13 Proactive Ways to Increase Rent & Add Value to Your Rental Property

Posted by Julian Montoya // February 25, 2018 // Blog / Featured

I’m a big fan of buy and hold and the BRRRR method. That being said, if you’re going to go down this path, you will want to know how to increase the rent and the return from your rentals. Doing so encompasses all factors of property management. Leasing faster and to higher quality tenants will increase your return. Renting […]

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A First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide: What You Need to Know

Posted by Julian Montoya // February 15, 2018 // Blog / Buy A House / Featured

Anyone can buy a house, but finding a home is a little more involved. Check out our guide and find a home you can truly call your own. Buying a house is a pivotal and often life-changing moment in anyone’s life. There’s a lot that goes into it, and if you’re a first-time home buyer, […]

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How Paying All Cash for a Property Affects Your Ability to Build Wealth

Posted by Julian Montoya // February 4, 2018 // Blog / Featured

Many investors choose to pay all cash for an investment property. Back in 2012, BiggerPockets and Memphis Invest conducted a nationwide survey of American citizens and discovered a number of interesting facts, including that 24% of U.S. real estate investors were using 100% cash to finance their investments. To be clear, even when investors use […]

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Everyone’s Talking About Cryptocurrencies. Should You Invest?

Posted by Julian Montoya // January 28, 2018 // Blog / Featured

Absolutely everyone is talking about bitcoin, ethereum, ripple, and any other cryptocurrency. So I thought, hey, I might as well share my zero point two Australian cents with you guys. It’s still very early on with this technology. A lot of people have no clue what they are doing, me included. I don’t really know […]

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My 3 Most Expensive Mistakes Over the Last 30 Years as an Investor

Posted by Julian Montoya // January 21, 2018 // Blog / Featured

I often reflect back on my experiences over the last 30 years as a real estate investor. Even so, it can be tough to pinpoint the biggest mistakes I’ve made, probably because I’ve made so many errors in judgment. The good news, of course, is that experience makes us better, especially when we learn from […]

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The Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2018

Posted by Julian Montoya // January 14, 2018 // Blog / Buy A House / Featured / Sell A House

See which cities are making the cut this year. If you’re thinking about where to move next, you’re probably considering a wide array of factors like work, family, and the start of a new chapter. Every home purchase is also a huge investment—possibly the biggest you’ll make in your life. Looking at the markets poised for growth […]

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5 Home Design Trends for 2018 (and 3 Fads That Need to Go )

Posted by Julian Montoya // January 1, 2018 // Blog / Featured

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Make this the best year yet. Thought that all-white kitchen was timeless? Think again. Home design trends come and go — and in 2018, one look that’s on its way out could actually cause your home to sell for less. Here’s a look at five design trends you’ll be seeing more of in […]

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5 Ways My Life Changed When I Reached Financial Independence

Posted by Julian Montoya // December 18, 2017 // Blog / Featured

It’s true. I started investing because of my “financial blueprint” growing up. That blueprint is: “What if X happens and I have nothing to fall back on?!” Luckily, reaching financial independence (FI) wasn’t too lofty of a goal, as it turns out. My lifestyle didn’t need much trimming to set a real, attainable goal and use real […]

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6 Tips for Raising the Rent Painlessly (Without Losing a Single Tenant!)

Posted by Julian Montoya // December 10, 2017 // Blog / Featured

Like most pieces of the property management puzzle, raising the rent is part art, part science. There’s a human element to it—that’s where the “art” comes into play. Fortunately, even that can be systematized. Far too many landlords hesitate and fear raising the rent. But it’s a part of the business, as raising prices is […]

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How to Deduct 100% of Your Meal and Entertainment Expenses

Posted by Julian Montoya // November 26, 2017 // Blog / Featured

Many investors are bothered by the fact that they can’t deduct their full expenses for meals. You take your client out to lunch or buy yourself dinner when traveling, but at the end of the day you can only write off 50% of the cost. It’s a legitimate business expense, so why is it only […]

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