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“We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.”
Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Home Builder Pro Calcs AppOne of the scariest things for new – and even experienced – investors is estimating the cost of repairs on a prospective investment property. If you’re off by even a little, it can cost you thousands in profits. If you’re off by a LOT, well, instead of walking away from the closing with a check for thousands, you might be bringing money to the table.

Finding a reliable contractor is a good first step. (Hint: go to your REIA meetings and network. Ask for recommendations. Interview several.) But the best way to know that you’ve got a good estimate is to become familiar with determining what repairs are needed and how much they cost.

So where do you start? One of the best apps I’ve seen to guide you through this process is the Home Builder Pro Calcs app. (At press time, this app costs $4.99 on the App Store and can be used on the iPhone and iPad.)  Read More→


Pete YoungsOn August 18th, 2011, we did a special “training opportunity” webcast with “Mr. Rehab” Pete Youngs.  Pete talked about how he got started in the business and how is business has evolved over the past 30 years, especially over the past few years in our weak economy and trouble real estate market. Pete talked about how he buys houses at 50 cents on the dollar or less, how he makes offers to banks on foreclosed properties, how he uses mold and lead-based paint tests to justify his offers and more. Pete also talked about his upcoming 3 Day Boot Camp on August 20th – 22nd with his brother Tony Youngs and what they will be teaching during the event. Click here for more information on Pete & Tony Youngs 3 Day Boot Camp on August 20-22, 2011 or watch the webcast replay below. Read More→