For Rent Listing versus For Sale Listings in the MLS

A real estate agent told me about the large number of active for rent listings in the MLS.  Typically, private owners don’t list their for rent I did some research and most of the markets have more “For Rent” listings than “For Sale” listings. Active Sales (30...

Think it’s hard? Try being a RE Agent!

Think it’s hard? Try being a RE Agent!
So I just got an email blast from a real estate agent: “I have a buyer in need of a SFR property in Moreno Valley or Perris. 3+ bedrooms and 1,400 sq.ft. or more. $140,000-$160,000 price range. Buyer is qualified w/ a Conventional Loan. Please let me know if you have anything available...

Tweaking your Business

Tweaking your Business
Sometimes tweaking your business is more about the small things than the big things. Here are examples of some small improvements that we have recently made, that make a big difference: A. When we hired our property manager he asked my why we didn’t take rental applications...

Help Bigger Pockets Break 100,000 Members

Help Bigger Pockets Break 100,000 Members
Welcome to September everyone.  I am hoping to have more posts this month, but I have a quick one for you today. For those real estate investors hiding under a rock who still haven’t had the time to sign up for the greatest Real Forum, Bigger Pockets, now is the time to do...

Waypoint is Here!

Waypoint is Here!
As I was reading a real estate blog, somehow I ended up at Waypoint Homes web site.  If you have been involved in real estate or read real estate news you probably have heard of their name mentioned. The Chicago Tribune recently wrote: The strategy of the 4-year-old company, formed...

Flipper and a Landlord? Why Both…

Flipper and a Landlord? Why Both…
Big checks, quick sales and glamorous before and after photos is something everyone can get excited about.  People who aren’t in the business have tons of questions for me about this process and everyone is ready to do it themselves one day soon! On the other hand, when I tell...

Scaling Up and Watching your Cash Flow

Scaling Up and Watching your Cash Flow
According to the SBA, over 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years.  I would venture to say that real estate investing is a lot tougher and even more fail.  There are so many moving pieces but managing the cash flow is the silent killer. Here is how the process works...

Get Used to Hearing “No”

Get Used to Hearing “No”
I try to buy a lot of houses and every so often I think I am pretty close and am disappointed to hear the dreaded No from a seller.  Sometimes they are less polite and use words like: “cheap”, “crazy”, “wasting my time”, etc. Here are some of the...

Getting Started? This should be easier than Wholesaling

Getting Started?  This should be easier than Wholesaling
I have posted a lot about wholesaling and how I think it should be done on this blog.  Many beginners seem attracted to it because it requires the least amount of capital and has very few moving parts.  In reality I think this is one of the hardest things a real estate investor...

New Year… and Finally a New Post

New Year… and Finally a New Post
Well, 2011 is now officially finished.  It was a great year for us and we hit almost all of our goals. The holiday season being so prevalent I have been thinking a lot about what went right in 2011 and what went wrong.  How to make 2012 even a better year and what to focus on. ...

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