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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.

Picture of Ted Spradlin Ted Spradlin 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.

Picture of Ted Spradlin Ted Spradlin 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.

Picture of Ted Spradlin Ted Spradlin Apr 24, 2019 2:04:04 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:

Picture of Ted Spradlin Ted Spradlin Apr 10, 2019 5:21:57 AM

Commercial Mortgage Loan Alternatives

When you’re on the brink of starting a new business and you want to own a property rather than rent, you may need to take out a commercial mortgage. Regardless of where you’re at in the application process, the chances are you’re feeling a sense of frustration. Commercial mortgages are notoriously difficult to get. They come with a higher degree of risk, which means banks ratchet up their minimal qualifying criteria.

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