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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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17 Things Very Successful People Never Stop Doing

Think about the most successful people you know.  Here are 17 things I’ll bet they’re constantly doing.

Think of the most successful person you know.  Maybe we’re talking about a work colleague or a mentor.  Maybe this is someone you knew growing up or in school — and you can’t believe how much he or she has achieved since then.

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The Greatest Real Estate Advantage

Ignoring the fact that stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments are either over-valued or providing negative real returns, real estate has almost always been the best use of capital specifically because of your ability to leverage your investment.

If used properly, leverage will significantly enhance your return on investment.  This is easy to do if you invest in income-producing real estate but much more difficult, if not impossible, if you’re investing in stocks or mutual funds.

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The Secret of Financially Happy Couples

We are all too familiar with the sobering statistics on marriage.  Around 50% of marriages end in divorce, and oftentimes the root of all that unhappiness is money.

But there’s some good news on the horizon.  According to a recent study by Ameriprise, “a remarkable 77% of American couples report they are on the same page with their finances.”

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The Four Profit Centers That Make Real Estate The Most Powerful Investment

The Four Profit Centers That Make Real Estate The Most Powerful Investment

You’ll often hear people say that they don’t like real estate because if you look at the long-term returns of the stock market, it seems to have a better return over the long-term.

Of course, when they say this, they are leaving a few key things out.

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How to Choose the Best Market for Your Real Estate Investment

How to Choose the Best Market for Your Real Estate InvestmentSuccessful real estate investing relies on several factors, but as the old adage goes, “location, location, location” is top of the list.  But “location” is a broad term, and evaluating the right place to invest your dollars in real estate means identifying the right market in both the macro and micro senses.

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You May Be A More Important Real Estate Investor Than You Think

Small is Big!

If you own one investment property you are a significant investor and contributor to the American economy.  The engaged (as opposed to “aspiring,”) real estate investor population is estimated to be at 11.1 million individuals and companies.  Together this tier of investors owns $3.1 trillion in single-family residential (SFR) asset value representing 13.3 million homes.

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Personality Types and Real Estate Investing

A few years ago, I was chatting about financial freedom with a close friend.  My friend was very interested in becoming financially independent, and really wanted to discuss how she could increase her wealth.

However, when I shared my journey to financial independence, she had a lot of reservations.

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How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate

How will the real estate market be impacted by Donald Trump’s victory and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress?

Though Mr. Trump is a real estate man, his policy platform has been largely vague on real estate proposals.  Here are my thoughts on how certain real estate issues may play out under President Trump and of their potential impact to consumers.

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