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Illinois Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption – UPDATE MARCH 2024

While we are a hard money lender, my history in the residential space still has me following the market.  Because I am a disabled veteran, I am in tune with the veteran benefits, especially those in my home state of Illinois.  I feel it is essential that everyone, both veterans and those that value their […]

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Hard Money Loans: The Non-RESPA Recipe for Real Estate Investing Success

Understanding the world of real estate financing can be confusing and overwhelming.  For some transaction types, the playing field is well marked by a set of rules and regulations called the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).  Residential real estate transactions, for example, fall under this act and it is enforced with extreme prejudice.  Fines

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To Catch a Real Estate Investment Lending Predator – Part 2

  So I was not planning on a sequel, but my last experience with an online scammer was just too damn awesome to not share.  Additionally, in my interaction with him, I was sent to a bogue website that presented some other huge red flags that investors should watch out for. I have been working

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Leveraging Your Tribe in Real Estate Investing: Building Powerful Teams through Affinity Relationships

Success in real estate investing requires more than just financial acumen; it demands a robust and dependable team of service providers to navigate the complexities of the industry. Blindly searching for these professionals can be an arduous and time-consuming task. The sheer volume of options in the market makes it like finding a needle in

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Investment Property Ownership – Your Vesting Options

Investing in real estate involves not only choosing the right property but also deciding how to vest it – a pivotal decision with far-reaching consequences. In this guide, we will delve into the nuances of individual ownership, business entities, and trusts, examining each option’s pros, cons, costs, and risks. As a new investor, understanding the

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Self-Directed IRAs for Real Estate Investment – Pros, Cons and Pitfalls

Unlocking the potential of self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) for real estate investment can be a game-changer in diversifying your retirement portfolio. However, like any financial strategy, it comes with both advantages and pitfalls. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of using self-directed IRAs to fund real estate investments, shedding light on

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One Person’s Lifeline, Another’s Bailout – The Challenges of Mid-Project Renovation Financing

Embarking on a home flipping venture can be a thrilling but unpredictable ride, where unforeseen challenges can transform a dream project into a financial puzzle.  When the you know what hits the fan, your timeline can take a hit.  The problem comes when your new timeline does not match up with your loan terms and

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