Real Estate Investing For Beginners – Part 2, Types Of Properties For New Real Estate Investors

Not all real estate property types may be appropriate for new real estate investors. There are many factors to consider when making the decision to add real estate to an investment portfolio.When deciding on a residential real estate investment strategy, some options for new investors to consider include:Rental unitsRental units can be considered both long term and short term investments. Types of properties that may be considered for this category would include:
Detached single family homes
Attached single family homes
Multi-Unit properties
Condos/Townhomes

Being a LandlordNot everyone has either the desire or inclination to be a landlord. Dealing with tenant and property issues can be very stressful and time consuming. One way to minimize the impact of being a landlord is to hire a professional property management company.Hiring a professional property management company has several advantages:
Allows owners of rental properties to be ‘shielded’ from dealing with tenant and property issues directly.
Provides a buffer allowing the owners to maintain a hands off approach to managing their properties.
May provide a less stressful experience
Offers the ability to purchase real estate investments not immediately local to the investor.
Provides a single contact point for all issues regarding the investment property.

Professional property managers are well versed and prepared to manage tenant and property issues as they arise. They will typically take care of all issues relating to the property.Many offer their services at reasonable prices and rates while others can be quite expensive depending on additional services being offered. You may expect property managers to provide the following services:
Advertise properties available
Recieve applications for tenancy
Perform Credit and Background checks for applicants
Recommend rental pricing
Pay maintenance and/or repair bills for the owner
Send monthly statements and rental income (Less any outstanding bills. Typically these are deducted and itemized from the rental income and will appear on monthly statements)

Flipping or The Bane of New InvestorsOften times, new investors in real estate are overly anxious to ‘flip’ properties and make a significant profit. Rumors of how friends or acquaintances have made allot of money is often the incentive for ‘flipping’.The real estate market fluctuates greatly. Yesterdays great ‘flipping’ market may be (recent market trends as an example) tomorrows ‘Hold on to it’ market. While this is certainly a desirable quality of an investment property, it is and should not be the primary consideration for new real estate investors. The competition for this type of real estate investment is fierce and occupied by seasoned, experienced professional builders and investorsProperty TypesLet’s discuss the various property type which may be considered by new real estate investors.The selectionof the type of real estate property for investment purposes may be based on several factors.These factors include:
Financial considerations – How much can you afford?
Availability of properties – What types of properties are available?
Location – You’ve heard this one a thousand times – Location…Location…Location…
Income potential – Does the property in question match your real estate investment strategy?

Detached and attached single family homes
Single family homes whether attached or detached are often the first real estate property type new investors seek. In many areas, they offer the most availability of any property type.Prices obviously vary greatly with these property types as well.Multifamily PropertiesApartment units such as duplexes and triplexes should be considered as a viable option for new real estate investors.Many investors and real estate professionals use apartment buildings as a point of entry to a portfolio of commercial real estate holdings and to build their equity before moving on to larger commercial real estate investments.Duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes are two, three and four-unit buildings that may or may not be owner occupied.SummarySelecting an appropriate type of real estate property in which to invest is a primary consideration for all serious real estate investors.Real estate investment strategies include the decision of whether or not to become actively involved in the management of the property. Professional property managers offer alternatives to assist in a “hands off” approach to owning residential income property.Knowing there are options on the various types of properties to purchase as investment may provide new real estate investors the information needed to make that final decision to become a real estate investor.End of Part 2

A Look at George Carlin’s Book "3x Carlin – An Orgy of George"

This is the pinnacle of all that is George Carlin. You get three of his published works in one! Its a very easy read , great for when you have some down time to get a couple of chuckles in on a stressful day.This book is huge and has plenty of content that won’t take much of a time investment. like I have mentioned in my review , you can pull it out when you have a free minute and read a little here and there. My favorite thing to do with this book is to flip to a random page , so you don’t have to treat this as a “Book” in the traditional sense. Just a fun flip through to make your day.

I’m a huge George Carlin fan and I wanted to get some of his written work to enjoy, especially since he is no longer with us. I have seen all of his HBO specials and all of them made me think and laugh. The same rule applies with this book , I always pulled this book out when I had a free minute between classes in college or a ride home on the train. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes to ask the big questions like…”When your rub your eyes real hard do you see that checkerboard pattern? What is that?” (Hyperion. “Naplam & Silly Putty”)

One of the greatest comedians of all time managed to get all of his ideas down on paper. George Carlin known most notably for his live performances, also has a ton of material that wasn’t used live. From short one liners to pages of scrutiny about airport security. There’s no better way to get inside George Carlin’s head than his written work and audio books. One the reasons I like Carlin so much is that he was so aware of the language we use everyday. He was able to pick it apart and show us how silly we really are.

The Gothic Imagery of Batman

The Goth-Father of Comics.

The character of Batman is a dark and brooding presence. He does not wear the cheery attire of Superman and lacks the light-hearted sarcasm of Spiderman. He is a far more complex character.

Out of all of the original superheroes of yesteryear only Batman has all of the right imagery, atmosphere, characters and settings to be deemed as true Goth. There were a few elements attached to some of the other crime fighters that had a Gothic slant; ‘Ghost Rider’, ‘The Phantom’ and even Will Eisner’s ‘The Spirit’ had certain attributes but Batman is the closest to being truly ‘Gothic’.

Where There Are Bats There is Goth.

In July 1982, Soho, London the first Gothic nightclub opened its doors to a darkly attired and Patchouli anointed youth. Regular visitors to the club included such people as Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Severin, Robert Smith and Nick Cave. The club was called ‘The Batcave’.

Okay, so it wasn’t just Batman who helped to influence all of this. Think Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, Vampira and even Yvonne de Carlo from ‘The Munsters’. But isn’t it a bit of a coincidence that the nightclub was named after Batman’s actual hang-out? (So to speak…)

A Dark and Mysterious Wonderland.

Then there is the city that is such an integral backdrop of most of the Batman stories; – ‘Gotham’.

As the name suggests, it is a dark place that is full of shadowy alleyways and sinister, maniacal foes.

A place where the manholes steam and the ‘Dark Knight’ patrols silently, hesitating only amongst the shadows and fog.

Batman’s costume is pure Goth. It has subtly changed over the years to become even more so. The bat-like cape and the mask with pointed ears could quite easily have been adopted by the frontman of a Gothic band without any problem from fans. Even the Bat-symbol can quite often be seen emblazoned on black t-shirts worn by even the most die-hard Goths.

Batman a-La Goth Hits the Mainstream.

In 1989 Tim Burton (a director with blatant Gothic influences previously visible in such films as ‘Beetlejuice’) released his movie version of ‘Batman’. This was the darkest addition to the Batman franchise to date and it went down a storm. In 1992 he released ‘Batman Returns’ which took the Gothic feel several steps further. The main score to the movie was even performed by Gothic legends ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’. Between the two Batman films he also created the masterpiece ‘Edward Scissorhands’ with a very Gothic Johnny Depp as the protagonist.

Since then the Batman industry has continued to wallow in its darkness with several other Gothic-styled additions to the string of movies. The latest release, ‘The Dark Knight’, caused quite a stir with its dark and brooding atmosphere. ‘Is this movie for kids or for adults?’ asked the media.

So, long before Neil Gaiman’s ‘Death’ there was already a Gothic hero. And before ‘Donnie Darko’ and the like the world of film had already worn the t-shirt… and on it was a symbol.