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carnival.jpgWelcome, readers and writers, to boozwatt.com and the 72nd Edition of the Carnival of Real Estate! We're proud to be hosting this Super Sized edition of the Carnival of Real Estate, and the very first of the new year. Due to the holidays, boozwatt.com was tasked with hosting a two week version of the Carnival, so we received a TON of great submissions. In the spirit of manageability for you, the reader, however, we've narrowed them down to our 15 favorites, as well as our Pick of the Week. So, without further adieu, read on and enjoy the best articles submitted for the first edition of the Carnival of Real Estate in the new year. And, when you're done, take a second to look around our site and some of the great articles we've assembled on various topics of real estate and real estate investing. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!
shapeimage_2.jpgAs a real estate investor, I’ve done it, seen it, or heard it all. The news is filled with doomsday predictions daily, and Real Estate investors are bailing left and right. The good news is, there is still money to be made in real estate, and with less and less real estate investors in the market, there’s even better deals to be had, and more money to be made than before. 
buypropertynomoneydown.jpgThe number one question we're continuously asked by new investors is “how do I get started investing in real estate without a bunch of money in the bank?” It’s a legitimate question. Let’s face it, most people that begin investing in real estate more than likely aren’t happy with their current financial situation in life, and are looking for and expecting more. Therefore, most of those people don’t have $10,000 - $40,000 in the bank to spend on their first property. Even if you happen to have excess money in the bank, maybe you don’t want to use it to acquire your investment properties. Whatever the situation, investing in real estate with no money down is a very important part of growing your real estate empire. 
flipprofits.jpgThere are countless changes, upgrades, and updates that can be made to any given property. What separates successful, long term real estate investors from the rest is the ability to maximize their resources (time and money), and in turn, their profits. This has become more important due to the relatively thin profit margins available in today’s real estate market compared the margins available over much of the past decade. Thinner profit margins leave a much smaller margin of error. In order to assure a much greater chance of success on a flip property, it’s absolutely crucial to maximize every ounce of your available resources for your flip project. No matter their timeline or their bankroll, investors doing flips always have limited resources because time equals money due to mounting carrying costs, and the more money expended on renovation equals less available profit on the back end. Therefore, it is crucial for each real estate investor to understand how to maximize their profits from a flip project. So let’s get started. You’ve followed the formula here and the tips and suggestions here, and you’ve identified a potential flip property. Now on to the planning stage.
investinbadmarket.jpgI recently wrote an article elsewhere on the site discussing investment strategy as it relates to finding potential rental properties. In that article I discussed the inverse relationship between rental properties and renovation / “flip” projects, and I received a lot of emails asking for elaboration on the subject. After clearing it with our company’s other lead partner, I’ve decided to answer the call for more elaboration, and describe in detail our company’s investment strategy. While you’ve already learned elsewhere on this site how our company evaluates “flip” properties and rental properties (see link above), this is how we put it all together. When I was starting out in real estate, one thing I looked everywhere for was real world success stories, and how individuals and investment companies got where they were. My thought was, if not necessary, there’s no reason to re-invent the wheel. The problem is, a majority of the time you can only find that type of information in books, and I didn’t feel like having to pay for it. Secondarily, I’ve always wondered, if you’re so good at real estate investing, why are you writing books instead? But I digress. Here is our strategy, free of charge, to the loyal readers of boozwatt.com:

buyingforeclosures.jpgToday’s foreclosure market is absolutely record setting. Recent results have shown that foreclosures have increased 93% compared to last year. NINETY THREE PERCENT!! That’s insane. This is good news for real estate investors for two reasons. 1) A majority of these properties used to be on the regular market before they went into foreclosure, soaking up buyer interest and padding the inventory numbers, thus the foreclosure process will remove them from the pool, and 2) more foreclosures equals more deals. The second part is the obvious one. More foreclosures equals more deals. Duh. But what isn’t so obvious is the impact. Not only are there more deals to be had, due to foreclosures, but there are less investors to take advantage of these deals. 
creditcard.jpgThere are obviously a countless number of ways to invest money these days, however one is so fascinating we decided to test it out here at boozwatt.com. It’s called credit card arbitrage. It involves utilizing funds garnered from no interest credit card offers, and investing the money in various traditional avenues. Here’s how it works....

How to Sell Your Idea - Components of a Great Business Plan

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businessplan.jpgA business plan serves many purposes, but the main one is to clearly and concisely capture the limited attention of a potential investor. In order to do this, a business plan must be thoroughly written, even more thoroughly thought out, and contain certain types of information, such as an Executive Summary, an identification and description of target markets and customers, and financial projects, to name a few. Depending upon the type of business you are proposing, some of the following categories may be more important than others, and some entirely irrelevant. Either way, presenting potential investors with a well thought out roadmap of your business’ operations and strategy will go a very long way towards your goal -- a financed business!

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