The Orginial Realty Investing Magazine
Can investors really time the real estate market, or is it wiser to just consistently invest, and hold?
We all know that there can be fluctuations in real estate prices, even if values are constantly going up over time. So, is it possible to time the market? If so, what does it take? What’s the best way to do it?
Why Try to Time the Market
Trying to time the market is critical in publicly traded stocks. Stocks are now believed to be 70% or more…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on December 4, 2017 at 4:58pm — No Comments
Massive new tax reform expected to be made law by 2018 is heaping a ton of pressure on many real estate investors. Pressure to restructure investments, and switch up their strategies. What’s at stake? Where are the safe havens, and tax saving vehicles now?
The Breaks at Stake
While the details of the sweeping tax overhaul are still being negotiated, there are some pretty significant tax breaks on the chopping block. This includes wiping out the ability to write off…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 20, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
I like to run to the gym every morning before I head into the office. I not only feel healthier from doing it, but definitely benefit from greater productivity during the day, and have found it has given me many insights on investing too.
Here are four key takeaways that have really helped me...
One: Doing & Consistency
It can be really hard to start running. Especially if you’ve taken a good amount of time off and have gotten out of the habit. Then it can seem…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 13, 2017 at 8:12pm — No Comments
New Jersey still ranks first in the country for foreclosures. What opportunities are there?
According to the latest data from ATTOM and RealtyTrac, NJ leads the US with the highest density of foreclosures. What does it means for investors?
According to the latest numbers, 1 in every 623 housing units in NJ was in some stage of foreclosure in August 2017. Those numbers are equal to what some states were experiencing in the pit of the 2008 foreclosure crisis. So, what’s behind…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 7, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments
One of the most pressing concerns, and what keeps us up at night more than anything else is taking care of our loved ones. We can work hard, save money, and spoil our kids while we are around, but that may not be able to really see our biggest wishes for them for the long term realized. Whether it is a cause you are passionate about, or your concern is putting your kids at the helm of your estate and you’d like them to flourish, what essential moves should be made to see it come…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 31, 2017 at 7:39am — No Comments
There’s always room for improvement. What adjustments would make your investment portfolio even better?
Even if your investment portfolio is performing well, there are always tweaks for fine tuning it. If you aren’t getting all you want out of your investments yet, then definitely consider how you can implement these things to really up your results.
Most individuals are woefully underprepared when it comes to diversification. Some may feel…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 24, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments
Try out these fun ways to get a new perspective on your investments, and live a little too while you’re at it…
Sometimes burying your head in the numbers too long doesn’t help achieve those breakthroughs or lead to the insights you really need to leap toward your goals. Often those “a-ha” moments come when you are doing something else. So, give yourself a pass to enjoy life a little more this month, and you might just find more of the answers you are looking for at the same…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 18, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments
What essential steps should real estate investors make to navigate hurricanes and major storms?
Hurricane Harvey and the several following major storms have been a big wake up call to real estate investors to have a plan for weather and natural disasters like these. Here are some of the most important moves you can make to minimize risk and maintain great performance from your property portfolio.
Diversification is critical. It is far better to…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 11, 2017 at 3:29am — No Comments
How can investors stormproof their portfolios?
The recent record breaking bout of hurricanes and the cost of the damage they have brought certainly have many investors wondering how they can recover financially, and defend their portfolios from loss in the future.
No one can 110% insulate one single investment from every potential risk, all of the time. Yet, you can protect your portfolio performance, and overall results with the right solutions and strategies.
Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 3, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments
Credit bureau Equifax has just been hit with what could be the biggest data breach in history. How will it change the investment landscape? And what does that mean to us as investors?
The Equifax hack may not only prove to be far more widespread than first announced by the credit bureau, but is likely to force many to seek out new investment strategies.
Equifax finally revealed that around 50% of Americans had their personal information stolen through their firm’s database…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 27, 2017 at 8:07am — No Comments
How can mortgage note investors best navigate major storms and hurricanes?
