A Tale of Two Investors (Apple vs Real Estate) Part 1 of 3

We were discussing the other day how rich one would be if they had invested in Apple stock as soon as it became publicly available on December 12, 1980.  Many articles have been written on the subject highlighting the astronomical returns an investor would have made on this iconic company....

Continue Reading by Eric Martel Monday, March 26th, 2018

Should You Buy With Cash or Financing?

Over the weekend I had a call with a family who is interested in buying a rental property from MartelTurnkey. They asked me whether they should buy this property in cash or finance it. While this is a very lengthy discussion, there are a couple of key points to keep...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Multi-Family vs. Single Family Home Rentals

I’ve talked to a lot of people who are interested in real estate investing, but most of them skip the single family home rentals aspect and move right to the duplex, triplex, or quad investing. Perhaps this is because they have learnt that these properties create more cash flow. It...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Property Management Fees and What to Expect

When investing out-of-state and especially buying rental properties out-of-state, your property management company is your boots on the ground. They're the most important person on your team. They do everything from collecting rents, to managing work orders, to filling vacancies, etc., and they help you manage the property entirely. Therefore,...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Thursday, March 1st, 2018

5 Reasons to Invest Out of State

While California may be a great place to live, investing in real estate in California is not great at all. When I first started investing in real estate I didn't have much money. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and wanted to really invest in my local...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

What Does a Property Manager Do for You?

The most important person on your team when you are buying rental properties out-of-state is your property manager. They're your boots on the ground, and they're your most important asset on the ground. If you don't trust them then you might as well not have these rental properties out-of-state. While...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

5 Risks of the BRRRR Strategy

Over the last couple of years a new term and a new style of investing has popped up. It is called the BRRRR method, which stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, and Repeat. Essentially you're buying these properties, you rehab them, you get them rent ready, you rent them out,...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Why Buy and Hold is the Best Real Estate Strategy

Many people when they get into real estate want to start flipping houses, and this is because they have been watching TV shows on HDTV. These shows show people flipping one house and they profit $40,000-60,000. Which is as much as someone makes in one year just with one project. While...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

5 Steps to Take Before Buying Your First Rental Property

Many new passive investors don't know where to start when they become interested in buying rental properties. They don't know the steps required to purchase their first one. However, there are five basic steps that must be taken before you purchase your first rental property. 1. Know Your Goals Step...

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Thursday, February 1st, 2018

$40M Amazon Warehouse Coming to Memphis!

I recently read a book called “Emerging Real Estate Markets” by David Lindahl. In this book, Lindahl talks about what to look for when investing in a new market. He describes that the most important things for him are the potential job growth in this market and the population growth....

Continue Reading by Antoine Martel Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Don’t Save for Retirement

The current retirement system doesn’t make sense in today’s world because it assumes that you’re saving money throughout your working life and at retirement these savings will be converted to an annuity. You pass all that money that you save to a financial institution, like an insurance company or a...

Continue Reading by Eric Martel Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Rock Climbing: A Metaphor for Reaching your Goals

A couple of my friends are rock climbers, and they would often tell gripping climbing stories when we would go for beers.  Their stories most often focused on how they managed to climb a particular wall. They would describe the challenges with a smile on their face. They would share...

Continue Reading by Eric Martel Sunday, January 14th, 2018