Project House Update!! Photos, Expenses, and Projected Rental Income!

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Liz and I have had a financial (real estate) plan since before we got married. It went something like this:

I pay off my house She sells her house We get married (and move into my house) Use the equity from her house and cash that we’ve been saving (this didn’t take long since we were both working and our expenses were practically nothing) to buy a cheap $80k rental house with cash Fix it up, rent it out, then save up another $80k (over the course of roughly 2 years) to buy another rental house…fix it up, rent it out Save up aggressively to buy our long-term primary residence – one with acreage, 4 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, and a nice barn for my wife’s future horses

So far, we’re doing pretty good! We’re on step 5, fixing up rental property #2 and hopefully finishing everything by the end . . . → Read More: Project House Update!! Photos, Expenses, and Projected Rental Income!

Top Strategies to Get More Profit From Your Rental Property

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Making the most out of a real estate investment requires landlords to reconsider their rental strategies on a regular basis. If you stop learning, your profits will likely suffer over time.

Top Strategies to Get More Profit From Your Rental Property

If you’re interested in getting more profit from your rental property or properties, incorporate these habits into your 2018 real estate management plan.

1) Decrease Turnover and Vacancy

As most landlords will tell you, fewer things are more trying in property management than constant turnover. If you want to save yourself from headaches and frustration—and a loss of profit—do all you can to reduce turnover and prevent vacancies in your rental property.

Turnover costs you more in the long run than you might think. You’ll lose rental income as long as the property remains unrented, which depending on cleaning and repair needs, could be longer than two months. . . . → Read More: Top Strategies to Get More Profit From Your Rental Property

The Rental House Progress – Two Months In!!

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Have we really owned this house for two months already?? Sheesh… It feels like 2 weeks. There is still so much to do, I bet we’ll still be at this 3 months from now. BUT, it will all be worth it once we sit back and collect our $1,300 rent check each month! 🙂

For those of you that are just recently joining us, you can quickly catch up on our rental house progress with these posts:

How We Just Scored a $100,000 House for $75,000 Our New Rental House Project – Video Walk Through! Our Rental House Progress – 3 Weeks In The Rental House Progress – Two Months In

This is definitely a bigger project than we initially thought it would be (in our minds, we were going to tear down the paneling and patch the plaster – a 1-2 week job….and now all we see are 2×4’s…), . . . → Read More: The Rental House Progress – Two Months In!!

Our Project House Progress – 3 Weeks In!!

Oh my word, has it really only been three weeks since the house closing? Liz and I have absolutely been busting it over there – I’ve been working early mornings, she’s been working late nights, and we’ve both been putting in our fair share of hours on the weekends…

So what the heck have we been working on? What progress have we made so far?

Well, if you follow me on Facebook, you pretty much know EXACTLY what we’re doing and where we’re at with the progress. I’ve been uploading videos, pictures, and sending posts about what we’re working on each day. If you just said to yourself, “UGH! I’ve been missing out! I want to see what’s going on!!”, then you’d better start following us on Facebook! Simply like and follow my page here.

For the rest of you that prefer to follow via post updates like this…then here . . . → Read More: Our Project House Progress – 3 Weeks In!!

Our New Rental House Project! Video Walk Through!

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Hi all!

In case you missed it, Liz and I purchased a new rental house project on Thursday!

It’s definitely going to take some work:

wood paneling, shag carpet, and dog, cat, and smoke smell!

Check out the video below where I walk you through the house to get a complete view of the “before” footage!

How We Just Scored a $100,000 House for Just $75,000

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Are you looking for deals on real estate, but can’t seem to find them? Sure, the market’s hot right now, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no deals to be had – you’ve just got to dig wider, deeper, and probably get a bit creative with your digging style! If you’re constantly on the lookout for a deal on real estate, then you might want to incorporate this new strategy we discovered with our last rental purchase.

How We Found a Crazy Deal on Real Estate

We put our John Hancock on the documents just yesterday. We’re officially the new owners of a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house and we only paid $75,000 for it!

“How the heck did you land such an amazing deal?” you might ask.

I’m ready to teach you, my friend. Hopefully you can use this same method and buy a screaming deal of your own . . . → Read More: How We Just Scored a $100,000 House for Just $75,000

We Just Missed a $40,000 Opportunity…and We’re NOT Letting It Happen Again

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The idea was planted in our heads over two years ago. Robert, the grandson and caretaker of the woman next door, asked us if we’d ever be interested in buying the house once his grandmother passed away.

“Of course!” I would always say. And we left it at that.

Well about three months ago, the grandmother passed on and it was my intention to speak with Robert again to affirm that I was interested in the house. But…

When he was home, I wasn’t… When he was doing yard-work outside, I was at work.

We just never seemed to connect naturally like I had hoped…

And then, he was suddenly out of the house and his mother (the actual beneficiary of the estate) was there cleaning up and moving stuff out! I decided enough was enough so I knocked on the door and introduced myself.

To make a long story . . . → Read More: We Just Missed a $40,000 Opportunity…and We’re NOT Letting It Happen Again

Rental Properties – Are They a Curse or a Blessing?

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“You’re going to buy a rental property??” …my broke friend exclaimed. “I had a buddy that tried that… The tenants didn’t pay the rent, they trashed the home completely, and he lost tens of thousands of dollars. You won’t see me buying a rental property any time soon.”

More often than not, this was what I heard from people when I let them in on my investment plans a few years back. It wasn’t very encouraging to say the least…and it honestly took some of the air out of my sail for a while…

Are Rental Properties a Smart Investment?

Ignoring all of the “wise advice” from my friends and neighbors, I went ahead and bought a rental place anyway.

So what’s the verdict? Has land-lording been a complete nightmare? Has my rental house been burned to the ground? Or are all of my friends just complete idiots that knew . . . → Read More: Rental Properties – Are They a Curse or a Blessing?

We Bought a Rental House With Cash – One Year in Review

On November 30th, 2015, we closed on our very first rental property – a 3 bedroom, one bath home in a nearby neighborhood. The pipes we corroded, the kitchen was a disaster, and the hardwood floors all needed refinishing (which I have of course never done in my life).

It was a big project, but we were starry eyed with the investment possibilities. After all, we had the cash for a complete purchase and figured that 100% of the rent checks would go directly in our pockets.

Were we a little naive?

Of course.

But we all get a little naive with excitement, don’t we?

Related: Our Offer Was Accepted. Let the Rental Games Begin!

We Bought a Rental House With Cash

You may be thinking, “How in the world did you buy this rental house with cash??”

Long story short:

I hate debt. It makes me nervous, angry, . . . → Read More: We Bought a Rental House With Cash – One Year in Review

The Rental Property Wealth Calculator: Your Path to Millionaire Status

Rental Property Wealth Calculator

Do you have a passion for real estate? Have you ever wondered how fast your rental empire could grow? And how quickly you’d become wealthy?

I’ve spent quite a few nights trying to figure out over the years:

When we’ll have enough money to buy the next rental How much we’ll earn from year to year And how much our net worth will grow as I acquire more and more rentals

Pretty much I always ended up with a notebook page filled with scribbles and cross-outs, and a very vague sense of how everything would play out with the rentals 10+ years from today.

Finally, I decided that I’ve had enough with my rough estimations! It was time to figure out all of the details exactly. So you probably know what that means! It was time to build another Excel-based calculator! 🙂

(Interested in all the free tools I’ve . . . → Read More: The Rental Property Wealth Calculator: Your Path to Millionaire Status