In case you missed the news, Atlanta home prices were up 19.2 percent in the first quarter, compared with the first quarter of 2012.
In other words, equity happens!
But does that mean the opportunity in Atlanta real estate is over?
Obviously, we don’t think so or we wouldn’t be going back. We think it only proves that the Atlanta real estate market is attracting buyers.
And for good reason.
Atlanta is one of the biggest metros in the USA. It’s home to tons of people and several major corporations, including UPS and Home Depot. Plus it has GREAT infrastructure, which is important to attracting and retaining more people and businesses.
Atlanta is one of the more friendly business states. And it’s strategically located as a distribution hub for the Southeast.
Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the U.S. and is the capitol of the state of Georgia. State government is probably not an industry soon to be outsourced to China.
Atlanta has great medical, transportation and educational infrastructure. There’s great shopping, entertainment and several major sports franchises. It’s just a FUN place to live and work – and to visit!
It’s also HUGE. This means it attracts both state and federal attention when things go sideways. And whether you or not you like politicians pandering, the fact is that they do it. So that means big metros get the love in bad times and good.
Inside of all that hugeness, there are pockets of opportunity. That is, not EVERY property and neighborhood in Atlanta went up or is a good investment. Some are better than others.
When you understand that, then you know you can go into a big metro and by leveraging local knowledge, you can find those pockets of opportunity that haven’t been discovered by the less diligent. When you join us on the trip, we’ll teach you how to do that.
Here’s the IMPORTANT thing: Right now, in spite of the great APPRECIATION Atlanta has experienced, many properties are still selling BELOW replacement cost – and well below their 2007 highs.
What’s even more exciting is that even at today’s prices and interest rates, rental homes in Atlanta still CASH FLOW. And cash flow is the key to controlling the property while equity happens over time.
Is there more equity in Atlanta’s future? Maybe. But the bigger question is whether there’s going to be any in yours.
We can’t say that Atlanta (or Memphis or Belize or Detroit or wherever) is the right market for you. Only YOU can decide that. But we’re inviting you to come take a look! We’ll talk about Personal Investment Philosophy during our Sunday morning strategy session. Some say that’s one of the most important part so of the trip.
Our experience is that GOOD things happen when we go out and check out new places, meet new people and collect new ideas. One thing is certain. No one is coming over to our house to pull us off the couch and hand us an opportunity.
And while the internet is great (after all, that’s how you’re reading this), but it’s the start of an adventure, not the culmination of one. Real estate happens in the real world.
So we invite YOU to join us in Atlanta on October 25-27. Worst case, you’ll meet some new friends, learn some new ideas, see some new sights and have some fun. And who knows? You just might end up looking back on the trip smiling someday because equity happened to you.
Life is better when equity happens.
To learn more about The Real Estate Guys™ educational market field trip to Atlanta, Georgia, click here now.
When it comes to cash flow rental property, Memphis remains a very attractive market for beginning and sophisticated investors alike. That’s why we keep going back! Click here to learn more about The Real Estate Guys™ next educational field trip to Memphis, Tennessee.
If you’re a real estate investor looking for cash flowing properties in a major landlord friendly market, you owe it to yourself to take a close look at Memphis.
Memphis was recently named one of the top 20 cash flowing markets for single family homes. Click here and look for the Wall Street Journal article, “Bang for the Buck: Where Investing in Rental Homes is the Most Profitable”.
Does that mean you should run out and order a few dozen Memphis houses online?
No. But if you’re serious about building passive income through rental real estate, Memphis is a market you should invest the time and money to get to know. And The Real Estate Guys™ can help!
Of course, we don’t sell real estate. We’re just radio guys. But because of the popularity of The Real Estate Guys™ radio show, we get to know lots of awesome people all over the world…including Memphis!
So we’ve got a great network of Memphis market experts, including property managers and “turnkey” rental property providers, who are ready, willing and able to share their market expertise with you over a 2-1/2 day educational field trip.
The weekend includes classroom sessions, a bus tour of the greater Memphis metro (so you can compare and get to know various neighborhoods) and some great networking over tasty Memphis meals. We’ll even stop by Graceland and pay our respects to Elvis!
