The Metro Blog

Sharpen your knowledge on real estate. Read articles recommended by MREIA President, Dan Schwartz. 

April 25, 2019

When you buy houses to fix and flip, one key to your success is to buy the worst house in a nice neighborhood. If you can buy the house at the right price and create value with the right renovations, you’ll be able to sell the house and create a nice payday for yoursel...

April 25, 2019

IRS audits (officially called "examinations") is a popular horror-story topic. Although it's true that they are far from pleasant experiences, there's no reason to lose your sleep - even if you are targeted. It's likely going to cost you some money, time, and nerves, b...

April 21, 2019

Once upon a service call, I gave a customer a quote for a furnace repair. When he heard the price he balked and began telling me that four years past, he had the same part replaced by another company for significantly less money. To punctuate his story, he showed me th...

April 21, 2019

There are many investors in rental real estate but not all are rental-preneurs. Rental-preneurs are those who have turned a short term rental opportunity into a full blown business, creating a repeatable and consistent system of sourcing and operating an entire portfol...

April 21, 2019

Dave Dostal is CFRI’s Secretary for 2018. CFRI Board Member Mike Jacobson interviewed him for this month’s Board Member Spotlight.

When did you start investing?

I started learning about real estate investing in 2001. I attended a number of CFRI meetings as a guest and of...

April 20, 2019

In today's breakfast meeting led by Brian Mann and Dave Corsi, we talked about options, buying as-is, the flaws of HGTV, acquiring long-term wealth, opportunity zones, and seller financing.

Brian and Dave shared their stories about rent control, seeing houses with...

April 16, 2019

Thank you for attending tonight's general meeting, "The Wonderful World of Options". 

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MREIA Q&A Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Panera, 1551 US 1 South, Edison, NJ

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The Wonderful World of Options Workshop


April 14, 2019

Lorraine Castro is a real estate broker and CFRI’s Membership Director. She and her husband Richard bought a 3 bedroom 3 bath 2,378 sq ft house with 2 car garage at 785 Silhouette Ct, Longwood back in 2005 as a rental property.

It was listed at $215,000 and they paid $2...

April 14, 2019

Ten or twenty years ago I honestly thought I'd want to work until I dropped. I love my real estate business and internet marketing... and I love making money.

But as I got closer to 50, things changed. I wanted to slow down and enjoy the fruits of my labor. My cash fl...

April 14, 2019

A clogged sewer pipe is a frustrating event. Aside from the actual cost of clearing the pipe, the cleanup of the biohazard event and potential liability for displaced tenants and their property can add up fast. Misconception and assumptions often rule the day among dec...