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Long-Term vs. Short-Term Real Estate Investing

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Lets refresh our knowledge of Long-Term vs. Short-Term real estate investing. When evaluating real estate as an investment, one of the most important considerations is the hold period of the asset. How long do you plan to hold the property before a sale occurs? Your desired hold period will also dictate the investment strategy employed to minimize risk or maximize return over this period of time. Lets talk about some of the differing strategies for Long-Term vs. Short-Term real estate …
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Benefits of Investing in a Breakeven Cashflow Building

In today’s market, many of the core areas of Chicago don’t offer a large amount of potential cashflow for 2-4 unit buildings.  Some buildings are still attractive investments despite the lack of annual cash flow.  An investor or owner/occupant buyer can benefit by purchasing a core asset with strong tenant demand.  Buyers should seek buildings where rental demand is high, rent growth is steady, and locations are near amenities and public transportation.  Here are a few additional benefits of a …
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Ways to Increase Income for your Income Property

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We landlords always love to increase the income we generate from our buy and hold income properties. However life is generally pretty busy for a landlord and it’s quite possible to have the same rent for years while expenses are always increasing. This obviously puts downward pressure on cash flow. The nice thing about positive cash flow is that our revenues can increase at the same rate as expenses and we’ll still have more cash flow at the end of …
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10 Useful Websites for Chicago Property Research

 Property Searches – www.chicagoREinvestment.com– Use this website to search all types of residential properties.   Chicago Crime Map – http://gis.chicagopolice.org/– Use this website to search for crime incidents in your neighborhood or others.  This information is provided directly from the Chicago Police Department.  Keep in mind that all areas of Chicago will have some level of crime, so be sure to compare one area to an area you are more familiar with.  This will help you develop an opinion as to …
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Reasons to Buy a Two Flat

 You want to earn passive income. You rent both units out and earn a cash flow.  Sounds easy, but there is more to it and most of the heavy lifting is done before someone moves in and pays you rent.  First, you must select a good property that will cash flow at market rents and in the future.  Then, you must market your property for rent effectively so as to attract the best tenants capable of taking care of your …
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What to Consider Before Buying a Two Flat

Before you buy a two flat, you should consider some of the various factors that will make it a stable long-term cash flowing property.  I have highlighted some of the more important ones for you below: Property Taxes – Your two biggest expenses every year will be property taxes and interest expense.  If you pay cash, then yes, you will not have to pay interest expense.  Property taxes will vary greatly depending on the area you purchase in.  So what …
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Three Reasons why Real Estate is Better than Stocks

Cash Flow –  When you buy a stock, you cannot gain or lose money until the stock has been sold.  When you buy a two flat, three flat, or four flat, you can earn monthly cash flows regardless of where market value is trending and you get the added bonus of earning extra money upon sale just like a stock.  Control:  What does a stock look like?  Good question right?  How do you control the performance of your stock?  The …
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Top 10 Reasons to Purchase Investment Property

When you have extra money, there are so many ways to save or invest, it can make your head spin. I’m here to tell you that real estate is no doubt the best way to invest for extra income, profit or retirement for the average person in the long term. Here is a list of reasons why you should consider buying investment property. Cash Flow – If you do it right, rents will exceed all of your expenses and you …
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