How to Limit the Risk of Investing in Real Estate




“No risk, no reward.”  That phrase has been applied to everything from play calling in sports to starting a business to investing in real estate.  It suggests that if risk is not taken then there will be no reward.  That may be true but it does not mean that we have to sit back and accept […]




Should I Sell Or Rent My Home?




Your current home is the first home you ever purchased but you are ready to move up to something a little more “comfortable” and now you wonder, “Should I sell my home or rent it?”  Here are some things to consider when searching for an answer to this question. Would the listing description for your house be […]




Tight Rental Market in Bend, Oregon Leads to Rising Rents and Few Vacancies




Over the last three years the Bend rental market has shifted dramatically from one with an ample supply of rentals and moderate demand to one with a shrinking supply of rental units and a growing demand for those units.  Over that time the vacancy rate in Bend went from a reasonable 5.17% to an unbelievable .66% (yes, two […]




HOA’s and Rental Properties, What Investors Should Know




Often real estate investors get caught up in whether or not a house being purchased as a rental will make money.  How much will it rent for?  What are the expenses associated with this property?  Necessary repairs will cost how much?  While Home Owners Association (HOA) dues may be factored into the expense side of […]




Cash on Cash Return and Why it is Important to Real Estate Investors




One popular metric for measuring the performance (present or future) of a real estate investment is Cash on Cash return.  Cash on Cash Return gives an investor a rate of return on the amount of cash invested in a given property.  While this is not a perfect measure of return on investment it is a […]




Investor Friendly Realtors: How to Find Them




Real estate investors are a different breed of home buyer and as such they need a different breed of Realtor®.  There are many factors that go into the purchase of an investment property that the buyer of a primary residence and her agent wouldn’t even think of considering.  For example, someone buying a home for […]




Real Estate Investing: Is Location Important?




Location, location, location!  That familiar real estate phrase referring to the three most important factors in real estate.  We have all heard it and many of us have even repeated it but it often doesn’t get the consideration it should from real estate investors.  Getting the best possible deal has consumed many rental buyers leaving […]




Tips for Buying a Great Rental Property




Finding a great rental property to buy isn’t molecular biology but it shouldn’t be taken lightly either.  There are a lot of factors that can come together to create a snowball effect that determines whether or not you make money on your investment.  Here are a few tips to keep that snowball from running you […]




Should Real Estate Investors Pay Cash Or Finance?




We previously discussed how much cash someone might need in order to buy a rental property and that got me to thinking about a question many real estate investors are faced with when making a purchase decision:  Cash or finance? For many of us it isn’t even an option.  We have to finance because we […]




How Much Cash Do I Need To Invest in Real Estate?




We have all heard about the cash investors that have been in the news so much over the last few years.  Based on those news reports it sounds like the only way a person can become a real estate investor is if they are fortunate enough to have piles of cash.  The good news is, […]