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The Reasons to Buy Single Family Homes

Single-family homes have the widest market appeal.

In a softening marketplace, real estate that houses jobs (retail, office, etc.) will generally show rental weakness before the real estate that houses people (single family homes).  Changes in job indicators give investors in single-family homes opportunities to re-position faster than investors in commercial property can.

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Identifying and Leveraging Hidden Assets

A minister once gave a lecture titled “Acres of Diamonds.”  He related the story of an Arab man who wanted to become rich.  Informed by an old priest that he would find diamonds in “a river that runs through white sands, between high mountains,” the man sold his farm and set off on his quest to find diamonds.

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A Balanced Life – Part 2

Please read part 1 of A Balanced Life.

Most people are time wasters.  They waste their own time, and they waste your time as well.  To be successful and happy, you must discipline yourself to work all the time you work.  The average employee works at about 50 percent of capacity.  Fully 80 percent of people working today are underemployed in that their jobs do not really demand their full capacities.  Only 5 percent of workers surveyed recently felt that they were working at the outside limits of their potentials.

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A Balanced Life – Part 1

I just returned from a long-overdue two-week family vacation in Thailand.  It was amazing!  I recommend adding it to your bucket list.

Being there gave me some time to think about life’s priorities and how to better balance my life.  So this week I want to share something a little different with you in our newsletter…

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Neighborhood Features That Lower Property Values

Declining-Property-ValuesWhen it comes to real estate clichés, “Location, location, location” has all other contenders (including “Not a drive-by!”; “Cash is king!”; “Is that your checkbook or are you just glad to see me?”; and “Worst house, best street”) beat by a mile.

Not only has it been in use since at least 1926 (according to the New York Times), but it’s utterly and in-arguably true.

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Why Investing in Real Estate is Better Than Investing in Gold

Gold has been in demand for many years.  It has been associated with affluence and is usually represented as ostentatious jewelry.  And unlike other precious metals, gold remains assessed at a high value.  A regular Apple Smart Watch will cost you $349 to $399.  But an 18 karat gold edition Apple Smart Watch will set you back $10,000 (USD)!

Many people would probably say gold is the best investment in the market.  Those who do are not aware that investing in real estate is better than investing in gold!

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Different Markets, Different Strategies

Once you learn how to analyze where your market is and the direction it’s probably going, then you can plan your investment attack.

Certain strategies work well in a rising market, others work better in a flat or falling market.  Many strategies work in any market, as long as you know your market and adjust your investing accordingly.

Here are some of your options:

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Using Leverage in Real Estate

Archimedes made the comment, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum strong enough, and I can move the world.”  Leverage is a method that allows you to control properties with little cash.

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What’s Your One BIGGEST Real Estate Question?

Children learn by asking questions.  Students learn by asking questions.  Investors learn by asking questions.  People who think that they know it all no longer ask questions – why should they?

The most successful people in life never stop asking questions because they know it’s the best way to gain deeper insights, solve problems, and achieve greater success.

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When To Buy Investment Real Estate

When people ask, “Is it still a good idea to buy real estate now?”, there are often two underlying problems.  First, is a loss of direction.  Second, “The Stock Market Mentality.”  Put simply, in the stock market, timing is all important.  If you don’t sell today, tomorrow your stock may be worth 50% less.  If you don’t buy today, tomorrow it may cost 50% more.  Fun, adventure and excitement.  Keep away from it.

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Researching Comps Online

Ever try typing your address into Zillow.com and wonder how the heck they value your home at $30,000 less than your neighbor’s that is smaller?  Or type your address into Trulia.com and find it is $40,000 more than Zillow’s estimate?

The truth is, these sites are at best ballpark estimates and vary greatly depending on the market activity in your area of interest.  These sites base their estimates on recently recorded sales from the county.  What they do not take into account are things like condition, upgrades, and lot premiums paid for views or location.  Within the same city there can also be value differences associated with the quality of schools, proximity to parks, recreation and shopping.

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Do-it-Yourself (DIY) vs Turnkey Investing

Do-it-Yourself vs Turnkey Investing

Regardless of where you choose to invest, there are two opposite ends of the investing spectrum when it comes to your involvement and required resources.

DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY)

Do-it-yourself real estate investing puts all the risk and responsibility squarely on your shoulders. Typically that involves everything from sourcing the property, acquiring it, funding it, renovating it, managing it, selling it, and coordinating every other step in between.

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Do Zillow Zestimates Mislead Real Estate Investors?

We know Zestimates aren’t exactly accurate, but new real estate investors rely on those numbers all too often.

Zillow states on its website that it is a “useful starting point” to assist home-buyers with valuing real estate properties.  Some real estate investors say that though Zillow is indeed a data resource, it can mislead investors about the real value.

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The Main Reason You Should Not Wait to Invest…

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently released their 2015 State of the Nation’s Housing report.  The report concentrated on the challenges renters in this country are facing because of the diminishing supply of quality rental units and dramatically escalating rents. However, there was also information buried within the report that revealed that now is definitely the time to buy.

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Announcing our NEW Podcast!

Passive Real Estate Investing Podcast

We’re excited to announce the launch of our highly anticipated new podcast: Passive Real Estate Investing.

This is the show where BUSY PEOPLE like you learn how to build substantial passive income, while creating wealth for the long-term.

Take the guesswork out of real estate investing by gaining expert knowledge and advice as Marco Santarelli shares his strategies and valuable insights. Discover proven strategies for making money with real estate in ANY market and how to avoid common and costly mistakes.

If you’re looking for actionable advice on the road to financial freedom, then this is the podcast for you! With new episodes every week, be sure to SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

You can subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or with the RSS feed.

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