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5 Tips to Create Smarter Real Estate Partnerships

Find out how to structure successful real estate partnerships right from the start, so you reap the benefits without the headaches.  Creating a real estate partnership can be incredibly beneficial. Whether it's sharing risk, tapping into a wider pool of resources or...

How Wealthy Real Estate Investors Manage Cash Flow

Make your cash flow smarter. No matter how much you're pulling in, managing that cash flow is essential to your long-term success as a real estate investor. When you're starting your real estate business, the most difficult skill to master is the management of cash...

Top 5 Reasons You Need To Start Your Taxes Before the Holidays

Don't get slammed by missed deadlines! Find out how to systemize your taxes to complete your Canadian and U.S. returns on-time and avoid expensive fines. Getting your paperwork in order is one of the most important aspects to optimizing on your returns as a...

Cash Flow Crisis: Are You Losing Money on a Profit Center?

There are two ways to make money real estate investing. One is appreciation in the value of the property. The other is cash flow. Cash flow must be reliable, because you need to for the mortgage, to finance another deal, or for living expenses. It's particularly...

WARNING: 6 Rookie Mistakes in Your Real Estate Contracts

From a purchase contract to a lease agreement, if you are buying or managing real estate, you'll need to learn to spot common problems in your real estate contracts. One reason you'll see mistakes is that a real estate contract may not have been drafted by a lawyer....

Best Bet: Single Family or Multifamily Real Estate Investing?

You know why you are interested in investing in real estate. Now, the question is how to invest in real estate. So which is best -- single-family homes or multifamily buildings? The answer is "yes!" The U.S. rental market has gone through some pretty weird contortions...

Play to Win: How the Pros Make Millions in Real Estate

One late night, about 6 years ago, I found out I was going to be a daddy. I was exhilarated, followed by immediate panic. You see, at that time, I was working constantly and making not very little money, but not nearly enough. I knew I had to do something fast but I...

5 Things You Should Know Before You Get into U.S. Real Estate

The fact that U.S. real estate is an amazing opportunity isn't lost on international investors. With Canadians leading foreign investments in the U.S. real estate market, it seems that there are quite a few people out there who want to get in on this money-making...

7 Ways to Change How You Think About Investing

While some people are taking full advantage of U.S. real estate investments, most Canadians look for zero-risk investments. In real estate, you need to be able to relate to all sorts of individuals to understand the different sets of concerns and priorities involved...

Your US Real Estate Purchase: Make the Dream a Reality

When I look at eliminating the obstacles that are preventing Canadians from moving forward with a US real estate purchase, it's easy to focus on big, concrete problems like financing, taxes, identifying emerging markets, etc. I touch on all of these with my students...

US Real Estate: Why Even Warren Buffett Wants in on the Action

People love speculating about US real estate, and a few recent reports have brought the conversation to an outright frenzy. As a follow-up to my blog post on making a US real estate purchase in 2012, I wanted to take a second look at this week's revelations to get a...

Tenants Looking For You!

  One of the key points we stress during our free US Real Estate seminars is that we take pride in our relationships with our tenants.  We treat them like gold, because happy tenants bring you more happy tenants, they look after the property and they pay their rent on...

Supper And Success. What A Combo!

                Just thought I'd share the excitement as our students continue to move forward. It's always exciting when learning turns into action, and over the past year our students have purchased over 3,000 properties in the United States.  We're so proud of...

Another Avenue For Investment On The Way

                This may cause some discussion and thought in an area that many people hadn't considered before. HousingWire has a really interesting article today detailing the coming opportunities in retail properties.  "More than $350 billion in commercial real...

Finding Great Tenants

This may be one of the most asked questions we get at every training event we host. As you know if you are a regular reader to this blog, my team is on a mission to acquire, hold and rent as many properties as we possibly can.  We believe that creating cash flow...

The Bright Spots

The San Francisco Chronicle had a very interesting perspective in this morning's edition.  What a 'win win' situation it outlines for Canadians! The article starts with another confirmation that the housing woes in the U.S. are not going to disappear anytime soon:...

Multi Family Continues Heating Up

  First and foremost, a big "thank you" to all the Vancouver folks that turned out for our class this past weekend.  I appreciate the way you welcomed the team, made us feel so much at home and asked such incredibly informed questions.  It was truly a great event and...

Underwater? Deeper And Deeper

        Bloomberg is reporting today that almost 29% of Americans with mortgages are underwater.  And in case you're not familiar with the term, "underwater" means that they owe more on their mortgage than the house is actually worth. 29%.  That's millions and...

Renter Nation

  We talk every day with our students about the philosophy and mindset of the American public and the shift over the past few years.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we've been talking about the fact that America has become a nation of renters....

TTMYT – Best Places To Retire

  Thinking of retiring to Boone, North Carolina or Lincoln, Nebraska?  No?  Maybe you should. I thought it might be interesting over the next little while to do a series of articles designed to make us all think. To question what we believe. This is the first in a...

Bleaker And Bleaker

  Hey team, this was just released today and if you're in to stats and figures like I am, I thought you might be interested. The news just keeps getting worse and worse for the American real estate picture, which means it keeps getting better and better for Canadians...

Renter’s Revenge – How Sweet It Is

  Great article in the Wall Street Journal this past week. We've been saying for about four years now that "America Has Become A Nation of Renters".  We've been telling everyone that the housing crash effectively stole the American Dream and US residents by the...

Sweeter And Sweeter

  Just a short post this morning because you've already heard that the Canadian dollar closed at $1.06 yesterday. What that means in real terms is that in addition to US house prices being 70% off, if you buy and hold for a bit you're going to capitalize on the...

Experts Tell Americans To Rent

Hey team, the 'expert advice' south of the border continues to encourage Americans to rent rather than buy. Of course, that means someone needs to purchase the property and become the landlord. With housing prices at all time lows, creating cash flow from owning U.S....

Experts Echo Martel Strategy

For Americans, this is not good news.  For Canadians, it's a windfall! I watched an incredible interview on the Washington Post business channel where respected analyst Robert Wetenhall confirmed his belief (and ours) that U.S. housing prices haven't bottomed out yet....

Astonishing Stats!

  First, a question. Where in Canada can you find an affordable home that you can purchase, then with whatever restoration is required, taxes, property management fees, etc. actually still have enough left over to create real cash flow? According to this, the answer...

American Dream Stolen

  I think you've probably heard me say that I believe the mindset of Americans has changed and that many have given up on the dream of the white picket fence.  In reality they have become a nation of renters. From CNNMoney this morning:   “Foreclosure filings...

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