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Evaluating an Income Property and the Birth of RealData — Second Episode in My New Podcast Series

Welcome back to my new podcast series. In my first interview I answered some questions about how I got started as an investor, and I hope my experience provided some ideas for you if you’re just looking to get started yourself.  Now I want to take you on the next few steps in my journey […]

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Getting Started in Real Estate Investing — First Episode in My New Podcast Series

You probably all know me as a “numbers guy” who focuses on metrics and analysis of potential real estate investments. But I hear lot of people who sound frustrated or discouraged by a very basic question: Just how do I get started? So I’m going to step back from my spreadsheets for a bit and […]

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Return on Equity — What a Non-Traditional Approach Can Reveal

We usually think of Return on Equity (ROE) as a straightforward investment measure. That’s understandable, because the traditional method of calculating ROE is pretty clear cut: Take your cash flow after taxes and divide it by your initial cash investment. This in fact is just a hop-and-a-step away from another popular measure, Cash-on-Cash Return (aka […]

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The Single-Family Home as a Rental Property Investment — Using Regression to Estimate Value

Regression – no, it’s not what your family and friends accuse you of when you want to trade in the mini-van for a two-seater stick-shift convertible (well, maybe it is, but that’s a topic for a different article). If you’re familiar with our RealData software, my online video courses, and my other blog posts here, […]

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What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow — thanks for the recent reviews

Many thanks to one of my favorite podcasters, Keith Weinhold, for his youtube review of my book, “What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow.” Also a “thank you” to Flagship Bank for including my book in their list of  “…the best commercial real estate investing books you can buy…” —Frank Gallinelli […]

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Yield on Cost — a metric for real estate investors and developers

I had a question recently about a metric called Yield on Cost, aka Return on Cost and also sometimes called Development Yield. So what is it and when and how might it be useful? Yield on Cost is very similar to cap rate, which you’re already familiar with, especially if you’ve followed my posts, read […]

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What Happened to Your Property Management?

If you’ve taken my video course, read any of my books, listened to some of the podcasts I’ve been on, then you’re very aware that I often rant about how important it is for you to account for just the real operating operating expenses when you evaluate the worth of a property — no more […]

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Love Your Hat! What is Your Lender Really Looking at When You Apply for a Commercial Mortgage?

If you’re not an all cash buyer, then when you purchase a piece of income-producing real estate you’ll probably need to secure mortgage financing to complete the deal. It’s essential for you to understand what your lender is looking at when underwriting that loan. And — If you guessed that he or she is not […]

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Video post: Understanding Net Operating Income, Part 2

In Part 1 this post, we looked at the revenue side of our NOI calculation. Now let’s look at the expense side, and how the end result – the NOI itself, is typically used when evaluating a potential real estate investment. Click the image below.   If you missed Part 1, you can watch it […]

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Video post: Understanding Net Operating Income, Part 1

One topic that seems to generate a lot of interest and questions among investors I speak with is the subject of net operating income. Those who are new to real estate investing and even those with some experience are often unclear as to exactly what it is, what it means, and how to use it. […]

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