rising in Most Markets

Ryan Poelman | Posted 10.19.2015 | College
Ryan Poelman

Some very successful and profitable real estate investors specialize in the student housing niche. Even if you're just a college student parent who wants to do more than just spend rent money for four or more years, there can be great opportunity in owning rental property near schools.

Determining Home Value the Real Estate Agent Way

Scott Yancey | Posted 10.19.2015 | Money
Scott Yancey

In the days of the mega-real estate sites like Zillow and Trulia, the bells and whistles on the sites draw millions of page views every month. And,...

Top 5 Home Inspection Issues in Real Estate

Andrew Lieb | Posted 10.14.2015 | New York
Andrew Lieb

A home inspection not only offers lay purchasers ammunition for offsets, but when mismanaged the inspection can kill the deal. To save your deal while leveraging proper due diligence, it's important to understand five home inspection issues in residential real estate transactions.

Home Prices Reaching Near Peak - So What's the Problem?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

The new FHFA, Federal Housing Finance Agency, House Price Index has been published with data through the end of July, 2015. Here's a chart to get the discussion going.

Lots of Online Rental Home Information -- Just Little Help

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Ryan Poelman

Sure, the number of bedrooms and baths is important. And, knowing the area's main attributes, shopping and other venues is valuable too. However, there are gaps in the type of information that the tenant wants to know in order to see if their lifestyle fits into the home and the neighborhood.

Crowdfunding Connecting Homeowners and Investors

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Scott Yancey

If you're an active real estate investor, you've probably done what most of us have in our marketing. We use newspapers, the Internet, Craigslist, bandit signs and more to try and connect with motivated homeowners who want to sell.

Pay Attention to the HOA Documents

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.24.2015 | Money
Dean Graziosi

You and your family are the ones who will live in the home and in most cases you'll be fine with what you cannot do or have according to covenants and restrictions. The key is to know before you buy.

Invest With the Big Players

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

These companies are betting that rental demand will remain high because it's still impossible or tough for a majority of Americans to buy a home.

Fast-Start Real Estate Investing

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Scott Yancey

What I want to help new investors with is how to gather cash to evolve in their real estate investment to more long term cash flow strategies. Long term rental property or multi-family investment are cash flow strategies that are supporting many nice retirement lifestyles.

Using Throwaway Contingencies in Home Selling Negotiations

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

You shouldn't consider them as unimportant to the buyer just because they aren't important to you. Let's look at some examples.

Mobile Boomers for a Different Real Estate Investment Opportunity

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Money
Ryan Poelman

The next time you see an ad for an RV park for sale, you may want to check it out as an alternative to conventional real estate investment.

Understanding Title Insurance for Home Buyers

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.16.2015 | Money
Scott Yancey

Title insurance exists to insure your ownership rights in a property; keeping that roof over your heads safe from threats due to errors in the passing of title from one owner to another. There are many who view it as a bit of a rip-off. Even though this may be the case, a full premium is usually charged each time property ownership transfers.