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Flipping is Often a Flop

It looks so easy on TV: Someone buys a distressed real estate property, invests in repairs and upgrades, then re-sells it -- and quickly! -- for a handsome profit. If only life imitated art. While the multitude of television shows about house-flipping led to a bevy of that sort of activity in real life -- [...]

By |2019-02-27T20:43:27+00:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Delay Game: How a Labor Shortage Is Affecting Construction

There are, increasingly, construction projects to be done, and not enough workers to do them. According to US News & World Report, some 225,000 projects were undertaken across the U.S. each month in early 2018, but a whopping 91 percent of the contractors who undertook them said they lacked sufficient manpower. How acute is this [...]

By |2019-02-04T19:41:55+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Seasonality of Demand

When investing in multi-family properties, how do you avoid what feels like a free-for-all scavenger hunt? The key to success is timing your purchase to the location, seasonality, and market trends. Here are the ways to navigate each.   Region For the whole country, the spring and summer months are generally the most popular time [...]

By |2019-01-28T19:18:19+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Win-Win For Real Estate Investors: How Investing in Properties is Investing in Communities

  When R.E. Barber erected a five-story office building in downtown Joliet, Ill., late in the 19th century, his sanity appears to have come into question. One recent report quotes an old-time newspaper story (sans attribution) as saying Barber, a lawyer and businessman, had “gone mad” for constructing a building that was completed in 1887 [...]

By |2018-10-15T13:31:36+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aesthetics vs. Security: How to Straddle that Fence When it Comes to Your Property

Securing a multifamily property is a wide-ranging proposition, a matter of locks, lighting and landscaping, of entrances and elevators, of fencing and fire escapes. Things like concentric circles of protection and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) must be considered. And then a fine line must be walked, between what looks good and what is [...]

By |2018-08-27T12:39:11+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments