Google Maps: An Essential Tool for the Real Estate Investor

I’m a man. As a man I follow certain man codes. One of the most well known man codes is never ask for directions. This unwritten rule is much easier to obey now that I have a smartphone, although I admit I’m too proud to look up directions on it with my wife in the car. That would be embarrassing. I’d rather drive around in circles for a few hours than confess I didn’t have a clue where I wa...
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Make Your Investment Property Stand Out

“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘that was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.” - Sam Haskins As a former news cameraman turned real estate investor I can tell you that nothing gets me more revved up than seei...
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How To Be a Rental Market Maker in Your Area

Before I get too far along in this post let me make one thing clear – I’m not a real estate soothsayer, prophet, fortuneteller or palm reader. I don’t have a crystal ball. If I did I wouldn’t be here typing this post. I’d likely be on the beach, or the golf course. The information I’m about to share with you didn’t come from studying macro economic reports from the likes of Case Shiller and the...
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Investment Property Cash Flow Killers

Have you ever stopped and thought about why The Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover and Flip this House are such popular reality TV shows? One word: Transformation. People love to see transformation happen, especially if it can be done while sitting on the couch. Like most people, I also enjoy the before and after process of transforming a distressed home into a neighborhood gem. There’s nothing...
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