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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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Think Realty Magazine January/February 2017

Think Realty Magazine January/February 2017

+ WHAT'S INSIDE The Big Picture |  TV Star-Struck • Market Update: San Diego • How Secure Are You? • An Intriguing Alternative • A Matter of Timing • Giving Back Cover Feature |  Knowledge + Power = Freedom Up Close & Personal |  Tech Titan • May the Fores ...
Multi-Plan Approach

Multi-Plan Approach

Real estate investors are exposed daily to an ever-changing market. Sometimes these changes are favorable, and sometimes they are detrimental. The only certainties related to the real estate market are that it will change and that investors should expect the unexpected. Given this fact, doesn’t it make sense that investors ...
On the Record

On the Record

So you have your first property under contract, and you’re ready to get started and hire a contractor. What now? This was the question that confronted us on our very first project. We had already done the business basics: formed an LLC for our company and got our EIN number, ...
Real Estate Resolutions

Real Estate Resolutions

This time of year, talk about making resolutions is everywhere—in conversations, on blogs and splashed across every form of news outlet. Now, what do New Year’s resolutions have to do with the reason you read this magazine? I’m going to point out the obvious: If you weren’t interested in how ...
Securing Quality Renters

Securing Quality Renters

Ask any experienced landlords, and they’ll tell you that one of the secrets to success with rental properties is finding the right tenants. The right occupants are a landlord’s dream-come-true. They’ll pay the rent on time—every time—and look after your property and treat it right. They’ll abide by the terms ...
Commercial Caretaking

Commercial Caretaking

The backbone of any commercial property is strong property management. If you have recently purchased a commercial building or have a building that you have owned for a while, there comes a time when you must truly consider hiring a professional property manager to skillfully guide the property through its ...
A Matter of Timing

A Matter of Timing

Most real estate agents tell their clients that the three most important things to consider when buying property are location, location, location. I disagree. Here’s why: If you sold a house in Stockton, California, in 2006, you might have received $400,000. If you sold that same house in 2009, you ...
Success by Design

Success by Design

A successful website conversion is when someone visits your real estate investor website and takes some action you want them to take. For investors looking to buy houses, it’s when your website visitor wants to sell his or her house and either submits the requested form or gives you a ...
Capital Idea

Capital Idea

Getting a loan doesn’t have to be a difficult process, according to Ron Blum, founder of Atlas Capital and Asset Management. In fact, building a portfolio doesn’t have to be complicated, either. Atlas offers quality properties in blue-collar neighborhoods; internal underwriting of fixed-rate, 30-year loans; and property management service—all under ...
Investors' Choice

Investors’ Choice

When crunching the data for our Q3 2016 Single-Family Rental Market Report, ATTOM Data Solutions identified five sets of local markets representing different types of opportunity in the single-family rental space based on investor preferences and appetite for risk. Let’s look at each of those in some detail. Low Vacancy ...
Market Update - San Diego

Market Update – San Diego

In May 2016, San Diego, California, was the “eighth-hottest” home market in the United States according to Realtor.com. That had the media, analysts and even some economists starting to whisper the word “bubble.” At that time, Think Realty Magazine took a hard look at the San Diego housing market (“San ...
How Secure Are You?

How Secure Are You?

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a company announcing it experienced a cyber attack, often with dire consequences for its bottom line and stock price. The security company Symantec reports that more than 500 million personal records were lost or stolen in 2015. And while small- to ...
A Winning Combination

A Winning Combination

When Matt Rodak, CEO and founder of Fund That Flip Inc., funded his first deal in January 2015, he was already confident he had a winning real estate combination on his hands. So confident, in fact, that he quit his high-paying corporate job running sales for a billion-dollar insurance company ...
An Intriguing Alternative

An Intriguing Alternative

Many factors have been driving the evolution of the world’s financial infrastructure since the economic debacle of 2007-2009. Traditional investment vehicles have been demonstrably unstable. Some of the financial giants that managed (and mismanaged) billions of dollars of investments were deemed “too big to fail”; they required U.S. federal government ...
Fannie Mae Eviction Moratorium

Eviction Moratorium for the Holidays

Fannie Mae announced it will suspend evictions of foreclosed single-family properties for the holiday season. Eviction suspensions will start Dec. 19, 2016, and continue through Jan. 2, 2017, for single-family residences and 2-to 4-unit properties. During this time the eviction administrative proceedings may continue, but families will be able to ...
Rental Vacancies Increase

Rental Vacancy Increase in October 2016

Morningstar Credit Ratings has recently published its Single-Family Rental Performance Report for November 2016 showing vacancies increased to 5.2 percent in October while transactions worked through the summer’s increased lease expirations. Rental properties backing single-family rental securitizations increased by 4.4 percent from prior contractual rents. They are now below the ...
Off Season Winter SF Buying

Save by Buying Property in Winter Months

If you’re willing to buy when the weather is frightful, your real estate investment deals could be quite delightful. So delightful, in fact, you might save as much as $50,000 or nearly $100,000 in certain locales. According to online real estate management and investment firm HomeUnion, the national square-footage price ...
Exit Position

Position Your Deal for Best Exit

And we’ve made it! This is the last installment of our special multi-part video mini-series sharing the steps that will help you dominate your deals. To recap, previously we covered your investment personality, exit strategy, how to find deals in your market & how to evaluate them and also how ...
Blue-State Investors

Red-States for the Win: Why Blue-State Investors Buy Elsewhere

No matter what side of the political aisle you prefer, odds are that when it comes to your real estate investment portfolio, your choices tend to be more red than blue. A recent report from ATTOM Data Solutions indicates that although deep-blue California is home base for a vast population of ...
What's Your Number?

What’s Your Number?

How much time do you spend on planning a vacation versus planning your financial future? This was a question asked to me years ago, and it hit home. Now, when I ask it of others, it hits them the same way it hit me. We spend months planning a vacation, ...
Happy Thanksgiving

5 Things We’re Thankful for in Today’s Real Estate Market

When William Arthur Ward wrote that “gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings…and change ordinary opportunities into blessings,” it is a near certainty that he did not have the 2016 housing market in mind. However, as a self-described “Christian optimist,” there is little doubt that were he still opining in ...
To Flip or Not to Flip? If Not Now, When?

To Flip or Not to Flip? If Not Now, When?

If you are considering investing in real estate, you've likely done a little digging on the internet to determine if now is a good time to buy. Looking at those online articles from time to time, I've noticed that the answer is always “Yes”—and always “No.” The people who say ...
Out-of-Staters Own 16 Percent of All Single-Family Investment Homes

Out-of-Staters Own 16 Percent of All Single-Family Investment Homes

A new analysis from ATTOM Data Solutions shows that 3.4 million single-family investment homes (non-owner occupied) nationwide are owned by an out-of-state investor. That’s 16 percent of all single-family investment homes. ATTOM Data Solutions, parent company of RealtyTrac, is the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data. In many cases ...
Think Realty Magazine November/December 2016

Think Realty Magazine November/December 2016

+ WHAT'S INSIDE The Big Picture |  Forward Thinking • Get Into the Flow • Leading Question • Cautionary Tale Cover Feature |  Sharing the Wealth Up Close & Personal |  Demystifying Credit Scoring • With a Little Help • Motivation...or Excuse? • Street Smart Panel • Mastering the DFW ...
Three Sources of Amazing Deals

Three Sources of Amazing Deals

In this second of our multi-part “Getting Started” mini-series, we are talking about how to find deals. In a highly competitive market like Atlanta, how are we finding the best deals? It just seems like this space is crowded. I could just cry about not finding the right deals but ...