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What’s More Important When Buying Rentals - Equity or Cash Flow

What’s More Important for Rentals – Equity or Cash Flow?

When I decided to write 100 articles answering 100 most often asked questions, and began compiling what those 100 questions might be, it occurred to me that some of the questions are that should be on the list, aren’t. I ...
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How Does Inflation Impact Real Estate Investing

How Does Inflation Impact Real Estate Investing?

One of the reasons rentals are such an amazing investment vehicle is because they are inflation-protected. Here’s how the thinking goes: Monetary Inflation's Impact to Investment Properties In our economy, certain amount of currency chases certain amount of products and ...
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Can I Buy Rental Properties with No Money in the Bank

Can I Buy Rental Properties with No Money in the Bank?

Can I buy rental properties with no money in the bank? What if I have just a few thousand dollars in the bank? Can I buy investment properties then? It’s a toss-up between which of these two questions I hear ...
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What is a Real Estate Investment Pig

What is a Real Estate Investment Pig?

I’ve addressed the concept of PIGs in real estate in many articles previously. The concept is somewhat abstract, and seems to be quite misunderstood still, in-spite of me addressing it on multiple occasions. Just this morning I received an email ...
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Are You a Slave to Debt or its Master

Are You a Slave to Debt or its Master?

Is debt good or bad? Well, it depends on how you pay for it. One thing is for sure - this topic is a lightning rod. Some people are diehard proponents of leverage and debt, and believe that financial success ...
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How to Write a Lease for Roommates

How to Write a Lease for Roommates

If I were to make a list of 100 most commonly asked questions, this one would certainly be on it - how to write a lease for roommates. Indeed, just yesterday this subject came up in conversation on social media, ...
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Should Tenants Pay the Utilities

Should Tenants Pay the Utilities?

Utilities used to be a token cost. Natural heating gas was cheap. Electricity was cheap. And water was literally nothing. Today, all of these have inflated dramatically, to the point that in some markets they have outpaced rent growth by ...
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My Favorite Pastime… And Ben Leybovich on Periscope.tv

We all have that thing we do that calms our nerves, and makes the world seem smaller and more manageable. At least all of us should have that thing. We are busy and stressed all of the time, and there ...
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How to Value a Multi Unit Investment Property

How to Value a Multi Unit (5+) Investment Property

We buy all types of different property for our investment purposes, including single family, small multi-family, larger multi-family, storefront, storage, parking, industrial, strip-mall, and many combinations thereof. It’s important to understand that while there are positives and negatives to all ...
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How Much to Pay for a Fourplex

How Much to Pay for a Fourplex Investment Property

In an earlier article "How much should I pay for an investment property," we discussed the methodology behind estimating value of Single Family Residences. As we discussed, the CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) looks at similar houses which sold, and then ...
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Can You Buy Rental Properties with Nothing Down in 2016

Can You Buy Rental Properties with Nothing Down in 2016?

This article will discuss whether you can buy rental properties in today's 2016 market with nothing down. Before diving in though, we need to lay the framework by discussing market efficiency. Indeed, one of the most attractive features of the ...
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How Much Should I Pay for an Investment Property

How Much Should I Pay for an Investment Property?

How do you know how much to pay for a house – this has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions I hear. This, interesting enough, is quite surprising. I would think that with all of the ...
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Can You Succeed in Real Estate Investing Without Your Spouse’s Support?

In a past article, entitled What If I Fail with My First Real Estate Investing Deal, I explored some of the social implications of real estate investing, and how our struggles, which are bound to happen, can impact our relationships ...
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How do I Get the Best Appraisal for Real Estate Investment Refinances

How do I Get the Best Appraisal for Real Estate Investment Refinances?

I am not sure how long you’ve been in this game, and what your experiences have been, but in my world the practice of a refinance is an integral component of almost every deal I’ve ever do. Why, you may ...
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What Is a Good Cap Rate for a Rental Property

What Is a Good Cap Rate for a Rental Property?

Seriously, people - this is one of the most misguided questions I can think of in the real estate investing space. And yet, here it is, the title of my article 🙂 Well, as you know, my articles reflect your ...
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What if I Fail with My First Real Estate Investing Deal

What if I Fail with My First Real Estate Investing Deal?

I mentioned in a post not too long ago how I don’t have to think much about the titles for my articles, since they come to me in the form of questions and comments every day. Well, the one I ...
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How much do I need for CapEx in real estate investing

How much CapEx do I need for real estate investing?

Guys, when five years ago I first started writing articles on the subject of real estate investing, I struggled to chose what to write about. It was difficult to know what you would find interesting. Today, I never have to ...
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Should I Quit My Job to Go Full Time into Real Estate Investing

Should I Quit My Job to Go Full Time into Real Estate Investing?

As I write this in 2016, real estate investing is hot. Amateurism is running amok, and every other person I talked to is either in real estate investing or wants to be. And, in this environment, I hear this question ...
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Should I use an LLC when I Buy My First Rental

Should I use an LLC when I Buy My First Rental?

This question that keeps coming up in discussion among new, and not so new, investors. It’s an important question, but unfortunately there is no clear definitive answer. What’s more, the answer requires you to make a choice, which is not ...
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Is AirBnB a good way to rent property

Is AirBnB a Good Way to Rent Property?

Before I discuss if Is AirBnB a good way to rent property, let me welcome you back to the JustAskBenWhy blog in 2016. This article is my first in this calendar year. In fact, it’s been two or three weeks ...
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