What Does it Take to be a Successful Real Estate Investor?

By Alfonso Munoz, Mentor in the Houston Office In preparing this article, I asked that question to five different real estate investors, and as fully expected I got five different answers. Ironically enough none of those five answers had anything to do with real estate. On the surface, that may seem peculiar to the new … read more

FIRE! The Case for Investing in Real Estate Now

By Jeff Smith, Realtor with Lifestyles Realty The Fire Alarm As I write this it is 8:30 on Saturday night. The kids are tucked in bed and there is finally enough stillness in the house to reflect on the day. Today started out like most other Saturdays. As the regular host of the Saturday edition … read more

The Five Ways Real Estate Investing Makes You Money

Five Ways to Make Money is Better Than One Real estate investing is the most powerful wealth-building tool available to the average person. The reason it’s so powerful is: there are five ways it makes you money. Stocks, by contrast, only share one of these sources (two if you’re getting dividends). Once you understand how … read more

Pay Yourself First: The Equity Goose and The Cashflow Golden Egg

I find it interesting that wisdom is often clearly laid out before everyone in a book or a lecture, and few truly understand it. It’s just as Napoleon Hill wrote in “Think and Grow Rich” when he hinted that one needs to re-read the book several times; and even then, the wisdom can only be … read more

Banks? We Don’t Need no Stinking Banks – Unconventional Financing Fundamentals

By Karen Davis and Jeff Smith, Mentors in the Houston Office There are many reasons (erroneous we believe) why people don’t want to get involved in real estate investing. However, if you do want to get involved, there is no reason why you can’t. Most people who hesitate to get started are afraid at some … read more

How Owning 15 Rental Properties Can Retire You Faster than a $1 Million 401k

*Note – Steve has recently posted an updated and newer version of this article here. How you answer this question speaks to your level of financial sophistication. How Far Would You Go for $200? Most people would not go very far out of their way to make an extra $200 a month. When compared to … read more

A Step by Step Road Map for Success in a New Decade!

It’s almost the end of 2009, and the end of a decade! Many people make new year resolutions. Do you have a resolution in mind? Perhaps you want to start a new workout routine. Maybe you want to read more books. Do you think about making a finance-related New Years Resolution? I challenge you to … read more

The Five Laws of Gold

When I first read “Richest Man in Babylon” by Goerge Clason, I had my doubts as to whether strategies and tactics based on thousand year old principles would be relevant to me in the 1990’s. Now, 20 plus years later, after having executed the laws and rules outlined in the book, I know it to … read more

No Excuses! – Why Doing the Little Things Makes a Huge Difference

Let’s say your goal is to retire yourself in five years and earn $8,000 per month in passive income… …Can you go from no passive income to $8,000/month overnight? Crazy, right? But do you believe you could generate $1,000 /month within one year? I believe you can and you should believe it as well. The … read more

The Path of Least Resistance

As the newest Financial Freedom Program mentor here at the Lifestyles Unlimited® office in Houston I have noticed a few common threads and patterns in the behavior and mindset of new real estate investors and those who want to try investing for the first time. Common Threads Fear. The first of those common threads is … read more