Six Step Due Diligence and Property Analysis

Author: Josh Cantwell

Six Step Due Diligence and Property Analysis

New real estate investors out there, are you doing your due diligence to protect yourself from a deal that’s sure to go sideways? Here are six steps (plus two bonus steps I threw in just because I like you) you can take to analyze potential properties and narrow your focus to the ones that are…  Continue Reading

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9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do

The most successful businesspeople in the world all achieved their goals through different strategies and methods. But, no matter their industry or goals, they all generally have 9 characteristics in common. And these are traits that lead to exceptional productivity. Remember this: NONE of us have extra time. All of us have 24 hours in…  Continue Reading

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Five Traits of Success

What makes an investor successful? What makes an investor fail? Successful investors share several mindsets and habits and these are things that every investor needs… not only as they’re starting out, but at every stage in their investing business. Let’s take a look at the top five of these traits. 1. Be Willing to Fail…  Continue Reading

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Lifecycle of Investors

  Building a successful real estate investing (REI) business is a marathon—not a sprint. You’d be hard pressed to find a real estate investor who became successful overnight. It takes days, weeks, months, and usually years of hard work to grow a business that brings you the financial freedom you’re hoping for. On the bright…  Continue Reading

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Market Research and Making Offers

So you’re just starting out as a real estate investor. You’re ready to look at properties and make offers. But how do you find those properties? Let’s talk about what it takes to find properties—including strategies that save you money in the process. Market Research First, where exactly are you looking for these properties? Don’t…  Continue Reading

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Rent to Own and Alternate Exit Strategies

In the world of real estate investing, making a quick and profitable sale of your property is the ultimate goal. But—more than likely—this picture-perfect ending isn’t always the reality of your situation. So, when you’re struggling to sell a property, what other options can you consider? If you don’t have any interest in keeping the…  Continue Reading

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The Contractor Interview

Your contractor is a crucial member of your team—contractors can make or break a project. But it’s still your team, so there’s plenty you can do to make sure your contractor is helping you make money and finish on time. And it starts with hiring the right contractor to begin with. So how do you…  Continue Reading

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Private Lending for Profit: Part 1

Insurance adjuster by day, real estate private lender by night (well, and weekends too). This describes Keith Baker’s professional life, in a nutshell. The Houston-based private lender also hosts The Private Lender Podcast. But he didn’t always have a career in real estate. As Keith explains to Josh in this podcast, his background is in…  Continue Reading

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How to Get Your Direct Mail Paid For

Direct mail marketing is one of the most effective ways for those of us in real estate investing to score the best property deals. Even though it seems antiquated to send a postcard or letter through the mail, tons of research proves that this marketing technique is very impactful. In fact, direct mail marketing still…  Continue Reading

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Structuring Creative Real Estate Deals to Boost Your Profits

When it comes to structuring creative real estate deals, Sean Flanagan is a verified pro. With more than 20 years of real estate investing experience in several competitive markets across the nation, he’s covered all the bases – from wholesaling to fix and flips, and everything in between. Sean is also an expert marketer who…  Continue Reading

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From Firefighter to REI & Entrepreneur Coach: Colby Amerine’s Story – Part 2

As an experienced and renowned sales coach for real estate investors and entrepreneurs, Colby Amerine has worked with clients from all walks of life – and at various points in their business paths. Colby, a firefighter-turned-investor-turned-coach, has interacted with many real estate investors over the years. During that time, he began to notice patterns in…  Continue Reading

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7 Common Mistakes Wholesalers Make

Have you set any wholesaling goals for the year? All real estate investors (really, everyone actually) should have big goals. And once you have goals, you need to figure out the steps to meet those goals. But have you ever thought about what you should avoid doing in order to meet your goals? I want…  Continue Reading

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From Firefighter to REI & Entrepreneur Coach: Colby Amerine’s Story

Colby Amerine’s professional path is anything but typical. As a firefighter and paramedic who was 10 years into his career when he experienced a serious physical injury, he never expected to be facing such a pivotal and life-changing decision. Knowing he needed to pursue a new path, Colby began to immerse himself in real estate…  Continue Reading

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Top Tips for Becoming High-Performing Entrepreneur

