When investing in rehab properties, you often run into homes that are in really bad condition. These are the homes I love that are in complete disrepair, ugly and unlivable. To many this is a turnoff and says headaches. To rehab investors it says profits and the evaluation process begins. When creating your rehab list and budget, it is crucial to focus on completing Value Added Repairs. Items that add value usually have to do with Kitchens, Bathrooms and Curb Appeal. Continue reading

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Locating flips with great profits is a much different animal than finding rentals. Rentals you can purchase in less desirable areas, find good tenants, good property management and profit. Flips need more than just demand from renters, there must be demand from home buyers. You can find good deals in any market and area, as long as the numbers make sense. If you wish to do a lot of deals, here is a list of characteristics that are common in areas that are abundant with good flips. Continue reading

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Sometimes it is hard to find an agent you trust or that can show the ability to perform. But there has to be a top agent that has a huge buyers list and can sell your home fast and for a great price. This information is actually easy and free. Continue reading

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I will admit, I thought this idea was ridiculous when I first heard it. Then I talked to those who have had success with it. And then I tried it myself. Guess what? It worked brilliantly. Fact is, it is a buyers market right now. Buyers want discounts, requests granted and they will flex their muscles until you fold. But what if you have multiple offers? Another fact is that most buyers purchase on emotions. This is the place they are going to live, eat, sleep and spend quality time with loved ones. It is a Want Purchase, not a business transaction. So here is what I recommend to sell your flip fast and for a great price. Continue reading

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There is big money in rehab flips. There can also be big loses too. The following can help increase the probability of success and minimize mistakes and unfortunate surprises. Continue reading

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The most important thing for beginner real estate investors is to find great deals. Not good ones, great ones. Beginners and experts make mistakes and a great deal can handle mistakes and unpleasant surprises and still come out on top. Here are some steps that will help investors find great cash flow deals. Continue reading

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What is a good cash flow deal? I was always taught that a good cash flow deal is when rents are 1% of purchase. In this article, rehab is already included in the purchase. So if the property rents for $1000, then you would be willing to pay $100,000 for that property. Would you be happy with that sort of cash flow. Let’s do some calculations. At 6% interest on a 30 year fixed, you are paying $600. Add $200 for tax and insurance and you cash flow $200, right? Well, what about property management of $100, and vacancy of 10% or $100. Now you are breaking even. And who thinks they will never have to spend a penny on maintenance? An investor could end up negative cash flow on a deal with these numbers. Then you are left to speculate for appreciation which is completely out of our control. Continue reading

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Let’s face it, money does not disappear, it changes hands. So where is it? There is so much money sitting on the sidelines or in investments making little or negative returns. Many of these individuals would love to have a double digit return backed by real estate. Here are some keys to get more Private Money then you could ever need. If you find this information helpful, you can download a Guide on How to Raise Private Money at www.realreturnrealestate.com. Continue reading

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The current market conditions have resulted in incredible opportunities for investors. In order to take advantage of the oversupply of opportunities, we investors must efficiently sift through the many available properties and separate the deals from the duds. But first, you need deals coming into your pipeline that fit your criteria. And not just a few, you need an abundance. Here are some ways to get tons of profitable deals to cherry pick from. Continue reading

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1. Define your criteria – Concentrate on areas with strong demand from buyers and limited supply. Single family homes are usually better for flips.

2. Play the numbers game – You will not get every deal for the price you want. Figure out what the property is worth to you and do not go over. Continue reading

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Most people are speculators, in fact the media stories are almost always speculative. They report on the value of real estate in the area, whether it is going up, down or sideways. What control do we have over the value? A crucial concept to understand is that we do not have control over the value of real estate. There are so many economic and market indicators that effect value. So what is an investor to do? Easy, instead of speculate, control your profitability and probability of success with your investments. You can make money anywhere and in any market with real estate. Some areas or market conditions make things much more difficult but you can and will always be able to control how you buy. Here are things you can do that can not only increase your success but you have control. Continue reading

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There are a lot of mistakes that can be made in Real Estate. In fact, many savvy investors still make mistakes or have overcome huge mistakes in their investing careers. The keys are to recognize, avoid, learn and move forward from these potential pitfalls. Here are 6 beginner mistakes when investing in real estate. Continue reading

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Let’s face it, money does not disappear, it changes hands. There is a lot of money sitting on the sidelines or in investments making little or negative returns and these individuals would love to have a secure double digit return. Here are some keys to get more Private Money then you could ever need. Continue reading

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Some like to invest close to home, will not even leave their neighborhood. Others will venture outside the box, their state, even their region or country. There are some things that are very important when looking for deals. The biggest mistake new investors make is to purchase their first investment property at market value and hope for appreciation. This is called speculation and I do not recommend it at all. Furthermore, these mistake prone investors usually follow the herd and purchase when markets are high. Now who has heard of Buy Low, Sell High? Continue reading

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Three main questions you may have about investing in real estate are: Why invest, why invest now and why invest in Cleveland?

Due to current economic conditions throughout the US and the world, investors have watched their portfolio values dwindle. The economy is in a constant state of flux that has brought about adjustments and reversals in trends within all sectors of the market, but particularly so within housing. This has resulted in a number of changes in the real estate market in Cleveland. There is an increase in the number of renters and an increase in the number of affordable investment properties now available. Additionally, in this time of uncertainty, investors are looking more towards tangible assets. Continue reading

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First and Foremost when investing in real estate, you must find great deals. Not good deals, great deals with plenty of equity, cashflow and multiple exit strategies. These types of deals can withstand worst case scenarios such as the bust recently where home values dropped approximately 40% in some areas and financing became extremely tight. Continue reading

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