5 Qualities to Seek Out in Your Next Real Estate Partnership

A business partnership is often compared to marriage, and I get why. How well you know and trust your partner can not only determine the success of your partnership, but also your ability to make decisions together and overcome challenges. While most of us wouldn’t blindly enter into a lifelong commitment with someone we don’t…
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Why Real Estate Deals Fall Through During the Buying/Selling Process

After being involved in thousands of real estate transactions over the years, I’ve witnessed my share of deal breakers on just about every side of the deal—as a buyer, seller, lender, REO owner, and even as an agent. Of course, the buyer, the seller, and the agent each has his or her own perspective on…
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The 3 Stages of Investing: How I’ve Learned to Balance Traditional With Alternative

Recently, I attended a conference for family offices, which are basically private wealth management firms typically having over $200 million in assets under management. While I was there, a discussion about the percentage of alternative investments advisors recommend their clients have in their portfolio caught my attention since, as a fund manager of residential mortgages,…
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How to Outsource Your Way to Multiple Streams of Income

When I first started out as a real estate investor, I was of the “control freak” mindset, and I really thought I had to learn, know, and do everything myself. Today, I take the opposite view. In my note company, for example, my partners and I sit down periodically to assess, or even re-assess, what…
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What’s Better for Investors — a 15-Year or 30-Year Mortgage?

A question that comes up quite often, especially from those looking to buy a new property, is whether to go with a 15-year or 30-year term on their mortgage. While some folks prefer one over the other, it’s not always an obvious choice, whether you’re a new or seasoned real estate investor — or whether…
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