6 Ways to Invest in Real Estate (from $10 to $100,000)

[PT's note: This comprehensive article was contributed by Eric Bowlin from IdealREI.com. I first heard Eric on this Bigger Pockets episode. He lives here in Texas with me now and we regularly get together for lunch and talk real estate and business. Here's Eric....] It’s remarkable to see how real estate investing can create so much wealth. You see it everywhere--TV, the web, or your friend who randomly decided to flip a house, it … [Read more...]

Invest in Real Estate for as Little as $1,000 [RealtyMogul Review]

  Several years ago, my husband and I decided to add "real estate moguls" to our resumes. Homes in the small college town where we lived were affordable. Also, rental prices were high and we could count on graduate students as potential tenants. Buying a rental property seemed like an excellent way to grow our portfolio and our wealth. Unfortunately, we quickly hit a number of setbacks. Qualifying for a loan on a rental … [Read more...]

Fundrise Review: Commercial Real Estate Investing for Everyone

  Traditionally, there were only two ways to invest in commercial real estate. You could get started for a (relatively) low financial investment if you personally maintained the property. Or you could invest a major chunk of change into real estate development as a form of passive income. But neither of these options allowed the average Joe with a day job to invest a modest amount. Without time or serious money, real estate … [Read more...]

3 Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites to Add to Your Investing Portfolio

  As many wealthy investors can tell you, real estate is a solid investment that can provide annual income as well as long-term growth. Unfortunately, buying real estate also requires quite a bit of upfront capital, as well as time, energy, and money for maintenance. Plus there is the risk of finding and keeping good tenants. Thankfully, individual investors no longer have to save up hundreds of thousands of dollars or … [Read more...]

The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property (at Year End 2018)

It’s time once again to do our annual rental property cash flow analysis. To see previous years, visit the link at the bottom of the post. Twenty-eighteen was another challenging year for our rental property: 100% occupied (thankfully), new contract negotiations, and major water damage that ruined the wood floors! If you're new to my recaps, this is property is our old personal residence - a Frisco, TX townhome we purchased in … [Read more...]

My $10,000 Real Estate Crowdfunding Experiment with PeerStreet [Review]

  Are you an accredited investor looking for a way to get involved in real estate investing without actually owning and managing a piece of property yourself? I have my own rental property (pictured to the right), but I can't imagine taking on another one at this point. And the turnkey stuff either seems shady or too involved. So I've been looking at all of the various options, and asking some friends. Coach Carson, author … [Read more...]

How I Raised the Rent on Our Rental Property without Being a Mean Landlord

This past year we lost a long-time tenant. Sad. While we were bummed to lose them. The change gave us the opportunity to raise the rent and improve the monthly cash flow. We were able to increase the rent on our rental property by $300 - from $1,875 to $2,175 per month. That’s quite a jump. But it was necessary to keep up with rising property taxes and the increased demand for the unit. It's good practice to raise the rent, it … [Read more...]

What to Do If Your Tenant Breaks the Lease

Sooner or later, you're going to get the dreaded notice from your tenant that they have to break the lease. No matter how much you prepare, it's usually not fun to stop down and turnover a rental unit ahead of schedule. But there are some things you can do to minimize the pain, both before you even sign with the tenant and after you find out they are breaking the lease. Let's explore this topic together...be sure to leave your helpful comments below. My tenant (my … [Read more...]

The Very First Thing You Have to Do When Getting Into Real Estate

This is an article from Anton Ivanov, long-time reader and fellow blogger with an interest in real estate and online entrepreneurship Here's Anton... You can invest in the stock market without meeting or knowing a single person. You can research, buy, manage and sell your equity investments online in the comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, you cannot do so with real estate. If you want to be a successful real estate investor, you need to embrace and master the … [Read more...]

Are Property Managers Worth Their Fees?

Ask yourself a few questions before deciding to hire a property manager. Whether you are an accidental landlord or if you planned to become a residential real estate investor, someone will have to manage your property. Who will find you new tenants when yours move out? Who will handle complains about leaky faucets in the middle of the night? Who will handle tenants who do not pay rent on time? You, the homeowner, could handle all of these things yourself, of … [Read more...]

[Warning Landlords] Don’t Forget Depreciation Recapture

Editor's note: After I posted my recent rental property cash flow analysis, the topic of depreciation came up in the comments. My friend Jason Hull then offered to share his thoughts on the often overlooked topic of depreciation recapture. So here ya go... “Lay up your treasures in heaven where there is no depreciation.” --Unknown The very first time I bought a house, I had this grandiose idea of being a flipper. This was long before television channels like HGTV … [Read more...]

How to Buy A House with No (or Low) Money Down

Editor's note: This article is from Brandon Turner of BiggerPockets.com. These guys know their real estate. Even though it appears there are ways to buy a house without putting 20% down, you guys know I would say it's wise to put that much down so that you are shielded from market downturns, PMI, etc. The year was 2006. The real estate market was soaring, lending standards were loose, and even your pet iguana could get a loan. In this era of impending doom, … [Read more...]