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Mark has been a Realtor since 2002 and has specialized in listing REO and HUD properties since 2008 during and after the housing crash. He since opened a real estate brokerage; Blue Steel Real Estate and Mark's team have sold more than 200 homes a year in multiple years. mark's focus is now on real estate investing and not real estate sales.
Mark flips 20-30 homes each year, and close to 200 total. These are not wholesale deals but rehab projects from start to finish. He routinely has from 10 to 20 projects going at once.
Mark owns more than 140,000 square feet of rental properties, both residential and commercial. His office is located in one of those properties, a 68k square foot strip mall that was purchased for $2.1 million in 2018 and appraised for $3.95 million in 2019 after adding tenants and remodeling.
Mark is also a writer with work available across the web. He primarily publishes on https://investfourmore.com, where you will find much more information on his rental properties, rental strategies, and working with a positive attitude. The Investfourmore YouTube channel has more than 64k subscribers and shows all of Mark's recent investment properties. Investfourmore also posts daily on their Instagram (93k followers) and Facebook page. Mark has also been featured in the Washington Post, Yahoo, Zillow, Time, The Street, Huffington Post, and many more major media outlets.
Mark loves cars and has multiple exotic automobiles including a Lamborghini Diablo, Aston Martin V8, Lotus Esprit, Toyota Supra, Porsche 928, and more.
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Learn the best way to invest in rental properties in this 300 plus page book written by real estate investor Mark Ferguson (owns more than 100,000 sqft of rentals). This book gives you the exact details on how to finance, find, analyze, manage, and even sell rental properties. Where other books lack the details on how to actually make money in real estate, this book is all about the details. It is written by someone who has been investing in real estate for over 15 years and is still investing today.
If you are having trouble figuring out how to find the right properties, how to finance them, where to buy properties, or how to buy with little cash, this books tells you how to overcome those obstacles. If you can't find your answer in the book, Mark even gives away his email address where you can ask him directly.
Mark is a successful rental property owner, fix and flipper and real estate broker. Mark has sold over 1,000 houses as a broker, flipped over 155 houses, and owns his own office Blue Steel Real Estate. Mark bought his first rental property on his own in December 2010 and now has 19 rentals (commercial and residential). He has fix and flipped houses since 2001 and been a real estate agent since 2001 as well. Over the years, he has learned the best way to find rentals, get great deals, manage properties, finance properties, find great markets and build wealth with rentals. In this book, Mark gives you all the information you need to be a successful rental property investor.
Mark also started InvestFourMore, a real estate blog with over 35,000 subscribers and millions of visitors. He is known for his straight to the point writing that is easy to understand and full of insight. This book is not full of theories and made up stories. It contains real-world case studies and information on investing from an investor actively investing in today’s market (2017).
Here are just a few of the topics covered:
· Why rental properties will help you retire faster than other investments
· The risks of investing in rentals
· How to determine what a good rental property is
· How to determine what type of rental to buy
· How to get a great deal on properties
· How to finance rentals, even if you have more than 4 or more than 10
· How to invest in rentals with less cash
· How to repair and maintain properties
· How to manage rentals or find a property manager
· What are the best exit strategies
· How to buy rental properties when your market is too expensive
· Brand New Bonus Chapter on Commercial Real Estate Investing
This book has been revised a number of times to reflect current market conditions and changes in Mark's strategy.
"I am finishing up your excellent book Fix & Flip Your Way to Financial Freedom. I have probably read 6 fix & flip books over the past 6 months and your book is one of the best I have read."
Are you ready to start an exciting career or side job flipping houses? Fix and Flip Your Way to Financial Freedom is written by Mark Ferguson, who has been featured on Zillow, Realtor.com, Realtor Magazine, Bigger Pockets and runs Investfourmore.com, a real estate blog with 300,000 views a month. Mark is also an active flipper, having flipped over 100 homes and is currently flipping multiple homes in today's hot market. Mark is also a real estate agent, a rental property owner and a trusted authority when it comes to real estate investing.
This book contains all the details need to start flipping houses from scratch or to build your current flipping business bigger and better.
In this book you'll discover how to:
Finance your flips with banks, hard money, private money and more
Find killer deals that make it possible to make a lot of money flipping houses
Accurately predict the costs and repairs that will come with a flip
Figure out what houses you should buy and which houses you should stay away from
Structure offers and negotiate
Find contractors and keep good contractors working hard
Sell your houses for top dollar quickly!
Scale your business to get to the point of doing ten or more flips at one time (like Mark)
Fix and Flip Your Way to Financial Freedom is a wealth of information on flipping houses. It will help you know what it takes to make it big in real estate and avoid many of the costly mistakes most new flippers make.
