Interview with BiggerPockets


If you haven’t had a chance, head over to to check out my interview.  During our conversation, I cover how I invest in Real Estate while holding a full time job!  The interview was a blast, hopefully you’ll find the content funny and thought provoking.  Please leave me a comment on the Blog page [...]

Keeping your money moving…


Hey everyone! Yes, I know, it has been a while  sorry about the delay.  Things have been busy here in So Cal.  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a non-real estate related full time job that requires most of my free time these days. At any rate 2013 is here and I [...]

Adapting to today’s market – the Berkeley house (Part 2)

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In my last post, I discussed how I found my latest deal (you can read the last post HERE).  In this post, I would like to share how I do my due diligence when it comes to rent amounts. Forecasting Rental Income: Establishing rent prices can be tricky.  It is less of a science and [...]

How I manage and organize my real estate paperwork


On average, I probably read some sort of real estate- related book once a month.  These books vary from buying with no money down to asset protection.  However, one thing that no one ever writes about is how to manage all the paperwork/records involved with the real estate business.  I guess it isn’t as appeal [...]

Adapting to today’s market – the Berkeley house (Part 1)


Over the past few weeks, I’ve received several emails from readers requesting to see what my deals look like.  After browsing through the website content, I realize I haven’t shared much about my recent acquisitions.  In order to remedy this, I will take the next several posts to outline the deal I just closed last [...]

The Real Estate Apprentice: Working with Direct Lenders

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Here is another post on the Real Estate Apprentice series. After Jason set up his system to save for his  down payment, he started working on getting financing from a direct lender.  Here’s his experience. Take it away Jason! Following the spirit of my last post, this post on obtaining the money you need to purchase your first rental [...]

Rental Property without the tenants: why I use a property manager


Click here to skip the intro and go direclty to my latest post over on BiggerPockets. A few weeks ago a reader from this blog approach me regarding real estate “coaching”.  After several email exchanges and a phone call, I agreed to work with him on acquiring his first two rental properties.  During our first [...]

A candid conversation with Real Estate Entrepreneur Janet French

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Two months ago, I had the pleasure of being on a buy-and-hold panel at a local real estate club.  In addition to sharing best practices to new investors, I was also able to connect with other investors on the panel.  One of those investors was Janet French. During our brief time together, I was able [...]

Work ON your business, not IN it


Click Here to go directly to my latest article over at BiggerPockets. If I was to sum of 2012 thus far, I would have to say that it is the year of the “tipping point”.  This is the year where our rental business has started to reach critical mass.  It seems I either get a [...]

The Real Estate Apprentice: Create a system to save money automatically

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Several weeks ago I shared a post which outlined my real estate goals for 2012.  One of the goals on my list was to help out an aspiring real estate investor get started with buying rental property.  Shortly after the article went live, Jason (one of our loyal readers) contacted me and expressed interest in [...]

How to Boost your Credit Score in 30 Days?

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As many of you know, I am a huge fan of leverage.  One of the biggest factors in obtaining financing/leverage to purchase rental property is your credit score.  Depending on how high or low it is will dictate the terms of the financing you can get access to.   I can attest that it is possible [...]

2012 Update: tracking this year’s goals


A few months ago, I posted an article in which I outlined my goals for 2012 (HERE). Since we are a little more than halfway through this year, I figured it would be a good time to share how things are progressing. This has been a bit of a challenge for me.  The main reason for [...]

Mushrooms in my rental???

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Click HERE to go to my latest article on BiggerPocket’s Blog. Last month I took an interesting phone call from my property manager.  This phone call lead to a whole series of new changes in the way I  handle yearly maintenance on my properties.   In my latest post over at BiggerPockets I discuss a few [...]

Mobile Home Investing 101 with John Fedro (Q & A)


In John’s second video, he will be addressing the questions YOU, the readers, asked him in his last post. Tune in and check out part two of investing in mobile homes 101 with John Fedro . . .

How I funded my latest rental purchase . . .


Click HERE to skip my intro and go directly to my latest blog post over at BiggerPockets.   Over the past few weeks a few of you have emailed me regarding raising private capital.  To address these questions, I thought I would write about how I raised capital for my latest rental purchase.   As [...]