Recent Articles by John Majalca

How to recognize value in junk houses

How to recognize value in junk houses

I have made a good career in San Antonio real estate investing by buying and selling under market value properties that most investors would never touch. Then, I owner finance them for maintenance-free cash flow, which has the added benefit of giving...
By John Majalca | Thursday, February 18, 2016
Should I buy an out-of-state investment property?

Should I buy an out-of-state investment property?

If you are a real estate investor in California or another high-cost area, you probably are considering an out-of-state investment property. In the costly cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, many real estate investors are priced out of the marke...
By John Majalca | Friday, January 29, 2016
Should I pay for a real estate investing coach?

Should I pay for a real estate investing coach?

Most often, real estate coaches or gurus offer a lower-cost first seminar about flipping houses, which is just selling the next part of the program -- the full real estate coaching system that might cost $10,000, $20,000 or more ......
By John Majalca | Wednesday, January 13, 2016
3 ways to stay positive in the midst of a storm

3 ways to stay positive in the midst of a storm

Maintaining a positive attitude in real estate investing has been key to my long-term success since 2001. My mentors taught me that staying relentlessly positive in my investing would propel me through rough waters ......
By John Majalca | Thursday, November 19, 2015
Why you should ignore popular advice about real estate investing

Why you should ignore popular advice about real estate investing

There are so many myths out there about purchasing distressed properties in what people often call problem neighborhoods. Raise your hand if you ever heard this before: "Don't ever buy a real estate investment in a bad neighborhood." ......
By John Majalca | Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Why I don’t fear ‘foundation problem’ houses

Why I don’t fear ‘foundation problem’ houses

Nothing scares most home owners and real estate investors more than a house with a foundation problem. That's understandable; a serious foundation problem can ruin a house -- and your investment -- if it's not repaired in time. Foundation issues are ...
By John Majalca | Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Why I never fear a foreclosure

Why I never fear a foreclosure

The first few years after the real estate crash led to a flurry of investors snatching up foreclosed properties, rehabbing and renting them out, then reselling a few years later at a profit. For some it worked out, but for others, the appreciation n...
By John Majalca | Thursday, October 22, 2015
Why daring to be unpopular in investing pays off

Why daring to be unpopular in investing pays off

A friend of John C. Maxwell, author of the book "Thinking For a Change," observed: "The problem with popular thinking in business is that it doesn't require you to think at all." Most of us don't want to do the tough work of thinking. It's much easie...
By John Majalca | Wednesday, October 14, 2015
3 habits to get rich in real estate investing

3 habits to get rich in real estate investing

Over the next decade, I learned three vital habits that allowed my real estate holdings to grow from one property, to five, to 10 -- and more. Your odds of retiring early in real estate investing will soar if you practice these three habits regularly...
By John Majalca | Monday, October 5, 2015
Does the Zestimate mislead real estate investors?

Does the Zestimate mislead real estate investors?

Zillow states on its website that it is a "useful starting point" to assist homebuyers with valuing real estate properties. Some real estate investors say that though Zillow is indeed a data point, it can mislead investors about the real value of pro...
By John Majalca | Thursday, September 24, 2015
5 ways to use real estate investing to achieve your financial freedom

5 ways to use real estate investing to achieve your financial freedom

Growing up, my family was very poor in a small Texas town. We often had to choose between buying food or paying the electric bill. Still, I built a sizable portfolio of distressed, single-family homes in Texas -- all owned in cash. I did it. And so c...
By John Majalca | Tuesday, September 1, 2015
How to avoid 2 ugly real estate train wrecks

How to avoid 2 ugly real estate train wrecks

My first real estate investing career in 2005 ended in smoldering ruins. I lost money on every property and eventually sold them off at a $150,000 loss. My second foray in real estate, however, has been highly successful. The difference: I have avoid...
By John Majalca | Tuesday, August 25, 2015