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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon (Podcast): Evaluate A Property In 5 Minutes!

DHREA 01/04/2019

In this refresher segment of Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon, Alex revisits and refreshes the art of evaluating a property in five minutes! “The Deacon of Real Estate” delivers takes on how to quickly go through a property and estimate your net income, ensuring you can maximize the time in your day. This process isn’t something you’ll learn overnight! Listen for more details!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
659 Members

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Pittsburgh Landlord Group

Carnegie, PA
128 Members

This is a great venue for Real estate investors, real estate agents and property managers to expand your knowledge and to help others in the field of being a landlord. We will…

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🎈BEAUTIFUL NEW LISTING IN BELLEVUE! 🎈

DHREA 16/01/2019

This home is GLORIOUS! After you view the slideshow below, click this link for a full picture gallery and property details, and contact Ashley Sells Pittsburgh for a showing!

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Carnegie, PA
637 Members

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Alex Deacon’s Property Management Series: Quality v. Quantity

DHREA 27/12/2018

In his latest installment, Alex Deacon discusses the age old “Quality v. Quantity” debate. Is stacking your portfolio a smart move, or can less be more? Don’t miss this highly informative short!

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
594 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Getting Ahead of Simple Winter Projects

DHREA 24/10/2018

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Accomplishments, even little ones, go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, quick home repair chores you can do when you’re mired in the thick of winter. For max efficiency, make a to-do list ahead of time and shop for all the tools and supplies in one trip. On your work days, put the basics in a basket and carry it from room to room, checking off completed tasks as you speed through them.

What to Look (and Listen) For

In each room, look around and take stock of what needs fixing or improving. Focus on small, quick-hit changes, not major redos. Here are some likely suspects:

Sagging towel rack or wobbly toilet tissue holder.

Unscrew the fixture and look for the culprit. It’s probably a wimpy, push-in type plastic drywall anchor. Pull that out (or just poke it through the wall) and replace it with something more substantial.

Squeaky door hinges.

Eliminate squeaks by squirting a puff of powdered graphite alongside the pin where the hinge turns. If the door sticks, plane off a bit of the wood, then touch up the paint so the surgery isn’t noticeable.

Creaky floor boards.

They’ll shush if you fasten them down better. Anti-squeak repair kits feature specially designed screws that are easy to conceal. A low-cost alternative: Dust a little talcum powder into the seam where floorboards meet…the talcum acts as a lubricant to quiet boards that rub against each other.

Rusty shutoff valves.

Check under sinks and behind toilets for the shutoff valves on your water supply lines. These little-used valves may slowly rust in place over time, and might not work when you need them most. Keep them operating by putting a little machine oil or WD-40 on the handle shafts. Twist the handles back and forth to work the oil into the threads. If they won’t budge, give the oil a couple of hours to penetrate, and try again.

Blistered paint on shower ceilings.

This area gets a lot of heat and moisture that stresses paint finishes. Scrape off old paint and recoat, using a high-quality exterior-grade paint. Also, be sure everyone uses the bathroom vent when showering to help get rid of excess moisture.

Loose handles or hinges on furniture, cabinets, and doors.

You can probably fix these with a few quick turns of a screwdriver. But if a screw just spins in place, try making the hole fit the screw better by stuffing in a toothpick coated with glue, or switching to a larger screw.

Safety Items

You know those routine safety checks you keep meaning to do but never have the time? Now’s the time.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

If you don’t like waking up to the annoying chirp of smoke detector batteries as they wear down, do what many fire departments recommend and simply replace all of them at the same time once a year.

Ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets.

You’re supposed to test them once a month, but who does? Now’s a great time. You’ll find them around potentially wet areas…building codes specify GFCI outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, and for outdoor receptacles. Make sure the device trips and resets correctly. If you find a faulty outlet, replace it or get an electrician to do it for $75 to $100.

Exhaust filter for the kitchen stove.

