5 Smart Tips to Limit your Risk

Ketan Patel , Feb 09, 2018

You decided to become a passive real estate investor to take advantage of attractive returns compared to other investment instruments. Now it is time to mitigate your risk and protect your assets as you start to reap the benefits of a steady cash flow and appreciation. An attorney can help you make the right choices for your real estate investment business and shield your assets. Here are some things to...

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Pros and Cons of Debt vs Equity Investment

Ketan Patel , Feb 07, 2018

Changing laws have led to an explosion of investments in real estate. The 2012 JOBS Act relaxed strict SEC regulatory requirements for raising capital, benefiting real estate crowdfunding. Now non-accredited investors can participate in real estate crowdfunding deals along with investors who are accredited. As a real estate investor, you can make the choice between debt investments and equity investments. So the question is, which type of real estate investment...

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5 Key Numbers to Know for Any Kind of Real Estate Investment

Ketan Patel , Feb 05, 2018

Real estate investors know that real estate is  a numbers game. To find a successful investment you have to be able to analyze the investment property using some key metrics. We will be discussing the key metrics below. Using the following formulas can give you a high level overview to determine if you want to move the property to a second round of analysis. That way you can analyze more...

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Should You Hire A Professional Property Manager?

Ketan Patel , Jan 30, 2018

Hiring a property manager makes sense for real estate investors who don’t have the time for hands-on management of their multi-family rental units. Property managers can do everything from setting rent rates and finding good tenants to handling maintenance, repairs, and evictions. If you are new to real estate investing or if you live far away from your rental properties, hiring a property manager can be a good idea. If...

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3 Steps to Brand your Apartment Building

Ketan Patel , Jan 25, 2018

Although not all apartment communities have a brand, branding can help your marketing efforts and provide the property with an identity. Strong branding can differentiate your building, position it in the marketplace and create an appealing image to make it desirable to renters. Value add and opportunistic investors who buy properties in need of improvement find that rebranding is a crucial step in developing a successful investment.   What is...

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4 Steps to Analyze a Real Estate Deal in 15 Minutes

Ketan Patel , Jan 18, 2018

If you want to be a successful real estate investor, you have to find the right deals. You don't want to spend a lot of time analyzing every deal presented to you. Instead, you can analyze a deal quickly with a high-level overview to see if it meets your investment criteria. If so, you can then move it to the second round of analysis. This way you can analyze more...

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4 Phases of a Real Estate Cycle

Ketan Patel , Jan 16, 2018

Successful real estate investors keep their eye on the real estate cycle to identify investment opportunities. Like the broader economy, there are four phases to the real estate cycle - recovery, expansion, hyper supply and recession. The cycle repeats in waves so that the recession of the last cycle leads to the recovery period of the next cycle. As an investor, you can use the real estate cycle to match...

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Why Tax Benefits make Real Estate Investment a Smart Move

Ketan Patel , Jan 05, 2018

A main benefit of becoming a real estate investor is the substantial tax advantage that will put money back in your pocket. Here are some of the basic tax benefits, but keep in mind that tax laws are constantly changing– possibly to your advantage. The best thing to do is speak to a knowledgeable accountant to find out the specifics. 1. Long Term Capital Gains The IRS taxes your property...

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How to Finance your Investment Property

Ketan Patel , Jan 03, 2018

In a strong economy with low interest rates, real estate becomes a very attractive investment opportunity. It makes sense to think about your options for financing before you look into properties for your portfolio. There are many options for financing, from conventional bank mortgages to private or hard money loans that use the property to secure the loan. Some investors use a mortgage broker to find the best loan for...

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5 Habits of Highly Successful Real Estate Investors

Ketan Patel , Dec 22, 2017

It turns out that there are best practice guidelines that successful real estate investors follow, and you can follow them, too. People who meet their investment goals adhere to principles that guide them through the highly competitive real estate market. It is important to develop a strong knowledge of financial concepts and the markets that are likely to affect your investment. Start off by specializing in a particular type of...

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