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The 10 Real Estate Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

Join us as we continue our tour of real estate social media. We’ve already covered RE meme accounts and RE Reddit threads (x2), and we’ve arrived at our next stop: RE Twitter. Twitter has been and continues to be a valuable source for real estate news, advice, and how-tos. Here are the top 10 accounts you should be following.
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An Update on Interest Rates: June 2022

Take a deep dive into the current state of interest rates and what it means for real estate investors.
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Coolest Pieces of Real Estate in the World

As of April 2022, the median price of a house is sitting right around $391,200. That’s nearly a 15% increase from April 2021. Safe to say, the market is red hot right now. The prospect of finding a realistic listing on Zillow right now may be starting to feel like a pipe dream. Well, speaking of pipe dreams, here’s a look at just a few of the coolest properties in the world.
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Swaps: a primer

Investors who’ve been around the real estate block a few times invariably know what swaps are. But swaps can be complicated business — and worse, to the uninitiated, they might sound like something they’re not. So today, let’s dive in and talk about swaps.
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r/realestateinvesting, Part the Second

Last time we talked about Reddit, you guys went wild for it. We continue to think Reddit is pretty great so we aren’t surprised that yinz are back for more. We don’t want to keep you waiting, so here it is: another dive into r/realestateinvesting.
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r/realestateinvesting: Our Favorite Reddit Threads

Reddit is an online forum where users can share news, opinions, thoughts, and ask questions. In 2019, there were approximately 430 million monthly users. Different subcommunities exist for people with similar interests to connect. Birgo Capital's favorite is r/realestateinvesting (of course).
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What could NFTs mean for real estate?

What do NFTs mean for real estate? Non-fungible tokens could impact or disrupt the real estate industry.
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How should I spend my year-end bonus?

Save? Spend? Invest? The three ways you can spend money (and a year-end bonus from your employer). What's the smartest thing to do with your extra income?
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5 Financial Resolutions for the New Year

Financial security is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires building life-long habits and focusing on financial healthy, the dividends of which are measured in years or decades, not a few weeks in January. But, many of us like to use the New Year as an opportunity to see where we are, and plan for the future. Here are five financial resolutions for the new year.
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5 Iconic Christmas Real Estate Properties

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear... or by making a list of some iconic real estate assets that boast Christmas cheer.
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Can You Invest in Christmas Trees?

About 30 million live trees are sold every year in the United States. Most of them are sold the weekend after Thanksgiving, and, according to the American Christmas Tree Association , the average live tree costs about $78. Consumers spend over $2 billion on Christmas trees annually.
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Why you should purchase a house in your 20s

Buying a home isn’t for everyone. Homeownership makes more sense in some professions than others, and it usually isn’t advisable to buy a home unless you’re planning to stay in your city or geography for at least a few years. But for young professionals with stable jobs, starting a family, or planning to live in the same area for a while, a house is more than just another appreciating asset. A house is an important part of your net worth, a stronghold against financial risk, a source of passive income, and a financial milestone worth being proud of.
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Why your portfolio should include private real estate

Diversification is key to mitigating downside risks and improving long-term returns. Real estate is one of the best ways to diversify your portfolio.
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Market Profile: Pittsburgh

Birgo Capital's series of Heartland real estate market profiles have analyzed interesting markets for multifamily investors. This week, we’re bringing this series home to the Steel City, the City of Champions, the City of Bridges — you already know it, the ‘Burgh.
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Market Profile: Columbus

We're going to the Buckeye State. We will look at Discovery City, the Arch City, Cap City, the Indie Art Capital, Cowtown, Cbus, and the Biggest Small Town in America — you guessed it, it’s Columbus. OH-IO!
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Birgo Battles: CoStar vs. Yardi

CoStar and Yardi provide analytics on real estate markets. These softwares are priceless to real estate investors who love to dig up data about markets and properties. Just like American runs on Dunkin', Birgo Capital runs on CoStar and Yardi.
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Birgo Battles: Single Family vs. Multifamily

All right folks, it’s that time again. Go ahead and grab some popcorn and a beverage, get some friends together, and sit back for another showdown of epic proportions with this week’s episode of Birgo Battles. Today’s contest features two familiar characters, each of which are beloved by their devoted fan bases. We’re talking about the classic residential real estate investor’s conundrum: single-family vs. multifamily. It’s an age-old debate, and while both of our contestants have merit, in life there are winners and losers. Today we’re going to look them up and down, side by side, and determine who we’re voting off the island… and who we’re going to keep on the squad.
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An Intro to TikTok: Why should real estate investors care?

