Investing in Real Estate Through an REIT – Is It Right for You?

Ketan Patel , Apr 24, 2018

An REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust, is a company that facilitates investment in income-producing real estate. REITs are an industry standard investing channel and must meet certain guidelines to operate as an REIT. Because of the offered stability, track record of high payouts, and potential for growth associated with REITs, they are one of the most popular classes of stock today. REITs operate by the pooling of investor funds...

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Leverage : A Double-Edged Sword

Ketan Patel , Apr 12, 2018

Leverage is one of the key factors that makes real estate investing an appealing option for many investors. Leverage, simply put, is defined as using borrowed capital debt or equity) to purchase an investment. When properly executed, leverage will increase the potential return on your investment. Unfortunately, there are many risks associated with leverage, many of which are common pitfalls that investors make that lead to a serious loss in equity. Understanding these...

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The Magic of Depreciation for Investors

Ketan Patel , Mar 20, 2018

One of the greatest advantages of investing in real estate is depreciation, as many investors know. Along with other deductions such as insurance, property tax and maintenance, depreciation can greatly lower your federal taxable income taxes. But how does depreciation really work? When to Use Depreciation Depreciation allows you to spread the initial price of a rental property - excluding the land - over time. As an investor, you can...

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Active Investing vs. Passive Investing: Which Method is Right For You?

Ketan Patel , Mar 12, 2018

When discussing real estate investing practices, the idea of active versus passive investing is often one that is the root of many heated debates amongst investors. Like many other investment practices, there are strong pros and cons for each method, however, understanding the complexities of each and how they relate to your specific investment needs is what’s most important. Active Investing Active real estate investing can be characterized as the...

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Diversification : Key to Manage Risk in Your Real Estate Portfolio

Ketan Patel , Mar 09, 2018

Diversification is essential to mitigating your risk as passive real estate investor. Chances are you became a passive real estate investor because you did not have enough time to devote to your investment business or because you do not have the knowledge required to become a successful active investor. However, there is another very important reason to become a passive investor and that is the opportunity to diversify, even within...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of a Real Estate Investor

Ketan Patel , Mar 07, 2018

You can rest assured that you will make some mistakes when you start your real estate business. That’s ok, as long as you learn from your missteps. Here are seven of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs who make when they invest in real estate, and how to avoid them. 1. Not Keeping your Eyes on the Prize: When you start your real estate business, make sure to have a detailed...

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Top 6 Reasons to Invest in Multifamily

Ketan Patel , Mar 05, 2018

Smart investors looking for a good investment opportunity in real estate turn to multifamily buildings for an attractive return. For many, the main advantage that comes to mind is a steady income stream but there are many other benefits to multifamily ownership as well. With a rental property, you are likely to hand off the day to day management to a professional property manager so you can become a passive...

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Unleash the Marketing Power of your Unique Selling Position

Ketan Patel , Mar 05, 2018

Attracting good tenants who will stay on is a vital aspect of real estate investment as it will keep the vacancy low and turnover costs down. When you develop a cohesive rental community, your residents often pitch in and help you find like-minded renters in the future. Capitalizing on your Unique Selling Position or USP can help you brand your apartment building, explain why it is different from the competition...

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4 Key Factors to Conduct Market Research

Ketan Patel , Mar 02, 2018

Careful analysis of the market can give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect from an investment property. We will discuss the 4 Key Factors that will make up the bulk of Market Research. 1. Demographics Demographics show the composition of the population and can predict real estate demand in a particular area. Age, gender, migration patterns and income all play a part. Analyzing demographics can explain...

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The Key to Predicting Demand for Real Estate : Employment

Ketan Patel , Feb 28, 2018

Supply and demand determines the price of real estate, just as it does for everything else. But what determines demand? It would be wonderful to have a crystal ball to forecast demand for industrial and residential real estate in order to evaluate investment opportunities. While no one knows for sure what the future holds, successful real estate investors know that employment is the number one factor driving real estate demand....

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