This is a great time to be a note investor. Yet, situations like the major hurricanes we are dealing with now can call for extra preparedness. What can you do to be ready and best deal with any storms that hit areas you have assets in?
Lines of Communication
One of the most critical factors for note investors to get a handle on in the face of big storms is lines of communication.…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 18, 2017 at 6:58pm — No Comments
Looking for new real estate investments this year? Make sure you understand the dual markets we are juggling.
This is both a great and tougher year for investing in real estate and related assets. It all depends on how much you know about what’s really going on in the market, and how well connected you are. Here’s what you need to know…
The Public Property & Mortgage Market
As a consumer or newer individual investor the public view of the current real…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 12, 2017 at 9:20am — No Comments
There is one essential skill that many real estate investors and companies are lacking today. What is it? How can you get more of it?
Being good at analyzing the data and making good investment decisions is arguably the first and most valuable skill in real estate today. That applies whether you are buying a house to live in for yourself and your family, if you are looking for flip deals or rental properties, or are investing in mortgage loan notes. However, this has become much…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 6, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Having tenants poses a challenge for real estate investors, as we often question ourselves - Just how tough should we be on them??
We are regularly left wondering - when do we deny them or cut them a break? How do we balance occupancy with risk? What about our responsibilities to the community, and the future impact on our businesses and investments down the road?
The BP Effect
There is a lot of debate over the criteria landlords should use in screening…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 29, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments
We recently brought in Gerald Lucas as a part of our executive team. He has been an incredible asset. However, it also meant that it was intelligent to add new key person insurance to our business. Why does this matter? What other types of key insurances should we all have?
Key Person Insurance
Key person insurance is a type of insurance which protects against the loss of a ‘key’ or vital person. When a lot is riding on one person, it can be smart to have them…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 21, 2017 at 3:54am — No Comments
Is your investment portfolio future proof?
If you haven’t future-proofed your investment portfolio yet, then a hybrid strategy may be the key to securing your finances.
New Highs, Time to Make the Switch
It’s is great to see Dow Jones up to a new 22,000 record high, as well so many investors trying out note investing and flipping houses. It’s great to see them enjoying what they are doing, and learning to get the hang of it.
However, what I’ve found…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 14, 2017 at 6:43pm — No Comments
The 2017 Global Retirement Index shows America falling again. What does it mean for individual investors?
New data shows America declining on the world stage when it comes to quality of life in retirement. We’re now almost in the bottom half of countries ranked by the index. Why the decline? What essential financial moves should individuals be making now?
New Rankings Released
According to the …Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 8, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments
While it may be famous for online shopping, one of Amazon’s biggest plays is actually in real estate.
Don’t confuse this digital giant with online being a company in the cloud. Amazon is a major real estate mogul, and it is growing its physical footprint. What lessons can all investors take away from this?
Amazon’s big acquisition of Whole Foods was more than just a play into the grocery market. Last year …Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 1, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
What does the latest home flipping data reveal about the housing market now?
Around $3.5B in house flips were financed in the first quarter of 2017. However, how they are being acquired and who is buying them may be changing this year.
Financing is Coming Back
Home flippers are increasingly using financing to make acquisitions instead of cash. We are now seeing the most home flips being financed since 2008. Almost $1B more than in the first quarter of 2016. Yet, this is…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on July 25, 2017 at 2:39am — No Comments
What makes mortgage notes valuable for reselling to note investors?
Seller financing appears to be rising again. It likely will continue this trajectory until banks offer easier access to borrowing, and they can rebuild trust with those with capital, and give them a larger share of the profits. Creating seller financed notes can be a great creative solution to a variety of real estate scenarios. It can be a highly profitable choice for many sellers and investors. Though while it can…Continue
Added by Fuquan Bilal on July 17, 2017 at 3:34am — No Comments