Real estate investors are some of the most successful entrepreneurs around the world. In fact, 90% of millionaires have created at least a portion of their wealth through real estate investments. Talk about the entrepreneurial spirit! As the founder of multiple 8- and 9-figure businesses, Vinnie Fisher knows a thing or two about becoming a…  Continue Reading

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Stress-Free Closings

Nothing strikes simultaneous dread and excitement into the heart of a real estate investor (or any home seller, really) than the words “closing day.” Closing on a property you’re selling is exciting, for sure, but it can also come with a lot of stress and uncertainty—especially if you aren’t prepared. So to help you out,…  Continue Reading

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Finding a Lender for Your Commercial Real Estate Investments Just Got Easier

When it comes to real estate investing, commercial projects are an entirely different beast. But the good news is this: many residential real estate investors have made the successful leap to commercial investing – which can be a very profitable venture, if done correctly. Whether or not you’ve considered dabbling in commercial real estate investing,…  Continue Reading

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Building Your Team & Making the Switch from Operator to Owner

Known as “The Flip King,” real estate investor Joe Evangelisti has done over 1,000 property deals and flips $10 million+ in real estate every year. It’s safe to say he’s pretty much an expert in the areas of flipping properties and wholesaling. But—get this—Joe only spends about 5-10 hours a week working for his company…  Continue Reading

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How Video & Digital Marketing Can Make Your REI Profits Skyrocket

In this day and age, digital marketing has become an essential component of every successful company. As a real estate investor, you have the power to build a profitable business for yourself with the help of digital and video marketing. If you want the best results, it can be highly beneficial to consult an online…  Continue Reading

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Mastering Multi-Family Property Investing

Investing in multi-family, value-add apartments is not for the faint of heart—but it can be an extremely profitable niche of this industry. Case in point: Real estate investor Jason Yarusi of New Jersey, who owns 400+ units, has had amazing success in the multi-family investing business. In this podcast, Jason shares how he first got…  Continue Reading

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The Ins and Outs of Seller Financing & Lease Option Investing

John Jackson knows a thing or two about seller financing and lease option (rent to own) closings. After all, he’s done more than 600 of these types of deals. He’s even fondly known as the “Texas lease option guy” by real estate experts and homebuyers in his local market. So, why would a real estate…  Continue Reading

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Working with Bank Asset Managers to Find Pre-MLS Properties

Real estate investing is a competitive but highly profitable industry. To help you gain the competitive edge you need to score the best property deals in your area, you might consider working with an asset manager at your local bank. That’s exactly what Jason Luchessi does to find many of his deals. As a successful…  Continue Reading

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How Part-Time Real Estate Investing Can Fit Your Goals & Lifestyle

Bigger isn’t always better – even in the world of real estate investing. For some of us, part-time investing strikes the perfect balance between earning extra income and maintaining a relatively low-stress lifestyle. In fact, part-time investing is exactly what Brad Crow set out to do about three years ago. Based in the Indianapolis area,…  Continue Reading

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10 Advantages of Self-Directed IRAs

You probably already know all 10 advantages of self-directed IRAs. You’ve probably already set up your own self-directed IRA and use it to fund deals. But how many people in your circle of influence have set up a self-directed IRA in order to invest with you? Your family members, friends, colleagues and other contacts probably…  Continue Reading

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2019 Ultimate Planning: Taking Your REI Biz to the Next Level

New Year’s resolutions… love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are pretty popular. The tricky thing with New Year’s resolutions is that many people don’t keep them—and that’s mainly because they don’t create quantifiable, detailed, written goals. When it comes to your real estate investing business, simply having a thought or a wish to succeed won’t…  Continue Reading

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Wholesaling Success Story: 6 Months, 20+ Property Deals & a Half Million in Profit

Cheryl Sturt isn’t your typical real estate investor. She got into the business just a few years ago and has already seen a huge amount of success—thanks, only in part, to her hot pink bandit signs. But it’s not just Cheryl’s pink marketing pieces or even her feminine name (which stands out in a sea…  Continue Reading

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From 1 Team Member to 100: A Successful REI Business Story