Table of Contents (Chapter Level)
About the Author
1. How Much Money Can You Make Fixing and Flipping Homes?
2. Why I Like to Fix and Flip Homes; Money, Time, Enjoyment…
3. What are possible downfalls involved in flipping houses?
4. Why it is Risky to Buy Old Houses to Flip
5. How Much Money Do You Need to Fix and Flip a Home?
6. What are the Costs Involved in Flipping?
7. How much does it cost to fix up a house?
8. How to Determine What to Repair on a Rental Property or Fix and Flip
9. How Long Does it Take to Fix and Flip a Home?
10. How to Finance Fix and Flips
11. How to Finance Fix and Flips with Hard Money
12. How to Find a Portfolio Lender Who Will Finance Multiple Investment Properties
13. How to Make More Money Fix and Flipping Homes
14. What Is the 70 Percent Rule?
15. Should you use a contractor to repair a fix and flip or do the work yourself?
16. How to Find a Great Contractor
17. How to Make Sure the Contractor you Hire Will do a Great Job Repairing Your Home
18. Fix and Flip Case Study Part 1
19. Fix and Flip Case Study Part 2
20. How and Why I Lost Money on a Flip
21. How to Buy Real Estate below Market Value
22. How Can You Get a Great Deal on a House on the MLS?
23. Why You Should Become a Real Estate Agent if You Want to Buy Fix and Flips
24. How to Determine Market Value on Investment Properties
25. How to Sell a House for the Most Money
26. How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House?
A priceless read during times of economic turmoil—use negotiation skills to get the best deals no matter what the housing market throws your way.
Learn how to close more real estate deals . . . and make more money in the process!
Three expert investors and bestselling authors come together to show you how to get the most deals—and the best deals—on all of your investment property. With more than 1,000 successful real estate deals between them, J Scott, Mark Ferguson, and Carol Scott combine the science of negotiation with real world experience to dive into all aspects of the real estate negotiation process. From the first interaction with a buyer or seller, to renegotiating the contract after unexpected issues arise, to last-minute concessions at closing, you’ll learn everything you need to reach optimal agreements every time.
Along with a step-by-step guide to the negotiation process, this book also contains dozens of true-life stories that highlight how strong negotiation can result in more and better deals. Real dialogue examples will teach you what to say and how to say it, effectively strengthening your ability to close profitable transactions. Whether you’re a real estate investor, agent, beginner, or veteran, you can use these expert strategies to create dynamic end results!
Inside, you will learn:
Build a Commercial Real Estate Empire is not a fluffy motivational book about how rich you can become by investing in big real estate deals. It is a how-to book. It teaches you how to buy, finance, find, repair, manage, and value commercial real estate. It comes with more than 10 case studies that go into the details of deals Mark has done in the last 3 years, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you have any interest in commercial real estate—not multifamily residential apartments—but retail, industrial, and office space, this is the book for you. If you are looking to simply dump huge amounts of money into big commercial properties, this is not the book for you.
This book shows you how to add value, get great deals, and refinance properties to take cash out for bigger deals…all while bringing in substantial monthly income. Real estate is a wonderful business with so many opportunities. Commercial real estate is an often-overlooked niche, which means there is a ton of opportunity. The book covers:
What the book covers:
Commercial Real Estate Strategies
- How I got Into Commercial Real Estate
- Start Big or Small?
- The Basics of Commercial Real Estate
- Commercial Versus Multifamily
- What Type of Commercial Properties Do I Like?
- Where Should You Buy Commercial Rentals?
Commercial Numbers, Analysis, and How-To
- What Makes a Deal a Deal
- What Is the CAP Rate, and Why Is It So Important?
- How to Find Deals on Commercial Real Estate
- Financing Commercial Real Estate
- Commercial Appraisals
- How to Find Tenants and Manage Properties
- How does Tenant Improvement (TI) work?
- Commercial Leases
- Repairs and Contractors
- Be Prepared for the Waiting Game!
- Taxes, Opportunity Zones, and 1031 Exchanges
- Working with Partners and Syndication
- Case Study #1: My First Commercial Property
- Case Study #2: 7,000-Square-Foot Office Building
- Case Study #3: A Steal From Facebook
- Case Study #4: One of My Best Deals Ever
- Case Study #5: $2 Million? Was I Ready?
- Case Study #5 Part 2: Adding Millions in Value
- Case Study #5 Part 3: BRRR on a Big Scale
- Case Study #6: Vacant for How Long?