Besties, we're afraid to ask you this...are you on TikTok? Is it all cap? Does it pass the vibe check? This article puts readers through TikTok and Gen Z boot camp. There is more than meets the eye with this platform.
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What’s the Fed news, and what does it mean for real estate investors?

Last Wednesday, the news broke that 13 out of 18 members of the Federal Open Market Committee believe that the Fed will increase interest rates at least once, and perhaps twice, in 2023. 
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Market Profile: Cleveland

We’re returning to the Buckeye State to visit the City of Champions, the City of Lights, the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, Forest City. The city is known as both “The Cleve” and “The Land,” so if you haven’t guessed it yet — well, allow us to recommend another shot of espresso.
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What is DeFi? (and how will it impact real estate investing?)

DeFi is short for “decentralized finance,” an umbrella term referring to a set of efforts and technologies that use crypto and/or blockchain technology to disrupt traditional finance by eliminating institutional obstacles and intermediaries. DeFi could have several implications for real estate investing.
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Market Profile: Morgantown

Take a drive with us just over an hour south of Pittsburgh to a West Virginia college town and home of the Mountaineers. You guessed it: we're analyzing the real estate market potential of Morgantown, West Virginia.
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Must-Listen to Real Estate Podcasts | Marketing, Real Estate Investing and More!

As a real estate agent, investor, or someone who works in the real estate industry, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest industry news and trends. With there now being over 850,000 active podcasts, it can be difficult figuring out which ones are worth your time. We’ve listed some of the most popular podcasts with the Birgo Realty team. From real estate investing to marketing, we mention a slew of podcasts we think you’ll enjoy listening to.
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A Mini Birgo Memoir: Recalling March of 2020

365 days. 52 weeks. One year. We're looking back after one year of shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what it meant for us as real estate investors.
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What does stimulus mean for multifamily?

Even in normal times, American investors get a little nervous every four years. Uncertainties about election outcomes become uncertainties about the investment landscape — and that reality is more pressing this year because of the crisis economy we’ve been living in (or trying to stay socially distant from) for the past eleven months.
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Cryptocurrency: What Real Estate Investors Think About Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency isn't the first, and won't be the last, innovation by which the tech sphere impinges on the financial sphere. We're reluctant to aim our crystal ball solely at technological innovation, but the collapse of Bitcoin would likely generate some kind of influence vacuum waiting to be filled by the next emerging technology.
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“Gamestonk!!”

Securities traders make moves that are tethered to the operations and valuation of the companies whose stock they buy and sell. Usually, that works pretty well. Until this happened. A digital flash mob originating on Reddit — a popular internet message board — stormed the hedge fund citadel on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, aggressively buying and promoting a series of stocks that the hedge funds held short positions on.
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3 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in the Heartland

As we look to expand our portfolio, geographic expansion is inevitable. Our latest blog touches on why we think real estate in the Heartland fits directly in with our investment strategy.
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A Guide to Real Estate Private Equity Fees

Birgo Capital deeply believes investors should be adequately informed regarding all elements of their investment holdings and the costs associated with them. As such, private equity fees are a key factor when determining which fund and fund manager to invest.
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Five Ways to Generate Passive Income from Real Estate

Making money in your sleep. Mailbox money. Both of these terms are often used to describe "passive income." Read how to generate passive income through real estate.
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Private Equity Real Estate: What to Look for in a Fund Manager

What factors should an investor consider when evaluating a private equity real estate fund manager? Let’s take a look at four key determinants of fund sponsor performance.
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Impact-Oriented Private Real Estate: Improving Lives Through Real Estate

Here at Birgo Capital, our mission fuels our yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily drive. We strive to "Improve Lives Through Real Estate," by stewarding capital through private real estate investing. This blog takes a dive into explaining the "why" behind our company.
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Collecting Rent During COVID-19: An Update from a Private Equity Real Estate Investment Perspective 