If Joe Greaves’ story teaches you anything, it should be this: it’s never too late to build a successful real estate investing business. Plus, with the right motivation, you can do it quickly. Not too long ago, Joe quit his job of 35+ years in commercial construction management to pursue real estate investing full-time—and he…  Continue Reading

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Market Myths & Truths: Insight from REI Extraordinaire, Dr. Peter Linneman

One of the smartest things that real estate investors can do to stay on top of the industry, is educate themselves about the markets and economy. Fortunately, even if numbers aren’t your strength, Dr. Peter Linneman has a great deal of insight to offer. Peter has founded several real estate investing companies throughout his career,…  Continue Reading

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Former “Shark Tank” Star Shares His Secrets for Entrepreneurial Success

When it comes to building successful businesses, Kevin Harrington knows a thing or two. As one of the original sharks on “Shark Tank,” Kevin has spent most of his career focusing on entrepreneurial enterprises. In fact, his businesses have done a combined $5 billion in worldwide sales—not too shabby. In this podcast, Kevin shares how…  Continue Reading

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8 Hacks, Habits & Routines of Elite Entrepreneurs

Are you ready to learn the 8 traits of real estate titans? These traits of real estate titans aren’t necessarily going to be news to you. But the secret to titan status isn’t in knowing these 8 things. It’s in doing them. So without further ado, the 8 hacks that will bring you success. 1….  Continue Reading

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Mailbox Money: Generating Passive Income That You’ll Enjoy Well into Retirement

As a real estate investor, the #1 thing you can do to set yourself up for long-term success is to build a steady source of passive income that will benefit you for many, MANY years to come. Michael (Mike) Neill of Texas did just that. After a successful career that included 30+ years of service…  Continue Reading

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Creating an Actionable Plan for your REI Biz

It doesn’t take much effort to come up with definable goals—but it DOES take time to develop an actionable plan that will allow you to achieve those goals. As a real estate investor, a step-by-step plan will be 100% necessary to the success of your business. Luckily, you’ve got people like Chris Seder on your…  Continue Reading

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Grow Your REI Business, Build a Better Life!

On the surface, real estate investing seems to be about making money. But, look a little deeper and you’ll find most real estate investors are simply seeking the financial security and flexibility that will allow them to spend more time with their family and friends. This was the case with DK Kim, a Strategic Real…  Continue Reading

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Effective Coaching: What You Need to Build an Evergreen REI Business

Of all the successful, thriving real estate investors you can think of, how many of those individuals do you think reached their goals without any help from anyone… whatsoever? Probably NONE, right? The truth is: even the smartest, savviest, most motivated real estate investors all need some inspiration, guidance, and advice from others – especially…  Continue Reading

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Smart Investing: Determining Risk & Exit Strategies

Some of the most successful real estate investors typically have one thing in common: they understand how to assess risk accurately, and they make sure to purchase properties that have multiple exit strategies. Mike Johnston is one of those guys. As the 2016 Strategic Real Estate Coaching (SREC) Investor of the Year, Mike has accomplished…  Continue Reading

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Value-Add Apartment Investing: A Success Story

The idea of investing in multi-family units or apartment complexes can seem intimidating to many real estate investors – particularly those who are just beginning to build their business. But, as Tim Bratz explains, it can actually be a very feasible, “do-able,” and profitable option. Tim has 10 years of real estate investing experience, and…  Continue Reading

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From Zero Deals to $450K Profit in 6 months: You Could be Next!

If you’re brand new to real estate investing—or even if you’ve got plenty of deals under your belt—it can be highly motivating to hear stories of success from other investors just like you. For instance, Eduardo Lopez, our 2018 Strategic Real Estate Coach (SREC) Investor of the Year, was just a regular Joe, doing the…  Continue Reading

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5 Rules That Sell a House

Congrats! You’ve purchased a property, rehabbed it, shined and polished it up nicely, and now you’re ready to put it on the market. You’ve got this whole real estate investing thing down. But before you rush into listing and marketing your property, take some time to prepare for what’s ahead. When I’m planning to market…  Continue Reading

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Wholesaling: Quick Deals for Cash

Wholesaling can be an extremely profitable niche of the real estate investing industry – and, it’s often one of the fastest ways to earn the cash you need to continue building your business and income. In this expert interview, Josh is joined by Joe Nemeth of Lorain County Homebuyers, LLC. During the time that they’ve…  Continue Reading

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Who Is Buying Houses in 2018?

