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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 Airbnb Landlords Generate Millions of Dollars Each Year

Despite the idea of Airbnb as a platform 'for the people, by the people', professional landlords are generating over $500 million dollars a year using Airbnb.According to the research conducted by Pennsylvania State University, Airbnb guests in 12 major metropolitan...

7 Reasons To Invest in U.S. Real Estate This New Year

With 2016 just around the corner, find out how a combination of market factors are making real estate the most viable financial opportunity for money conscious North Americans.No matter what you "day job" is, you need to have at least one side project you're working...

20 Weird U.S. State Laws You Might Be Breaking

Before you go off enjoying music in New Hampshire or chugging beer in Texas, here are 20 weird U.S. state laws you should know about. As a Canadian who buys and sells U.S. real estate, here are a few state laws you might want to know before visiting your properties. ...

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...

Lion Taming For Landlords: Sage Advice for Conquering Liabilities

One of the upsides of real estate investing is how easy it is to control the downsides. Being mindful of landlord tenant law and working with your rental property management are the best ways to identify and limit your risks. Premise Liability a Downside to Real...

Psychographics: Your Roadmap to Becoming a Rockstar Landlord

Renter demographics are helpful, and you have undoubtedly profited from this information: average income, average tenants. Average real estate investing. There's nothing wrong with being average -- unless you're ready to kick it up a notch. That's where psychographics...

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....

The #1 Controversy in Rental Property Management

Pets, or No Pets. That's the question that plagues everyone in real property management. Turns out dogs aren't just man's best friend. Allowing pets in rental apartments is also a major profit-generator for landlords. That probably seems counterintuitive, because the...

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...

3 Reasons to Cash Flow With a Smoke Free Rental

Is it discrimination to enforce a smoke free rental? Absolutely not! A smoke free rental policy is one of the quickest and easiest ways to shore up your investment potential. But, before we get into that, let's dispel a myth: the common belief that landlords can't...

The Two-Step Formula to Make Money Flipping Real Estate

Flipping is one the best-known real estate strategies to make upwards of 20K within a couple of months... so long as you do it right. Use this 2-step formula to run the numbers and make profitable flips to build your capital. Flipping real estate can be a great way to...

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...

Seller Financing Tactics: The 2-Step Method to Attract High Rollers

Getting seller financing is one of the best ways that someone with little capital can get into real estate acquisitions. Most people report the biggest obstacle in real estate to be difficulty getting start-up capital. I say, that's because you're doing it all wrong....

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...

How to Make a Profitable Plan in 3 Steps

If you are like most people, it's hard to launch your new U.S. real estate business even though the numbers add up and you know it is a great opportunity. Heck, it's not just U.S. real estate, it can be anything from pursuing a hobby to taking actions that you know...

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...

6 Crucial Factors Every Investor Should Follow to Maximize Profits

As a Canadian-based real estate investor, the question of whether to invest in the Canadian housing market is a significant one. Right now, the U.S. housing market is a goldmine of opportunity. The Canadian housing market? Not so much. Recent reports on Canadian real...

4 DIY Tactics to Invest Right From the Comfort of Your Home

It's important in this day and age to use the power of technology to your advantage. You need to save time and money by making the most of the resources available to you to stay competitive and up-to-date. Here's a fun fact: Did you know that the floppy diskette save...

6 Things Every Canadian Investor Should Know About U.S. Real Estate

If you're like most people, the idea of buying U.S. property in the current market comes with the benefit of real money making potential alongside the drawback of dealing with foreign U.S. real estate regulations. And you are absolutely on the mark in that assessment,...

How Does Hurricane Sandy Impact U.S. Foreclosure Property?

U.S. Housing Watch: What’s in Hurricane Sandy’s Path? As Hurricane Sandy continues to dominate, the impact of the storm on the U.S. housing market has become a forefront discussion. Major devastation expected from some of the highest levels of wind and rain have led...

The Top 7 Mistakes Canadians Make When Buying U.S. Real Estate

The number of Canadians jumping on the U.S. real estate bandwagon is growing and in true Canadian spirit, most prefer the DIY method. The trouble is, there are a lot of assumptions Canadians make when buying U.S. real estate that can wind up being expensive mistakes....

How New U.S. Real Estate Short Sale Rules Can Help You

The GSE mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have developed a new short sale program in accordance with Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) policies for U.S. real estate transactions. The revised policies are aimed at avoiding future U.S. foreclosures....

3 Sources of Capital for U.S. Real Estate Deals

The word is definitely out on the amazing money-making opportunities in U.S. real estate . If you've already looked into it and want to get in, you might be at the point of considering how to generate capital. It’s important to keep in mind, having money is...

How U.S. Shadow Inventory Creates a Buyers Market

Positive signs from the U.S. real estate market have begun to see an influx of interested Canadian investors. U.S. foreclosure rates are down, housing statistics are up and homes have started to appreciate in value for the first time since 2006. Many Canadians are...

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...

How One 14-Year Old Won in the Florida Real Estate Market

When it comes to Florida real estate, it seems like anything is possible. For most teenagers, earning extra cash means shoveling driveways, picking up a few shifts at the video store or getting a summer life-guarding job. For Willow Tufano, it meant becoming a Florida...

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...

U.S. Real Estate Is Your Winning Lottery Ticket

Is there opportunity left in U.S. real estate for Canadian-based investors? YES. It sounds a bit silly to say it, but the situation in the U.S. real estate world still seems to be "okay, this year is going to be less worse than last year". From an American...

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...

Top 10 List Means Great News For Investors

  Realtor Magazine has released the list of the Top 10 Foreclosure States during 2011, and although there are only a couple of surprises, perhaps the most interesting take on the list was from the blog SeattlePi. I'm quoting here.  "Nationwide, the numbers are...

Florida Bonus

A friend sent this to me.  Talk about 'added value'! It pays in more ways than one to own property in Florida... Disney and Sea World just published their 2012 Florida Resident Offers.   If you are planning a visit, check the requirements for proving Florida Residency...

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:...

Prices Down Again! Where to buy?

  From Property Wire this morning, "Residential property prices in the United States fell 1.3% in October, the third monthly decline in a row, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index." For our purposes, there is some very notable movement.  "Including...

No Rebound Yet!

  One of my usual 'reading over coffee' kind of websites had a really interesting article today that underlines just how serious many people in the U.S. think the challenges are.  Keep in mind that as these challenges mount for Americans the advantage for Canadians...

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...

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