How to choose insurance for an investment property

UPDATED: 01-MAY-2009 Rudolf Holtzman had just purchased an office building as an investment. He was very proud. It was beautiful: 20,000 square feet with six tenants. Regrettably, the day after he closed, one of the tenants experienced an electrical computer malfunction and as a result, his 2000 square foot suite suffered extensive fire damage. Fortunately, the building was just three blocks from the closest fire station, and the fire department was able to limit the loss to only this suite. Portions of the building sustained water damage from the fire hoses as well as smoke damage from the fire. In all, half of the building was unusable. [...]

Am I really making money investing in real estate?

UPDATED: 01-APR-2009 The purchasing craze of the baby boomers is on. They are buying every stick of real estate in sight. As corporate pensions vanish, social security evaporates/extends to age 70, and the stock market delivers inconsistent returns, baby boomers have increasingly turned to real estate as their retirement vehicle. Real estate investment brokers cannot currently get their hands on sufficient inventory to satisfy them, and competition has reduced returns for investors. [...]

Preserve your property insurance at all costs

UPDATED: 01-MAR-2004 It was just yesterday when you were daydreaming about how happy you were with your real estate investment. Then you got a letter in the mail stating, “This is your notice that we will not be renewing your property insurance upon the expiration of your current policy.” [...]

Meth Lab Blues

UPDATED: 01-JAN-2004 Mrs. Darcy Smith owned a small rental house in the suburbs of her Oregon town. She had inherited the house from her parents and had successfully been renting it for 20 years. Usually the previous tenant would find a new tenant, so it was almost never vacant. Rent came in like clockwork, and the tenants never called her for repairs. As a matter of fact, it had been three years since she had stopped by the property for a visual inspection. Her current tenant was the daughter of a friend of who was working at the local motel as a housekeeper. [...]

Analyzing real estate so you can make money

UPDATED: 01-NOV-2003 Last night I was reviewing income and expense analysis reports for three different properties, and once again I realized how hard it is for the average investor to make heads or tails of the information. [...]

You need to have goals for successful investing in real estate

UPDATED: 01-SEP-2003 Real estate has always been one of the opportunities where investors have placed their money for the last thousand years. There have always been investment opportunities for money-lenders (a.k.a. banks) of all kinds, but real estate has been one of those investments which includes your home, and this is where the story starts. [...]

How to choose a property management company

UPDATED: 01-MAY-2003 There are many kinds of real estate investments: homes, apartments, office buildings, retail buildings, mobile home parks, and marinas, to name a few. Each one of these properties needs care and attention. Either you take care of it yourself, or you hire a property manager to take [...]

Exit Strategy: Planning When to Sell is as Important as Planning When to Buy

UPDATED: 01-SEP-2001 If you believe what it says, late night TV is full of great ways to invest in real estate. Most investors are looking at the big payback with no money down. That is like going to the store to buy a watermelon and offering to pay for it with a paperclip (a highly unlikely feat which my daughter successfully managed to do this summer at camp). [...]

Deciding how long to hold real estate

UPDATED: 01-AUG-2002 Just yesterday I was meeting with a client, trying to help her make the right decision about the timing of the sale of her real estate investment. Her 20-unit apartment property is located close to a major shopping center and freeway arterials.[...]


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