Tag Archives: real estate

Low Interest Rates

Low interest rates are very enticing. I want to suggest caution, because an increase in interest rates will dramatically affect the value of real property. Real estate is a “borrowed money” business. The cost and structure of financing determines the income valuation of the property. Similar to bonds, the value varies inversely to the yield […]

Yet Another Housing Bubble?

I just posted an article on the 2013 apparent housing bubble. April 2013, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It seems like Deja Vu all over again. There are very few listed houses, multiple offers, bidding wars, double digit price inflation, and listed houses are on the market for a very […]

Non-Credentialed Interlopers

I added an article about “non-credentialed interlopers”. This a serious problem of folks fraudulently misrepresenting themselves as an owner, broker, or some other form of legal relationship with the principal party. The problem of “non-credentialed interlopers” is growing. I am talking about folks who advertise properties for sale, especially apartment buildings, and when I request […]

Investing in Rental Properties

I just watched yet another “Personal Finance Guru” on cable TV who recommends NOT to invest in rental income properties, but instead to invest in municipal bonds, claiming that such debt instruments are paying 5% to 6% tax free and are much safer than rental properties. To use the guru’s favorite retort, “Are you kidding […]

New Wealth Creation Information Product

I just released my latest wealth creation information product. It is called (drum roll, please): “How to Pyramid Your Equity to Create Wealth and Financial Freedom” It’s a thick, jam-packed (over 100 pages) special report PDF with forms and spreadsheets. It explains several ways of creating or leveraging equity so that you can, with very diligent […]

Product Update: Property Analysis Worksheet Short Form

I just updated my Property Analysis Worksheet Short Form product. I added more detail lines to the RepairEstimates worksheet. If you purchased this product within the last 12 months, then you will receive an email with your free download link for the update. If you want to learn more about analyzing properties for quick-turning (fix-and-sell […]

Product Update: Calculating Capitalization Rate

I just added a new video tutorial “Calculating Capitalization Rate” to my information product “Introduction to Income Valuation and Syndication“. You can see the YouTube.com version here.

Product Update: Sample Analysis1 video tutorial

I added a new “Sample Analysis1” video tutorial to the Property Analysis Worksheet Short Form product. You can watch the YouTube version here. I get so many emails from amateur wholesalers who don’t know what they’re doing. They are not operating their business like a professional. I run the numbers and politely suggest that they […]

The Cost of Delaying Benefits

Why is common sense so rare? I just heard yet another “economics expert” on cable television (a business finance talk show) talking about delaying Social Security benefits to increase the beneficiary’s income. Here are the basic terms: At retirement age of 62, the basic monthly benefit is X. I’ll throw in a number of $500, […]

Risk Spread Premium

Risk Spread Premium I just read a short article from a real estate guru. He was talking about the “Risk Spread Premium” on real estate Capitalization (CAP) Rates compared to the 10-year US Treasury bond. His basic assertion is to compare the difference (spread) between the average CAP rate of income properties to the yield […]