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General, Linda Baumgarten, News

In an industry dominated by men, The Connecticut Real Estate Investors Association, or CT REIA, has helped nurture a wide array of talented women who are more than up for the task. The 2018 Women in Real Estate Award Winner Marguerite Haughton is a loving mother and active member of her community who still manages to find time to be an expertly skilled real estate entrepreneur.

Linda Baumgarten, Marketing

4th article in the Marketing Your Real Estate Investment Business Series. Previous one – Networking your REI Business.

You can’t just pass along your business cards to every John and Jane Doe you come across and expect all of them will be your next client. It’s both impossible and a waste of a lot of the cards spent to have printed out with your good name on it. Knowing your audience is key for many trades in life, and real

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Linda Baumgarten, Marketing

3d article in the Marketing Your Real Estate Investment Business Series. Previous one – Finding REI Properties.

Networking will always be extremely important for a Real Estate Investor (REI). As we briefly referenced in “Marketing your REI Business,” the more people you talk to, the better your chances of finding a property. Most people don’t know that their postal carriers, package delivery people, and even the guy who pumps gas is a perfect subject for networking your services and handing

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Linda Baumgarten, Marketing

A couple looking for a house

Second article in the Marketing Your Real Estate Investment Business Series. Previous one – Marketing REI Business: Business Cards.

As a Real Estate Investor (REI), you are constantly looking for properties to purchase. You never know when a property will suddenly pop up for sale and catch the eye of other buyers, so you must be vigilant to stay ahead of your competition and

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Linda Baumgarten, Property Management

Buying your first property as an investor should be an absolutely thrilling feeling; but it can also make you just as terrified by the prospect, if not more. Am I working with the right people to make my job go as easy as possible? Will this building actually help me reach my financial goals in the long run? Would I have a good backup plan if this investment doesn’t work out?

These questions and more can make any new

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Linda Baumgarten, News, Property Management

It’s the most wonderful time of year – if you’re property prepared. Cold temperatures are here, and winterizing and preparing your property now will ensure a comfortable and efficient home environment. Here are strategies to prepare your property for winter weather.

Don’t wait, insulate

While attics can be draft conductors, they also are among the easiest areas to reinforce. The simple addition of extra insulation can improve heat retention and localize incoming air blasts. If applied properly, proper insulation can

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Linda Baumgarten, Marketing

Business card for real estate business

First article in the Marketing Your Real Estate Investment Business Series.

Without marketing, your Real Estate Investing (REI) business doesn’t exist. No one is going to call you to sell you their house or to buy a property from you, or lend you money if they don’t know you want any of these things. Marketing gets your message out to your clients so they

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Linda Baumgarten, Other

As an investor, finding a good real estate agent can help find you a great deal on a property in your area. After all, the National Association of Realtors reported that 92% of houses sold in 2014 were by agents so they must be doing something right!

While it’s generally considered taboo for investors to deal with listing agents since they work in a more business-savvy mindset, not all of them are bad apples. In fact, if you find

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Featured, Linda Baumgarten, Other

If you want to buy and sell real estate, one of the most pressing concerns isn’t the property assessment or the condition of the surrounding neighborhood – it’s whether there are people you can do business with in the first place!

Ever since the Great Recession in the mid-2000’s, there’s still a lot of trepidation around the job industry and the economy as a whole. As an investor, it’s always important to know where all your potential clients are,

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Linda Baumgarten, Taxes

100 USD bank notes

What is an escrow account?

An escrow account is established for the payment of annual property taxes and insurance premiums. The escrow account is funded by monthly escrow installments which are billed to the underlying mortgage account along with the principal and interest payments in accordance with RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) and state guidelines. This is a free service provided by Ocwen to facilitate the

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