How Virtual Real Estate Investing is Destroying Barriers for Would-Be Investors

I’ve got a guest blog post for you today…It’s by a friend of mine named Brian Ellwood. You’ll see pretty quickly why I’ve asked him to share his expertise with us. For now, let’s just say that considering what he teaches, it’s more like he’s… me!So, I’ll let Brian take it from here…How Virtual Real Estate Investing is Destroying Barriers for Would-Be Investors“It’s my belief that you should live where you want, and invest where you should.” – Brian EllwoodIf you’re reading this, then I probably

Turnkey Real Estate Investing with RP Capital ‒ Part IV

It’s time for the fourth and final part of this series (you can go here for Part 3)…Last time, we covered the kinds of properties you need to look for ‒ the properties that will serve you well as long-term investments. We finished with the numbers from an actual property that fits these criteria. Here’s what we saw:(This was for a newly constructed property worth $158,000 at time of purchase.) The owner made a 25% down payment of $39,500, and the property generates a monthly cash flow of

Turnkey Real Estate Investing with RP Capital ‒ Part II

In Part I of this series, we laid out the 3-step overall plan for how you become an investor. This was important because “plan” is the key word. Since most folks don’t have a plan to put their capital to work for them through the power of investing, they’re almost completely in the dark about what investment is, or how to retire comfortably.Briefly, the 3 steps are: gain control over your money, capitalize, and invest. Today, we’re going to get into some of the details of the third step ‒

Turnkey Real Estate Investing with RpCapital ‒ Part I

Let’s face it: for too many people, the whole subject of finances, investment, and retirement is flat-out overwhelming…Often, their personal finances are out of control. Too much month at the end of the money. At the very least, there’s room for improvement.And investment? They’re convinced they just don’t have enough cash. (And in many cases, they’re absolutely correct.) And even if they did have “enough cash” to invest, what would they invest in? How do you know where to look?Isn’t investment

Your Goals: Exceptional… Or Ho-Hum?

There’s a lot of really good goal-setting programs out there. You probably use one or two yourself…And that’s good. After all, most of what they tell you is probably pretty much on target… which is why this post isn’t a full-blown program about every aspect of setting goals.So, yes, you need to set a start date and deadline for your goals. You need to make them measurable. You need to put in place the resources you’ll need to actually implement them. All that sort of thing…But there’s one area

Should I Buy Real Estate in 2017 or Wait?

A buddy asked me a good question recently. Since it’s one a lot of you are probably asking as well, I’m going to answer it here…(If you’d rather watch the video version, or watch it and then read this post, you’ll find the video here.)What he asked was, “Should I keep putting my money in a bank account and wait for the next crash, so I can buy at the bottom and make a killing? Or should I invest now, and look for returns over the long term?”Here’s how I’ll answer this question…We’ll use

How to calculate Return on Equity – ROE with RpCapital

Here’s an important question to ask about any investment you’re making: “Is this the best use of my money?”Let’s say you’ve invested $50,000 in a certain stock that’s yielding 2.75% per year, and you find a different stock with a higher yield AND lower risk… it’s safe to say you’d probably be asking that question.It’s the same with your income-producing properties. You’ve got money invested in them, and they’re generating cash flow for you. The question is, should you keep that money (in the

How To Do Property Management Right: Interview with Doug Dale

So, I’ve got a great video for you… it’s an interview with one of the best property management experts I know: Doug Dale.Doug’s been doing this for a long time. He’s one of the founding partners of HomeRiver Group, a nationally centralized and branded property management platform that focuses on accounting, communication, and best practices for managing investment properties. Their specialty is combining the extensive resources of a national enterprise… with the personal touch and feel of a

Testimonials: Why We Do What We Do…

Their names are Scott and Valerie. They came to one of my seminars, excited and ready to become serious real estate investors. Good, smart people, coming to us for expert help and advice…They sat down with me and laid out all their financial info, so we could come up with a plan to help them move forward.I looked at all the papers… I looked at them…And I said:“I can’t help you.”That’s right…I Refused To Help Them Invest in Real EstateAnd, believe it or not… they loved me for it.Because I told

How Dreams Become Reality…

Note: There’s a pretty cool motivational video that complements this post – so you may want to watch the video first. (But you certainly don’t have to.)So, how dreams become reality…Talent is great. If you have some athletic ability, or you’re really intelligent, or you’re gifted with amazing instincts for negotiation, more power to you…But the truth is, talented people are a dime a dozen. Even super-talented people are pretty much everywhere.And… less talented folks routinely leave the “gifted

Ocala, Florida

Unemployment Rate: 4%
Recent Job Growth: 3.4%
Median Income: $46,798
Population: 360,000
Population change since 2010: Up 38%

Median Home Price: $172,000
Vacancy Rate: 5.2%
Average Commute: 25 min
Average Temp: 43-91
Ocala, a small agricultural and manufacturing center, is about halfway between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the southeast. With its attractive tree-lined streets and Old South–style homes, it more resembles a typical Southern city than a Florida city or beach town. Ocala is the capital of Florida’s thoroughbred industry, and ranching and horse-breeding are popular


    • Housing growth in and outside the city is largely driven by retirement and new families looking for somewhere that feels like home. Lots of families find this in Ocala because of the comfortable southern feel. The cost of living is 6% below the national average and interest rates are low.

    • Located in the heart of central Florida, there is easy access to attractions found all around the state. Ocala also houses many attractions of its own, including The Appleton Museum of Art, Fort King National Historic Park, and Silver Springs State Park.

    • Job growth increased by 3.4% in 2016, and continues to do so. There are many employment opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, and sales. The presence of Lockheed Martin, provides many jobs in the manufacturing of advanced technology.