Looking Towards the Recovery of the Real Estate Market

Posted by Chris Clothier on Sat, Aug 30, 2014

Everyone has something to say about the real estate market. That’s no surprise, considering local real estate markets vary and can’t really be used to gauge or predict the overall national market.  Watch the national news for five days in a row and you are likely to get five different stories on the real estate market with five different "revelations".  

You’ll hear a lot of conflicting information from plenty of people, and many of them are considered credible in their field and others just claim the mantle of credibility.  So how do you know which headlines to trust?  How do you know when the source of information is real or when, say a magazine, is carrying the water for their advertisers.  It can be very confusing to know where good advice can be found in today's real estate space.

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Topics: real estate investing, real estate market

Do Abandoned Homes Equal Real Estate Investment Opportunities?

Posted by Gillian Burgess on Mon, Aug 25, 2014

People pass by abandoned properties every day. You know the type: no one lives there, no one works there. Weeds take over, windows are broken or boarded up and everything falls into disrepair.  I am not talking about the run down parts of town either.  Every day real estate investors can look in many neighborhoods where the last thing you would expect to find is an abandoned home and yet, right there in the middle of the block is a home with weeds three feet tall and pieces of colored paper taped inside the windows.  Those are the notices that the water has been turned off or that a management company has been contacted to look after the property.  

Abandoned homes can be found in all cities and in all neighborhoods and the real question becomes, as a real estate investor, what do I do with them?  Are abandoned homes a good buy or do they come with their own special set of problems?  The answer to all of the questions is going to lie somewhere within each investor and their ability to pick the gems out of the pile of rubble.

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Topics: investment properties, real estate

How to Minimize Property Management Headaches

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Whether you’ve taken on landlord responsibilities yourself as a real estate investor or you’ve hired a property manager, there are things people dislike about property management

It’s not all petty griping —there are some good reasons to complain. When you invest in real estate, It's a job that takes enormous patience, sacrifice and interpersonal and organizational skills.  Add the responsibility of managing your properties and it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Topics: property management, landlord responsibilities

What's Threatening the Value of Your Investment Property?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Sun, Aug 17, 2014

An investment property can come in all shapes, sizes and values. As a real estate investor, it’s within your power to change the property value of your investments. There are many ways to measure value — and some that you think are helping may actually be hurting.

Real estate investing is all about knowing how to make the right improvements to raise the value of your investment property.  Often times investors either make the wrong improvements or they hire the wrong team that spends too many dollars on the areas of a property that actually hurt the value.  

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Topics: investment property, property value

What Type of Real Estate Investor Do You Want to Be?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

We’ve already established that there is no such thing as hands-off real estate investment. “Passive” real estate investment doesn’t usually mean sitting by while other people handle your investments for you as you enjoy a tasty piña colada on the beach of some tropical island (though if you've figured out the secret to this method, please share!).

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Topics: real estate investment, real estate investor, passive investing