By washing it to remove grease, you’ll increase the efficiency of your exhaust vent; plus, if a kitchen stove top fire breaks out, this will help keep the flames from spreading.

Clothes dryer vent.

Pull the dryer out from the wall, disconnect the vent pipe, and vacuum lint out of the pipe and the place where it connects to the machine. Also, wipe lint off your exterior dryer vent so the flap opens and closes easily. (You’ll need to go outside for that, but it’s quick.) Remember that vents clogged with old dryer lint are a leading cause of house fires.

Drain hoses.

Inspect your clothes washer, dishwasher, and ice maker. If you see any cracks or drips, replace the hose so you don’t come home to a flood one day.

Electrical cords.

Replace any that are brittle, cracked, or have damaged plugs. If you’re using extension cords, see if you can eliminate them. For example, replacing that too-short lamp cord with one that’s longer. If you don’t feel up to rewiring the lamp yourself, drop it off at a repair shop as you head out to shop for your repair materials. It might not be ready by the end of the day. But, hey, one half-done repair that you can’t check off is no big deal, right?

 

Join Alex Deacon’s Real Estate Networking Workshop group on MeetUp.com today! You’ll be the first to receive updates regarding Alex’s monthly real estate workshops while you connect with nearly 600 other professionals!

Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
574 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Insulate Your Windows and Cut Your Heating Costs Down!

DHREA 24/09/2018

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Winter is coming, and so are cold drafts and high energy bills. One area that often goes overlooked in preparation for autumn/winter is making sure your windows and doors aren’t leaking in cold air.

If your leaking problem is from loose fitting window sashes or a poor fitting door, the simplest and cheapest method would be to purchase some self-adhesive foam weather stripping. This rolled product can be easily installed at the bottom of a window or around the outside edge of the door frame. Select the smallest size that will help seal the gaps, then just peel and stick. Too large and you may have difficulty closing the door etc.

Another good window treatment is the clear plastic window film that mounts to the frame of the window. Use a hair dryer to “stretch” the film, thus sealing any air leaking in around the sides or through poorly glazed panes.

Get a window insulator kit. It is made of a clear, plastic material that goes over the window, with double-sided tape around the edges to seal it. It’s easy to set up and helps a lot with drafty windows.

If you can actually see the gaps in the windows, a can of “Great Stuff” or something similar would probably do the trick. It’s an expanding foam that you spray into gaps.

Or you could use a squeeze tube of “DAP Silicon II” and run a bead of it around the window. This is perfect if you either don’t have a caulking gun, or don’t want to buy one. Instead, you can use a “squeeze it yourself” tube of Silicon II.

As for doors, a great short term fix is just rolling up an old bath towel and put it along the bottom of the door as a draft blocker! Old school? Absolutely. But, amazingly effective and inexpensive.

 

 

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
527 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: How To Quickly Evaluate A Real Estate Deal

DHREA 12/07/2018

 

 

In this long-form segment, “The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon discusses the tricks and tools you already have at your fingertips to help you quickly analyze a deal. Learn how to buzz through hundreds of properties in minutes to help maximize your time and energy. The Deacon explains how technology and knowledge of area can be the biggest weapons in your arsenal.

 

 

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Alex Deacon Real Estate Networking Workshops

Carnegie, PA
464 Members

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

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The Benefits of Elderberry!

DHREA 16/06/2018

 

There’s a new wave of health and wellness, and it doesn’t include pharmaceutical drugs. Natural suppliments and alternative medicines have been on the incline fore quite sometime, but we’ve seen a dynamic wave of quality products to help those who choose an alternative path to wellness.

Today, we’re focusing on the wonderful benefits of Elderberry.

Helen Sanders, editor at Health Ambition, wrote, “Elderberries have been used for centuries in the practice of folk medicine. Lately, modern science has been catching up, however. This tiny berry truly defines the phrase “small but mighty” when it comes to potential benefits for your well being. It’s no surprise that with the health and nutrition community keeping up with the latest scientific revelations, elderberry supplements have started to become increasingly popular.

