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24
Nov
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Multifamily Demographics: Five Places to Find Open Source Data Sets

Multifamily Demographics: Five Places to Find Open Source Data Sets

by John Wilhoit Jr.

Demographic information is an important component of making real estate investment decisions. It is also expensive to acquire.  However, there are places on the web that can provide quality information to get you started in the right direction before having to devote dollars to obtain demographics.

Obtaining demographics information in detail, such as for a specific address or ring study analysis requires an investment as this type of real-time information has a costs of collection and analysis for delivery to an end-user.

Tue
24
Nov
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Americans Think Homeownership is a Sound Investment

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Americans Think Homeownership is a Sound Investment

A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®.  The 2015 National Housing Pulse Survey also found that a preponderance of Americans think that now is a good time to buy a home.

Tue
24
Nov
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Ask the Secret Shopper, Creating A Sense of Urgency

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ASK THE SECRET SHOPPER

Available for a limited time! Only one of its kind! Offer expires at midnight! These and similar phrases are used to make people “spring boldly into action.”  They conjure up images of people rushing into department stores and retail outlets to take advantage of incredible offers on quality merchandise, especially during the holiday season. The advertisers and merchandisers are trying to create a sense of urgency in the minds of their customers; which will motivate them to take immediate action. They are in the “sales” business and want the customer to immediately purchase a product and part with some of their money!  

Tue
24
Nov
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Will Your Retirement Hit Bottom if the Markets Plummet?

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Will Your Retirement Hit Bottom if the Markets Plummet?

“A portfolio done right should shield retirees from tumultuous ups and downs”, Financial Planner Says

Wall Street hasn’t been for the faint of heart lately.

Jittery investors saw the volatile market play havoc with investment portfolios. But while the ups and downs may have created anguish for some, financial planner Bryan S. Slovon says he fielded few if any calls from nervous clients.

And that’s the way it should be when your clients are retirees or people nearing retirement, he says.

Tue
24
Nov
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9 Tips for Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

9 Tips for Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

9 Tips for Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

By JC Underwood, Crown Properties

Treat This As A Business

One of the biggest mistakes I see new investors make is to treat real estate investing as a hobby instead of a profession. If you’re counting on real estate investing to provide income now and retirement income later you must treat it like a business. Real estate investing is now your profession. Treat it like one.

By that I mean you have to advertise, devote time to it, show up for appointments on time, act professionally, do your paperwork properly and treat your clients professionally.

Mon
23
Nov
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Long-term Hold Investing

Long-term Hold Investing

Long-term Hold Investing

For Owner/Managers

Tue
10
Nov
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Transitioning from T12 to T8, T5 or LED Lighting for Commercial Buildings

Transitioning from T12 to T8, T5 or LED Lighting for Commercial Buildings

By Cliff Hockley, President

Bluestone & Hockley Real Estate Services

Electric lighting is responsible for over one quarter of the energy used in commercial buildings in the USA.  One reason why it continues to be a major contributor to operating costs is because many commercial buildings are still equipped with T12 light bulbs. 

Tue
10
Nov
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Selecting a Contractor

Selecting a Contractor

Tia Politi, is the Lead Property Manager for Acorn Property Management, ROA Board Member, and the co-owner of five rental properties.

As renovation season approaches, you may be planning projects for your rental properties. How can you know you’re hiring an honest, competent person who is capable of performing an effective repair or upgrade at a reasonable price in a timely manner? Many people hire contractors without fully screening them and pay the price in poor quality work, high prices, and projects that go on far beyond the promised end date. 

Tue
10
Nov
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Five Real Estate Investing Fundamentals

Five Real Estate Investing Fundamentals

Five Real Estate Investing Fundamentals

By – Jeff Watson, The Jeffery S. Watson Law Firm LTD, General Counsel National REIA

One of my favorite movie moments is when Ernest Borgnine, portraying the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, stood in front of the world champion Green Bay Packers at the beginning of training camp and held aloft an oblong object proclaiming, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”  What Vince Lombardi taught the Green Bay Packers then applies to real estate investing today.

Master The Basics

Practice them over and over again.  Consistently do the fundamental things that make you a successful real estate investor.  

Repeat Your Successes And Keep Repeating Them 

Thu
05
Nov
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Low-Value Homes Leading the Climb Out of Negative Equity

Low-Value Homes Leading the Climb Out of Negative Equity

Home values in the bottom third of the market helped pull more homeowners out of negative equity in the second quarter of 2015, and condos were more likely than houses to be underwater.

The U.S. rate of negative equity among mortgaged homeowners continued to drop in the second quarter of 2015, to 14.4 percent-- the first time the rate has been below 15 percent since the real estate bubble burst.

The improvement was spurred by value growth in the least valuable third of the housing stock, which are far more likely to be underwater than other homes.

Condos are more likely to be underwater than single-family homes. Nearly 20 percent of all condos with a mortgage are upside down. 

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