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Mashvisor Review [2019]

Want to invest in rental properties but totally overwhelmed by which location and neighborhood to start searching in? Mashvisor promises to “turn 3 months of research into 15 minutes.” Their data visualization tool helps investors quickly evaluate markets by aggregating high-level metrics for neighborhoods across the US. But a real estate analytics tool is only […]

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Owner Financing: Buy a House without a Bank

Is your debt to income ratio or short credit history keeping you from securing a conventional loan? Owner financing might be the solution for you. Though a viable financing strategy, owner/seller financing is often overlooked, misunderstood and mischaracterized. If you’ve read any other articles on this subject, it’s likely you don’t have the whole picture. […]

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Where Are We in the Real Estate Cycle in 2019?

Back in 2018, Robert Shiller, founder of the eponymous Cape-Shiller index, warned that the housing market was becoming overheated. While it’s anyone’s guess whether we are due for another crash, we can look at market indicators for clues about where we are in the real estate cycle. The Four Phases of the Real Estate Cycle […]

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Buyer Beware: Rapidly Rising Condo Association Fees

Condos are riding a wave of popularity, driven by millennials snatching up their first home and baby boomers looking to downsize. However, before you commit to buying a condo, make sure you factor in hefty condo association fees. Condo association fees account for a noticeable portion of housing expenses. More worrisome, they’ve been rapidly rising […]

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Investing in Condos to Rent Out is a Terrible Idea

Thinking about investing in a condo to rent out for cash flow? We don’t want to rain on your parade, but it’s probably a really bad idea. Joe, an investor from New York, was forced to sell after he relocated for work and his HOA wouldn’t let him rent out his unit. His story is […]

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Condo vs House: Which is a Better Investment in 2019

It’s so often repeated that single-family homes (SFH) appreciate faster than condos that it’s taken for gospel. But that’s not the story the numbers tell lately. If you’re thinking about purchasing a condo vs a home purely for investment reasons, you might be surprised to learn that you would’ve made out with more money if […]

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Five Tips for Weeding Out Bad Turnkey Companies

For investors in high cost of living areas, the best rental properties are often out of state. If you have a day job or are short on time, investing in a turnkey property can be a viable way to generate passive income. The house has already been fully renovated and rehabbed. The roof, the HVAC […]

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The true cost of homeownership is higher than you think

By: Andrew | Wealthy Nickel I love owning my home. I could probably never go back to renting. I don’t want anyone telling me how much noise I can make, how big a nail I can use to hang a picture, or that I can’t paint my wall neon orange. (Not that I would do that, but […]

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5 Ways Life Changed After Paying Off Our Mortgage (and 3 Ways it Didn’t)

By: Marc | Vital Dollar Every new homeowner dreams of the day that their mortgage will be paid off. Waiting 30 years can seem like an eternity, and getting the opportunity to pay it off early can be a huge relief. But does paying off your mortgage impact your life in the ways that you […]

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We Got a 15-Year Mortgage. Here’s Why You Should, Too

By: Laurie | The Three Year Experiment I am a big fan of fifteen-year mortgages. When we bought our first property in Chile, we actually took out a fifteen-year mortgage, and then paid it off a year-and-a-half early last December. But for some reason (money), we did not take out a fifteen-year mortgage with our first house in […]