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2017 Think Realty Honors Winners

Each year, Think Realty honors the leaders and change-makers of real estate who represent the best the industry has to offer.  These individuals are nominated by their peers, and the finalists are determined by an independent panel of judges who are former Think Realty Honors recipients themselves.

Their stories range from new investors just beginning (and exponentially growing) to true industry veterans with decades of experience, from single-family investors focused on just a few neighborhoods to multifamily moguls buying millions of dollars’ worth of real estate at a time, and from major industry players employing hundreds of real estate experts to one-man (or -woman) operations making a difference with just the energy of the CEO alone.

This year, Norada Real Estate’s very own founder and CEO, Marco Santarelli, was awarded Think Realty’s highest honor of Master Investor of the Year.
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Six Basic Rules of Investing

One of the things I love most about my work is seeing people move from the left side of the CashFlow Quadrant to the right side of the quadrant.

The process of moving from being an employee or self-employed to a business owner or sophisticated investor is a bit like that of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. It takes time, and often requires a total transformation in mindset and behavior.

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Single-Family vs Multi-Family Renters

Single-family home renters earn more money, have more kids, and are more likely to be married than multifamily renters.

Comparing the 16 million single-family renter households to the 28 million multifamily rental households:
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6 Reasons Why Money Doesn’t Make You Rich

If you made $108 million dollars, would all your money problems be solved?

If you answered yes to this question, there’s a chance you don’t understand that having more money doesn’t solve your money problems.  It just brings new ones.

Take for instance the story of Antoine Walker. In 1996, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics and had a storied career.

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4 Real Estate Investment Strategies For New Investors

What are the best ways for beginner investors to get started in real estate? There is more than one way to invest in real estate. What you choose may depend on your immediate needs, long term goals, your aptitudes, and resources.

The following info-graphic by Offer Climb Houston and Offer Climb Phoenix breaks down these options in an easy to analyze way, followed by more in-depth examples, and sources for empowering new property investors to get started.

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Top Ten Tax Deductions for Real Estate Investors

I wanted to take the time to write about the top ten tax deductions available for real estate investors.  Though some of this may seem relatively elementary, I’ve included a few gold nuggets for even our most experienced clients.

Real estate investors are always asking what expenses landlords can deduct.  Because the answer to that question can quite literally be endless, we often tell our clients to record everything.  For those expenses that our clients are unsure about, we ask them to create an “ask my accountant” category or account in their bookkeeping solution which they can discuss during a short call.

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Why Professional Stock Traders are Terrified

According to the VIX index — which is known as the “Fear Gauge” — investors are feeling calmer about the stock market than they have in 25 years.

This “Fear Gauge” is at it’s lowest since 1993.

And professional traders are scared out of their mind.

Why would that be?

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Retiring on $1 Million is Not Enough

When it comes to getting rich, so-called experts are full of advice on how to save your way there.  There’s no shortage of articles about couples who saved their way to $1 million or “expert” tips on how to save more money.

And these articles are true.  You can save more money following their advice.  But you have to consider the cost.  Because the saver mindset is a very different and dangerous mindset about money than how the rich think about money.

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12 Books to Read if You Want to Get Rich

Read More BooksResearch shows that 88% of wealthy people devote at least 30 minutes a day to reading.  If it works for them, it could work for you.

Below, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite books, from personal finance classics to new releases.  Here’s to a prosperous year!
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The Real Estate Professional Tax Loophole

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The Real Estate Professional status is a designation given by the IRS based on the number of hours that you work in real estate activities versus other activities.

It doesn’t mean that you have to become a real estate sales agent or broker.  You don’t need to drive around showing people houses or putting out “for sale” signs.

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Decide If You Want to Be Secure, Comfortable, or Rich

Before you can become rich, you must decide whether you want to be secure, comfortable, or rich.  These are called core values, or the reasons you want to invest.

The first reason most people invest is because they want to feel more secure.  That’s why Social Security or a retirement plan is very popular with people whose core value is the need for security.  Security is a very important aspect of investing.  You don’t want to be a destitute out on the streets with nobody taking care of you.

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Where to Start with a Fixer-Upper

When you buy a fixer-upper, you know that there will be hours of work ahead. But it can be hard to know where to start. Not everyone is born a Joanna Gaines — the design mastermind behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper — but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a dilapidated dwelling. Here’s a handy list of initial steps to ensure that your DIY approach to home-ownership is a success.

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3 Business Structure Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make

Let’s start with: Why have an LLC?

There are mainly two reasons why you want any kind of business structure:

Pay less tax, and protect your assets.

Before you jump into creating your LLCs for your real estate holdings, there are a few things to consider.  Do NOT make these three mistakes.

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Inflation, Low Rates, and Home Appreciation

The combination of inflation and low mortgage rates usually leads to much higher compounded rates of home appreciation.  For owners of property, high rates of inflation and appreciation are welcomed and appreciated.  For buyers or tenants, however, the skyrocketing purchase and rental prices are not liked much at all.

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Demographic Strategies for Real Estate Investors

Sweeping changes in the nation’s demographic makeup will have profound effects on the nation’s housing industry, according to “Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses,” a new book by authors John Burns and Chris Porter.

They argue that broad demographic shifts will reshape housing in America in the next decade, creating new opportunities for businesses of all kinds.  Rising numbers of female executives, affluent immigrants, growing numbers of younger and older workers and a ballooning retiree population will have a profound influence on residential real estate in the U.S. over the next 10 years, according to Burns and Porter.

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