10 Real Estate Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021 and 2022

10 Real Estate Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021 and 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or are just acquiring your first property, real estate investment blogs are an excellent source of information. From rental properties to fix-and-flips to REITs, there’s a blog — and usually a partner podcast — that will give you the scoop on all things real estate investing. 

There’s a universe of knowledge about real estate out there, and just being willing to seek it out can accelerate your expertise far beyond your years of experience. The best place to start is the internet’s most prominent real estate investor blogs. What we are reading at REI Capital Resources and recommend you do too!  Take a look at our top 10 picks for blogs to follow:

1. Afford Anything

Blogger: Paula Pant

Focus: Rental properties

A former journalist, Paula Pant achieved financial freedom through real estate, and now she teaches others how to do it through her blog and podcast. Her philosophy? You can afford anything, but not everything, so you’ll need to take control of your money to build the life you want most. Whether you read her blog or listen to the podcast, you’ll get great advice on how to set a course toward financial freedom with real estate investing.

2. JoeFairless.com

Blogger: Joe Fairless

Focus: Multifamily investing, apartment syndication

Joe Fairless is a bit of a Renaissance man — he’s taught preschool, done standup, and worked as an ad exec. He also controls more than $900 million in real estate. So if you’re an investor looking to up your game, you’ll want to read Joe’s blog and his long-running daily podcast, “Best Ever Show.” 

3. Mr. Money Mustache

Blogger: Peter Adeney

Focus: Real estate investing for beginners, rentals, and REITs

“Financial freedom through badassity” is the tagline of Peter Adeney’s blog, so right away you know you’re in for a no-holds barred perspective on real estate investing. Adeney was able to retire in his 30s by cutting expenses in half and investing the savings in Vanguard index funds and rental homes. His blog is great for beginners, as many of the posts offer great advice on how to stash away more money by slashing food bill costs and other lifestyle expenses.

4. InvestFourMore.com

Blogger: Mark Ferguson

Focus: Real estate investing, wholesaling, BRRRR strategy

Mark Ferguson built $3.7 million in equity through real estate investing. He’s got info for everyone, from advanced investors to those who are just getting their feet wet. Ferguson blogs and has a regular e-newsletter that discusses flipping houses, financing, finding deals, wholesaling, and BRRR strategy.

5. Bigger Pockets

Focus: All aspects of real estate investing and personal finance

BiggerPockets is the single largest real estate investing platform in the world.  

BP is an empire of knowledge that spans podcasts, a growing library of books, and a vast website with all the information and resources an investor could want. Half educational, half social network, it brings together both new and experienced investors in all phases of real estate.

6. REtipster

Seth Williams is the founder of REtipster, a real estate investing blog that talks a lot about investing in raw land and some pretty cool land-investing strategies. I’ve always enjoyed talking with Seth at conferences, and he is a knowledgeable and transparent investor.  Seth’s website is easy to navigate and very user-friendly. He talks about more than just investing in land on his platform, so don’t write off this awesome resource just because you don’t buy land (yet).

7. Short Term Sage

Julian Sage of Short Term Sage is the short-term rental (STR) guy. I have had the pleasure of knowing Julian for a couple of years now, and he is in a mastermind group we host for service members. Julian is on active duty in the Coast Guard and has become an expert in the short-term rental space, hosting not one, but two, of the top short-term rental podcasts on iTunes.

Not only does Julian talk about traditional short-term rental strategies, but he also talks about rental arbitrage, STR property management, and even multifamily STR opportunities with apartment buildings.

8. Inman

Inman is a leading source of real estate information used by investors, realtors, brokers, and other professionals. It’s often one of the first sites to post major stories that affect the housing market. Frequent visitors will find news about:

  • The most recent mortgage rates
  • Statistics such as mortgage delinquency rates
  • New tools and tech platforms for real estate searches and transactions
  • Real estate firm mergers
  • Real estate crime and legislation

While the site focuses on the latest news, that isn’t the only kind of content you’ll find here. A decent amount of the content covers tips, secrets, and industry advice.  Inman is for real estate investors who rely on up-to-date information about the industry. That may include large-scale investors who are looking to break into local markets. Most of the advice is meant for people who are actively investing in property rather than new investors.

9. Realty Times

Realty Times is a real estate news and advice site that serves both investors and homebuyers with stories about: 

  • The definitions of critical real estate terms
  • Legal challenges and new legislation
  • Changes in consumer behavior and trends
  • Shifts in the housing market
  • Home selling advice

It regularly publishes market outlook reports for specific housing markets. These reports are detailed with information about average home prices, the best time to sell, and other data. Anyone who can make use of the reports can benefit from this blog. It’s a good resource for both buyers and sellers. If you’re going to focus on selling, what you learn here may help you understand buyers’ mindsets better. 

10. Commercial Property Executive

Activity in the commercial real estate market matters, even if your focus is residential real estate. That’s because the local job market and economy have a dramatic effect on the performance of residential rental properties.

Start learning from the best

Your education as a real estate investor never stops — especially if you want to keep growing your holdings. Blogs and podcasts are a great way to hear what’s working/not working for other investors. Find a few you like and commit to reading them to get new ideas and fresh perspectives for your real estate investing business. Reading blogs is one way that you can significantly increase your expertise with only a little effort. Use your downtime to do some reading, and you may be able to catch up on years of experience.  All of us at REI Capital Resources recommend checking out each of these blogs to find out which one can offer you the most. 

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If you’re planning to buy a distressed property, now may be a good time to buy. Just make sure you’re aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real investors, but the average home buyer should probably look elsewhere. 

