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Business Insight, Investment Secrets

Six Real Estate Myths: Believe These And You May End Up Broke

Published April 04, 2021

Make Smart Real Estate Investments By Avoiding These Myths We have all seen the late-night TV infomercials with the big houses, expensive watches, and fancy...

Deal Analysis, How to Find Deals, Investment Secrets

Market Opportunity Analysis – Redefining Your Competition

Published April 04, 2021

Redefining The Competition Through Market Opportunity Analysis Business opportunities are needed to both start your venture and to grow it. But how do you know...

Investment Secrets

Stock Market vs. Real Estate Market: Where Should You Invest?

Published April 04, 2021

Stock Market vs. Real Estate: Which Is A Better Investment For You? I was out of the army and headed into the real world. I...

Investment Secrets

Get The Lowdown On How To Become A Hard Money Lender

Published March 03, 2021

How To Become A Hard Money Lender One real estate investor responded, "To have more passive income than expenses." The question asked was, "What is...

Investment Secrets

Is Investing In a 401(k) a Bad Idea?

Published March 03, 2021

We are told that investing in retirement plans is a good idea, but can that strategy actually push out your retirement? Although I am a...

General, Investment Secrets

How To Buy A Foreclosure: A Step by Step Guide

Published December 12, 2020

How To Buy A Foreclosure: A Definitive Guide Foreclosure investing is an excellent way to buy deeply discounted properties and profit big! When real estate...

Investment Secrets


Published April 04, 2020

In order to reach the top of the real estate investing mountain, you're going to want, and need to utilize all the tools available to...

Investment Secrets

Only 2%

Published March 03, 2020

Last month Pine Financial Group hosted the 2020 Minnesota Real Estate Investor Success Summit, it was a great event and we had our best turn...

Investment Secrets, Just for Landlords

When To Sell A House

Published August 08, 2019

Taking the idea of trying to time the market out of the equation, how do you know when the best time is to sell a...

Investment Secrets

Improving Seller Calls

Published July 07, 2019

It was a fall Sunday morning before a Denver Bronco game. I was playing fantasy football and desperately wanted to watch the pregame shows to...

Fix and Flip, Investment Secrets

Debt vs. Equity

Published June 06, 2019

Strategies to fund your next real estate purchase: As a hard money lender, I get calls daily from real estate investors wanting help funding their...

Incorporation, Investment Secrets

The Single Member LLC – Should I Use One?

Published November 11, 2018

Correct use of entities in a real estate investing business is one of the most common mistakes I see investors making. A Single Member Limited...

Investment Secrets

What Should I Invest In? An Answer from the Expert

Published August 08, 2018

Do you want to know what is going to give you the best return on your investment? A while back, I was asked to participate...

Investment Secrets

The Evolution Of My Investing Strategy

Published December 12, 2017

Written by Justin Cooper: My investing strategy has evolved over time and I fully expect it to continue to evolve.  I think I got interested...

Investment Secrets, Wholesaling

4 Ways To Wholesale Real Estate

Published November 11, 2017

Want to invest in real estate with no financial risk and no money or credit?  Wholesaling houses is a popular choice.  I personally think wholesaling...

Investment Secrets

Three Ways To Increase Property Values

Published September 09, 2017

Real estate investors live and die by their ability to add value. With no added value, there are no profits. This is true with any...

Investment Secrets

Investment Criteria of a Beginning Real Estate Investor

Published August 08, 2017

Focusing on property features alone is a quick way to the grave of your real estate career.  I think this is an easy concept to...

Business Insight, Deal Analysis, Investment Secrets

Relationships with a Portfolio Lender: How Important Is It?

Published July 07, 2017

Do you have aspirations of owning a real estate empire?  Do you dream about being able to retire and live the life of your dreams...

Investment Secrets

Building Your Investment Team

Published February 02, 2017

As you start your real estate investing business or continue to grow as an investor you will soon learn that building a solid team is...

Business Insight, Investment Secrets

Are You Treating Your Real Estate Investing As A Business?

Published November 11, 2016

Although it is likely that no one will ever see it, it is essential that you create a business plan for your real estate business. ...

General, How to Find Deals, Investment Secrets

4 Ways To Buy Rentals With No Down Payment

Published April 04, 2016

I got home from a party at about 3:00 am hungry for some leftover chicken wings, so I threw them in the microwave and sat...

Investment Secrets

SIX WAYS TO FIND MOTIVATED SELLERS FOR FREE: How to find deals no one knows about without spending a dime!

Published October 10, 2015

"It takes money to make money" I am sure you have never heard that.  If I bought into this way of thinking, I would never...

Investment Secrets

Invest in Vodka and Retire Rich???

Published July 07, 2011

Who would have thought that Vodka could pay for your retirement?  An idea like this should be left to people with money to lose, as...

Deal Analysis, Investment Secrets, Wholesaling

Wholesaling Vs Bird-Dogging

Published November 11, 2011

Many experts will tell you that wholesaling is the best way to getting into the real estate business.  In fact, I have said this same...

Investment Secrets

Why You Should Never Invest In Large Cap Stocks

Published December 12, 2011

I am not a big fan of the stock market even though Steph and I do have some stock investments.   I keep hearing more and...

Business Insight, Investment Secrets, Video Resources

How I Raised $2 Million In Private Money

Published February 02, 2012

Learn one little tip that helped me raise more than $2 million in private money from one person.  Also be sure to join me in...

Investment Secrets

Partnering with your Self-Directed IRA

Published March 03, 2012

Here is an article that our friends at New Direction IRA wrote for us a while back… Many people don’t know that an IRA (or...

Investment Secrets

Making Money With Your Rolodex

Published October 10, 2012

The most undervalued piece of many investor’s business is their rolodex. In fact, it is often so undervalued that most investors don’t even have one...

Fix and Flip, Investment Secrets

Are You Working For Yourself or Investing In Real Estate?

Published January 01, 2013

If you fix and flip properties you are often considered a real estate investor. In fact if someone asks you what you do for a living...