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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. 

Thu
05
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5 Lessons For Winter Property Survival

5 Lessons For Winter Property Survival

As Darwin concluded, “It’s the survival of the fittest.” If we hope to preserve our property over the long term, there are simple truth’s we must accept and actions we must take in order to ensure the viability and value of the physical assets under our stewardship. The simple truth is that as soon as a property is built, it begins the process of dying. It’s a harsh truth, but we have all seen it. With that said, there are some properties that seem to escape the inevitability of decay, waste, and death. So, how do they do it? Are they special in some way? What are those operators doing to extend the life of those properties, or, at least, lessen the effects of time in order to retain value? These operators understand the following 5 lessons and keep them at the top of their preventative maintenance approach. 

Thu
05
Nov
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Giving A Tenant “The Boot”

Giving A Tenant “The Boot”

The time has come that you want to part ways with your tenants. How do you do it and what things should you be careful of? How much notice do you give them? Can you do things in a way that will avoid upsetting your tenant and causing them to damage your property before moving? Can you walk up to the door of the unit to have a conversation with them?

Thu
05
Nov
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Time Management Skills Essential to Balance

Time Management Skills Essential to Balance

Ask any property manager “what is your most valuable yet most elusive resource?” and I would wager many would respond: TIME!  So many of us in the industry thrive on the variety and challenges inherent to this profession, however we often find ourselves trying to compress daily tasks – both planned and unplanned- into a finite block of time called our “work day”.  With multiple mobile devices we can literally connect and work around the clock and around the globe.  We even have wrist watches now that can act as “mobile desks” and help us track emails, texting, fitness, personal schedules, meetings, calendars, and so much more! Does anyone remember when watches just provided the time and date?

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