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Where should real estate investors put their money in 2020?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : January 21, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Recently released housing data and expert predictions suggest new construction is a good bet for investors in 2020. If you are like many real estate investors, you are trying to decide where you should put your money in 2020. I don’t have a crystal ball to answer that question, but I did some research to see what the data and experts are sayin...

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Investor Tips: What I would do differently / same if I could start over

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : December 31, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Welcome to the start of a new year, in fact a new decade. No big resolutions for me this year but I did take a few minutes to reflect on my real estate investing experience.  Why am I telling you? Well, as a result of my reflections I realized there are a few pearls of wisdom I could pass on to help others. I can't go back in time and do it over b...

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How Borrowing Changes with an LLC

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : December 14, 2019 at 1:01 am

If you have recently set up an LLC or you are thinking about doing so for your investment properties, you'll want to read this article. Here I focus specifically on how borrowing changes and what you need to know if you plan to borrow through your LLC. If you are interested in other advantages as well as potential drawbacks of an LLC, I covered ...

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October housing starts – what do the numbers tell us?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : November 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

What do the latest housing starts numbers mean? October U.S. housing starts were released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [1] Total housing starts were 1,314,000 which is an 8.5% increase over October 2018 and a ...

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Is a 1031 exchange always the best option?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : November 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Many real estate investors who hold on to their properties for long-term rentals commonly use the 1031 exchange. This tool, also known as a like-kind exchange or Starker, allows investors to up-value their properties and avoid / delay paying capital gains tax.  In fact, many long-term investors become serial exchangers, b...

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New FHA Guidelines – What they mean for buyers and investors

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : October 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

There have been two important updates to FHA guidelines this year. The first change is related to underwriting for borrowers with lower credit scores and higher debt to income ratios. The second deals with the condominium approval process. These changes will impact certain buyers and investors. The reason behind these guideline changes is twofol...

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Zero down loans for investors. Too good to be true?

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : September 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm

There are several hard money lenders that have recently started promoting zero down loans for investors and maybe others that selectively offer this type of loan. A promise of zero down payment begs the question, are these for real or too good to be true? Without even investigating the specific offers we know that a zero down loan is riskier for th...

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Financing your multifamily investment deal

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : September 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about the pros and cons of investing in multifamily properties. If you missed it, view the article here. For readers looking to get in on the multifamily game, this article provides a few tips and ideas on how to finance you...

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Pros and Cons of Investing in Multifamily Properties

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : August 12, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Are multifamily properties a good choice for investors? Over the past decade, we have seen some fundamental shifts in the economy that have made multifamily properties more attractive to investors. In recent years, the housing inventory, particularly affordable housing, has not kept up with demand. This has resulted in intense competition for singl...

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Opportunity Zones: Beyond the Buzz

Post by : Ian Colville | Post on : August 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm

There has been a lot of press surrounding Opportunity Zones but what do we know about how well these will perform for investors and which Zones will be the best performing? This article goes beyond the buzz in an attempt to answer these questions. Overview of Opportunity Zones There are 8,700 Opportunity Zones throughout the ...

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