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17 Must Have Team Members for Real Estate Investing

In real estate investing, building a team you can rely on and trust is essential to your success. A lot of first-time investors are under the impression that going it alone is the way to go. By doing everything themselves, they think they will save money. This is in fact, false. Having a Good Team Can Save You Thousands of Dollars Having a carefully selected team can not only save you thousands of dollars, but they can steer you clear of major issues with potential investment properties and bad buys. Example 1:  A mortgage broker is able to find a B-lender to manually underwrite your loan and ends up shaving a whole percentage point off

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Find Your Why and Crush Your New Yea'rs Resolutions

Last week we spoke about finding your “Why” and how that will help you stay motivated through the tough times. This week we want to talk about the “What”,“When”, and “Where” of setting goals for your real estate investment. Many people like to look through listings and say “they’ll know it when they see it”, but that is often a recipe for an emotional buy. As an investor, it is best to spell out exactly what you are looking for beforehand. This will not only help your realtor steer you in the right direction, but it will allow you to take the emotion out of it and make a smart buy. Now, how are you

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Find Your Why and Crush Your New Yea'rs Resolutions

Every January, millions of people make new resolutions – to lose weight, to find a new job, to pay off their debt, etc. And by February, most of those resolutions are out the window and completely forgotten about as soon as “life” happens. We come up with plenty of excuses on why we couldn’t drop those last ten pounds, find a job we actually love going to each day, or why we’ll never be debt-free, and this makes people believe they are doomed to fail. But this is simply not true. One of the main reasons resolutions fail is that they lack a purpose or a strong “why”. Having a strong motivator is an essential

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How to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

What is curb appeal? Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes. It includes anything that can be seen from the street; your home’s exterior, the garage, the driveway, porch, walkways, the yard, gardens, etc. Why does curb appeal matter? Many potential buyers know whether or not they even want to look at the home based on the first 15-30 seconds of seeing it. This means that if your home doesn’t look very nice from the street, it’s unlikely they will go inside to see the rest of the home. Your goal is to convince buyers your home is worth looking at. My home looks ok, how do I know what improvements to make?

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Repairs Worth Making Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Why would I want to spend money on a house I’m selling? When you finally decide it’s time to sell your house, many of us just want to get the for sale sign in the front yard and be done with it. But, taking a little time to prepare your home for sale can go a long way in having it sell quickly and for more money. Most importantly, your home will show better and go through a better home inspection meaning potential buyers are more likely to put a serious offer on the table. Show Better By taking care of a few minor repairs, your house will look well-maintained and desirable to potential home

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Depersonalizing Your Home for a Quicker Sale

Depersonalizing your home is one of the most important steps in the home staging process. As potential buyers walk through your home, they are trying to imagine their future there. Depersonalizing is all about neutralizing or removing your personal taste from your home décor so that buyers can mentally see themselves moving in. I know, I know, you’ve spent many years lovingly adding personal touches to your rooms and you finally feel like it’s You. Unfortunately, other people don’t need or want to see “you” all over their home.  And having photograph after photograph of your family on the walls, animal furs, ornate gilded paintings, or a shrine to your child’s achievements can alienate buyers

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