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Save Money on Health Insurance

Submitted by admin_matt on Wed, 2017-11-08 07:40

Folks,

If you live in New Hampshire (or 10 other select states) and are self-employed, you are qualified to apply for "group" health insurance from The Harbor Group of New York.

I'm saving 41% over a comparable Silver-level plan at the exchange. That's $1,111 per month instead of $1,897 per month, a savings of $786 per month or $9,432 per year! If you need your insurance to start January 1st, the deadline for applying is December 15th. I wish I had known about this in years past.

No Limit Loans!

Submitted by admin_matt on Thu, 2017-09-21 08:28

In the past our maximum loan amount was $250K. We have now removed that limit. Thanks to the support of our customers and extra capital brought to the table by our investors, we are now capable of approving loan amounts in excess of $1M.

The Stock Market Has Gotten Really Scary

Submitted by admin_matt on Tue, 2017-09-05 21:52

The cyclically adjusted price earnings ratio (CAPE) is the best predictor of long term stock market gains. You want to buy when the CAPE is low and sell when it's high.

The last two times that the  was this high was right before the 1929 crash and right before the 2000 dotcom bubble burst. If the stock market doesn't scare the bejeezus out of you at this point in early September 2017, you need to get your head right. 

This historical chart of the CAPE http://www.multpl.com/shiller-pe/ speaks for itself.

 

Minimize Liability

Submitted by admin_matt on Fri, 2017-07-14 08:21

Worst Practice: Hold Title in Your Own Name

When you buy an investment property, if you buy it in your own name, you are personally liable for bad things that happen there. If somebody sues you and wins, they can take not only the property, but also your personal assets and income.

Better Practice: Hold TItle in an LLC

Chain Your Loans

Submitted by admin_matt on Mon, 2016-12-05 13:02

Here's an example showing how you can "chain your loans" to provide the down payments for a chain of future deals.

Bob buys a house for $70K with the intention to fix and flip it.  He plans on putting $40K into the rehab and selling it for $200K.  His realtor did a CMA (comparative market analysis) on the house and determined that $200K was a reasonable sale price.  We call that $200K the "ARV" or "after repair value".

Screening Tenants

Submitted by admin_matt on Tue, 2015-08-04 09:25

95% of the problems that landlords have is due to poor (or no) tenant screening processes. The landlords who do good, thorough tenant screening are not the burnt out, bitter ones. They are the ones who are always smiling. Here is a link to a fantastic Bigger Pockets blog post called "The Ultimate Guide to Screening Tenants": http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/01/27/tenant-screening/.

Foreclosure Auctions

Submitted by admin_matt on Sat, 2015-07-04 09:33

A few years ago there was a foreclosure auction in my neighborhood. I walked over there with my wife and my dog just to see how it was going. As the bidding progressed, one of the auctioneers pointed to me as if accepting a bid. I looked around, wondering if maybe he had been pointing to someone behind me. I shrugged and put my hands in my pockets so that the auctioneer could not possibly think that I was bidding. Then it happened again! I folded my arms across my chest and avoided all eye contact with the auctioneer.

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