Archive for February 2013

Growing Equity: A Guide for the Hopeful Investor Part 6

Next Steps Where to go from here? If you have decided that investing in real estate should a part of your investment portfolio, you should begin mapping out a strategy with your Realtor®, your loan officer, or both. You should evaluate how much cash you have available and define your investment criteria using this as…

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First time homebuyers: "I think we should wait…"

Steve and Tashia, a young couple thinking about buying their first home, sat in my office. They had brought all the paperwork I had asked them for: tax returns, pay stubs and bank statements. They were following their Realtor’s® advice to get preapproved before venturing out into the market. Tashia was clearly ill-at-ease; she fidgeted…

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Growing Equity–A Guide for the Hopeful Investor Part 3

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Growing Equity. My goal is to demystify the process of analyzing and buying income producing real estate without the condescending tone of the “Dummies” books. Cash Flow It’s not what you earn; it’s what you keep that counts. Me, and a bunch of other people. Many years…

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The Valentine's Day Project #6

I hope this version of Rodgers & Hart’s classic ballad, “My Romance,” will set up your Valentine’s Evening. Bay Area duo Tuck & Patti knock this out of the park. Tuck Andress is a monster on the guitar. And Patti Cathcart…well, she’s pretty much perfect.

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