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24 08, 2022

The Many Benefits of Owning Rental Property in a Vacation Hot Spot

2022-08-19T14:47:49-04:00By |Florida, Investing, Property Management|

As the home of the “happiest place on earth” – as well as numerous other theme parks and attractions – Orlando is one of the most popular vacation hot spots in the world…and the year-round warm temperatures provide an added bonus as Central Florida is also enticing for snowbirds and retirees. While many vacationers [...]

27 07, 2022

Is Single Family or Multi-Family the Better Real Estate Investment?

2022-08-19T14:34:21-04:00By |Investing, Multi-Family Investing, Multi-Family Properties, Property Management|

Owning residential rental property can be a great way to generate a steady stream of passive income, along with building up equity while the balance of your mortgage is paid down using “other people’s money” (OPM). There are several property types available in this arena, though, and for many years a debate has ensued [...]

20 07, 2022

Is the Florida Real Estate Market in a Bubble?

2022-08-19T14:10:14-04:00By |Insurance, Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management, Tenant Relations|

Almost since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in early 2020, both the stock market and the real estate market have moved in unpredictable directions. But, while stocks have moved in value both up and down, real estate prices – at least in most areas – have continued to increase…with many homes and properties selling [...]

15 06, 2022

How a Volatile Stock Market Can Impact Rental Property Investments

2022-06-15T14:38:00-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management|

If you own equities like stocks and mutual funds, also owning investment real estate could be a nice way to diversify and “balance out” your overall portfolio. This is particularly the case when the stock market is volatile – a situation that has become more of the rule than the exception over the past few [...]

25 05, 2022

With Rising Interest Rates, Does It Make Sense to Finance Investment Property Through a Bank or Traditional Lender?

2022-05-25T16:32:37-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management|

Over the past decade or so – and particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020 – mortgage interest rates have been sitting at historical lows. This, in turn, has sparked a home buying frenzy, with many properties selling at far above their asking price, yet with low monthly payment requirements. As [...]

8 09, 2021

How Much Could It Cost You to Sell Your Investment Property?

2022-04-25T15:49:41-04:00By |Advice, Financing, Investing, Investment Property Location|

If you own one or more residential rental properties, you may have considered selling – particularly in the hot real estate market we have seen over the past year or so. But even if you have a substantial amount of equity in your property(ies), it is still necessary to determine the various expenses you could [...]

1 09, 2021

Pros and Cons of Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs)

2022-04-25T15:51:16-04:00By |Advice, Financing, Investing, Investment Property Location|

Depending on where your investment properties are located, it is possible that you may have to deal with a homeowners’ association, or HOA. There are many “planned” residential communities – with single-family and/or multi-family units – that maintain a homeowners’ association in order to keep a clean and cohesive atmosphere throughout the neighborhood. These associations [...]

25 08, 2021

Does It Make Sense to Refinance Your Rental Property Before the End of 2021?

2022-04-25T15:53:15-04:00By |Advice, Financing, Investing, Investment Property Location|

With mortgage rates still at near record lows, many experts are predicting that they will remain at these levels throughout the remainder of 2021 and beyond. So, with the opportunity to borrow being in the neighborhood of 3%, does it make sense to refinance your investment property(ies), or to instead hang on to loans with [...]

19 08, 2021

How the COVID Delta Variant Could Impact Residential Rental Property Owners

2022-04-25T15:59:19-04:00By |Advice, Evictions, Investing, Investment Property Location, Property Management|

Just as many restaurants and other businesses in the U.S. have started to open back up, the “new” COVID-19 Delta variant is picking up steam – leaving many to wonder when or if the pandemic will ever end. With new lockdowns in Asia and Australia, it is likely just a matter of time before the [...]

11 08, 2021

Can You Use Retirement Funds to Buy Investment Property?

