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Is Cleveland a Destination for Some Jobs and Companies Fleeing the Coasts?

The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate and direct impact on the housing market that continues to play out. The market should eventually normalize, but there may be more enduring effects.  Many experts are predicting a long-term exodus from high-cost urban locations like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. As the National Association of Home Builders…


Buyers Have Come Back to The Housing Market; Sellers Not So Much

As Americans emerged from their shelter-in-place COVID captivity in recent weeks, a lot of them headed right back to the housing market, which had been on a multi-year run when 2019 ended. What’s the lure?  Low, low mortgage rates, and predictions that they are likely to stay that way, plus a buyer’s market that may…


The Strong Case for Investing in Single-Family in 2020

The diminished appeal of urban living in costly metropolises like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle is making this a good time to invest in single-family homes. That’s the word from both real estate agents on Main Street and analysts and executives talking to Wall Street. In the wake of the pandemic, urban-dwelling millennials…


House Flipping Out of State: Is It Possible?

House flipping is currently one of the hottest real estate investment trends. The idea of purchasing a run-down property at a steal, putting in the time and money to bring it up to par, and then selling it at a profit seems like a pretty straightforward endeavor. People who have actually engaged in this strategy…


How to Get Financially Free by Purchasing SFRs

Most people dream of becoming financially free … and most people aren’t exactly sure what path to take to get there. If you’ve got cash to invest


Why the BRRRR Method is a Risky Gamble for Out of State Investing

It seems that every year, a new real estate investing strategy rises to the forefront. Recently, the trend du jour is the BRRRR method, which stands for “Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, and Repeat.” The acronym is self-explanatory: an investor buys a distressed property, remodels it to make it rentable, places a tenant in it to…


Are Turnkey Rentals the New 60/40 Portfolio Alternative?

For decades, an investment portfolio composed of 60% stocks and 40% bonds has been the baseline recommendation of most financial planners and stockbrokers. Given the negative correlation between stocks and bonds, U.S. Treasuries and other fixed income securities have acted as a hedge, resulting in smaller portfolio losses compared with equity alone when stocks tumbled. …


Why Hiring a Property Manager Beats Being Your Own Landlord

When most people think of a property manager, they think of someone who handles hundreds of units or commercial properties. While this is true to some extent, many investors hire property managers even for single-family properties and single units when self-management starts getting out of their hands. Landlords stand divided when it comes to hiring…


Assessing the Risk of a Turnkey Real Estate Company

If you’re looking into turnkey real estate investing, you’re certainly looking at the risks involved. But are you looking at the potential risks that could come from the turnkey real estate company you’re working with? We get it, more and more investors are becoming increasingly worried about the unpredictable stock market and escaping it to…


Smartland Launches First Cleveland-Based Opportunity Zone Fund to Invest in Local Value-Add Real Estate Projects

Smartland LLC, one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing real estate investment firms, announced the launch of the Smartland Opportunity Zone Fund. Targeted to raise $22 million, the fund is believed to be the first Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) fund focused on properties in the qualified areas of Cleveland as established through the Tax Cuts and Jobs…


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