- Case Study #7: My First Mixed Use
- Case Study #8: History in the Making
- Case Study #9: Don’t Ignore the Small Deals
- Case Study #10: “The Compound”
I thought I was smart, I was educated, I thought I could be successful, but there is much more to success than intelligence and education. Hard work is also a very important part of success, and although I could have definitely worked a little harder in school and at work, that wasn’t the missing piece to the puzzle. Not only did I struggle after college, I became very frustrated with where my career was going. I lost some of my dreams, I started to tell myself I didn’t want fancy things or nice cars, because I started to believe I would never be able to get those things. If I convinced myself, I didn’t want those things, maybe I would be less disappointed.
A funny thing happened a few years into my real estate career. I got fed up with how things were going and I made some drastic changes. At first the changes resulted in me making much less money and being way more stressed! However, I accidentally started to create some goals, because I got fed up with how things were going. Then I started to listen to other people and not rely on just myself. I got outside my comfort zone and did things that scared me and were very hard to do. My life started to turn around, and success followed very quickly.
I went from having a goal to make $100,000 a year to a goal to make $1,000,000 a year in a few years. I found success in multiple businesses. I built a team that reduced my stress and time I worked. I became happier, I bought an awesome house, had an awesome family and even bought a Lamborghini (a life-long dream). The more successful I became, the more I realized that success was not about intelligence, hard work or even education. It was about belief, planning, confidence and structure.
In this book I will tell you a little more about my story. How I made $28,000 in 2006, but now have 16 rentals, flip 10 to 15 houses a year, run a real estate team of ten and work less than 40 hours a week. I could retire at the age of 37, but I have big goals and big aspirations, plus I love what I do!
- Deciding on how much money to spend on a house(don't let your lender or agent decide for you!)
- Deciding whether you should buy or rent
- How to get a great deal on a house that will build instant equity
- How to get the best loan with less money down (if that is your goal) and the lower overall cost
- How to find the best real estate agent and lender and why you need them
- How the process works including inspections, appraisals, title insurance, mortgages, closings, escrows, HOAs, etc...
- How to fix up your house and maintain it
- How to find contractors to help you fix up your house
- How to sell your house for the most money
- When and if you should refinance your house
- A glossary full of definitions for real estate terms
- Plus bonus chapters on starting a career in real estate
There has been a lot of talk about real estate being a bad investment. Many financial and economic advisers suggest buying a home may be worse for your finances than renting. However, I think most people do not take the home buying or selling process seriously. They put all their faith in other people to get the right deal done for them. If you blindly buy a house based on what your real estate agent or lender tell you, it may not be a good investment! However, if you are able to find great deals, get a good loan, and take care of your home, real estate can be an incredible tool to build wealth. I am a real estate agent, and real estate investor who has done very well buying hundreds of houses. I try to teach what I know to others to help them make smarter and better decisions. If you know the right way to buy a home, it beats renting every time.
There is a lot of information in this book, and depending on your real estate experience you may know some of it, or be familiar with a lot of it. I have created four sections with many chapters to make it easy to navigate. The first part of the book focuses on the bare basics of buying and selling houses, while the later sections go deeper into each aspect of real estate. I hope you enjoy the book and learn how to make your real estate purchases awesome investments.
Mark breaks down how much money real estate agents can really make as well as how much work an agent will have to do. There are many stories out there about how little money agents make and how they are on call at all hours. The truth is real estate can be a wonderful business if you treat it as a business and plan accordingly.
There are many things an agent can do to be successful, which Mark details in this book.
Choosing the right broker
Getting off to a fast start selling houses
Finding the right lead sources
Where to spend your money
Where not to spend your money
The best ways to network
How to build a business not create a job
How to make your real estate agent business a sell-able asset
Much, much more
If you are family with Mark and his writing style, you know he hates fluff. This is a straight to the point book with an immense amount of usable information and techniques. You can find mark at https://Investfourmore.com, where he has created one of the most popular real estate blogs.
101 House Flipping Tips is an awesome quick-reference guide for anyone who flips or has considered flipping. This book contains informative, actionable tips based on Mark Ferguson's experience in flipping over 200 houses.
A Note From the Author
I have written a number of books on real estate, and even a fiction book about buying a house for the first time. In those books, I go to great lengths and into great detail to explain everything I can.
This book is completely different.
I wrote this book to give people quick tips that they can easily reference over and over. You don’t have to search through hundreds of pages of text to find one simple concept. That said, if you want to read hundreds of pages and detailed information about real estate, please check out my other books.
I felt I was qualified to write this book since I have flipped over 200 houses and counting. I flipped 26 houses last year. I love the business, and I love finding deals. Getting started can be stressful and tough, but once you learn the business, it is tough to ever stop. Not only is it fun, but it is exciting! We are always learning something new, even after 17 years in the business. I have a lot of experience, but I still don’t know everything…and never will.