So often as real estate investors we talk about how to change what we’re doing in order to build our businesses. We talk about improving our direct mail techniques, automating our systems, and finding private money. But if we’re not keeping a pulse on what buyers are doing, all that work is pointless. The more…  Continue Reading

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Deal Acquisitions & Finding Hyper-Buyers: Expert Strategies to Make Your Business Boom

In this expert interview podcast, I chat with REI and wholesaling experts Ben Sherman and RJ Nusz, who offer their must-hear advice on property acquisitions and building an extensive hyper-buyer list (that is, buyers who will purchase multiple properties from you every year). Ben, who served in active duty for the U.S. Air force for…  Continue Reading

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Finding Meaning & Financial Freedom with Your REI Business – We Show You How

If positive cash flow is your ultimate goal as a real estate investor, then be sure to check out this expert interview with Jim Thomas, a “tell it like it is,” successful investor based in New Jersey. Jim formerly worked in the railroad industry, where he put in long hours and sacrificed time spent with…  Continue Reading

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5-Week Direct Mail Marketing Plan

Whoever said “print is dead” has obviously never met a real estate investor. When it comes to building a successful real estate investing business, direct mail marketing is a key component. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details here, but there are countless studies that prove that consumers spend more time looking at direct mail…  Continue Reading

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Private Money: Terms You Should Know

Private money is key to successful real estate investing. And I’m not just talking about borrowing some dough from Uncle Bob for that rehab project and then returning it to him when the project is done. That’s fine, but if you’re serious about the REI business, you need to be a bit more savvy about…  Continue Reading

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Whittlesay Lane – The Rocky River Roller Coaster

I am thrilled to say the “1148 Whittlesay Lane Rocky River Roller Coaster” has come to a full and complete stop. It’s been quite a ride! Now it’s completely DONE and MLS-ready! The excitement of a completed project is exactly why I love real estate investing. This renovation project has been a blast to work…  Continue Reading

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9 Steps to Avoid Laziness and Procrastination

In real estate investing (or just in life, in general), do you ever feel like you could use some help in the area of procrastination? If not—I envy you. I don’t know how you do it. You could also be lying… just saying. Let’s be honest, pretty much EVERYBODY would like to overcome laziness and…  Continue Reading

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How to Find Motivated Sellers (And Get Them to Talk to You)

Finding just the right seller sometimes feels like the never-ending blind date of real estate investing. And so often it’s a painful experience… although you always wind up with a few good stories. What if you could find a goldmine of highly motivated sellers and take some of the pain out of that search for…  Continue Reading

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8 No-Fail Strategies to Find Vacant Houses

When people ask me, “What’s your favorite type of property to invest in?” my go-to response is always “Vacant homes.” Why? Well, real estate investing is all about finding the best deals so you can build a positive cash flow and long-term equity. And buying vacant properties is one of the most strategic ways to…  Continue Reading

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Acquiring Deals Like a Boss

We all got into real estate investing because we want more money, right? We want more passive income. But what we really want is control. It’s not about the money, when you think about it. If you dig down deep to discover what you really want, it’s probably control… we want to be able to…  Continue Reading

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7 Step Goal Setting Formula

What does your life look like at the next level? As a real estate investor, you have the opportunity to dream big. Maybe your next level includes more free time to spend with your family. Maybe you want to drive a fancy car or go on exotic vacations. Maybe you want time on the golf…  Continue Reading

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7 Strategies of Motivated Seller Marketing

One of the top questions I get asked, as a professional in the real estate investing industry, is “How do you find motivated seller leads – and persuade them to sell to you?” Let me tell you: it’s a fine-tuned process that has taken years to develop. But, now that I have systems and procedures…  Continue Reading

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The Vision of an Entrepreneur with Kevin Harrington

A few months ago, I had the awesome opportunity to speak with none other than Kevin Harrington, one of the original Shark Tank judges, inventor of the infomercial and the As Seen on TV pioneer. We talked about the awesome opportunities we both see in real estate investing, what he looks for when providing funding,…  Continue Reading

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