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Spruce Up the Deck, Build a Firepit, and More Ideas for Your Outdoor Oasis

Here at The Zen Investor, our focus is always on getting maximum value for your investment dollar. That usually means good passive income flow in the right project, with the right terms, etc. But this also means maximizing the marketability of your rental properties at the most economical price. This Old House is right on the money this month with some ideas for your backyard or perhaps even a rooftop garden. Now...

The return of the assumable mortgage

When considering mortgages today is it worth looking at 5 and 10 year mortgages? The answer for the future is yes! Why? While we all know that interest rates will not forever stay at their current lows, if we take, for example, a 10 year mortgage at 3.89% and fast forward 3 to 4 years from now, this type of strategy may get you more money for your property due to interest value. Furthermore, this could very well...

Know the ropes of renegotiating your mortgage

Do you know how to avoid the bear traps when refinancing your mortgage? While lenders say they are willing to adjust terms when a borrower wants to renegotiate, you need to know the reality on the ground to avoid intimidation. After all, the banks still need clients! Don’t be afraid to cross the street and see other banks … you may be surprised at how open they are to handling penalties. Know the ropes...

Treat Your Real Estate Investing As A Business – You Are The CEO Of Your Financial Future

It’s time to take charge of your property portfolio! If you aren’t creating sustainability in order to have duplicability, all your portfolio will be is a black hole. The strategy you have behind choosing how you invest in your properties will determine the amount of financing available to you from the banks, improve the financial results from higher rents, preserve capital, provide freedom of choice and...

28 Ways to Refresh Your Bath on a Budget

Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to start planning your next rental property improvement project. Is the bathroom on your list? Despite the statistics showing the importance of the bathrooms to renters and buyers alike, many times this is the last place we touch. Why? Think of it, would you enjoy using the bathroom that’s in your rental property on a daily basis? Remember that we...

Color Your Life: choose paint colors to lift your mood

Spring is here! Do you have some tenants leaving and need to freshen up your investment property before the new tenants move in? Well here are some ideas on color choices that can make your rental property a very warm, comfortable, inviting and much more appealing place to live than the other apartments on the block. Remember that your property is an asset that can grow in value or lose in value if not proactively...

The Five Essential Elements of the Strategic Real Estate Investor

All we seem to hear in the news is high debt, tightened credit requirements for home owners, unattainable mortgages and most recently, that the banks are cutting out the 2.99% 5 year fixed mortgages. So what’s a seasoned real estate investor to do? Sometimes it makes good sense to step back and refocus. Ask yourself what is your desired outcome in all of this. From there you can make smart decisions that...

Asset Protection for Real Estate Investors

Many of you have been following me for some time and now own some substantial assets with real appreciation value and positive cash flow from your rental incomes. Now that you have your foundation, I would like to know how many of you have an active asset protection plan in place? A very wealthy man once told me “It’s very hard for a C Corporation to make any money!” What he was trying to...
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