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    Is the Boom Coming Back?

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    These charts from the Wall Street Journal would seem to show that real estate is slowly making a comeback. While we are not even close to what we saw in the boom years of 2007-2008, things appear to be looking up. If you are thinking of buying, you might want to do so now.

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    Why Periodic Property Inspections Are Important

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    This is why you, as a landlord, have to do periodic inspections of your properties. You cannot completely trust the screening process. Some people can look perfectly normal on the outside and in public, but their home life is a complete mess as the linked article demonstrates. Just because you never hear anything from a particular tenant does not mean that all is perfectly well. Most times it is, but it is best to verify. Do you think the tenant in the story above would…

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    The SmarterLandlording Podcast – Episode 7 – Understanding and Timing the Multi-Family Market – With Multi-Family Real Estate Broker Steve Woodyard of Woodyard Realty

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

      The SmarterLandlording Podcast – Episode 7 – Understanding and Timing the Multi-Family Market – With Multi-Family Real Estate Broker Steve Woodyard of Woodyard Realty                         Links We Mentioned Woodyard Realty – Check out Steve’s website for available properties and tons of information on the Memphis market. Plus you can get in contact with Steve if you are thinking of getting into the market here in Memphis. Steve’s “Memphis Multifamily Market Review” powerpoint presentation…

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    Coming Soon!

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Coming Soon! Episode 7 of the Smarter Landlording Podcast – Understanding and Timing the Apartment Market Plus…More on the Anatomy of a Rehab. And, what happens when you have a major fire. Stay tuned.

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    The Top 6 Tenant Secrets

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    All of us keep secrets. We do this for a variety of reasons. Some things should in fact be kept a secret as they are personal or you may be breaking a social norm, rule or perhaps even a law.   We may also keep something secret because we feel that we will only get into more trouble by saying something, or we will be perceived as ignorant. All of this just seems to be human nature. Tenants, being human of course, are no exception. But…

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    The Anatomy of a Rehab – Part 3 – Finding Contractors

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    In my previous posts I discussed how I went through and assessed what I needed to do to get the property rehabbed by using my Property Inspection Sheet and figuring out the budget. In this post I want to discuss hiring contractors. Contractors are an essential part of any real estate investor’s team, especially as you grow and expand your business. Sure, it is OK to do some or all of the work yourself when you are starting out (in fact I would recommend this…

Real Estate News

us-housing-market

Is the Boom Coming Back?

These charts from the Wall Street Journal would seem to show that real estate is slowly making a comeback. While we are not even close to what we saw in the boom years of 2007-2008, things appear to be looking up. If you are thinking of buying, you might want to do so now.

Change In Home Prices

Have Home Prices Rebounded In Your Area?

Have home prices rebounded in your area? Check out these maps and graphics from the New York Federal Reserve. I can say that here in Memphis, TN prices seem to have ticked up a bit, especially in the parts of town I deal in. It also seems to me that there are fewer deals out there and more people chasing them. Are the boom times coming back? How are things in your part of the country? Are prices up? Deals harder to come by? Please…

Buying Properties

Change In Home Prices

Have Home Prices Rebounded In Your Area?

Have home prices rebounded in your area? Check out these maps and graphics from the New York Federal Reserve. I can say that here in Memphis, TN prices seem to have ticked up a bit, especially in the parts of town I deal in. It also seems to me that there are fewer deals out there and more people chasing them. Are the boom times coming back? How are things in your part of the country? Are prices up? Deals harder to come by? Please…

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The Smarter Landlording Podcast – Episode 6 – Real Estate Titles and Closings What Investors Needs to Know

The SmarterLandlording Podcast – Episode 6 – Real Estate Titles and Closings What Investors Needs to Know With Joe Kirkland of Tri-State Title and Escrow                     Links We Mentioned MemphisInvestorsGroup.com – Stop by on the 2nd Thursday of every month for informative real estate presentation and networking opportunities. Tri State Title and Escrow – Need a real estate attorney in the Memphis area? Give Joe a call today! Shelby County Register – Do your own title…

Seller Financing

Seller Financing – It’s Real!

When you are new to real estate, and without much starting capital, seller financing is the strategy that gives you hope. With seller financing, you don’t need a bank. You don’t need a hefty down payment. You don’t even need good credit. I was sure that seller financing was a strategy of fairy tales. As it turns out though, obtaining seller financing is completely possible. I bought a property with seller financing within 6 months of purchasing my first property. Regular banks would not have…

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