50% Rule: Video Tutorial

March 17, 2016
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A couple years ago, I was playing around with some tools to create online tutorials. Just as a test, I created a video that discussed the “50% Rule,” which is a rule of thumb often used for quick and dirty analysis of potential rental property deals. While I never planned to make the video public […]

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Rental #1: One-Year Update

February 22, 2016
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This week is officially one year since we put our first tenants into Rental #1, and as promised in my 6-month update, I am going to provide a detailed update of our financials for the full year. Before I jump into the financials, here’s the basic recap of our year: Our tenants moved in the […]

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Rental #1: 6-Month Update

September 13, 2015
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I wrote a couple months ago about our first long-term rental property, and I promised to provide updates every six months or so to give an idea of how the investment is going and what we’re learning. It’s now been six months seen the purchase of that property, so I thought I’d provide an update… […]

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How Best To Grow Wealth

April 13, 2015
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Today, I want to touch on a topic that I assume all of my readers are interested in — how best to grow wealth. I’ve chosen real estate investing as a vehicle for wealth creation, but I’ve never really taken the time to explain why I’ve chosen real estate investing and why I believe it […]

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“Best Ever” Podcast

April 7, 2015
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I get a LOT of requests to do real estate podcasts, and while I’d love to do them all, the truth is I’m tremendously introverted and talking about myself for 30 or 60 minutes isn’t fun for me. So, I tend to be pretty picky about which ones I do. Joe Fairless has a great […]

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Building Your Balance Sheet

March 24, 2015
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How much thought have you put into your financial health? As an investor (or aspiring investor), hopefully you’ve thought about it at least a little bit, and potentially a lot more than that. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post some thoughts I have on financial health, how to evaluate yours (or your […]

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3 More Ways to Find Contractors

March 18, 2015
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In my book on flipping houses, I talk about the top 4 ways I find great contractors. Those are certainly not the only four methods I use, and I’m constantly getting asked if I have any additional suggestions for finding reliable and reasonably price people to work on my project. Well, I do have some […]

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JSRE Podcast Replay

March 13, 2015
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Mike Simmons does an awesome real estate podcast — “Just Start Real Estate” — and I had a great time talking to him a few months ago. The discussion went long enough that he had to break up the podcast into two parts! He just did a replay of both parts earlier this week. I […]

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All About Leverage

March 10, 2015
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While many of my readers flip houses for a living, I hear time and again how they plan to transition into holding rentals at some point as well (and some already do). Not to mention, I’m starting to focus a bit more on long-term buy-and-hold projects also. With that in mind, I wanted to talk […]

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New Construction Costs

March 5, 2015
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We moved to Maryland just over a year ago, and spent a good portion of 2014 tearing down the house we bought and building our new personal residence. I know that a lot of my readers are interested in new construction, and many have even started looking at the numbers for building spec houses, so […]

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