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Should You Sell or Rent? Long-Term vs. Short-Term Real Estate Investments

Real estate investors have two options when it comes to property: sell or rent. Selling is a short-term investment strategy, while renting is a long-term investment strategy. Ultimately, to make the decision, several factors are at play. Each option has the opportunity to make a nice return for you, but in some markets and locations, one may be more advantageous than the other.

First Capital Trust Deeds Aug 6, 2019 1:56:41 AM

Real Estate Trust Deed Investing is Better with Friends

Deciding on how to invest your money is never an easy task. There are lots of options, each with their own pros and cons. You may be most concerned with how to get the best return on your investment. Trust deed investing is a unique approach that can allow you to diversify your portfolio away from the often-erratic stock market.

First Capital Trust Deeds Aug 1, 2019 2:20:36 AM

Debunking Hard Money Loan Myths

Hard money loans are an alternative way for you to get a quick loan to purchase property. They are used mainly by real estate investors who prefer to buy and flip homes. Hard money loans don’t require the scrutiny of conventional home loans in that your personal credit score and income are not the basis for qualification (although they are a consideration). Instead, it’s about the potential value of the property. While there is a lot of information about hard money loans, it can be confusing to sort out what’s fact or fiction. Here’s the biggest myths about hard and private money loans debunked.

First Capital Trust Deeds Aug 1, 2019 1:50:07 AM

Do You Have the Characteristics of a Great Real Estate Investor?

According to Richard Branson, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” In other words, if you’re going to become a successful real estate investor; start preparing now and when you find that perfect house, the mythical creature that is “Luck” will arise.

First Capital Trust Deeds May 29, 2019 1:23:25 AM

6 Critical Factors that Determine a Property’s Value

As a real estate investor, your main objective is creating a property that has value. That value can be through fixing and flipping or renovating and renting. When you go to list or rent, you’ll want to arrive at a number that makes money for you but also makes sense for the property itself. Once you have obtained a property, it’s all about improving its worth. Many factors determine a property’s worth—some of which can be enhanced through your renovation efforts. Let’s look at what will influence your final price.

First Capital Trust Deeds May 8, 2019 2:09:40 AM

5 West Coast Cities with Opportunities for Investors

In looking at the cities with the most growth, it’s basically looking at where the country wants to live. Many people are flocking to west coast cities, finding them to have stable employment, lots of amenities, good schools, and a housing market that still affords the middle class a chance at homeownership. With the growth in these cities, it’s a good time for investors to consider buying properties there with the opportunity to either have rental income or to flip and resale.

First Capital Trust Deeds Apr 24, 2019 2:04:04 AM

What You Need Before You Flip Your First House

House flipping can be an incredibly profitable and exciting field to be involved in, but it can also be risky and stressful. Before flipping your first house, it’s important to be prepared in order to ensure your investment is a success. Along with tangible assets such as money and equipment, it’s also important to take stock of the intangible factors that can influence your success. From the time and knowledge you have at your disposal through to your practical skills and state of mind, non-physical items play a crucial role in house flipping projects.

First Capital Trust Deeds Apr 17, 2019 2:19:09 AM

The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Mortgages

When it comes to commercial and residential mortgages, they have one similarity: they involve property. For the most part, that’s where their similarities end. If you’re new to taking out a commercial mortgage, you’ll probably soon discover that there are some significant differences, especially if you’re more familiar with the residential market. Here are some of them:

First Capital Trust Deeds Apr 10, 2019 5:21:57 AM

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