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Cap Rate Real Estate: What Is A Good Rate & Formula?
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Cap Rate Real Estate: What Is A Good Rate & Formula?

If you are interested in real estate investing you probably heard the term cap rate real estate. Cap rate in real estate or capitalization rate is a critical metric in evaluating whether a property is a good investment or not. Understand how to calculate real estate cap rates in the context of commercial and residential […]

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Due Diligence Real Estate Checklist: Steal Our CRE Process
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Due Diligence Real Estate Checklist: Steal Our CRE Process

Due diligence in real estate can be a bit of a drinking from the firehose kind of experience, especially when we are talking about commercial real estate. When you purchase anything that requires a decent amount of capital whether it be your education, a car, a trip or even a mattress you should do your […]

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Real Estate Development from an Industry Insider
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Real Estate Development from an Industry Insider

At first look, developing real estate seems like an easy way of starting a profitable business. It does not require an academic degree, a certification from any authority or a specific legal qualification that needs to be met. Actually, judging by the TV shows, it is as simple as buying a property, putting lipstick on […]

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How To Join A Real Estate Investment Group (and Pros & Cons)
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How To Join A Real Estate Investment Group (and Pros & Cons)

You know the saying “strength in numbers.”–Well that’s the fundamental objective of starting or joining a real estate investment group (REIG). While it may seem intimidating at first blush, how to join a real estate investment group is pretty simple. The complicated part is deciding which real estate investment network you want to join. Luckily, […]

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Love & Money
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Love & Money

You found love! (Congratulations) You found this person that makes you genuinely happy: You are at peace when you are together, and you can’t imagine anyone with whom you are more compatible. That’s all we need right? Love. But relationships are the trickiest of business. Even if you are with your romantic perfect fit, other […]

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The Psychology of Money
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The Psychology of Money

When thinking about saving, finances and accumulating wealth there are plenty of books available (most of them are a snooze). There are some that are enjoyable and digestible, but most importantly USEFUL! One of those books is The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel. The main reason we like this book is because it is […]

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Who is Saving’s Worst Enemy?
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Who is Saving’s Worst Enemy?

Once you have a stable income (stable income being enough money coming in to cover your cost of living), you should have the ability to save. Makes sense, right? But there always seems to be something that derails us from doing it. Sometimes it is the price of oil that goes up, or the wrong […]

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So You Think You Can’t Save
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So You Think You Can’t Save

Your parents constantly tell you should do it. You know you have to do it. You promised yourself you’ll do it. Every January first at 1:00am, you are completely convinced that this is the year you’ll do it, and yet, for the life of you, you cannot do it! Well maybe you just need a support system: some things that can help you carry the heavy weight of getting it done. The following is a list of available technology that can make it easier for you to get to the goal. (Oh! By the way, in case we were not obvious enough, we’re talking about saving).

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A Beginner’s Guide to Financial Mindfulness
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A Beginner’s Guide to Financial Mindfulness

As a young professional embarking on the quest for financial stability the saying, “youth is wasted on the young” starts to take on true meaning: Monday through Friday we are frying our retinas staring at a screen 40+ hours a week, and Saturday/Sunday maybe we grab drinks with friends to maintain a semblance of a […]

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Investing 101

6 Celebrities Investing in Real Estate
Investing 101

6 Celebrities Investing in Real Estate

Do you ever wonder what celebrities do with their hard-earned money? Besides, of course, buying supercars, big yachts, fancy watches and everything else we mere mortals dream about? Most of them invest, one way or another, in real estate. We put together a list of six celebrities that decided to put their money to work […]

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Four Personal Finance Fundamentals that You Should Know
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Four Personal Finance Fundamentals that You Should Know

Finance is scary. It is a discipline and industry that seems to scare off everyday people with overcomplicated jargon. Yet, personal finance and personal growth go hand-in-hand. I mean, how can we invest time (as well as money) in ourselves, if our fundamental financial needs are not met?

