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    How To Recruit Bird-Dogs Into Your Spy Network Of Paid Informants

    February 27th, 2012

    Use Bird-Dogs to Find Properties That Aren’t Advertised

    What’s a bird-dog?  It’s usually someone who comes into frequent contact with problem property owners within a specific neighborhood or area, and is in a position to learn about non-advertised rental properties that are for sale there.  These types of hidden properties are never formally advertised as being for sale; their availability is only made known by word-of-mouth.  A neighbor, a relative, or an acquaintance may be the only one who knows of a property owner’s willingness or need to sell a small rental property.

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    How To Fix Up Properties For Maximum Curb Appeal And Resale Value – Part 3

    February 15th, 2012

    By now, you already have an idea of what is a fix-up plan and how to deal with contractors from Parts 1 & Part 2 of “How To Fix Up Properties For Maximum Curb Appeal And Resale Value“.  So what’s next….. Read the rest of this entry “

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    How To Use Internet Domain Names To Find Rental Properties

    January 23rd, 2012

    In this article, you’ll learn how to use inexpensive property search methods that don’t require your physical presence in order to be effective, but which allow you to be at the right place at the right time by using the Internet, a strategic domain name technique and web page linking to find rental properties for your investment.

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    How To Use Wanted Ads For Rental Properties

    January 3rd, 2012

    Use Classified Property Wanted Ads to Find Properties

    I’ve been pretty successful over the years using classified property wanted ads to find non-advertised properties to buy.  Most people call me because they don’t have the time, desire or money to market their properties themselves.  Or they don’t want the hassle of listing their property with a real estate broker.  Sure, I’ve received more than my fair share of calls from flakes, loonies and other assorted crazies.  But I’ve been willing to put up with the hassle and inconvenience because I’ve usually found the type of property that I was looking for. Read the rest of this entry “

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    How To Reduce Your Risks And Limit Your Personal Liability As A Landlord

    December 13th, 2011

    Many residential landlords unknowingly strut around with the words sue me figuratively tattooed on their foreheads in bright fluorescent colors!  They’re considered in legal circles to be high profile targets because they run their rental housing business in a lax, haphazard manner with little or no regard to how they’re perceived by their tenants and other potential adversaries.  These are the flashy landlords who collect their rent from tenants while driving exotic automobiles and wearing expensive designer clothes.

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    Four Reasons Why I Use Direct Mail To Contact Rental Property Owners

    November 7th, 2011

    Here are four very good reasons why I use Direct Mail to contact property owners:

    • Direct mail is easy to use.  All I have to do is sit at my computer, point and click, hit a couple of keys and it’ll crank out one of my standard letters to property owners that just needs to be signed, folded and inserted into an envelope. I use Microsoft Office Word 2003 that can merge names and addresses with letters. And, I use window envelopes so I don’t have to fiddle around addressing them.

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    How To Fix Up Properties For Maximum Curb Appeal And Resale Value – Part 2

    October 19th, 2011

    How To Avoid Being Ripped-Off By Unscrupulous Repairmen And Contractors

    Here are three ways that you can avoid being ripped of by the many unscrupulous repairmen, tradesmen and contractors who make a living taking real estate investors to-the-cleaners on a regular basis: Read the rest of this entry “

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    How To Fix Up Properties For Maximum Curb Appeal And Resale Value – Part 1

    September 28th, 2011

    Your goal during the fix-up phase is to increase the property’s curb appeal and resale value by:

    1. Giving the property and grounds an industrial strength cleaning.
    2. Applying a cosmetic facelift to the exterior of the property and grounds.
    3. Applying a cosmetic facelift to the interior of the property.

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    How To Accurately Estimate A Property’s Current Market Value

    September 5th, 2011

    The most common mistake that many beginning real estate investors make is that they pay too much for property.  Fact is overpaying for property is often cited as the number one reason why so many newcomers fail to make it as profitable real estate investors.  That’s because most beginning real estate investors are woefully undercapitalized, and they don’t have the deep pockets that are needed to subsidize their overpriced real estate investments.

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    How To Conduct A Thorough Pre-Buy Property Inspection

    August 26th, 2011

    When making an offer to buy any type of property, include a clause in your purchase agreement that makes your offer contingent upon the property passing inspection. You must do this in order to avoid being bamboozled by an unscrupulous owner surreptitiously masking a property’s major defects. Who should inspect your property for major defects depends upon how much construction knowledge and experience you have. If you lack the necessary knowledge and experience, you should hire a retired tradesmen or professional property inspector to snoop around and inspect the property for major defects that some owners will try and hide. Conduct a search on the Internet to obtain the names of certified or licensed property inspectors in your area. If you know what you’re doing, you can do your own property inspections. That’s what I do when I need to have a property inspected. I simply make an appointment with the owner and show up at the property in my old coveralls with my high-powered searchlight, trusty ice pick, binoculars, extension ladder, mini-tape recorder and inspection checklists, and inspect the property for: Read the rest of this entry “

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