How to Hone Your Screening Process to Ensure Better Tenants

Over the course of my real estate investing career, I’ve had some great tenants. One of my best tenants is a woman who has lived in one of my properties for almost 20 years. She gets along great with my property management team, and I rarely hear from her. Unfortunately, I’ve also experienced my share…
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The 4 Pros (& 6 Cons) of Investing in Vacant Land

In a recent article (“Buying a Building to House Your Business? Stop and Consider This First”), I described a deal where I built a commercial building to house my business on a vacant lot behind one of my rentals. Eventually, after we moved out of the property, I kept it as a multi-unit rental, and…
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Why Invest in a Note Fund? 23 Advantages

Fund your Future You may have seen discussions of “note fund investing” on online forums like BiggerPockets or heard about it from friends or family, and you’re ready to learn more since the returns can be attractive, and you appreciate that it’s an asset-backed investment, unlike stocks. But first, what exactly is a note fund,…
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No Inventory? Deals Can Be Made in Any Market. Here’s How.

Real estate markets are always changing, and I’ve been hearing investors say lately that inventory is so tight that there are no deals to be found. So what drives these cycles—and what can you do in a tight market? Local markets vary dramatically due to job growth/decline, the local economy, laws and regulations, population growth,…
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An Investor Analyzes: When Does it Make Sense to Pay Off Your Properties?

If asked when it makes sense to pay off my properties, my answer during most of my investing career would have been never. I do understand that people have different investing strategies, levels of risk tolerance, and goals — especially at different stages in their lifetime. For me, up until recently, my strategy has been…
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