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OK, I want to buy a building. What do I do first?

Call me. J/k. Sort of. The first thing you need to do is take stock of your current position. Here is what you need to get started: A decent credit score. FHA will loan down to a 580 score, but ideally you’d be north of 700. A stable work history. The ideal loan applicant would

Recourse vs. non-recourse

There is a major, major difference between recourse and non-recourse loans, as developers all over the country have found out to their distinct displeasure over the past few years. A recourse loan is a loan where one or more of the borrowers agrees to personally pay back the loan, regardless of what happens to the

How you improve the neighborhood

Sometimes all you need to do to improve your neighborhood is to yell at a priest. My brother and I own a 16 unit building on Reno St (the one from this story) that’s across an alley from a new church, one of those Latin Pentacostal deals. The street itself isn’t the nicest one in

Should I hire a property management company?

Not now, maybe later. That’s it, in a nutshell. Here’s what I mean: On your first building, likely a 2-4 unit building acquired with an FHA mortgage, you don’t want or need a manager. First, you need to learn a bit about the business –  what it’s like to fill vacancies, collect rents, deal with maintenance

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