2023 Risks, The True Cost of Owning Rentals, and Live Q&A

The real estate market is changing, especially in high-appreciation cities like Phoenix, Arizona. This week, Ashley and Tony made the journey to the Valley of the Sun to visit real estate rookies for a live podcast recording. But it wasn’t just the rookies coming out; expert investors like Jamil Damji and Pace Morby also swung around to answer questions about creative financing, the 2023 housing market, multifamily investing, and more. They give some killer insight that only off-market masters know, and their input could help you score better deals over the next year.

As always with a Rookie Reply, we also take questions from the Real Estate Rookie Facebook group, the Rookie Request Line, and Instagram to see what’s on investors’ minds. This time, we’ve got questions on how real estate wholesaling works, the best way to reject an agent or lender (without burning bridges), …

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How to TRIPLE Your Rental Property Income with Group Home Investing

Assisted living investments may be the most underrated, unknown, but ridiculously profitable real estate investment out there. For many investors, turning their single-family home into assisted or senior living seems like an impossible task. Don’t you need to have a medical background? Do you need a license? Can anyone do it? Instead of getting caught in analysis paralysis, Antoinette Munroe looked at the numbers, decided to take the jump, and hasn’t looked back. And after hearing her story, you might do the same!

Antoinette found financial freedom in just a few years with vacation rental investing. She used the game-changing strategy of house hacking combined with short-term rentals to profit over a thousand dollars a month, all while living in her own house. She slowly started building her empire, buying one property a year while working towards financial independence. She reached her ultimate goal, retiring early after only a few

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Builders Are Getting Frustrated, And Now They’re Doing This

The mixture of (relatively) high interest rates and economic volatility with the fact most homeowners have fixed, low-interest rate debt had induced what real estate economist Bill McBride refers to as the “sellers strike.” As should be expected on the heels of such stubbornness, developers are beginning a “builders strike” to follow suit.

As CNBC reported at the end of October, “Housing starts for single-family homes dropped nearly 19% year over year in September, according to the U.S. Census. Building permits, which are an indicator of future construction, fell 17%. PulteGroup, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, reported its cancelation rate jumped from 15% in the second quarter of this year to 24% in the third.”

Rick Palacios Jr., the director of research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, has an interesting thread on builder sentiments from around the county. It’s not exactly good.

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Tips to Build a House Hack STACK in Your 20s

Couch flipping may be the best side hustle you’ve never heard of. It’s so lucrative that today’s guest Parker used couch flipping to save up his down payment for his first house hack! Of course, who could have assumed otherwise from someone like Parker? He’s a financial analyst who made an intelligent move from expensive Boston to sunny Tampa to house hack for the first time with one of his best friends. He’s making some impressive moves at a young age, but he still has questions about what to do next.

Although Parker is thankful for buying the house hack, he doesn’t know what he should do after he moves out. Does he sell the property, keep it as a rental, transfer it into an LLC, or go back to renting as he saves up enough money for the next house hack? He also has some very pressing capital

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Do You NEED an LLC for Rental Property?

Do you need an LLC for rental property investing? Ask some investors, and they’ll hit back with a resounding “of course!” But ask another group of investors, and they’ll tell you “not at all!” This duality causes many rookie investors to become confused, not knowing when to protect their property with the limits that come with an LLC. So how are millionaire investors setting up their properties and partnerships? Or, more specifically, what are Ashley and Tony doing to protect themselves?

Welcome back to this week’s Rookie Reply! We’ve got some great questions queued up for our cabin and campground co-hosts, Ashley and Tony, to answer! First, we take a question about what to ask a seller during a final walkthrough, and how talking to tenants may be worth the extra time. Then, we hint at when to ask a listing agent for financials on a commercial property, the …

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The Dominoes are About to Fall

Deleveraging is a term you probably haven’t heard. And don’t be surprised; most news networks will never cover what deleveraging is or what it means for the real estate market. But, this capital constriction could implode the housing market, causing numerous investors and funds to go under, leaving the rest to pick up the scraps. This massive change is about to happen, but don’t get too scared; if you bought right, you could be one of the lucky few with a buffet of cash-flowing deals to choose from.

So, who’s better to ask about this impending crisis than Ben Miller, co-founder and CEO of Fundrise? He’s been on both ends of lending, not only buying significant assets with credit but also supplying the funding to others who need it. Ben is predicting a massive change in the real estate market that will shock investors to

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A Tale Of Two Halves

It’s finally over! The crazy, unpredictable, and just plain weird housing market of 2022 has ended. Though analysts like me will likely be studying the 2022 housing market for years to come, we can finally take a quick look back at what happened this year and infer what might be in store for the year to come.

2022 was a tale of two halves. January through May/June was one type of market, and July through December was a very different market. It’s not possible to determine the shift’s exact date, but it was within this timeframe.

The First Half

Through the first half of 2022, we saw a continuation of the wild appreciation that defined 2021. Every major variable that influences housing prices was putting upward pressure on the market. There was strong demographic demand fueled by millennials reaching their peak home-buying years. A decade of underbuilding

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The Repeatable Steps to Financial Freedom in 4 Years w/TheFICouple

Financial independence means something different to everyone. For some, it means having enough to not worry about being laid off. For others, it could mean making more money to buy a yacht, but for Ali and Josh (TheFICouple), financial independence means more time together, growing a family, and a community that helps others reach their highest potential. Just four years ago, Ali and Josh were strapped with six figures worth of debt, living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to survive. Now, they’re financially independent, working their jobs just two days a week, and spending the rest of the time building a better life for their future child.

Ali and Josh are tenacious savers and investors, but they weren’t always like this. They were used to spending everything they made, scared to look at their bank accounts, and hoping that the future would somehow become brighter. Once …

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Write-Offs, Loopholes, and How to Pay Less Next Year

Real estate tax strategies are plentiful. In fact, real estate investing is one of the most tax-beneficial investments you could make, with a plethora of tax write-offs and loopholes you can use to avoid taxes legally. But, if you’re new to real estate investing or don’t know about many of these strategies, you could pay tens of thousands extra every year, limiting your portfolio’s growth. That’s why we brought Amanda Han, CPA and real estate investor, onto the show.

Amanda has been helping investors lower their tax burdens for decades. As an investor herself, she’s had to grow her professional and personal knowledge to take advantage of as many tax deductions as possible. She’s so fluent in the real estate tax code that she even wrote the books on tax strategies for BiggerPockets! Dave and Henry spend today’s interview asking Amanda the tax questions you may …

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The 5 Keys to Building a Financial FORTRESS (Part 1)

You may know how to build a real estate portfolio, but how do you build an unshakeable one? Most real estate investors think that buying a few dozen dirt-cheap houses is all they need to do to make millions and live a life full of passive income. This is far from reality, as your entire net worth could come crashing down as soon as a housing market crash, correction, or new rental policy comes into play. So how do you build a sustainable real estate portfolio—one that will grow your wealth even during the worst of economic times?

David Greene has touched on this topic numerous times, often referring to “portfolio architecture” as one of the most crucial aspects of building wealth through real estate. This strategy not only helps you grow wealth but keep it even when everything goes wrong. Don’t believe …

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