You’ll learn how to tour a real estate market and look for signs of growth and decline. Plus you’ll meet fellow investors from all over, as well as the local team of Memphis market experts. No one will try to sell you anything during the trip (not allowed), but you’ll make great contacts for pursuing future opportunities. The WORST thing that happens is you’ll learn a lot, make some new friends and you’ll have a ton of fun. C’mon, you’ve always wanted to see Graceland, right?
So CLICK HERE NOW to get all the details and we’ll look forward to seeing YOU in marvelous Memphis, Tennessee!
The Real Estate Guys™ are leading an enthusiast group of real estate investors on market field trip – and YOU’RE INVITED!!!
Click here now to learn more about the trip. We’d love to hang out with you in marvelous Memphis!!!
Cash Flow is King
If you’re a fan of the show, you know we’ve been spending a lot of time with Robert Kiyosaki. One of Mr. K’s favorite words is CASH FLOW (is that one word or two???).
We like cash flow too because it’s where equity comes from. Income properties are valued by the income they produce. More income equals more value (equity). So cash flow and equity investing are NOT mutually exclusive.
One thing you’ll like about Memphis is that properties there tend to CASH FLOW. Perfect!
The Market Matters
Investing is about being on the right side of demographic and economic moves. When people and money move away, markets weaken. When people and money move in, markets get stronger.
If you invest in something that others are moving away from (contrarian investing), you may get a deal or may get a dud. It depends on why the moves are happening. Do you know what’s happening in the markets you’re in? Do you know how to tell? One the biggest benefits of a field trip with The Real Estate Guys™ is we talk about how to read a market. That’s a skill you can use in ANY market you visit.
On the trip, we’ll talk about what’s moving in Memphis and why. Good quality of life, low cost of living, and no state income tax are just some of the attractions for both people and businesses. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Market Analysis – A Critical Skill for Real Estate Investors
Most people don’t pick markets strategically. They find a “good deal” and buy it, then figure the market out later.
And many real estate “tours” are about selling properties, not learning the market. When you explore a market with The Real Estate Guys™, we focus on explaining the market. While you can learn a lot about a market from a distance (thanks to Google!), there’s no substitute for actually being there. And when you’re on one of our field trips, you have experienced guides and lots of other investors to learn from. Plus, we ALWAYS have a good time.
Join The Real Estate Guys™ in Memphis October 14-16th, 2011. Click here for more info.
The Real Estate Guys™ have organized a wonderful weekend field trip to Washington DC! This is your chance to look at the nation’s capitol not only as a tourist, but as a real estate investor! Investor Summit at Sea™ faculty member Beth Clifford used this market as a case study in her Summit class on due diligence. We were so impressed we asked her if she would lead a tour patterned after our highly successful Dallas field trips. She agreed!
Washington DC has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and has been one of the hottest real estate markets in the last year. It’s always been strong, which is no surprise. After all, we always look for strong sustainable economic drivers that bring outside money into a particular geographic region. As home base to the U.S. federal government, it’s a safe bet that there will always be money funneling in and creating both first and second tier employment. And it’s unlikely the federal government will outsource to India or China!
But there’s more to Washington DC than the federal government. As a major metro, it has a big population and lots of infrastructure. And like every major metro, DC has a plethora of sub-markets and pockets of opportunity. There’s no way to understand the nuances of a market without visiting, which is why The Real Estate Guys™ love field trips!
Field Trip Logistics
When you arrive in Washington DC on Friday afternoon, arrive early enough to catch the shuttle and check into your hotel room. Your field trip tuition includes two night at the hotel we choose to serve as home base for the event.
Friday night, we’ll have a meet and greet, followed by a market overview presentation. Then out to dinner! In addition to seeing a market with your own eyes and meeting several potential members for your local team, one of the things people like best about our trips is the opportunity to interact with the tour guides and other “field trippers”. So we create lots of opportunities for interaction. No wallflowers! Developing relationships is one of the most important activities for a real estate investor.
Saturday morning we’re up and at ‘em early. We’ll grab a quick breakfast and hit the road to see the market. We’ll do our best to swing by several of the tourist attractions (also one of the economic drivers), but our main purpose is to compare and contrast the various sub-markets and property types. We want to understand where the best opportunities for cash flow, long term equity growth and/ or quick profits are. We probably won’t figure that out by standing in front of the Washington monument.
