Rental #1: Two-Year Update

February 3, 2017
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I haven’t been great about keeping up with all our rental properties, but I promised that I would continue providing a long-term analysis of our first rental (at least annually), so that others looking to get into the rental business can get an idea of what to expect. As a reminder, here is a link […]

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2016 Recap

January 3, 2017
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Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to post as much as I’d like here on the blog, but I’m going to try to change that in 2017. To start, I thought I’d provide a recap of what we did in 2016, and provide some thoughts on where we’re headed over the next 12 months… The past […]

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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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