1. An opportunity to buy a second home directly from the owner has appeared. What are the pros and cons of rental property?

    Reader Question: My husband and I have the chance to purchase a second home. We value our home at approximately $265,000. We owe about $130,000 on the mortgage. Our monthly mortgage payment for our house is $1,100. That plus all of our other monthly bills comes to approximately $2,300 to $2,800 per month. We want […]

    October 29, 2016
  2. How does one evaluate income property?

      Reader Question: We want to make our first real estate investment purchase. We have decided on investing in older 2-4 family apartments. It appears there are different ways to decide what a property is worth. How do you evaluate an old three family? Julie and Rob P. Monty’s Answer: There are many theories regarding […]

    August 15, 2015
  3. What are the biggest mistakes of new real estate investors?

    Reader Question: We just backed out of our first real estate investment deal. We took some bad advice, but luckily, discovered an undisclosed issue through a whistleblower. It made us ask ourselves, what else could we have missed? What are the biggest mistakes of new investors? Justin and Ann P. Monty’s Answer: Every year new […]

    April 20, 2015
  4. How do I get started managing a rental property?

    Reader Question: Monty, I am saving and looking to buy my first rental this year. What kind of infrastructure do I need to have in place to support this kind of business? Thanks, Rob P. Monty’s Answer: Building a real estate investment team is important. Owning investment real estate can be a great business. You are […]

    April 8, 2014
  5. Raise rents right now, or wait a bit?

      Reader Question: Hello, Monty! We are “babe in the woods” investors. We have a duplex in Portland, Oregon. We are not sure whether to raise rents at this time. Expenses have gone up about 5% since January 2013, in line with inflation in the state. Everyone’s heard the bad job data, and we’re afraid […]

    February 11, 2014
  6. How can one tell if one run-down area is best?

    Reader Question: How can one tell if one run-down area is best? A friend and I are going to buy an old home and remodel it to rent out. We have a limited budget, so we are looking in areas where prices are lower. Are there any strategies or tips for buying and renovating houses […]

    January 18, 2014