As another quarter comes to an end (and after about six months into the novel coronavirus pandemic), Birgo Capital principal Dan Croce takes a look at the firm's rent collection. Read Dan's analysis and insights in Birgo Capital's latest article and learn how multifamily real estate properties have been impacted.
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How Changes in Interest Rates Impact Real Estate Investments

Real estate investors know that interest rates are one of the most important economic factors to consider when monitoring the investment landscape. But interest rates are also a complicated topic! Today, Birgo Capital is sharing some considerations for how changes in interest rates impact real estate investments.
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Workforce Housing Apartments: Backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the U.S. Government

Why workforce housing apartments is an almost-magical place to allocate capital for vigilant investors like Birgo Capital.
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Why Birgo Capital’s Real Estate Funds are Well-positioned to Navigate COVID-19

Here's what Birgo Capital is doing (and has done) to maximize the performance of our real estate private equity funds in light of the coronavirus recession.
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How Will COVID Impact Pittsburgh Multifamily Real Estate?

Will the relative resilience that Pittsburgh enjoyed during the last recession translate to similarly impressive performance through this one? Let’s examine several regional economic factors to determine how Pittsburgh multifamily real estate is likely to perform during the current crisis and in the years to come. Josh Fischer, Vice President of Acquisitions at Birgo Capital, shares his insights.
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Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Operating Expenses

Through COVID-19 and associated economic shutdowns, real estate investors have largely been focused on how these events will impact revenue. However, multifamily investors must also be thoughtful about other components of the cash flow equation - particularly the impact this recession will have on expenses. In this post, Birgo Capital will highlight a few key areas of consideration for the impact of the coronavirus recession on operating expenses.
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Four Strategies to a Stabilized Real Estate Portfolio

In a new economic landscape, these tips from Birgo Capital can help you find stability in real estate.
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When is it Time to Buy?

As the corona-dust begins to settle, many investors are wondering how to know when it is the right time to begin acquiring real estate again. Here is how we are thinking about acquisitions during a pandemic at Birgo Capital.
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Collecting Rent During COVID-19: Birgo Capital's May Rental Income

When the coronavirus public health crisis seized America by storm in mid-March, investors in residential rental properties struck a tone of concern regarding whether or not tenants would be able to pay rent in the coming months. Birgo Capital shares a deep dive into the data today.
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Is Workforce Housing Still a Safe Investment?

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this niche within the multifamily sector was increasingly viewed as an undervalued safe haven for real estate investors that produces steady cash flow regardless of economic cycles, with the added social and economic benefits of supporting a basic need for working-class citizens.
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Will Workforce Housing Real Estate Be Impacted by COVID-19?

For a little more than one month now, COVID-19 has had the multifamily real estate industry on its heels as we seek to determine what the pandemic’s impact will be on property owners’ ability to collect rents.
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A Candid Look At COVID-19's Impact on Real Estate

Four key questions Birgo Capital is asking as we navigate the current climate
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Looking For a Commercial Real Estate Property? Here's How to Begin:

So, you’re looking for a place to host your business, huh? There’s a few different ways that you can approach the process of attaining a commercial real estate property.
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What is a Private Equity Real Estate Fund?

What is a private equity real estate fund? A private equity real estate fund allows investors to combine their capital together to invest across a diversified portfolio of professionally selected and managed real estate properties. Today Birgo Capital is sharing why America's wealthiest are choosing private real estate funds to earn passive income in real estate.
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Four Ways to Start Investing in Real Estate

“The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate.” – Andrew Carnegie, billionaire industrialist
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Buying Real Estate with Rising Interest Levels

Everyone knows that interest rates are on the rise- the economy is doing well, and to match the price to borrow money with the demand for loans, rising rates are the variable that is manipulated. This increases a homeowner’s mortgage payment, but is it really that simple?
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Cap Rate: What is it and Why is it Relevant?

Cap rate, a term frequently used in real estate, demonstrates the return on one’s investment in a property, usually a commercial building. It is defined as annual operating net income divided by the cost of the property. What needs to be noted for financing purposes, and could easily be forgotten by some people, is that debt on the property is not taken into account for. Also, it needs to be understood by potential investors that cap rate is not the same as the cash flow.
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Real Estate Investment Trusts: Market Application

Previously, the concept of a REIT was discussed and demonstrated as a great way to invest one’s money with the hopes of ensuring a return on the investment. While there are risks with any investments, the upside was much greater than the downside for REIT investing.