Remember, we believe real estate investing is best approached by choosing a market first, then building a team, and then looking for ideal properties. As a result, no properties are for sale on this trip. This isn’t a “fly ‘n buy” or “property tour” where salespeople are eagerly waiting to get you into contract before you fly out on Sunday. You’ll certainly meet some people that you can follow up with when you’re ready, so if you’re hot to buy DC, the trip is still valuable. But our field trips are about understanding the market and building relationships.
Saturday night, we cap off a long day with dinner and conversation before heading back to the hotel for some shut-eye.
Rise and shine on Sunday morning! We’ll have a lively interactive strategy session, some Q&A and our best ideas and action plans debrief. Depending on how much ground we covered on Saturday, we may sneak back out for some more touring. In any case, you’ll learn more about the Washington DC real estate market than most people who live and work there. And you’ll learn due diligence and critical thinking skills that will transfer to any market you decide to explore.
So what are you waiting for? Click here to download your registration form and come explore Washington DC with The Real Estate Guys™!
Join Robert Helms, host of The Real Estate Guys™ Radio Show for a memorable weekend discovery trip to the beautiful country of Belize! Three great dates to choose from: Sep 15-18, Oct 6-9 or Nov 3-6, 2011
Three words: Location, Location, Location (we’ve heard those are important for real estate).
Belize is the former British Honduras and is located just under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Mainland Belize features lush green tropical rain forests, while it’s Eastern border faces the Caribbean ocean safely nestled behind the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef. The islands are postcard perfect and attract vacationers, diving enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Harrison Ford, and more recently, Reese Witherspoon are known to visit Belize for private, relaxing getaways. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased a 110 acre island known as Blackadore Caye. We’ll show it to you when you attend this discovery trip!
But beyond beautiful, Belize has other unique attributes which make it attractive to investors and tourists alike. Belize is the ONLY country in Latin America whose official language is English. This, and the fact that its currency is pegged at a fixed 2:1 exchange rate with the U.S. dollar, make it a friendly place for Americans. Plus there are direct flights from several U.S. cities including Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston and many others. Belize is actually closer for most Americans, Canadians and Europeans than Hawaii!
The Real Estate Guys™ will show you Belize!
Robert Helms and his team have been visiting and investing in Belize for several years. He’s led several investor field trips with as few as one couple and as many as forty-five. The feedback on every trip has been over the top positive! Robert will share his extensive market knowledge, introduce you to local market experts, and personally show you the mainland, the islands, and several different developments.
This is an EDUCATIONAL event. This is not one of those “fly n’ buy” sales trips where aggressive salespeople are waiting to pounce on you. We believe the right approach to real estate is to start with the market first, then build a team, and then select property that meets your personal and investment goals. This trip is about exploring the market and meeting people who may become part of your team down the road.
Discover the real estate, banking and lifestyle opportunities available to you in beautiful Belize during a semi-private tour led by The Real Estate Guys™ Radio Show host Robert Helms.
Once you’re enrolled, our registration team will contact you to help arrange your air travel. Your round trip airfare is not included in your tuition, but it’s very important that your arrival is coordinated through our team. While you’re in Belize, virtually all your trip expenses including transportation, hotel accommodations, speaker sessions, materials and most meals are included. Alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, extended stays and certain other incidental expenses are not included. Upon receipt of your completed registration form, we’ll provide you with information about what to wear, pack and expect.
The Opportunity is Now
There are lots of reasons to like a place like Belize (is there any other place like Belize?), but the opportunity today is better than ever!
Americans haven’t lost purchasing power in Belize because of the fixed exchange rate, while many other countries have gained purchasing power because of a soft U.S. dollar. Baby boomers in the U.S. still dream of warm weather, low tax, beautiful places to resort and retire, but many of the more established areas remain relatively expensive in a post recession economy.