(Click here to view the full writing! It’s wonderfully written, and filled with great information!)

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus, is rich in antioxidants. In fact, elderberry contains twice as many antioxidants as blueberries. These antioxidants are called flavonoids and they can help to stimulate and strengthen the immune system and help reduce flu symptoms!

Elderberry also has anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanin, and these are believed to help reduce the common flu symptoms, such as body aches and pains, as well as fever. Research has found that Elderberry gives people a significant improvement from type A and B flu strain. But, that just scratches the surface of what elderberry can do for overall wellness.

There are lots of elberberry juices, candies and treats on the market, but which is best for you? Once again, we recommend the fantastic article written by Helen Sanders at Health Ambition! Helen outlines all of the benefits of elderberry, and has quality products available to try out.

NOW Foods Elderberry Liquid

Don’t be a prisoner to OTC remedies and the same old, same old that never seems to work. Try a more natural approach and start seeing the difference today!

 

 

 

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Mow Your Lawn The Right Way!

DHREA 21/05/2018

 

Mowing the lawn sounds like a brainless enough thing. You just gas up, yank the cord, walk (or ride) around in rectangles for awhile, and the deed is done.

 

 

Not so fast, my friend.

How you mow, when you mow and even what you do with the clippings make a huge difference in how your lawn performs. In fact, I’d venture to say that mowing is the most underrated and overlooked part of good lawn care. This is something we do 25 to 30 times a season, so it’d be nice to get it right. Let’s look at “the big four” things to keep an eye on.

MOWING HEIGHT

The Problem: People cut too short. Some downright scalp the lawn, using golf putting greens as their ideal.

Why That’s Bad: Scalping increases moisture and nutrition demands as the grass tries to fight back from near decapitation. It means less chlorophyll, which grass needs as a fuel source to rebuild. It allows the soil to dry out faster (bad news in drought). And weeds germinate better and get off to a faster start when taller grass blades aren’t in the way.

A Better Idea: Cut 2½ to 3 inches high (typically the highest setting on mowers). What makes a freshly cut lawn look good is the evenness of the cut, not its height. Most people are just as happy with a 3-inch-tall evenly cut lawn as a 1-inch-tall evenly cut lawn. The belief that cutting short lengthens the time between cuts doesn’t hold up, by the way. Grass actually grows faster after it’s been cut short as it tries to rebuild itself to its genetic norm.

Two exceptions to the cut-high rule: Before you overseed a lawn and toward the end of the season when it makes sense to cut shorter to head off moisture-related winter fungal problems such as snow mold.

WHEN TO MOW

The Problem: People don’t cut often enough. The grass gets too long and so they end up whacking off long pieces that throw out clumps everywhere or create a bagging nightmare.

Why That’s Bad: Besides those aesthetic and labor-related issues, radical whackbacks are more stressful on grass than lighter cuts and require more energy to heal. If you don’t remove the clumps of cut grass, they’ll smother the living grass underneath. (Dump these clumps in the compost pile or let ’em dry for a few days and use as mulch in garden beds.)

A Better Idea: Mow often enough so you’re never removing more than one-third of the blade length at a time (i.e. time to cut when the height gets to 4 inches, not 5 or 6). This may mean mowing twice a week or every four or five days when grass is growing fastest in mid-spring.

THE CLIPPINGS

The Problem: People bag their grass clippings and set them out with the trash.

Why That’s Bad: Not only are you unnecessarily adding to the trash stream, you’re wasting a super source of nutrients for the lawn. Those clips are filled with nitrogen, minerals and important trace nutrients that the roots have mined from the soil, and you’re going to pay to toss them, then turn around and buy new fertilizer? Makes no sense.

A Better Idea: First, if you mow often enough, you’ll get tiny clips that quickly disappear into the lawn, especially if you’re using a mulching mower. Turfgrass researchers at Penn State University estimate that letting the clippings decay in place supply about one-third of a lawn’s total nitrogen needs for the season, which means you can save yourself one fertilizer treatment a year. Grass clippings aren’t a key component of excess layers.

