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Turnkey Real Estate Investing: Can You Really Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

How would you like to have your cake and eat it too?

No, I’m not talking about baking. I’m talking about real estate investing!

You see, many people want to invest in real estate, but they also want to live in a great location where rental properties don’t make a lot of sense. They want to enjoy the sun, the city, the lights — but they want cash flow from rental properties that they’ll never find in their backyard. They want to own rental properties but don’t want to actively manage anything. They want their cake… and they want to eat it, too.

Is this possible?

Well, in recent years a number of “turnkey” providers have emerged that claim they can help investors do just this. But is turnkey real estate investing really all it’s cracked up to be?

Let’s find out.

What is Turnkey Real Estate Investing?

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My Seahawks just lost the Super Bowl.

Bummer.

Although the game was intense, engaging, and filled with an appropriate level of humorous million dollar commercials – it’s still painful to watch my favorite team come so far and lose in the last moments.

Hanging my head low in defeat on my quiet drive home, I did some deep soul searching to help the grieving process and had an epiphany.

Football is great; but business is better.

Now, before you get your undies in a bundle, hang with me while I explain.

1.) In Business, I Make The Calls

With just seconds left in the game, and down by just three points, the Seahawks had an almost guaranteed win. They had just 1 yard to go and four attempts to make it there – and this is what #24 running back Marshawn Lynch is built for. (That, and eating Skittles and avoiding the press.)

And instead the call was given for Quarterback Russel Wilson to throw the ball to Ricardo Lockette and, in a horrific moment Seahawks’ fans will never forget, Malcolm Butler, a rookie cornerback for The Patriots, intercepted the ball and like that: the game was lost.

All this because of a stupid decision by someone on the Seahawks coaching team.

I had absolutely NO control over the outcome of this game. I was purely a spectator and no level of shouting at the TV was going to change anything.

Perhaps the reason I love the “sport of business,” as Mark Cuban calls it, is because in this game, I make the calls. I decide the outcome of the game. I am responsible for my success and my defeat.

Like the Seahawks, I won’t always win every fight… but at least the battle is mine.

If my rental properties aren’t performing right, it’s my fault and I have the power to fix it.

If I am short on funds for my next big project, I get to determine the path to raise more capital.

If BiggerPockets.com isn’t growing at the speed I want, I can make the changes necessary to find success.

Because I make the calls.

(okay… on BiggerPockets Josh makes the calls. But you get the point! :) )

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Let me tell you what bothers me.

Crappy wholesalers.

They are everywhere! They send over terrible deals, add huge mark-ups, and then try to pretend it’s something great. But the fact is: they have no idea what they are doing.

At BiggerPockets, we wanted to change that.

It’s been almost a year in the making… and we’re super excited to finally announce…. today we are officially launching the much-anticipated “BiggerPockets Wholesaling Calculator” designed to help wholesalers analyze deals, estimate rehab costs, determine their maximum allowable offer, and create incredibly detailed reports to give to potential cash buyers!

Trying to find the ideal “maximum allowable offer” is difficult. There are so many factors to consider and analyze and the truth is: most wholesalers take the easy way out and simply make a wild guess on a deal’s worth.

And most of the time they are wrong and end up looking like idiots to their cash buyers.

Not anymore.

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Wholesaling

Real estate wholesaling is one of the most popular strategies for new investors to get involved with because it can be done with limited funds and experience.

But it’s definitely not all it’s cracked up to be.

I recently realized that BiggerPockets did not have one ultimate source of information about wholesaling. So… I thought I’d take up the banner and give myself a place to send people when they ask about wholesaling. It is my hope that this ultimate guide will give you a great starting point for understanding how wholesaling works. Consider this a foundation upon which you can build your wholesaling business.

I’ve made an attempt to be as thorough as possible while still maintaining some brevity, so to aid in that goal I’ve included multiple links to other great BiggerPockets content that I don’t need to repeat. I encourage you to open each and every one of these links into a new tab on your browser and read them all.

Yes, it might take a few hours.

But if you are serious about building serious income from wholesaling, it might be the best investment you’ll ever make.

Finally, understand that no matter how long I make this post, I could never cover everything there is to know about wholesaling. There are too many “but.. what about” and “but… what if”s. Instead, I want to encourage you to ask your questions either in the comments below this post or in the Wholesaling Forum here on BiggerPockets. The Forums are an incredible place to ask your question and get answers from dozens of successful investors. And it doesn’t cost a thing.

With that, let’s get to the Ultimate Guide to Wholesaling.

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Real Estate Investor Websites: How to Build the Perfect Lead Gen Website With LeadPropeller

I’m almost speechless.

For those of you who know me, you know this is rare. But I just got finished setting up a real estate lead generation website (a “I Buy Houses” website) through LeadPropeller.com, and I’m blown away.

In less than twenty minutes I had my website built, including all the language I wanted on there, and it’s live. Right now. On the internet. For motivated buyers to contact me. So I can buy their houses. So I can make more money. So I can live the life I want.

The purpose of this blog post is to share a bit about LeadPropeller and how you can use it to make yourself a website and start attracting leads. But first, let’s talk about the problem.

Why You Need a Real Estate Investor Website

Leads are the lifeblood to any real estate investor.

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Five Business Books That Changed My Life in 2014

You know what they say about those who read?

They lead.

In one of my previous articles, “The 21 Best Real Estate Books for Investors,” I talked about all my favorite real estate books and the impact they have had on my life. However, I believe a great real estate investor should read just as many business books as real estate books — if not more.

So this year I made a concentrated effort to read more business books to help me improve my investing and business life.

The following are the five books that made the biggest impact in my life in 2014, and I hope they will make a dramatic impact on your life in 2015. Please let me know in the comments below this post your thoughts on these books and any other book recommendations you think I should check out! I’m always looking for a new book.

The 5 Business Books That Changed My Life in 2014

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