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Is Timing The Real Estate Market Possible?

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on December 4, 2017 at 4:58pm — No Comments

New Tax Proposals Heap Pressure On Real Estate Investors

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 20, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Four Things Running Taught Me About Investing

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 13, 2017 at 8:12pm — No Comments

NJ Ranks #1 For Foreclosure Property Opportunities

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on November 7, 2017 at 10:55am — No Comments

Family Wealth: 5 Vital Steps For Ensuring Your Succession Plans

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 31, 2017 at 7:39am — No Comments

4 Smart Moves For Improving Your Investment Portfolio

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 24, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments

4 Fun Ways To Get A New Perspective On Your Investments

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 18, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Real Estate Investors: Essential Tips For Navigating Hurricanes

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on October 11, 2017 at 3:29am — No Comments

How To Storm Proof Your Investment Portfolio

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

The Equifax Hack And The New Investment Landscape

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 27, 2017 at 8:07am — No Comments

Navigating Hurricanes For Mortgage Note Investors

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.…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 18, 2017 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Real Estate Investing In 2017: Tale of Two Markets

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 12, 2017 at 9:20am — No Comments

The Second Most Valuable Skill In Real Estate Today

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on September 6, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

How Tough Should We Be On Renters?

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 29, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

Key Types Of Insurances We All Need

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 21, 2017 at 3:54am — No Comments

Future Proof Your Investment Portfolio With A Hybrid Strategy

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 14, 2017 at 6:43pm — No Comments

America Drops 3 Places In Global Retirement Index

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 …


Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 8, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments

Amazon’s Big Real Estate Play

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?

Whole Foods

Amazon’s big acquisition of Whole Foods was more than just a play into the grocery market. Last year …


Added by Fuquan Bilal on August 1, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New Home Flipping Data

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on July 25, 2017 at 2:39am — No Comments

Seller Financing: What Makes A Valuable Mortgage Note?

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…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on July 17, 2017 at 3:34am — No Comments


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