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Next Steps — What to Do After You Close on your Turnkey Rental

You did it! You’ve patiently waited the 6 - 20 weeks it takes to renovate the house and put a tenant in place. You wired your earnest money deposit, agonized over your financial disclosures, and navigated a labyrinth of online portals (with MartelTurnkey there to help you at every step!) ...

Continue Reading by Brianna Ricci Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
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Investing for Cash Flow vs. Appreciation — Which is Better?

Most people know that there are two core ways you can harvest a return on your investment when you buy real estate — cash flow or appreciation.    Ideally, an investment property will produce both, but nearly every investor comes to a crossroads where they have to pick which one...

Continue Reading by Eric Martel Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
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How to Buy Rental Property Sight-Unseen

It sounds scary, right? Committing to something as significant as a real estate purchase — often with a large mortgage — and you have never even seen the property.  Yet busy professionals who don’t have time to jet around the country looking at potential investment properties do it all the...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
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How to Do “Due Diligence” on a Rental Property, in 3 Easy Steps

“Do your due diligence!” If you have heard it once, you have heard it a million times — often from someone who has never done “due diligence” in their lives.   It sounds good, but no one ever stops to think about how unhelpful that platitude is. Okay … I...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
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Expenses of Running a Rental Property — a Cheat Sheet

Many people make big mistakes when they try to determine the cash flow potential of a rental property. Basically, they think that if the market rent for the house is higher than the mortgage, they’re in the money.   It’s not that easy. If it were, anybody could do it....

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
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The Fed is Raising Interest Rates … What Now for the Real Estate Market?

We’ve enjoyed bottom-of-the-barrel interest rates for years, but that may be about to change. The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate by a quarter-point last month, and we expect that to be the first of at least three interest rate hikes to happen this year.   So is the...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
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Is the 30-Year Mortgage Worth It? (The Answer May Surprise You)

In the era of bitcoin, everyone wants to be a disruptor — an iconoclast that tears down the old and ushers in the new. That’s how people become billionaires — right?   In that kind of entrepreneurial environment, the 30-year mortgage seems like a dinosaur. “Thirty-year fixed rate?! That’s what...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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Can I Buy Real Estate with my IRA or 401(k)?

“Can I Buy Real Estate with my IRA or 401(k)?” If you ask a traditional financial planner, they will probably say “no.” Not unless you buy a share of a REIT … which they can sell you for a fee or commission. What a coincidence.   Surprise surprise — this is...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
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Real Estate vs. The Stock Market — A One-Two Punch

What’s a better investment — real estate or the stock market? I bet your financial advisor has an opinion … especially if (s)he gets a commission or fee for selling you stocks and managing market funds.   Still, the numbers are stark, and Wall Street isn’t afraid to throw them...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022
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The Best Real Estate Strategy for Periods of High Inflation

Inflation is at the tip of everyone’s tongue — from financial professionals to ordinary Americans feeling pain at the pump and the grocery store.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 7.5% rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in January, the highest in 50 years. Compare that to...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, March 15th, 2022
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5 Reasons to Buy An Investment Property Instead of Your Own Home

“When are you going to stop renting and buy?” The plaintive refrain of Boomer parents everywhere. They’re not entirely wrong. Real estate is a good investment … But does it have to be your home?  Homeownership isn’t right for every person every time. For Millennials and Zoomers who aren’t ready...

Continue Reading by Lynn Milos Tuesday, March 8th, 2022
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Why Depreciation is a Landlord’s Best Friend

If you invest in rental property, one of the biggest advantages you have is depreciation. You may have heard of some of the “tax advantages” of real estate investing. Now, the US tax code is over 60,000 pages long. Even CPAs don’t know every word of it.  But one part...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
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