Reducing Your Risk

“How can I reduce my risk?” – Bruce of Seattle, WA Interestingly enough one of the best ways to reduce your risk is to lower your leverage. The less you borrow the less risk you have. Real estate investing can be a very profitable venture but we are susceptible to the real estate market on

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Where to Look for Investment Properties

“Where do you recommend I start looking for investment properties?” Peter of Lynnwood, WA I am a big proponent of investing locally. However, local can vary from person to person. I’ve heard a handful of longtime investors say that as a typical rule of thumb, they do not buy anything they can’t drive to in

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September Success Stories!

September was full of success for both investors and home buyers! Take a look at a few of this month’s projects that received drastic makeovers and profitable returns! ELEGANT KENMORE RESIDENCE 7619 NE 204th Pl. Kenmore, WA 98028 Purchase: $205,000 Sold: $447,000 STORYBOOK TACOMA  HOME 6433 S Tyler St. Tacoma, WA 98409 Purchase: $70,100 Sold:

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Retail vs. Wholesale Contractor

“What is the difference between a retail contractor and a wholesale contractor?” – Brenna of Puyallup, WA Great question, and an important distinction to make. A retail contractor generally works with retail clients, typically people looking to remodel their personal residence. Retail contractors are bound by the schedules of the residents and retail projects are

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Typical Return on Investment

“What is a typical return on an investment?” –Suzette of Burien, WA Return on investment can be looked at a couple different ways.  The most popular method that we as real estate investors like to view these returns is by cash on cash. How much cash do I have to outlay and how much can

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Unforeseen Investment Expenses

Unforeseen Investment Expenses As a real estate investor, you can put a flip calculator together and estimate what the specific project costs are going to be. I think that the biggest unforeseen investment expense is the one you as the investor are hiding from yourself in order to make the deal look better. What we

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Common Investment Mistakes

What is the most common mistake most investors make when remodeling their property? Overspending on the rehab. This is a business where a lot of times we can buy the right property but we can ruin a really good deal in the rehab phase. This overspending commonly comes from two different sources: hiring a contractor

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August Success Stories!

August was full of success for both investors and home buyers! Take a look at a few of this month’s projects that received drastic makeovers and profitable returns!   MONROE MARVEL 25122 Florence Acres Rd. Monroe, WA 98272 Purchase: $191,638 Sold: $350,000   REFINED REDMOND RESIDENCE 18205 NE 105th Ct. Redmond, WA 98052 Purchase: $485,000 Sold:

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Structuring a Partnership

“I’m thinking about partnering with someone, what is the best way to structure a partnership?” – Susan of Puyallup First off, partnerships can be absolutely wonderful and partnerships can be absolutely horrible. It really depends on who you are and who your partner is. I’m lucky to have had the same partner in our business

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Wholesaling Defined

Wholesaling is a term used quite often among real estate investors, but do you know what it means? Wholesaling is when a wholesaler (individual or partnership) obtains an assignable contract to purchase a property from the seller and sells this contract to another investor. The contract generally has a fee attached and when the contract

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July Success Stories!

July was full of success for both investors and home buyers! Take a look at a few of this month’s projects that received drastic makeovers and profitable returns! REVITALIZED SEATTLE RESIDENCE 12257 Corliss Ave N. Seattle, WA 98133 Purchase: $370,800 Sold: $605,000 COLUMBIA CITY CONTEMPORARY 4626 43rd Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118 Purchase: $315,000 Sold:

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Tenant Selection Criteria

“I’m in the process of completing my first cash flow property and I am getting ready to start thinking about tenants. How do you determine who will make a good tenant?” -Jim of Seattle, WA We highly recommend that new investors utilize a property management company. A well-run property management company will underwrite and screen

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Residential vs. Commercial Real Estate Investing

I always think it’s interesting when people feel as though they are proficient residential real estate investors that they can then jump into investing in commercial real estate. I look at each of these as two completely different businesses. There are some similarities, but there are more differences than similarities. A significant factor to consider

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June Success Stories!