Belize offers an English speaking, affordable, “non-touristy”, and reasonably nearby alternative. And popular TV shows like House Hunters International are helping a growing number of people discover Belize as a great option not just for retirement, but also full time residency for a growing new class of telecommuters and independent information workers. Think about it: would you rather sit in a corporate cubicle in Cleveland or a beautiful beach in Belize?
Additionally, Belize still enjoys a great reputation as a tax friendly jurisdiction with strong privacy banking and asset protection laws. As citizens of “developed” countries face increasing concerns about privacy, taxes and frivolous litigation, the affluent are seeking off-shore alternatives in greater numbers than ever.
All of these trends point to increasing demand, but the wave is still growing. Alert investors can position themselves in the market to provide the properties that tourists, retirees, remote workers and ex-pats will want to buy or rent. Besides, if the worst thing that happens is that you have to live or use your property for personal use, would you rather it be a duplex in Detroit or bungalow in Belize? Meanwhile (check with your own tax advisor), once you have investments in Belize, your trips to visit just might be tax deductible. Very cool.
A Visit is with Worth a Million Words
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a personal visit to paradise is worth at least a million. Come see it with your own eyes!
We look forward to seeing YOU in beautiful Belize!
Quick! Before you let your summer end, squeeze in just one more FUN trip! And to make sure you have no guilt about having going, let’s make it an EDUCATIONAL trip designed to ENHANCE YOUR INVESTMENT KNOWLEDGE. Now that sounds like a REALLY GREAT IDEA!
Here are SEVEN REASONS to join The Real Estate Guys™ on the next FIELD TRIP TO BELIZE:
- Belize is warm, beautiful, friendly and fun. Much better than looking at fixer uppers in Detroit or Oakland.
- Belize is still a largely undiscovered country. Imagine getting to Hawaii or the Bahamas before the rest of the world figured it out. But once you’re there, you don’t have to wait as long. The pace of discovery is much shorter now. There’s a reason Belize is one of fastest growing cruise destinations.
- Robert has been studying Belize for three years. He and his team have several dozen trips under their belt. It’s always better to go exploring with an experienced guide. You’ll be amazed at how much you see and learn in just 3-1/2 days.
- Did we mention Belize is warm, beautiful, friendly and fun?
- Robert will introduce you to real estate developers, brokers, bankers and other important local contacts. It’s power networking in your shorts. You’ll be better connected in one weekend than most people are after several months.
- It’s a GREAT ITINERARY! You’ll see the mainland, the biggest cities, the #1 tourist destination,and the islands (including Leonardo DiCaprio’s) while you travel by bus, boat and plane throughout the country.
- You’ll make new friends. Every field trip and investor summit, we not only get to know our guests, but they get to know each other. And you never know who you’ll meet or what good thing may come from it. But one thing is for sure: if you don’t go, it’s certain you won’t meet anyone. So come join the fun! Watch the video.
Still not convinced? Check out these comments from some past attendees.
Click here to get all the details on our next field trip to Belize. Or, download your registration form now.
Why has Dallas become one of our favorite US real estate markets?
- Texas is ranked the #1 business friendly state in the US. Last time we looked, tenants have an easier time paying the rent when they have a job. And landlords have an easier time paying the mortgage when tenants pay the rent. Jobs are good.
- Dallas is the nation’s 5th largest media market. Hey, we are radio guys.
- Dallas is in the top 10 big US cities where it makes more financial sense to rent rather than own. That means tenants stay tenants longer. Less turnover means less expenses. Less expenses means better cash flow. Cash flow is good.
- Dallas real estate values have held up very well throughout the mortgage meltdown and the resulting unprecedented drop in real estate values across the US. After the last two years of “Drop Zone”, a Merry-Go-Round sounds exciting enough.
- Dallas is only 2-1/2 hours from Belize. Does that count?
- The Real Estate Guys™ TV show is taped in Dallas (Addison actually, but it’s close enough).
- Most rental residential real estate prices are well within the FHA / Fannie / Freddie conforming guidelines. That means it’s easier to get loans. It’s also easier for resale buyers to get loans. Life is easier when you can get loans.
- Our friend, Ken McElroy, says Dallas is one of his favorite markets for the next 5-10 years. And we think he’s well qualified to have an opinion.
