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Liability risk

When is the right time to set up an LLC for your investment properties?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : May 30, 2019 at 11:10 am

Real estate investors have several tools to use for asset protection. One of the more commonly used tools is that of the LLC. There are many advantages and a few drawbacks to LLCs. For many, the biggest drawback is the added paperwork and management, particularly if you will set up multiple LLCs. Given the extra paperwork and management involved, w...

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private money loan

Should you add Private Money Lender to Your Investment Strategy?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : April 28, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Does it make sense to add "Private Money Lender" to your investment strategy? Most real estate investors take the direct approach, buying and then flipping or holding properties. But there are other, more indirect, ways to participate in the real estate investment game. One of these is to get involved on the other side of the investment table and b...

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Cash for fix and flip

Best loan options for your next fix and flip project

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : April 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm

If you are doing fix and flip projects, especially in this competitive market, you need to have money ready to go when the next great deal pops up. So, what are the best fix and flip loan options for real estate investors? There are several commonly used options and a few unconventional ones you can tap into. The savvy investor will have multiple o...

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Real estate asset protection

Tips for protecting your real estate investments

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : February 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Real estate investing comes with many benefits but there are also inherent risks. The risk of liability is one real estate investors should pay close attention to. Risk of liability exits even for the most conscientious real estate investor. You can be diligent about inspecting your property and making repairs as soon as the need arises, but unk...

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Affordable housing

Socially minded real estate investing and the housing affordability crisis. Making money and doing good

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : January 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

If you are a socially minded real estate investor who wants to do good and make money, this article is for you. We all know that there is a crisis going on when it comes to affordable housing. A bad situation that is only going to get worse before it gets better. One study estimates we'll need 325,000 new apartments annually to meet demand but proj...

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Foreclosure auction

6 Tips for Buying Properties at Foreclosure Auctions

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : December 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Thinking of foreclosure auctions as the place to find your next great deal? Read my tips and myth busters first. The number of properties going to foreclosure are down significantly from the Great Recession. But, auctions can still be a place to find investment property. Just don't expect that you will get a 'steal of a deal' or you may be disappoi...

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Loan Approved

14 Pointers for Getting Your Loan Approved

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : November 7, 2018 at 12:05 am

As a real estate investor, the last thing you want to have happen is to find the perfect property and then lose out because your loan application was denied. How do you stack the deck in your favor when it comes time get your project funded? I've been on both sides of the loan application process as both borrower and lender. This has given me great...

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Property Manager Questions

20 Smart Questions to Ask a Property Manager

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : October 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm

If you are a real estate investor looking to build wealth by acquiring property and holding for long-term rentals, sooner or later you'll want to hire a property manager(s). But with hundreds of management companies out there, how do you select one that has your back? To help improve your chances of selecting a great property manager, I've put tog...

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investment property

Should You Buy in a Challenging Neighborhood if it Positive Cash Flows?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : September 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Many real estate investors actively investing in property, especially those new to the industry, are lured by 'great deals' in challenging neighborhoods. It is true that buying in an undesirable neighborhood can make financial sense, but is it worth it? Check out my latest article on BiggerPockets.com where I tackle this question. First I provide t...

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long-term rental property

Formula for success with long-term rental property

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : August 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Investing in real estate for long-term rentals can be a smart strategy for building wealth and generating passive income. But many people get scared away when they start talking with amateurs. Who hasn’t heard the nightmare story about a long-term rental gone awry? It seems just about everyone has a story or knows someone who does. It is true ...

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