Also: Decaying clippings add organic matter to the soil. Clippings are not a significant cause of thatch in the lawn. (Thatch is the spongy layer between the soil and grass blades and is primarily dead roots and dead grass crowns.) If you’re concerned about tracking grass clips into the house, consider that it may be easier to just get out the vacuum cleaner than lug those grass-clipping bags around.

THE MOWER BLADES

The Problem: People hardly ever sharpen their mower blades. Instead of making clean, sharp cuts, the mower ends up bludgeoning or ripping off the grass tips.

Why That’s Bad: Rough, ragged cuts don’t heal as well as clean, sharp cuts, and that increases the odds of disease. Ragged cuts also result in bigger tip openings that turn brown and stand out more than sharp cuts (i.e. it looks bad). Even worse, those bigger openings cause the grass to lose more moisture, which increases drought stress in hot weather.

A Better Idea: Yeah, yeah. I know you’ve got better things to do than remember to remove and sharpen your mower blades once every 25 mowing hours (or more) like the manuals tell you. At least shoot for two or three times a season. Some people own two different mower blades so they always have one for the mower while the other is being sharpened. A bench grinder and/or a metal file let you sharpen at home.

More tips to help you become an accomplished mower instead of a lawn butcher:

   1.) If you fall behind, say after a vacation or rainy spell, get back to the desired height by removing one-third of the blade height in two cuttings a few days apart rather than taking it the whole way down in one fell swoop.

   2.) To limit raking if you’re getting noticeable clips or clumps, mow around the perimeter of the yard, always shooting the clips inward. You’ll end up having to rake only one or two channels in the middle.

   3.) Avoid cutting the grass when it’s wet. The clippings are more likely to mat and/or clog your mower; it’s harder to get an even cut (mower wheels flatten grass blades), and you may even compact the soil by walking or riding over it.

   4.) Avoid mowing when the lawn is going brown and dormant in a drought…even if you’re mainly doing it to mow off weeds. Grass crowns become brittle in drought, and if you smash them with your feet or mower wheels, they may not recover.

   5.) Vary the route. You’ll get more even results by making sure no particular areas keep getting pushed down while others are always cut off when you go the same route every time.

   6.) If you have to stop and turn a lot, even out those areas by cutting your beds at broader, gentler curves. Also cut down on mowing around or bumping into trees by creating wide mulched or planted beds around them.

 

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Alex Deacon Meetup Workshop…Details Inside!

DHREA 09/03/2018

We can’t emphasize how important and valuable this workshop will be! If you can make it find a babysitter, push off your housecleaning and laundry for another day or just call off work. Whatever you need to do. This education is worth more than any college sheep skin. This is real world strategies and the day to day workings from a 25 year experienced RE investor Alex Deacon and a 30 year CPA who works in the trenches every day with RE investors.

Please RSVP and lets see your shining face so we can all make more money and leave Uncle Sam in the dust!

 

Maximize your profits. Avoid the pitfalls and traps hidden in the new tax code

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

31 Members Attending

• What we’ll do This is a must attend if you are serious about maximizing your profits in the business of RE investment. If you flip, buy and hold or wholesale there is a lot to know when it comes to your income tax return.We will share with you some of the secrets about using the new tax code to its full benefit by doing it correctly and in a wa…

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The Realtor Nation Podcast: Special Guest Sean Anthony

DHREA 09/03/2018

In this special audio and video addition to The Realtor Nation Podast, host Ian Hoover is joined by Real Estate and social media specialist Sean Anthony!

You’ve made the right choice if you’re looking for cutting edge real estate videos, 360 degree photography + virtual tours, the latest and greatest about the Real Estate market. Sean does a wonderful job promoting his brand, along with local businesses in the community.

This conversation is a must listen for any Real Estate professional!

 

 

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