- Infrastructure! Centrally located in the US, a huge airport, a great freeway system, on the path from Mexico to the North and Northeast, a big labor force and good higher education. Plus they have an amazing $1.2 billion football stadium. That’s infrastructure, isn’t it?
- Big and diverse economy. Dallas is home to lots of huge companies. But for every huge company, there are lots of little ones that support them.
We could go on, but you get the idea. But why take our word for it? Come to Dallas and check it out for yourself! Reading blogs and looking at stats on the internet is interesting in “student mode”. To get to “investor mode” (where you actually buy, own and manage real estate), you need to visit the market. How long does it take to learn a new market? A lot longer if you go it alone!
Invest a weekend with us in Dallas and we’ll help you compress time frames. We’ll help you get the lay of the land (literally!), explore various sub-markets, meet local experts and service providers; plus we’ll introduce you to some of our key contacts. And no one is going to ask (or pressure) you to buy anything including the next “boot camp” or any specific property. That’s not the way we roll. But if you find something or someone that interests you, you can follow up when you’re ready. Sound fair?
For more information, about the next field trip to Dallas, click here.
We just got back from our 8th Annual Investor Summit at Sea where we got to hang out with some of the biggest brains in real estate. One of our special guest faculty members was Robert Kiyiosaki’s Rich Dad Real Estate Advisor Ken McElroy. Ken has over 10,000 rental units and is adding more each month! We’re not sure how many you have, but we’re guessing Ken’s a little ahead of most folks.
Market Selection Matters
Since we’re big believers in picking the market first and the finding the best deal in the right market, we naturally asked Ken which markets he likes best and why. One of his favorites is North Texas and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. That made us feel really smart, since we’ve been fans of Dallas for the last couple of years. Ken’s always been a die hard cash flow investor (even though he loves to force equity through re-hab), so no surprise he likes Dallas. The GRMs / cap rates have always been pretty attractive there (if you don’t know what we just said, see Equity Happens pages 312 to 315). But, good rents relative to purchase price is only one part of the market selection process.
One of Ken’s keys to successful market selection is jobs. How may are there? What kind are they? How much do they pay? How stable are they? Inquiring minds want to know! Texas is the top ranked stated for ease of doing business and has strong track record of job creation and preservation – even during the latest recession! That alone should warrant a closer look.
Whenever we hear enough of the right people saying a market is worth looking at, we pack our bags and head to the airport to go check it out. After we get to know some folks and do a little business, if we like the market, we invite our inner circle to join us for a field trip. Since we’re broadcasters, our circle is pretty big. And guess what? You’re in it!
YOU’RE INVITED to The Real Estate Guys™ Field Trip to Dallas Texas on May 14-16, 2010!
Can’t make that one? That’s okay! We got so excited we decided to schedule not one, but TWO MORE dates: June 11-13 and July 9-11. Now, you don’t have any excuse.
But, we only take one (small) bus load at a time, so SPACE IS LIMITED. Our accountant says that’s stupid because if we did one trip with hundreds of people it would be more economical. Maybe. But it’s hard to see out the window with another field tripper in your lap. And if we had more than one vehicle, someone is sure to feel left out. Who gets to ride with the tour guide and who has to ride in the other van and read lips from across the traffic lane? So, the accountant is overruled and we’re doing three cozy trips instead of one giant trip. Plus we made it really affordable!
For only $699 per person (double occupancy), you get:
- Ground transportation
- Hotel accommodations
- Meals and snacks
- Notebook with market information
- All educational sessions
- A guided tour of several sub-markets and properties
- Introduction to local market experts and service providers
These items are NOT included:
- Airfare or other transportation from where you are to the Dallas airport
- Any investment properties you decide you want
- Uncomfortable, high pressure, hard-sell from desperate real estate agents. This is an EDUCATIONAL event.
