Investment Strategy

Learn about asset classes and investment methods that dial into strategies to meet your REI goals: Alternative Investing | Commercial | Funds | IRAs | Multifamily | Single Family | Syndication

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Investment Strategy

Learn about asset classes and investment methods that dial into strategies to meet your REI goals: Alternative Investing | Commercial | Funds | IRAs | Multifamily | Single Family | Syndication

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Q&A with Zillow’s Chief Economist, Svenja Gudell

Q&A with Zillow’s Chief Economist, Svenja Gudell

Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, leads a team of economists, data scientists and analysts dedicated to producing real estate research for consumers, academics, policymakers and industry-wide decision-makers. “My team focuses on research spanning affordability, mortgages, negative equity, generational issues and policy issues,” she told Think Realty in a recent ...
Landlord-Rallying Effort in Maryland Gives Hope

Landlord-Rallying Effort in Maryland Gives Hope

Are there any questions for the panel? Next up is Brian Wojcik. Is Brian here?” asked the vice chair of the committee of delegates. It was a long and drawn-out meeting in an overcrowded room, on an unusually warm winter day. The air conditioning seemed limited in its capacity to ...
Social Media Provides Channels for New Investors

Social Media Provides Channels for New Investors

Locating investors can be a daunting task for many property sellers. Fortunately, social media provides a number of channels for finding new investors and connections and for revving up your database. Though each channel can be time-consuming in its execution, the rewards can be highly beneficial, resulting in a great ...
Real Estate Copycat Warning: Follow the Real Experts

Real Estate Copycat Warning: Follow the Real Experts

My 36 years of experience in buying seller-financed notes has taught me the importance of understanding the difference between following a real, proven recipe versus just copying the recipe of someone who may not have known that much about the topic. Way back in the 1990s, I designed a seller-financed ...
7 Millennial Statistics Every REI Should Know

7 Millennial Statistics Every REI Should Know

Millennial consumers (generally speaking, those born during the years 1982-2000) are currently in vogue, and they are here to stay. This age group is expected to have the biggest spending power of any generation by 2018. And many of them are now of age with regard to purchasing a home ...
Moving Your REI Business To A New Market

Moving Your REI Business To A New Market

Have we lost our minds? We were asking ourselves this question for the first few weeks after we moved our business to new – and unfamiliar – territory. After living in one city for all of John’s life, we picked up our HomeVestors of America franchise not long ago and ...
The Cornerstone of Investor Success? Meticulous Due Diligence

The Cornerstone of Investor Success? Meticulous Due Diligence

The due diligence process is critically important in any commercial real estate transaction. Although developing a meticulous process is consistent with the best practices in the industry, it is surprising how many companies are less than thorough. Experienced investors in commercial property leave no stone unturned in order to limit ...
Moving Out of State

Turning Your Rental Into Your Primary Residence

Sometimes moving into your rental makes sense. A move could reduce your monthly mortgage payment, give you the time to finalize long-term plans or minimize your capital gains as you begin to think about selling the property. It could also allow you to downsize or provide you more space for ...
Nine numbers to help determine a profitable rental

Nine numbers to help determine a profitable rental

What constitutes a good, profitable rental property? There’s no one, single answer to that question. No matter how many people you ask or how many calculations you run, you’re probably going to get that many different answers. I remember when I was starting out as a weekend or part-time investor, ...
Now is the Time to Invest in Single-Family Rentals

Now is the Time to Invest in Single-Family Rentals

**This post sponsored & written by RCN Capital** It’s no secret to real estate investors that numerous markets across the U.S. will continue to experience strong rental growth in 2017. 2016’s historically low interest rates have allowed investors to purchase cash-flowing properties with leverage in major metros throughout most of ...
Single-Family Homes 2016 Levied Property Taxes hit $277 Billion

Single-Family Homes 2016 Levied Property Taxes hit $277 Billion

A report issued by ATTOM Data Solutions indicates how 2016 property taxes for 84 million U.S. single-family homes, totaled more than $277 billion. Averaging $3,296 per property taxed levied home with an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent. Top 10 Highest Property Tax Rate by State The top five highest ...
Home Inventory Hits Record Low Since 2012

Home Inventory Hits Record Low Since 2012

Trulia’s quarterly Inventory and Price Watch report—evaluating the supply of starter, trade-up and premium homes on the market nationally and in the 100 largest U.S. metros—found that markets with the biggest gains in home values since 2012 are facing the tight supply of for-sale homes. Buyers Face Tightest Inventory Levels ...
Best 2017 Single-Family Rental Markets for Investing

