8 Reasons to Ring in the New Year with Real Estate Investing

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2018 has come barreling in like an arctic blast, but don’t decide to hibernate under your covers. Instead, use this time to take stock of your current financial picture. Are you satisfied? Or do you feel ready to pursue new goals in 2018? Are you interested in earning more money and striving for better long-term…

The End of the Costco Love Affair

I had a love affair with Costco. I shopped incessantly at Costco, buying everything – groceries, deli items, clothing, appliances, computers, tires, dog food and diapers. When I wasn’t shopping there, I was raving to friends and family about the high  quality and low prices I always found at Costco. I had a crush that…

Holy HELOC Batman, What Do We Do Now?

Running from the change in the HELOC interest deduction in 2018

BAM! KAPOW! BIFF! One of America’s favorite tax deductions – interest payments on a home equity line of credit (HELOC) – just got taken to the woodshed by the passage of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). It’s true, the glory days of the HELOC are officially over. Why? Because homeowners…

Frugality and The Five-Finger Discount

Does Your Frugality Cross the Line into Thievery

About a year ago, a newspaper headline grabbed my attention. I read it aloud. Man Charged for Filling McD’s Water Cup with Soda. My children, aghast, looked around the room with wide eyes. A criminal was in their midst. Someone they knew and loved had –  on occasion – put soda in a water cup.…

How To Evict A Bad Tenant

self help tenant eviction for real estate investors

  Are you a DIY Landlord with a “Bad” Tenant? You know what I’m talking about, right? You have a tenant who is: Not paying the rent on time (or at all) Failing to maintain the property Moving-in prohibited pets or unrelated guests Hosting loud parties and disturbing the peace Etc…etc… (any tenant behavior that…

2 Simple Steps to Real Estate Investing

How to make money and find financial freedom through real estate investing

  I recently attended a seminar aimed at first-time real estate investors. The course included a segment on valuation. Hand-out, after hand-out, was passed around. Each photocopy laid out various real estate valuation models and formulas, including ROI, Cap Rate, GRM, and ConC – all intended to assist investors in making sound financial decisions. As…

How to Manage Tenants When Real Estate Investing

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Imagine you are a landlord, managing your own rental homes, and some issues arise with your tenants. Tenant #1 suffers an unexpected financial setback and asks for an extra week to pay her rent. Tenant #2 has a cousin whose dog needs a temporary home, but your standard lease prohibits pets. Tenant #3 agrees to…

How to Find Financial Freedom In Your Home

Beginning investors convert home to rental to generate income

  Congratulations, you purchased a home! You’ve built up equity and watched your home’s value increase – smart –  you are rich! But wait, with mortgage payments and home ownership costs, you are struggling to cover your living expenses – you feel poor. You can barely buy dog food and diapers, much less pitch-in for another office…

Deterred by Tenant Horror Stories?

Women and Moms should be real estate investing despite tenant worries

Have you been interested in rental property investment as a source of income, but held back by tales of tenant horror stories? You’ve heard them. Tenants who stop paying their rent and won’t leave the property. Tenants who leave, but take all the copper piping with them. Tenants who start their own business growing weed…

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