Author: G. Brian Davis

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Fair Housing Pitfalls: 6 Ways to Avoid Being the Next Lawsuit

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The Big Picture On How To Avoid A Fair Housing Lawsuit: The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that provides protection against discrimination from several …

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The Pros & Cons of Student Housing: Should You Rent to College Kids?

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The Big Picture On Should You Rent To College Students: Renting properties to college students near universities is an attractive real estate investment. Advantages of renting …

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How to Become a Landlord: Blueprint to Buy Your First Rental Property

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The Big Picture On How To Become A Landlord: Rental properties can generate cash flow, appreciation, and tax benefits, but being a landlord requires some labor …

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Down Payment Hacks: Do You Have to Put a Down Payment on a House?

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The Big Picture On Down Payment For House Purchases: Down payments are historically used to mitigate risk for both the buyer and lender. A big enough …

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How to Buy a Foreclosure Home: Pros, Cons, & Process from Start to Finish

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The Big Picture On How To Buy A Foreclosure Home: Buying a foreclosed home can provide significant savings compared to market prices, offering opportunities for both …

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Is Rental Income Active Or Passive Income? How Much Labor Landlords Should Expect

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TL;DR on Is Rental Income Passive Or Active For tax purposes rental income can be defined as passive income so long as you do not qualify …

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A Beginners Guide to Buying Your First Rental Property

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The Big Picture On Buying Your First Rental Property: Rental properties can provide a steady passive income stream and have historically outperformed other asset classes over …

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How to Retire at 40 With Real Estate Investments & Stocks

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TL;DR On How To Retire At 40:  Retiring at 40 is not easy—but it is possible.  The best way to retire at 40 is to combine …

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Hedge Against Inflation: Investing in Places Where Money Retains Power

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Investors seek safe places to invest as the economy rapidly changes due to rising inflations. The government spent about $13 trillion to deal with the pandemic, …

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Best Ways to Find Pre-Foreclosure Homes For Investors To Score Bargains

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The TL;DR On Finding Pre-Foreclosure Homes: There are several ways to find pre-foreclosure homes. However, there’s a window between when a borrower defaults and when the …

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Hard Money Vs Private Money Loans For Real Estate

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What’s the difference between hard money and private money loans? Real estate investors sometimes use these terms interchangeably. Many hard money lenders are private lenders, and …

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How to Finance Rental Properties When You’re Self-Employed

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Financing real estate investments can be tricky when you’re self-employed. Lenders look for consistent income, which is harder to show without a W-2. But getting a …

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10 Ways to Start Flipping Houses With No Money Down

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Cash is the most significant barrier to entry for most new real estate investors. Even when you borrow 80% of a home’s purchase price, that still …

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Mortgage, Financing, & Property Loan: How to Get a Loan for a Rental Property

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One of the significant advantages of investing in real estate is leverage: the ability to buy your assets with other people’s money. The property appreciates even …

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How one couple retired early with a single rental property to sail Europe

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Martha and Terry live the dream. They currently live on a houseboat, sailing the rivers of Europe. From the canals of Amsterdam to beautiful Strasbourg, France, …

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A 3%-down rental property loan? How to use Fannie & Freddie loans for investing

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A few years back, Fannie Mae and its brother lender Freddie Mac launched loan programs called HomeReady and Home Possible, respectively. Their purpose? To compete with …

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Concreit review 2024: Short-term real estate fund & fractional shares

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Ever wish you could invest in real estate without committing money for years at a time? Concreit offers a rare short-term real estate investment. Unlike most …

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How to protect yourself from the risks of real estate

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Spoiler alert: all investments come with risks. Real estate investments are no different. So what are the risks of real estate syndications (passive group real estate …

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How to invest in real estate with a self-directed IRA: Case study

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Ever wish you could invest in real estate tax-free through your retirement accounts? You can. And it’s not hard, either. Look no further than Martha’s story …

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The leading short-term real estate investments & how to start financing them

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You don’t always know when a killer real estate deal will come along. Sometimes you wait months or longer for the right deal. Plus, it takes …

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When should landlords refinance a rental property loan?

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Mortgage brokers love to tell you they can lower your mortgage payment by refinancing your rental property. Sometimes they actually can. But is it worth refinancing, …

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How to pay for college with real estate investments

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The average cost of tuition for the 2023-2024 school year was $42,162 for private colleges. Ouch. Public tuition in-state universities clocked in at $10,662, and out-of-state …

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12 hidden benefits of a high savings rate & the FIRE lifestyle

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Whenever bad economic news dominates the headlines, pundits love to declare “The FIRE movement is dead, long live the FIRE movement!” They shouted it during the …

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A real estate syndication deal gone wrong and the risk that comes with deals

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We send out a monthly update about all the past deals we’ve invested in through our Co-Investing Club. Most of the real estate syndication projects are …

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12 “cheat codes” in the game of building wealth & creating your ideal life

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Ever wish you could punch in a cheat code for the game of life? Build wealth and passive income streams faster? Live your ideal lifestyle without …

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Is an LLC for a rental property worth the hassle? Pros, cons, and costs

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One of the first questions I hear from new real estate investors is: “Should I create an LLC for rental properties, rather than owning them under …

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Median net worth, income and real estate ownership by age & percentile

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We talk all the time about how the wealthy invest in real estate. Today, you get to see just how much they like it. And stack …

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10 profitable real estate investing niches you haven’t tried

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Everybody understands the business model behind flipping houses, long-term rental properties, and short-term vacation rentals. For that matter, most of us have rented a home or …

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17 passive streams of income from real estate

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In personal finance circles, people love to say that the average millionaire has seven streams of income. As far as I can tell, it’s neither a …

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How much of your paycheck should you really be saving for retirement?

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No matter how much you earn, you won’t build wealth if you spend every penny you bring in. A person who earns $75,000 and saves $25,000 …