Idaho Vacation Spotlight: Spokane (Part 2)

spokaneThis week we decided to finish the “Idaho” Vacation Spotlight for Spokane! Last week, we covered some of the amazing food options in Spokane, and this week we want to check out great places to see. Spokane manages to be centrally linked between urban and rural. With only a few hour drive in either direction you can be in a big city, or Canada! Finding the perfect weekend activity is super simple. Staying in town? Great! Riverfront Park is a great place to take the family! Originally created for the Olympics in the 80’s, Riverfront Park just recently started a multi year expansion. There is an arcade, gondolas over the falls, and Primo shopping throughout this beautiful walkthrough. Check their website (above) for notice on special events like farmers markets and concerts. There is always something to do down there and its a great day trip if you have never been!

Many people don’t know, but there is a gorgeous arboretum in Spokane! Known as Manito Park, it is about 90 acres of ponds, flowers, ducks and geese! This fantastic place to take the family is free entry, and is open most of the year. The flowers mid spring-summer are the “people draw” here! It is worth an afternoon at least! There are a few other great parks in spokane. Several hundred year old churches line downtown, and most are open for tours. You can also stop by the falls for a breathtaking view of the Spokane river.

spokaneIf you are a fan of the arts, you don’t have to look any further! Spokane Civic theater has shows year round. The theater is known for the quality of acting and directing. It is the best theatre anywhere before getting to Seattle! Make sure and check their website for most recent shows to find one your in love with! Downtown also has 2 great movie theaters and tons of food!

While not as pristine and forested as the “official” members of the Vacation Spotlight, Spokane does offer a big city feel in a little town! If your planing a trip, make sure and include it in your plans. Next time we will cover the best places to stay!

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Real Estate Investing: Research

researchThis weeks post is about research when starting real estate investing. Having prepared, and knowing how you want to invest, you need to know how the math works. Now we know that everyone hates math. The good news is real estate math is all very basic. As an example, there are several numbers that stay virtually static in real estate investing. Every market in the united states (with VERY few exclusions) qualifies for a 3% depreciation tax write off each year. Static numbers are great in investing because they are virtually guaranteed and anyone familiar with investing can tell you its all about the risks. Appreciating is also standard per market allowing the establishment of a value curve. You also have the mortgage payment offset by renters with typically low turnover. Yup, were fans of real estate investing around here! On to some additional resources. Also, don’t forget to contact me if you have additional questions. An investment Realtor is still better then any other forms of research, and we’re entirely paid by the property seller! Free resources are certainly the best!

  1. Bigger pockets guide. A great starting point if your a reader, the bigger pockets guide gives you a comprehensive overview of real estate investing, as well as the “working parts” of owning a property. Not bogged down with tons of numbers, this book is more designed to explain the research process and procedures of real estate investing.
  2. 51qto42-z6L._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Think and Grow Rich. This philosophical book helps break down the more complex concepts of real estate investing such as ROI, Appreciation and depreciation, and spreading risk across multiple properties. It is a very insightful read!
  3. researchThe millionaire Real Estate Investor. This is a wonderful book that takes the next step past explanation, to expansion. Designed for the already invested, this book helps you assess the validity of expanding your rental empire! This book is also wonderful for helping expand your investment horizons, and start thinking even longer term for your expansion goals.
  4. See you at the Top. An absolute classic, Zig Ziglar wrote this amazingly inspiring read years ago. While not strictly linked to real estate, it is a book designed around living better and achieving success. We all make tones of decisions in our lives for better or worse. The motivation for our decisions (morality, emotions, circumstances) can all be manipulated by our moods and motivations. This book will absolutely change how you evaluate important decisions in your life. When you are looking to invest in real estate or any endeavors, careful critical thinking and self consideration should both help point you in the direction that is best for you and your loved ones.

There are tons of other real estate guides and advice books available online. This is just a taste of what is available. Real estate research is a large series of steps, and there is advice and support for each different step. As you become more prepared to invest in real estate, and you move steadily up the stairs, we will be here to help and guide you toward your plan for success. And we will see you at the top!

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