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Should I buy a vacation rental?

Since we purchased our vacation rental lodge in Northern Wisconsin last year, I’ve been bombarded with questions from people interested in purchasing a vacation home to use for themselves and to rent out part time.  So I thought it was time to write a blog post about it. There’s no doubt there has been a Read More

Starting Out With Real Estate Investment

Have you ever considered rental property as an investment? An income producing property can be a great long term investment by providing a little bit of cashflow, monthly equity gains, and hopefully appreciation and tax savings (though there’s no garauntee to those two). At the same time it helps protect you from inflation. You see, a building Read More

Income Property Analysis – Cashflowing Duplex

Have you ever considered rental property as an investment? An income producing property can be a great long term investment by providing a little bit of cashflow, monthly equity gains, and hopefully appreciation and tax savings (though there’s no garauntee to those two). At the same time it helps protect you from inflation. You see, Read More

Investment Property Financing – Latest Requirements

This is a Guest Post by Ryan Huemmer, the lender we use on our own rental properties. As an owner of investment properties, I get no greater joy than helping someone purchase their first investment property.  I’ve worked with AnchorBank for almost 8 years and the world of investment property financing has changed dramatically.  With Read More

Lesson Learned – No More Long Distance Landlording

Awhile back I wrote about firing our property manager in Indianapolis. Well things turned out to be worse than I expected. Here’s what happened… The previous tenant had called the health department as retaliation when we filed for eviction. At that point the health department ordered a bunch of repairs. I’ve got no problem with Read More

New Listings! Great Single Family Home and Cashflowing Duplex

$179,900 2308 Manor Green Dr. Madison, WI  Look, Love, Own! Great 3 bedroom 2 bathroom 1717 SF house nestled in a low traffic tree-lined street ready for move in day! Hardwoods, updated kitchen, large lot and great patio space for your family! Don’t miss the amazing lower level bathroom shower! Close to park and school, Read More

Why I Fired My Property Manager

I have a soft heart and a personality that wants to please people. However, I’ve realized that sometimes I’ve got to quit being Mr. Nice Guy. Recently, I evicted a tenant and fired a property manager in Indianapolis. This was long overdue, and now that it’s done, it’s quite a relief. Here’s the story… About Read More

How to Price Rental Units

Pricing a rental unit is important for real estate investors. It starts when searching for a property to purchase; the amount of rent a property can bring affects the value of the property as an investment. Even after owning a property for a while, pricing trends can change and investors will want to adjust to Read More

Your First Income Property

We recently had the opportunity of working with some first time home buyers who decided to purchase an income property as a first home.  They purchased a duplex to live in one half and rent out the other half. Their goal was to own their home while at the same time making a great long Read More

My Favorite Podcasts

I’m always trying to further my knowledge and better myself. I enjoy reading business and self-improvement type books far more than fiction. With that said, I’m not really a big reader. When I do slow down enough to sit down with a book, I usually enter into sleep mode pretty quickly.  So, I listen to Read More

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