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One of Marko’s students asks him about a foreclosure deal. It could be a good deal, but there’s a $35,000 reinstatement fee. So the student wants to know if theres any way to negotiate down the reinstatement fee. From my experience, you can’t. Whatever is owed is owed, especially if the house has equity. However,…

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How long does it take you to give up on a prospect? Two phone calls? Three calls and a few emails? Maybe you gave up the very first time they said no. The fact is that the vast majority of real estate investors would be more successful, if only they had better follow-up skills. Following…

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On the path to becoming wealthy, there are many obstacles to overcome, and sacrifices to be made, depending on your desired cash flow. To execute an extreme budgeting plan, you’ll be required to take a good look at your monthly income and expenses, making cuts wherever you can to achieve optimum cash flow. By doing…

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Everyone has a website these days, but is it really worth it? Absolutely. Having a basic online presence is pretty much necessary if you want to be credible and make connections in the real estate If you offer some type of service that can be ordered and paid for directly through the website, that’s ideal….

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 Listen to Marko explain options with sellers who have issues after closing. He provides how to analyze cost benefits and decide whether to move forward.

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In my blog, books, educational materials and videos I often speak about the motivated seller. If you aren’t sure how to spot one, then you’d better learn, for the sake of your real estate investing career! Motivated sellers are typically those whose listings are priced below market value. Maybe the listings have expired, those in…

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Savvy real estate investors, like experienced real estate agents, appreciate the marketing capabilities that Craig’s List can offer. All too often, too many folks fail to use Craig’s List as they could or should, then when success using that tool is fleeting or non-existent, they quit using it as unworkable, blaming Craig’s List as a…

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Your phone and laptop are killing you. No, really! It’s time to stop letting electronics run our lives. In addition to consuming your valuable time and attention, there are several common wellness problems that can be mitigated through a simple reduction (or total elimination) of screen time. In the U.S., it is estimated that most…

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Marko teaches how to get way to “get out” of real estate deals. He reviews a few different case scenarios. Listen to him also tell some of his Golden Rules of Real Estate Investing. He provides key tips on making sure home owners are still being helped and not hurt by deal not going through.

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I post this article from time to time to give my students a fresh reminder of my 3 biggest rules for successful real estate investing. – There are right and wrong ways to do just about anything in life – including investing in real estate. The traditional way to purchase properties is to save for…

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The answer is obvious. Our money is made when we buy real estate but we cannot spend any of that money since we do not have it yet until we sell the property. We need to sell the home to secure our profits and maintain our cash flow. There is no cash flow with an…

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We all have 24 hours a day, but why do some people get more accomplished than others? Why do some real estate investors have a system in place within a few weeks while others struggle for more than a year? Why do some score their first real estate deal in a month, while others give…

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Marko teaching ways to find “For Sale by Owner” properties. He helps list all they ways buyers can located these properties. He has provides some tips on how to approach them and now he helps students find them.

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Now that we are well into the first quarter of 2017 and two months into the Trump administration, it is time to update real estate forecasting trends for this year and next. To be sure, forecasting trends are inexact at best. However, some trends are clear to see. A number of changes are on the…

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Okay. I am familiar with the name, and it’s just another shiny object, magic pill, invented by the gurus to sell you something. Selling back overleveraged houses back to a homeowner, first, it’s illegal. The banks will not allow to be sold it back. The bank will not take a short sale, which means a…

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For those of you that know me, most would agree that I’m a pretty positive person. This week I want to talk about something that I’ve started to see appear more around me lately, and that’s negativity. The road of life, whether personal or professional, can be fraught with bumps and obstacles. At times, these…

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Listen to Marko explain how to quickly close a Real Estate Deal. He teaches how to simplify into two parts. Learn the importance of selling the house you are selling as soon as possible. He also discusses motivation of sellers in escrow…

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Fueled by an ever increasing contingent of recession scarred millennials, creative home builders recognizing the American trend toward downsizing, and cutting edge residential zoning in urban corridors, there is an unusual yet growing social movement afoot entitled the tiny house movement. Movement members are choosing a lifestyle that emphasizes a tiny home environment. Micro-housing is…

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There’s no doubt about it: flipping properties is one of the most popular and lucrative ways to invest in real estate right now. The problem is that television shows have glamorized the practice to the point where new investors are jumping in headfirst…and failing in their approach. Far too many real estate investors underestimate the…

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We are always looking for ways to be more successful and to inspire success in others. Many studies show that success starts at the very beginning of the day. One psychologist says that willpower is like a muscle – it can become fatigued from overuse. By the end of the day, it’s harder to have…

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  As I’ve said before, it’s much easier to work with a newer agent, as opposed to an already established “million dollar agent” – because they’re not going to want to work with you. SO what do you do? Well you pick up the phone and call a Real estate office around you and ask…

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To be and remain a successful real estate investor, you need to keep up with the operative state and federal laws that may or will impact what you do and how you do it. Dodd-Frank is one such federal law, a law that significantly altered the parameters of seller financing. Unlike state laws that vary…

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“Ninety percent of selling is conviction, and 10 percent is persuasion.” -Shiv Khera There’s a reason that sales and persuasion are so often discussed in the same sentence. Using persuasive language and communication tactics is both an art and science that is practiced by many professionals – but certainly is most revered in the fields…

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We’ll never know how some investing myths are started, but through my experiences, I’ve learned that some myths are harmless…and some aren’t. A dangerous investment myth could result in you investing incorrectly and losing money, time, or both. While there are countless myths out there and it would be impossible to cover them all, I…

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Today’s Question is: How do I prevent a tenant from damaging my property? Many people have this question – If I put a tenant in my house – How do I prevent them from damaging the property if I need to evict them. Here’s the key…

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Every investor wants to protect their invested assets. Many do this by hedging their financial instruments, such as a stock owner buying puts and calls on their investments. Others do it by investing in low risk assets, such as mutual funds or bonds. Real estate investors have to deal with different issues, since their investments…

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Think it’s too early in the year to start your investing journey? Put your reservations behind you and learn how to finally be the “early worm” in 2017. Real estate market analysts have long debated which month or season tends to be the best time to buy real estate. While timing is often based on…

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How to Delegate and Focus Now that you have become the independent investor of your own life, it is time to evaluate the Big Picture and your position in it. Avoid the pitfalls of a first time business owner, prioritize and don’t get trapped in the day to day grind. Work ON Your Business, NOT…

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Marko helps to explain how to look at numbers on a student’s short sale deal to see if it’s a good investment. Watch to learn how Marko describes when it  is a good deal.

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It’s a fact: real estate investors who do their homework tend to be more successful, earning higher returns more quickly and more consistently than “swing and miss” investors. While the market changes constantly, it’s important to remember that real estate markets are largely cyclical. This means it’s very possible to glean some valuable information by…

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