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Turnkey Real Estate Investing

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What Makes Low-Cost Properties a Bad Bargain?

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 9, 2024

We get it – houses are expensive, now more than ever. It’s only natural that investors would turn to low-cost properties. On the surface, there’s clear appeal: less capital upfront for an income-generating rental property. Why wouldn’t you go with the cheapest houses you can find?

If you’re like many people, you like to browse real estate listings. Sometimes, you come across a property with a shockingly low price tag in a great part of town. You might think, “Wow! What a deal!” Then, you start looking at the pictures and realize that the whole thing has been stripped down to the studs, and it would take double the asking price or more to get it habitable. Oof. 

That opportunity might excite some more hands-on, flip-minded investors, but it’s not for us. At that point, it’s pretty evident that the property will cost you far more than the seemingly low asking price. But it’s not always so obvious. Some properties may not look the best – they’re serviceable – or be in the best neighborhood, but they’re affordable, so why not?

Well, we’re here to tell you. Here’s why investors shouldn’t target low-cost properties.

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10 Compelling Reasons to Keep Holding Your SFR Properties

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 19, 2023

With the market favoring selling so thoroughly, you might consider selling one or more of your investment properties. After all, it seems like a prime opportunity! But before you prepare that listing, wait. There are compelling reasons to hold your properties for the long haul – even when conditions make selling an attractive prospect.

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6 Signs a Property Will Make a Stellar Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 12, 2023

How do you know whether or not a property would make a good investment? In today’s real estate climate, opportunities come and go in a flash. Investors must be able to quickly evaluate whether or not any given property would make a good investment – not just in general, but for their specific, unique portfolio.

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6 Reasons to Utilize Rental Properties for Retirement

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 8, 2023

We all want to enjoy retirement. In this day and age, achieving financial security in our golden years is more challenging than ever. Statistics paint a picture of retirement realities. American workers have saved a median $97,000 for retirement. Compare that to the standard goal for a “comfortable” retirement, $1.4 million.

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8 Qualities in SFRs that Keep Residents Coming Back for More

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 21, 2023

Building a real estate investment empire isn’t about owning the most properties, charging the highest rates, or investing in the most luxurious markets. Success as an SFR investor comes through a high level of service and consistency. Your greatest asset apart from your properties is the people inhabiting them.

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Excellent Property Management Just Might Be the Key to Investing Success

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 29, 2022

By now, you’re aware that the team behind The Grind stresses the importance of excellent property management. A great management team is your best defense in this business. They’re the ones who make sure everything runs smoothly for the entire lifespan of your rental property.

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What Properties Make the Best Rentals? A Checklist for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Jun 20, 2016

What makes an investment property ideal? What makes it a dud? There’s certainly a science to it, no doubt — there are factors that will set your property up to be a passive income powerhouse, while other things may turn it into a money sink.

Seasoned investors no doubt know these factors like the back of their hands, but new investors may struggle to properly evaluate a property. Even those with experience may make the wrong call once in a blue moon, because you can’t always predict people.  The factors that make a particular property good can vary as well and they can change.

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How and Why To Diversify Your Real Estate Investing Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

I don't know about you, but my email in-boxes get overwhelmed on a daily basis.

Every day I receive unsolicited “advice” emails wanting to inform me of the latest and greatest when it comes to real estate investing and wealth. It is truly overwhelming to read many of the emails and see how outdated much of the advice is.  

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Rental Properties, Pet Policies and You

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 19, 2015

There are a great many animal lovers in the world, but most rental properties aren’t known for their pet-friendly policies. Some tenants even view rental properties that allow pets with some distaste because of high pet deposits. 

What stance should real estate investors take when it comes to pet policies? Whether or not you intend to allow pets, you should have a pet policy, period. Even tenants who don’t have pets need to sign one and know what your rules are regarding animals on the property or in the building. The property manager can take care of any day-to-day questions or issues regarding the policy.

If you choose to allow pets in your rental properties, have firm boundaries in place. Any and all pets must be approved and photographed by the landlord. How do you know if a pet should be approved? Ask the right questions.

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Want to Save Money in the Long Run? Attentive Property Management!

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’ve been letting property maintenance slide, you might be throwing money away. Property management isn’t something that real estate investors really like to deal with — but it’s a necessary element to any investment.

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