Understanding the Rules to Self-Directed IRA Investments

Posted by Marketing Team on Mar 15, 2017 3:54:45 PM

Now that you are aware of the option to invest in real estate using your self-directed IRA and can confidently identify a custodian and prospective investments, the last piece to consider is ensuring you clearly understand the limitations on IRA investment transactions established by the IRS and other applicable law. When selecting investments for your IRA, there are certain people and entities that you cannot do business with; since doing so could put the taxable status of your retirement funds in jeopardy.

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Topics: how to invest in real estate, investment real estate, self-directed ira, invest with self-directed IRA, retirement funds

Finding a Custodian and Understanding Your Options for a Self-Directed IRA

Posted by Marketing Team on Mar 13, 2017 2:46:20 PM

Welcome back to the self-directed IRA mini-series. In this installment, we will help you identify the right custodian and begin to understand the rules around holding real estate in your IRA. Here is a list of questions you may find useful as you interview prospective custodians for your self-directed IRA:

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Topics: real estate investing, self-directed ira, invest with self-directed IRA, retirement funds, invest

Invest with Section 8 Strategy

Posted by Marketing Team on Feb 3, 2017 10:40:36 AM

Have you ever considered renting out your investment property under Section 8? In this post, we’ll dig into what Section 8 classification is, how you can qualify and what the pros and cons are to consider. Listing your property as a Section 8 rental can be a very lucrative strategy, but there are several important aspects to factor in before making a decision.

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Topics: real estate investing, real estate, affordable housing, low-income housing, section 8

Step 6: The Ins and Outs of Owning a Rental Property

Posted by Marketing Team on Jan 20, 2017 10:16:49 AM

Congratulations are in order! Assuming you’ve gone through each of the previous steps in this series, you are the new owner of a rental property. Now you have a choice—you can self-manage the property or hire a property manager to do it for you. If the property is not in your state you may have no other choice but to hire a property manager, but even if the property is down the street, you may still opt to enlist a professional resource.

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Topics: Investing, how to invest in real estate, Invest in Real Estate, rental property, real estate

Step 5: What to Look for When Conducting Due Diligence

Posted by Marketing Team on Jan 9, 2017 5:44:49 PM

The offer is on the table and all that stands between you and your potential new rental property is the due diligence. In this step, you’ll determine if the deal checks out and you become the proud new owner, or if the deal isn’t such a deal after all and you resume the investment property search. This is the time to investigate the property and ensure you know what you will be agreeing to. The three aspects you’ll want to thoroughly inspect when conducting due diligence are: title, document and the physical property. 

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Topics: due diligence, rental property, investment property, real estate, property inspection, title inspection

Step 4: How to Make an Offer on an Investment Property

Posted by Marketing Team on Jan 3, 2017 3:06:08 PM

Welcome back, you’ve made it to the fourth stage in this six step checklist series for new real estate investors. Leading up to this step, you have: (1) defined your investment strategy, (2) secured financing and (3) evaluated rental markets and searched investment properties—now it’s time to make the offer.

At this point, you and your real estate agent have explored the market, evaluating potential rental properties and you’ve identified the one you’d like to submit an offer on. Much like the traditional home buying process, you and your agent will put together the offer that your agent will submit to the seller’s agent. The seller and their agent will then review the offer and negotiations will begin. 

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Topics: Investing, How to Buy Rental Property, how to analyze rental markets, How to Make an Offer

Job Growth Is Strong In Chicago

Posted by Marketing Team on Dec 13, 2016 5:05:49 PM

Chicago is arguably one of the greatest cities in the world, renowned for its history, culture and quality of life. Venture into the different neighborhoods of Chicagoland and you will experience first-hand the diversity of the third largest metropolitan area in the United States. Whether you like sports, nightlife or chowing down on the best food around—there’s no better place than Chicago.

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Topics: invest in chicago, chicago rental market, chicago investment property

Step 3: How to Search for Rental Properties and Analyze Rental Markets

Posted by Marketing Team on Dec 2, 2016 2:43:17 PM

Well done! You’ve defined your investment strategy and secured financing. Now it’s time for the fun part—beginning your search for rental properties. Here are ten factors to consider when evaluating a market as well as a specific prospective property.

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Topics: how to find rental property, how to analyze rental markets

Step 2: How to Finance Your Real Estate Investments

Posted by Marketing Team on Nov 2, 2016 11:35:45 AM

You’ve defined your investment strategy and now it’s time to start thinking about how to get financing in order for your first rental property. In this step, our goal is to educate you about the various financing options out there and help you determine which solution is the best fit for your investment strategy. With multiple products to choose from, varying requirements and numerous approval phases to navigate, the financing process can often be very intimidating, particularly for newer residential property investors. In order to determine the best path forward, it’s important to understand your options.

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Topics: Investing, Financing, How To Get Financed

Miami Rental Market Surges

Posted by Marketing Team on Oct 6, 2016 11:49:53 AM


Miami is more than sunny skies and luxurious oceanfront properties, it’s also a sizzling market for real estate investors. With a whopping 6 million residents[i] in the Miami metro area, 75,000+[i] of which were added last year alone, and an accompanying 44,000+[ii] newly created jobs, Miami’s rental market has experienced a major surge over the past several years. Residential investment properties are getting leased quickly, averaging a mere 21 days on market.[iii] Investment property prices have also appreciated 33.3% in the past five years,[iii] while median rent rates have increased nearly 10.0% since 2011.[iii]

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Topics: Miami Rental Market, Miami Real Estate Investors, Invest in Real Estate, Invest in Miami