Apartments = Massive Passive Income

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Apartments = Massive Passive Income

If you’re looking for ways to increase your real estate investment profit without increasing your workweek, it’s time to consider an apartment investment. You’ll see long-term increases in passive income if you stop busting your butt doing rehabs and enter a whole new world of commercial real estate. Is this the right move for you?…  Continue Reading

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Multi-family Investments: Finding Deals and More

Real estate investors who specialize in apartment buildings or other multi-family properties are a unique breed. Investing in apartments takes a special skill set, and not everyone is cut out for it. But, on the other hand, not everyone is cut out to be a real estate investor – period. But, investing in multi-family properties…  Continue Reading

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Investor Habits that Wow Private Lenders

When you close a deal as a real estate investor, you’re not the only one getting paid. And if that deal went well, you’re probably not the only one eager to repeat the process. But will your private lender want to work with you again? If you adopt these five habits, you’re sure to be…  Continue Reading

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From First Convo to Final Offer: A 5-Step Process to Win Over Sellers

Imagine that you could win over every potential seller that you interact with… by getting them to agree to a fair but awesome property deal for you. Well, I have bad news and good news. The bad news? This scenario won’t play out for you every time you interact with a seller. The good news?…  Continue Reading

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Private Lending for Rentals Rehabs and Apartments

Private lenders might just be holding the key to your next big real estate investment deal, especially if you’re dreaming of moving from single family investments to apartments. Let’s cover some key definitions and principles of investing, then turn to a few examples of private lending deals and some of the benefits you’ll see when…  Continue Reading

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3 Steps for Building a Killer Pipeline of Property Deals

Imagine if you had someone whose sole job was to find property deals for YOUR real estate investing business. This person would spend all their working hours scouting for properties, connecting with real estate experts in your area, and bringing you all the deals you need to keep your business booming. Well, I’ve got good…  Continue Reading

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How to Find and Close Killer On Market Deals

“It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.” Your job is to do deals, so you should constantly be looking for them. On market properties (actively listed for sale on the MLS) might have more competition, but they’re also ready to be closed, so they’re a great source for investors. The key is to…  Continue Reading

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5 Surefire Ways to Build a Cash Buyers List

“It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.” Every real estate investor knows that having a solid cash buyers list is super important… but not all of them realize that the list doesn’t have to be huge. As you build a cash buyers list, the key to success is to “collect” a core group…  Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Rehab a House in 6 Easy Steps

Let’s get back to real estate investing basics for a minute here – what is your game plan when you purchase an investment property to rehab and sell? Are you just a wholesaler and looking to get into the bigger profit deals? If you aren’t sure exactly where to start, here is our simple 6…  Continue Reading

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Simplify, Accelerate and Automate

Over the last 13 years as a real estate investor, coach and national speaker, I’ve discovered that THE key ingredient to being successful in real estate (or any business for that matter) is SPEED. It’s the ability to find deals fast, evaluate deals fast, get comps fast, close deals fast, decide on an exit strategy…  Continue Reading

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Don’t Jack Up Your Fix-Up

There’s a moment at the end of home reno reality shows when the homeowner sees the finished project for the first time. Usually, someone cries, at least a little. And sometimes, it’s because that remodel is an epic fail. As a real estate investor, you don’t want to ugly cry on the job site. Really,…  Continue Reading

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Building Your Rockstar Real Estate Dream Team

You’re familiar with the saying, “It takes a village…” Well, in the world of real estate investing (REI), it doesn’t take a village—but it does take a dream team—to build a successful, growing and thriving company. So, how do you go about building your rockstar real estate dream team? And where do you look for…  Continue Reading

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6 Tips for Pre-Screening and Negotiating with Sellers

Today I want to talk with you about something that’s super-important to your real estate investing… but something that might not get as much attention as it should. And while there’s a big trend in doing deals with off-market properties, these key 6 tips I’m about to share with you apply to just about any…  Continue Reading

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Inside Commercial Investing

I often talk a lot about fix and flips because that is mostly what I do and I love teaching that investing strategy… My real estate investing business is mostly rehabs and rentals. For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been building a big-profit portfolio of passive cash flow. So today, let’s talk about…  Continue Reading

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Finding Hyperbuyers

If you only know one thing about real estate investing, it’s that it’s a relationship-based business. Without fellow investors, buyers, real estate agents, lenders, etc. to support your endeavors, you’ll never achieve your long-term goals. Yet, so many investors focus solely on finding deals—without spending the time needed to build strong relationships with trustworthy buyers…  Continue Reading

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6 Shortcuts to Save Time and Money During Renovations

One of the reasons I wanted to make sure had a blog and kept up with it is to offer those “insider tips” you will not likely find in your typical real estate investment course. After years of trial and error, we’ve learned it isn’t always most profitable to do things by the book. For…  Continue Reading

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