Best 2017 Single-Family Rental Markets for Investing

Solid returns on single-family rentals are expected to continue in many parts of the Southeast, Rust Belt and Midwest for investors purchasing in 2017, according to results of ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2017 Single Family Rental Market report. The report, released March 23, 2017, analyzed single-family rental returns in 375 ...
Use Digital Platforms to Collect Rent

Use Digital Platforms to Collect Rent

Landlords, it’s time to embrace technology. While the U.S. Postal Service may disagree, the standard, “rent check is in the mail” approach isn’t saving your business time or money. And that’s exactly what your investment properties are –a business. So, you should be running it like one. If you intend ...
Home Building in West L.A.: Interview with Katherine Gladkov

Home Building in West L.A.: Interview with Katherine Gladkov

Building a business of taking real estate to its “highest and best use” is both an art and a science. Here, we share an interview that RealtyShares, a prominent real estate investment marketplace, had with Katherine Gladkov, an experienced realtor who has recently moved her business toward speculative home building ...
DIY Home Security

5 Inexpensive Security Updates for Your Rental Property

Security is important for both property owner and tenant—you want to avoid burglaries and break­-ins as much as the people living on your property. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on an out-of-box or whole-home system to get the peace of mind that comes with great ...
Pick Exterior House Paints to Get Your Property Rented!

Pick Exterior House Paints to Get Your Property Rented!

Every day your rental property remains vacant, is potential income you’re losing. Color plays a big role in getting prospective renters to notice your property. It can attract people to your home or drive them away. Whether you choose to paint yourself or hire a professional, the right exterior hue ...
HOME FLIPS INCREASE TO 10-YEAR HIGH

Home Flips Increase to 10-Year High

Flips of single-family homes and condos in 2016 were up 3.1 percent from 2015, to the highest level since 2006, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2016 Year-End U.S. Home Flipping Report released March 9, 2017. The 193,009 single-family homes and condos flips in 2016 accounted for 5.7 percent of all ...
How To Choose the Perfect Interior Paint Sheen

How To Choose the Perfect Interior Paint Sheen

You’ve picked the house –now, time for the fun part: choosing the wall colors. Unfortunately, as our Real Estate Rookie discovered, picking out something seemingly simple soon turned complicated. Instead of wasting time and money, we’ve got tips for you to choose the right sheen for the paint job. Think ...
The Ideal Mobile Home Park for Your Investing Business

The Ideal Mobile Home Park for Your Investing Business

I was offered a mobile home for free last week. Score, right? No, I turned it down. I could keep it in the park, but it needed more work than I was willing to do. It simply did not meet my investment criteria, because I would not be able to ...
Diversify Your Real Estate Portfolio to Minimize Risk

Diversify Your Real Estate Portfolio to Minimize Risk

There is no doubt that real estate is usually one of the most stable long-term investments. But like everything else, this type of investment can experience hiccups. The 2008 recession is enough proof of that.  That said, you should still include real estate in your investment portfolio. However, if you ...
How To Use Virtual Reality To Your Advantage

How To Use Virtual Reality To Your Advantage

In the past, the commercial real estate industry has been regarded as a laggard in tech adoption. But when it comes to virtual reality (VR), it’s game on. In fact, commercial real estate as an industry has been a leader in embracing this increasingly popular technology, which is projected to ...
4 Tips On How To Pick The Right Tenant

4 Tips On How To Pick The Right Tenant

The screening process can be long and tedious at times, but it pays dividends to have the right tenant in place. Having a tenant who causes problems can be a real headache, especially for a new or inexperienced landlord. Luckily, the majority of tenant-related issues can be avoided altogether by using ...
5 Fail-Proof Ways To Generate Traffic To Your Website

5 Fail-Proof Ways To Generate Traffic To Your Website

In my last article for Think Realty Magazine, I shared the ingredients for a high-converting real estate investor website. That article focused on what is necessary to get website visitors to submit their personal information to you about the house they want, or possibly need, to sell. But even a ...
The Right Lending Partner: The Difference Between Project Profit & Loss

The Right Lending Partner: The Difference Between Project Profit & Loss

2016 was a solid year for the real estate industry, and the ranks of fix-and-flip rehabbers continues to swell. According to RealtyTrac, 5.1 percent of all condo and single-family-home sales in the third quarter of 2016 were of the fix-and-flip variety, totaling 45,718 transactions. As fix-and-flip properties remain a sizable ...