I was lucky enough to be featured this week on a fantastic Podcast that debuted earlier this year from the founder of BiggerPockets.com, Josh Dorkin. The show is co-hosted by Brandon Turner and they have done a phenomenal job of creating a fun and informative podcast that has rocketed to the #1 spot on iTunes for real estate podcasts. Before this becomes one huge infomercial for their podcast and website, I wanted to share with you the podcast and let you listen for yourself. I had a great time joining them and the interview gets into a lot of topics covering our business.
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Is Increasing Real Estate Investing An Answer
One of the big debates heading into the Presidential Election surrounds the question of how to get the real estate market moving forward again. The answer probably lies somewhere in the mix of several things, but part of the solution absolutely should involve real estate investing. Memphis Invest and BiggerPocket.com sought to create a report that could gauge and measure not only the impact, but the future plans of real estate investors. When we released our report two weeks ago it grabbed national headlines. Today, we release our infographic which shows the exact impact that real estate investors can have on the national market - only in a picture form for those who like illustrations better than long reports. Now, we can only hope our elected officials pay attention and put us to work!
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According to Real Estate Investment Realities, a new study co-sponsored by BiggerPockets.com and Memphis Invest released on September 20th, 32% of real estate investors would be willing to make a down payment of 50% of the purchase price if they could finance more properties.
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Real estate is being added to the investment portfolios of Americans and more are looking for real estate to provide a passive income stream in their retirement years.
Real estate investing sometimes gets a bad rap from investment advisers. They often prefer REIT's and other supposed easier forms of investing in real estate because it's easy for them to track and control their clients portfolios. I don't begrudge them for that attitude, I just think it short changes an investor and eliminates a very powerful source of income when investors will need it most...retirement.
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One of the great things about working with real estate investors from around the country is they all have their own reference points - their own backgrounds that influence the way they think about real estate investing. Often, those reference points and backgrounds have to do with their own families investing, their friends or neighbors investing and even their own education about real estate investing. So it is interesting to note that many investors may have ideas about how to invest, but many have no idea why.