2021-08-11T14:05:04-04:00By |Advice, Investing, Investment Property Location, Investor Mentality|

For many people, the bulk of the money that they’ve saved is in an employer-sponsored retirement plan (such as a 401k) and/or IRA account. So, in order to access these funds to purchase certain “tangible” assets like real estate, you could face some significant penalties – on top of losing the tax-advantaged status of the [...]

4 08, 2021

Real Estate Investment Scams to Look Out For

2021-08-04T17:47:49-04:00By |Advice, Investing|

If you’ve ever had trouble sleeping or you’re a night owl, it is possible that at some point you have run across ads for real estate investment courses that will teach you “how to make millions with rental properties.” The way these oftentimes work is by luring in unsuspecting people who are seeking more information [...]

12 05, 2021

How to Manage Your Rental Property Like a Pro

2021-05-12T12:28:31-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management, Rentals|

Investing in residential real estate goes far beyond just purchasing homes and finding tenants to live in them. Being a property investor is a business – regardless of whether you own one unit or hundreds. So, in order to better ensure success, there are some property management tips that you should ideally follow. These include: [...]

26 04, 2021

Preparing Your Investment Property for Hurricane Season

2021-04-28T13:33:30-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management, Rentals|

With the upcoming hurricane season quickly approaching, there are some ways that you can prepare ahead of time to protect your investment property – as well as to protect your tenants. Taking certain types of precautions can save you from having to make costly repairs in the future. It can also prove to your renters [...]

24 02, 2021

Are You Charging Enough Rent for Your Florida Investment Property?

2021-03-26T12:05:05-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Property Management, Rentals|

  One of the biggest reasons that investors purchase rental property is for the ongoing income stream it can provide. Oftentimes, the amount of monthly rent that can be charged is based on the size of the property and the amenities it offers (such as furnishings, laundry facilities, etc.) But location also has a lot [...]

17 02, 2021

Can Rental Income Impact Your Social Security Retirement Benefits?

2021-03-26T12:08:17-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Maintenance, Property Management, Rentals|

  With life expectancy being longer today, it is not uncommon for people to spend 20 or more years in retirement – with much of that time being active and pursuing new opportunities. But if you’re receiving Social Security retirement benefits prior to reaching your “full retirement age,” other income streams could trigger taxes on [...]

10 02, 2021

Should You Rent Your Investment Property Furnished or Unfurnished?

2021-03-26T12:24:19-04:00By |Investing, Landlord Advice, Maintenance, Property Management, Rentals|

  If you’re looking for ways to make your rental property stand out – as well as strategies for charging higher monthly rent – you may have considered offering furnished units. But, while doing so could be more enticing for potential tenants, it may or may not necessarily be the best or most cost-effective way to [...]

3 02, 2021

Stimulus Relief for Florida Investment Property Owners

2021-03-26T14:21:31-04:00By |Financing, Investing, Property Management, Rentals, Taxes|

  While much has been said about COVID-19 stimulus relief for individuals and businesses – including a moratorium on evictions and rent payments for tenants - not a lot has come to the forefront regarding investment property owners and their ability (or inability) to pay their own bills. That is, until recently. In the waning [...]

9 09, 2020

With Record Low Mortgage Rates, Is It A Good Time to Add to Your Portfolio of Rental Properties?

2021-07-12T12:53:58-04:00By |Advice, Investing|

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about numerous changes. One of these is record low mortgage rates – and because of that, the U.S. housing market has been on the rise. In fact, as of mid-August (2020), sales of existing homes jumped by roughly 30%, following a three-month slump, and leading to a seller’s market. Housing [...]

17 07, 2019

Expanding Your Rental Real Estate Portfolio with Multi-Family Properties

2021-07-28T11:59:21-04:00By |Investing, Investor Mentality, Multi-Family Investing|

If you’ve been considering the expansion of your investment property empire, it is possible that you’ve thought about the purchase of a duplex, a 4-plex, or even a larger multi-family apartment building. There a several reasons why multi-family properties could provide you with added benefits – starting with the ability to attain several income streams [...]