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How To Build A Real Estate Portfolio (& What A Good Property Is)
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How To Build A Real Estate Portfolio (& What A Good Property Is)

There are numerous ways to invest in real estate and varying degrees of necessary upfront capital, as well as time commitment. If you can learn how to build a real estate portfolio that works for your lifestyle, then you can learn how to create long-term wealth and steady returns generated from multiple investment properties. What […]

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Time is Money
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Time is Money

“Controlling your time is the highest dividend money pays.” Money spent can be recovered or made up, time cannot. But time is critical in making you money. It took time to get to the point where you are now—whether it be in your career, your fitness level, a skillset or a hobby. After all, you […]

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How To Invest In Real Estate With Little Money (Or No Money!)
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How To Invest In Real Estate With Little Money (Or No Money!)

How to invest in real estate with no money? We are not miracle workers so, perhaps the question is better phrased: How to invest in real estate with little money? That being said, just because you have limited income now does not mean you should wait to start. In fact, every day that your money […]

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Commercial Real Estate Investing 101: How To Start In 2021
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Commercial Real Estate Investing 101: How To Start In 2021

Commercial real estate has long been the preferred avenue for the wealthy and elite to invest, and it’s not so hard to see why. But the “rich get richer” no longer applies to this industry, as the high barrier of entry has been removed and now investing in commercial real estate is for everyone.

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Investing In Real Estate vs Stocks (Own A Property Or Paper?)
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Investing In Real Estate vs Stocks (Own A Property Or Paper?)

Stocks vs real estate–that is the question. The short answer is if you have enough capital, you should invest in both and create a diversified portfolio of secure long-term investments; however, there are plenty of successful investors who swear by investing in just stocks or just real estate. In deciphering between the two, you need to consider your risk tolerance, preference on liquidity and whether owning a tangible asset matters to you–amongst other investing criteria that we will cover in more detail.

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What is the Compounding Effect & Why You Should Care
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What is the Compounding Effect & Why You Should Care

There is a common misconception: More money means more wealth. Fellow whales, here’s the truth: more money gives you more access to wealth when managed properly. Did you know 24% of high-income earners making over $100,000 a year are still living paycheck to paycheck—Yikes! That is not a very Whale-like lifestyle! Avoiding this dichotomy is […]

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Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding: Is It A Good Investment?
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Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding: Is It A Good Investment?

Crowdfunding real estate has exploded recently–Why? Because crowdfunded real estate makes these once unattainable assets that offer historically more stability and higher returns than the stock market, now accessible to the general public. Looking for a crowdfunding real estate investment? You’ve come to the right place. We are going to explain what is crowdfunding for […]

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Neighborhoods

What’s Old is New: A Story of Real Estate Crowdfunding from 1885
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What’s Old is New: A Story of Real Estate Crowdfunding from 1885

There are few more recognizable icons of American identity than the Statue of Liberty. It is hard to imagine New York without this beautiful lady standing triumphantly in the Hudson Bay, representing our values of freedom and providing hope of a better future. But, believe it or not, we were very close to not having […]

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Florida Real Estate Investment: Best Places to Invest in 2021
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Florida Real Estate Investment: Best Places to Invest in 2021

If you are looking for a Florida real estate investment right now, you have the right idea. Since the Covid 19 Pandemic, people are flocking to warmer climates. Whether it is because they are permanently working remotely or simply had a quarantine epiphany that life is too short to be freezing for half of the […]

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School of Whales’ Favorite Adaptive Reuse Hotels
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School of Whales’ Favorite Adaptive Reuse Hotels

As you already probably figured, we are obsessed with improving communities. The thrill of seeing buildings that otherwise would have been demolished and forgotten, being saved and brought back to life is our favorite part of real estate development. Adaptive reuse is the fancy name we use in the industry for the process of repurposing […]

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Improving Communities vs. Gentrification
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Improving Communities vs. Gentrification

Nowadays we hear the term gentrification thrown around very often as an all-encompassing phenomenon that includes any improvement done to a disinvested neighborhood; however, not every change equates to gentrification, a boon can be brought to communities without destroying the social capital of the area. Not all change is bad! Neighborhoods—as every other living organism—have […]

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Miami Investment Property: Why Investors Buy Miami Real Estate
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Miami Investment Property: Why Investors Buy Miami Real Estate

So you are interested in a Miami investment property or possibly multiple properties. Well the time to get in is now! Miami real estate appreciated 102.59% over the last ten years. The city is no longer just considered a playground for partying, but also fertile grounds for finance and tech. Established corporations and start-ups alike […]

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