Legally Avoiding Taxes on Capital Gains

Posted on August 9, 2019 in Tax
A story of Ruth and Jim... Ruth and Jim were diligent over the years with their investment discipline. Both had max’d out their 401Ks and provided for higher education funding for both of their kids, own their home free and clear and have a diversified investment portfolio. All-in-all … financially very comfortable! Now they are sitting on a significant payoff in capital gains from liquidating their holdings in common stock ...Read More


Posted on July 16, 2019 in Investing Forecast
Federal Reserve Chairman Tells Congress Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was clear in his testimony to Congress that the central bank is very likely to cut interest rates in July. He emphasized that the Fed was prepared to act to offset a potential declining economic outlook due to trade tension coupled with a weaker global economy. Adding to this expectation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said lower ...Read More

How to Determine Rents and Manage Rent Increases

Posted on June 24, 2019 in Pricing, Property Management, Real Estate Investment
Your rental property is a business! This may not be the most profound statement you have heard all day, but it is nevertheless critical to your success as a residential rental property owner. And that means you must be vigilant to manage your business in the pursuit of cash-on-cash return plus increased asset value of your investment. As a business, your “inventory” is floor space. You sell it via rent ...Read More

Real Estate Investors: Market Uncertainty Can Bring Considerable Opportunity

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Real Estate Investment
Note: Savvy SFR Investors Go Where the Competition Ain’t! Our March and April articles this year, focused on my perspective of The 3 R’s of the Economy: Recession, Recovery, Recession.  In my view, we are approaching the end of the peak economic cycle we’ve enjoyed for nearly a decade. That said, I freely admit that my crystal ball is as cloudy as the next guy’s as to when to predict ...Read More

6 Things You Can Do To Thrive When the Downturn Surfaces

Posted on April 2, 2019 in Investing Forecast
In last month’s article, I admitted to: Being generally pleased with my projections for the economy over the last several years … especially as it has impacted residential real estate investors and tenants. Recognizing signs that the market is slowing and recession is impending as we approach the end of the peak economic cycle we’ve enjoyed these past nine years or so. Having murky vision as I gaze into my ...Read More

Six Costly & Common Landlord Mistakes

Posted on March 22, 2019 in Real Estate Investment
As a landlord, seasoned, inexperienced or otherwise, there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, both personally and financially. Entrusting your home to tenants can be daunting. Making sure they make you thousands of dollars and not cost you thousands is another challenge. Therefore, it’s extremely important to be informed about the costly mistakes commonly made by landlords and how you can avoid them. In a hurry? Here are the ...Read More

The 3 R’s of the Economy: Recession, Recovery, Recession

Posted on March 22, 2019 in Investing Forecast
Where Are We Now … What’s on the Horizon Generally, I’m pleased with my projections for the economy over the last several years … especially as it has impacted residential real estate investors and tenants. Now, I offer a note of caution as I envision embryonic, yet clearly evident, signs that the market is slowing. In my mind, there is unmistakable evidence that recession is looming as we approach the ...Read More

Residential Rental Investors

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Property Management, Real Estate Investment
Realtors as Matchmakers … Property Managers as Partners As a residential rental investor, or someone interested in becoming one, you will have periodic needs to buy or sell properties. Additionally, investment units need management and maintenance. These functions are not mutually exclusive. Both need to be performed effectively and at a reasonable cost. Enter the two players that make that happen … realtors and property managers. It is valuable to ...Read More

Mortgage Rates On The Rise

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Investing Forecast, Real Estate Investment
Winners & Losers: Single Family Landlords and/or Renters? It’s no secret … single-family residential mortgages are on the upswing. As a matter of fact, according to YCHARTS the benchmark US 30 Year Mortgage Rate is at 4.90% 3.85% last year. Now put that in perspective.  It costs 25% more to borrow money right now compared to the same time last year! So what’s the upshot of this turn of events? ...Read More

New Tax Rules – Residential Landlords Are Winners

Posted on September 21, 2018 in Tax
Checking on Accuracy of  My Crystal Ball In January of this year, I predicted that 2018 will be the year of promise for landlords. My core belief was, based on the facts that: Employment & Wages Are Up; Taxes Are Down; plus a Brand New, Major Tax Break for Residential Rental Investors Click Here  for the full article.   As we approach the end of the third quarter of 2018, ...Read More