- An autographed Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys jersey (we have to draw the line somewhere)
Not sure it’ll be worthwhile? Check out these comments from some folks who attended previously:
“I definitely recommend this. The trip gave me different insights when evaluating a market. Really enjoyed spending time with other investors and the general real estate conversations.” – Leslye S., Mission Viejo, CA
“I likely will invest in this market soon. The field trip is absolutely a must if you are interested in Dallas and have not been there. – Markus M., Detroit MI
“It is great to actually see an area that is growing and makes sense to invest in. Also, I got a better understanding of how a property manager thinks and sees things.” – Jerry B., Turlock, CA
“As a real estate agent and regular listener of The Real Estate Guys, I learned many points when assessing an area. I would recommend this trip very strongly.” – Kathy B., Maui, HI
“Excellent source of information. Amazing! After this weekend, I have decided to go on the cruise!!!” – Peter E., Austin, TX
What more can we say? Download your registration form and make plans to join us in Dallas. Then maybe we can add YOUR name to our list of happy campers!
The Real Estate Guys are going back to Belize! And who can blame us?
In our continuing quest for emerging growth markets, we’ve discovered great opportunities in the beautiful country of Belize!
Would you like to have invested in Cabo San Lucas Mexico 20 years ago…or Hawaii 30 years ago? Then come explore the white sand beaches, crystal blue seas and gorgeous rainforests of the only English speaking country in Latin America!
Robert Helms and his team have been to Belize nearly 50 times in the last 2 years! They will take you on a guided tour of both the forest covered mainland and the magical tropical islands which sit safely nestled inside the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere.
You’ll see raw and ready to develop land, single family homes, condos and more. Hear from bankers, appraisers, local real estate brokers and developers, and other experts!
Is it possible to profit in paradise? If you don’t go, you won’t know! Come discover Belize with The Real Estate Guys™ on our next field trip!
Registration is only $2,297 per person double occupancy* (add $400 for single occupancy) and includes $500 airfare credit, ground transportation, boat tours, receptions, 3 nights lodging, most meals; and all speakers, presentations and hand out materials
You can’t call this a vacation because we work hard and cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. But you’ll still have TONS OF FUN! Come hang out with The Real Estate Guys – and discover why we LOVE Belize!
It’s gonna be great!
But don’t take our word for it – check out comments from folks who’ve been to Belize with The Real Estate Guys™.
* We will make every effort to match same sex individuals as roommates so both may enjoy the double occupancy rate.
Dallas, Texas – Oct 16-18, 2009
In a whirlwind field trip, Robert Helms led a group of real estate enthusiasts on a guided tour of the Dallas area. The group included people from as far away as Hawaii, California and Michigan and featured several guest speakers including a local real estate developer, a local property manager and a veteran out of state real estate investor.
Dallas is a huge geographic market with many diverse sub-markets. Though impossible to cover all market areas, the field trip provided a great overview and focused on a few strategic marketplaces of particular interest. Overall, Dallas is a very attractive real estate market. It features a large population base, strong transportation and educational infrastructure, and a diverse economy – all nestled in the top rated state in which to do business. According to the Governor’s office, Texas created approximately 70% of all the new jobs in the US last year. Last time we looked, the best tenants were those with jobs!
One of the most attractive attributes of this market is the ratio between price and rents. With today’s low interest rates, many very nice properties will cash flow quite well with a reasonable down payment. The educational sessions on the trip focused on evaluating cash flow and how to recognize a good deal from a not-so-good deal.
The bottom line: The surveys said that everyone had a FABULOUS time on this field trip and felt it was well worth the time and money. In fact, 100% of the attendees rated it a 4 (on a scale of 1-4) and would recommend it to others. Check out some of the comments:
“Helped me focus on my goals…and learn what to research in markets and cash flow property. Very strongly recommend.” – Peter E., Austin, TX
“Absolutely a must! I will likely invest in this market soon.” – Markus M., Detroit, MI
“Highly recommend! It’s great to actually seen an area that is growing and makes sense to invest in.” - Jerry B., Turlock, CA
Bummed you missed it? No worries! Based on the success of this trip, we’re going again December 4-6, 2009! Join us! Then YOU can put your smiling face in these pictures!
As you can see, SPACE IS LIMITED (that’s not sales pitch – we can only fit so many people in a van), so register now to reserve your spot!
If you have questions or need help, call 1-888-489-7723 or send us a message on our Feedback page.
A field trip with The Real Estate Guys is one very effective way to discover new markets and opportunities in real estate. We hope to see YOU on our next field trip!