Timing is Everything when Investing in Real Estate

Mike Carlson - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Not since the Great Depression have real estate investors been subjected to as much uncertainty as they are today.  But Einstein had it right when he wrote "Behind every difficulty lies an opportunity." Read More

Real Estate Investment Considerations and Strategic Issues

Mike Carlson - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Successful investment in income-producing real estate requires ongoing analysis and timely, strategic decision-making.  Simply buying, holding and “hoping” will not automatically yield worthwhile returns (regardless of how long you hold). The job is not done at closing! Read More

Income Property Investment Tools for Private Investors

Mike Carlson - Thursday, July 05, 2012

The use of income-property valuation and analysis tools is imperative for the serious investor.  After all, isn’t the reason for investing in real estate all about making money?  And, the reality is, without financial-investment analysis tools there is no “accurate and efficient” method to analyze properties. Read More

Property Investment Strategies When Purchasing Single-Family Rental Homes

Mike Carlson - Friday, June 22, 2012

I am regularly asked whether buying single-family homes is now a good real estate investment strategy with prices “apparently near” the bottom of this down cycle AND the demand for rental units so strong.   Read More

How Leverage Affect Real Estate Investments

Mike Carlson - Thursday, May 17, 2012

With interest rates at historical lows, many income-property owners are wanting to refinance. While taking-out a new loan with a lower interest rate is certainly compelling by itself, another decision that has to be made is “how much to borrow”? In the weeks ahead, I will be addressing a variety of topics related to income-property finance and mortgages. But, as a starting point, I thought it would be helpful to first take a “big picture” look at using borrowed money. Read More