This book is self-explanatory. I provide 101 tips for flipping houses and expand on each tip. I chose the most important tips I could to help people be successful in this business.
About the Author
Mark Ferguson is a highly successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, author, and family man. Mark is living proof that positive thinking can propel you to incredible levels of success. He has achieved much of his financial success through real estate.
"It was like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" with a different perspective! This book is quite a bit different from Mark's other books...it's actually written more like a novel with a storyline that is packed with all kinds of valuable, real-life information on real estate. What I liked about the book is that it challenged the idea that "your house is a liability, not an asset" that Rich Dad Poor Dad claims. Although Robert Kiyosaki's general idea makes a lot of sense (it takes money from your pocket each month. Therefore, it's a liability), there are so many other factors that Rich Dad Poor Dad never considers. My thing has always been, you have to pay to live somewhere each month anyway...why rent when you can make payments on a home that will likely increase in value over time? Anyway, the story in this book reminded me of a similar journey that I went through as an aspiring real estate investor. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get into real estate investing, especially people who are in their twenties and who are trying to figure out how to get started. The book was easy to read and actually pretty entertaining as well. Definitely add this one to your list."
Mo found himself stuck in life. His job sucked. He had no girlfriend. He had no savings and saw no hope for the future. He had to change something because this is not what he envisioned his life would be like. Then, Mo started to realize nothing was going to happen for him when he was not willing to do anything for himself. He decided to make some big changes, to learn how to make his life better, not just hope it would magically get better. In his search for something meaningful, he found real estate. Not only that, but he was inspired about life again. He was excited and ready to start making things happen instead of letting them happen.
This is a fictional book that is meant to be educational as well. As a real estate investor, I have seen how powerful real estate can be as a wealth-building tool. However, many people, especially young adults, know nothing about real estate. They may have an idea that buying a house could be helpful, but they do not know the right ways to buy or how to make it a great investment, not just a place to live.
This book follows Mo’s journey as a life-long renter with little hope for the future to someone who is excited and motivated about life and the future. He learns about real estate and how it can get him out of his rut. He also learns a lot about his attitude and himself in the process. Mo does not get rich overnight, but through the process, he reinvents himself and figures out exactly what he wants to do with his future.
Not only does the book show what real estate can do, but it also goes over the details on exactly how to do it. This is not a book that skips over the how-to but instead focuses on it. It goes over foreclosures, HUD homes, rentals, flips, wholesaling, inspections, mortgages, using real estate agents, and much more.
It’s a fun, light read that is highly educational as well.
I am an investor myself with 11 rentals and number 12 and 13 under contract. I fix and flip 10 to 15 houses a year and all my properties are financed with banks. I talk a lot about my investing at investfourmore.com, but in this book you can get the details on the best ways to:
Finance bulk packages of rental properties
Finance fix and flips
Lines of Credit
Qualify for a loan
Use hard money
Use private money
Finance more than four properties, more than ten and an unlimited amount
Best use financing to increase returns
Find loans with little money down required
Bonus material included in the book:
How to make one million dollars with real estate
How I would invest one million dollars into real estate
I have 11 loans in my name and another six loans in the name of one of my corporations. I am not trying to hide my identity through a corporation; my bank knows I control all of the properties. In fact Fannie Mae guidelines say lenders can give up to 20 mortgages to an individual. However, most banks have their own policies that prevent supplying that many mortgages to one person.
The trick to financing multiple investment properties is to find the right bank. My bank will actually finance as many properties as I want as long as I qualify for the loan. They place no limits on me, have competitive rates, competitive terms and actually require less paperwork than the big banks! I am able to put 20% down, when the big banks would require 25% (if they would give me loan).
In this book I tell you exactly how my bank works, what type of bank they are and how to find a similar bank (they are not national). I also talk about many other strategies you can use to obtain financing on multiple rental properties as well as advanced strategies like hard money refinances, financing fix and flips and investing with little money down. I plan to buy 100 single family rental properties and there is no way I could do that without a great bank that will finance me.
For more information on myself please check out www.investfourmore.com, my real estate blog with over 200,000 views a month. I am a real estate broker who sells over 150 homes a year, I invest in long-term rentals and have completed over 100 fix and flips in the last ten years. I have published five Books that can be found at my Amazon author page.
If you have ever thought about investing in rental properties this is a must have book and will help get you started in your journey to early retirement and wealth!
Mark Ferguson is an investor who owns 16 long-term rentals and has completed over 100 fix and flips. Mark is also a successful real estate agent, having sold over 500 homes in the last three years. Mark runs investfourmore.com, a incredible blog with millions of views a year that has over 400 free articles on rentals, flips and becoming a real estate agent.