The Key Metrics Every Investor NEEDS to Know

Posted by Marketing Team on Feb 24, 2017 1:19:05 PM

A real estate investment is only as strong as the investor’s understanding of the numbers. Without a
solid foundation for calculating a rental property’s success potential, you could inadvertently expose yourself to potential financial loss. In this post, we will break down the key metrics that every investor needs to know to crunch the numbers of a prospective deal like a seasoned professional.

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Topics: real estate investing, gross yield, cash flow, appreciation, metrics, analyzing a real estate investment

Alternative Financing Options for Real Estate Investors

Posted by Marketing Team on Feb 16, 2017 2:41:20 PM

Are you considering diversifying your investment portfolio or looking to establish one in the upcoming year? Think beyond the traditional stock market and consider investing in real estate. While purchasing investment properties is not a new concept, the single-family residential (SFR) sector has more recently emerged as a legitimate asset class—and for good reason with more than 43 million U.S. households currently classified as renters. Nevertheless, many investors don’t have adequate cash on hand to purchase an investment property (let alone multiple properties) outright, which means they’ll need financing to help them achieve their goals. Many investors are familiar with traditional financing options like government-backed Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans attained at their local bank; however, there are other options available too, like Private Money and Hard Money loans. Understanding the different loan products and terms will help the investor select the financing solution that best meets their goals.

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Topics: real estate investing, Financing, How To Get Financed, single-family residential investment space, alternative financing, hard money, private money

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

Are we in a bubble?

Posted by Marketing Team on Jan 25, 2017 4:22:10 PM

As discussed in The Real Investor Podcast episode #6—Are we in a Housing Bubble?—the notion that we are currently in the midst of a national housing bubble is false. While the concern over an impending bubble burst is a common source of discussion within the industry, it’s important to fully understand the factors that contributed to the housing crisis back in 2005. In this post, we will contrast past and present market conditions, identifying three primary indicators that suggest the real estate growth we are experiencing now is sustainable.

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Topics: real estate investing, rental property, real estate, how to analyze rental markets, state of the market, housing bubble

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


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