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.  

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Patrick@REICapitalResources.com

http://www.reicapital.cash/

Fluctuating LTV

The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the amount a borrower can borrow from a lender compared to the appraised value of the property that he or she wants to buy. The LTV determines the amount of a down payment a borrower has to supply from his own pocket to invest in the property.

Loan-to-Value ratio = Mortgage amount ∕Appraised value of the property.

For example, if the lender offers a loan at a 90% loan-to-value ratio, the borrower must supply 10% of the total cost of the purchase. In a fix-n-flip loan the same is true, the lender that supplies up to 90% (for example) of the home purchase price, requires the borrower to provide the other 10% of the price.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed things rapidly including the market value of homes, thus affecting the LTV ratios lenders depend on. Please call for the most up-to-date loan-to-value ratios on our loans for your upcoming projects. 512-213-2271

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Default

If a borrower defaults on a home loan, which is more likely to happen if they do not have much of their own money in the home, the lender takes back the home and sells it to get back the money they lent. Market fluctuations can cause lenders to lose money if the value of a house goes down and the borrower defaults on the loan. The value of the home may be less the amount of the loan. The coronavirus pandemic may make home prices goes down, but that is not certain and may not be true in all locations.

Equity

If the borrower had equity in the home and defaults, then the borrower loses the equity they have in the home because the lender takes the property and sells it to recoup their investment and expenses as quickly as possible.

Equity is the amount of money that would be returned to homeowner if the asset is liquidated (sold) and all debts are paid off. It is in a home owner’s best interest to sell a home before they default on a loan and pay the loan off if possible both so they can get their equity out of the home and so that they can keep their credit history in good shape.

FICO Score Requirements

The FICO score required on loans relates to the buyer’s credit history. It reflects how often they have been late or defaulted on loans in the past. Before the coronavirus pandemic set our lives, marketplace, and economy into a spin, REI Capital Resources required a FICO score of 650 on a hard money loan with a term of up to 24 months. Many people have lost their jobs and their credit scores have suffered. Watching the unemployment rate go up, lenders across the country have tightened up their FICO requirements and these requirements are changing daily. Please call me for our latest FICO requirements. 512-213-2271.

Selling to Avoid Foreclosure

Owners in default or facing default will sometimes take less than the market value for a house to avoid foreclosure. They may settle for only getting part of their equity back, reasoning that some is better than none. None is what they will get if they go into foreclosure and the lender takes back the property and sells it for the balance owed on the loan. The borrower may even give up all their equity to sell the house before defaulting to keep their credit history intact and their FICO scores high.

Buying Opportunity

The distressed homeowner’s situation becomes the buyer’s opportunity. The homeowner needs help to retain their high FICO score and some equity, and the fix-n-flip buyer needs to purchase a property for the lowest price. It can be a win-win deal.

As a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a purchase and rehab loan as quickly and as easily as possible. The perfect fit is still out there. Call me though for the most up-to-date information.

I am working online with the rest of you. If you need funding, fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send me an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

Cloud on Title

A cloud on title is something odd about a deed for real property that has been recorded that might invalidate or impair the title.  It usually stems from unresolved issues with the property. Buyers should proceed with caution because there is something about the deed that requires closer attention.

Some examples of a cloud on a title include:

  • A wrong spelling of the property’s address in a deed conveying title.
  • Foreclosure proceedings underway by mortgager in response to a borrower defaulting on payment.
  • Failure to transfer certain property rights to the former owner, such as mineral rights.
  • A mortgage lien whose repayment has not been officially recorded with a local record office.
  • Covenants are rules, conditions, or restrictions place on a property by a subdivider or other landowner to create uniformity of building and uses within tracts of land or groups of lots.
  • Probate matters that involve estates and inheritance can create a cloud on title. If a property owner dies without a will defining who gains control of their estate, the property title may become in doubt as heirs challenge each other in court.
  • A fraudulent title recorded would create legal confusion and a cloud on the title.
  • An encumbrance is a claim or right held by some party other than the owner or a claim that is not a lien that limits the ownership of the property such as conditions, restrictions, easements, reservations, etc.
  • A mechanics lien placed on the property for construction work contracted.  The lien remains on the property and does not follow the owner, forcing a buyer to assume responsibility for repayment.
  • Any pending lawsuit before a court of law over ownership of the property.

Title Insurance

Title insurance protects the insured and their heirs from loss or damage due to defects, liens, or encumbrances in the title or actual ownership of the property as of the date of the policy.

A Clear Title

A clear title is one without any kind of impairment, lien, or levy from other parties and poses no question of legal ownership.

In most cases problems with a title can be cleared up when proper documents are submitted to the local record office.  This lifts the cloud on the title. This is not complete legal advice.  Please be sure to consult your real estate agent and attorney.

Closing Delays

One thing is sure:  a cloud on the title will slow down the paperwork associated with buying and selling property.

Patience may be a virtue, but it is one that is often tested when you are eager to close a loan and get on with your project. To save your dream and your nerves, Clean up the title ASAP. 

REI Capital Resources

REI Capital Resources built its reputation on finding private funding for investors for quick turn purchases and difficult situations.  This is still true today.  

Give me a call or send an e-mail and share with me your plans and needs, and I’ll see what lending solution I can generate for you.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash
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Austin, Texas

References

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/cloud_on_title.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_on_title

http://www.realestateproarticles.com/Art/25272/263/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-A-Cloud-On-A-Title.html