June was full of success for both investors and home buyers! Take a look at a few of this month’s projects that received drastic makeovers and profitable returns! LYNNWOOD LUXOR 5214 189th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036 Purchase: $207,000 Sold: $355,000 AUBURN ALLURE 31806 160th Pl. SE Auburn, WA 98092 Purchase: $117,000 Sold: $232,500 EVERETT

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Off-Market Defined

“I’ve heard the term off-market before but I don’t quite understand what it means, can you explain what an off-market property is in further detail?” – Linda of Kirkland, WA Off market is a term used for properties that are not publicly listed. Off market properties are not publicly available for purchase. Off-market properties are

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Attain Housing Volunteer Mission

                        Heaton Dainard, Intrust Funding, LimeLite Development, and Buck Buys Houses had the tremendous opportunity to give back to our community today and make a difference. In collaboration with Attain Housing, we had the pleasure of helping families in need by doing some good

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May Success Stories!

13 properties rounded up this month’s total sold! These are just a few of our favorites! SHORELINE SWEETHEART 2140 N 176th St. Shoreline, WA 98133 Purchase: $332,000 Sold: $530,000 AUBURN ADORATION 4613 S 318th St. Auburn, WA 98001 Purchase: $170,000 Sold: $315,000 SHORELINE STUNNER 14750 20th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155 Purchase: $231,000 Sold: $430,000

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Ask James Dainard: May

Ask James Dainard Q&A With a Local Expert in Real Estate Investing “I have recently listed a few properties and they each have multiple offers. How should I determine what is the best offer? In a few instances we have gone with the highest bidder and they end up backing out. – Margaret of Shoreline,

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April Success Stories!

Flipping a home requires knowledge, expertise, and extreme dedication. We are excited to present a couple of our clients 11 closed properties this month! RAVISHING RAVENNA RESIDENCE 6846 18th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98115 Purchase: $355,000 Sold: $1,295,000 QUAINT KENMORE QUARTERS 15810 74th Ave. NE Kenmore, WA 98028 Purchase: $275,000 Sold: $446,000 EYE-CATCHING EVERETT SPLIT-LEVEL 3329

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Ask James Dainard: April

Ask James Dainard  Q&A With a Local Expert in Real Estate Investing “I am new to real estate investing, and I am unsure of where to start. Should I find financing or a deal first?” – Andrew of Seattle, WA Since you are a new investor, I recommend finding financing first. The last thing you

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2015 Client Appreciation Night!

We would first like to thank everyone who came out to our first ever Client Appreciation Night! It was a smashing success! We would also like to recognize our Heaton Dainard Award winners; Eric & Yolanda Delay for the Excellence in Design Award, Mike Ellis for the Drab to Fab Award, The Butler Group for the

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March Success Stories!

March showed great success with a whopping 22 properties sold this month! From start to finish these homes were renovated with the highest quality products and utmost attention to detail. Take a look at a few of our March closings and their payoffs below! INVITING ISSAQUAH ABODE 25109 SE 158th St. Issaquah, WA 98027 Purchase: $390,000

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Ask James Dainard : March

Ask James Dainard Q&A With a Local Expert in Real Estate Investing  “My house has been sitting on the market, what can I do to up the value without making significant changes to my home?”– Matt of Auburn, WA Typically when a house is sitting on the market the problem is the price. But if

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Ask James Dainard: February

Q&A With a Local Expert in Real Estate Investing “I am looking to sell my flipped investment property. What are things to watch out for in the buyer’s home inspection?” – Lisa of Issaquah, WA Every home is different, and depending on the size of the project there are going to be different inspection items.

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February Success Stories!

Whether a quick cosmetic flip or a hefty overhaul, our investors put in some serious work this past month. From start to finish these homes were renovated with the highest quality products and utmost attention to detail. Take a look at 3 of our 12 February closings and their payoffs below! COZY SEATTLE COTTAGE 1900 NE

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Heaton Dainard hosts the Uber Puppy Bowl!

A big thank you goes out to PAWS, UBER, and Animal Planet for bringing us puppies Marshaw and Lynch to play with for the Uber Puppy Bowl! Our office was not prepared for this kind of puppy cuteness and lost control for approximately 15 minutes. Here are some pictures of this wondrous occasion!

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2014 In a Snapshot

As we wrap up 2014 and look forward to a bright and prosperous 2015, we would like thank our investors.  2014 was a year of fun, hard work, and total client dedication. We appreciate all of our clients and we are eager to work with you in the upcoming year. As you may know your

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