Tweet for book prices

You can now use Twitter to find the cheapest place to buy your textbooks. This is a neat new program being launched this semester.

Click this link, or copy and paste the url below.

http://www.campusbooks.com/books/textbook_tweetbacks.php



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Real Estate Goals

I mentioned in a previous post that I am looking to get into real estate investing. I have been wanting to do this since my second year in college, when I realized that there is a huge market in college towns for rental properties because of all of the college students renting off campus. I am sure that it varies at different schools, but I have determined here that the average rent is around 300 dollars a person. I am still working on the numbers, but that creates a great opportunity to buy a house or townhome and rent it out.

I have made friends with several Realtors in town and plan on contacting them soon to let them know of my intentions to purchase a property to rent. There are several things to look for when purchasing a rental property. It is important to find something that you can rent easily first of all, because if you can't rent it then it becomes a very expensive liability very quickly. You want this to be an asset, which is something which puts money in your pocket.

This leads into the next thing that you want out of an investment, which is positive cash flow. The income from rent needs to cover the mortgage payment, property tax, insurance, maintenance, HOA, etc. These costs are all very predictable, with possibly the exception of maintenance. A good handyman or home inspector can give you a heads up on potential problems that could lead to expensive repairs in the near future. It would be wise to have this inspection done before purchasing the property, that way you can use it as a bargaining tool to get a better deal on the house.

This brings up a third thing to look for in your investment property: appreciation. You want to get something that is in a growing area of town, that is not going to lose value. A good real estate agent can advise you on this more.

There are many tax credits available right now for first time home buyers, and if you are going to live in the house then you can get financing easier as the primary resident. A good idea for college students is to convince your parents or a close friend with good credit to cosign so you can get better financing.

Look for future posts on real estate and techniques for achieving greater cash flow through depreciation and tax savings.

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Free Dissertation Help

Dominic Corey from the UK has created a wonderful website for helping students write their dissertations. It is valuable for anyone writing a dissertation from undergraduate through doctorate levels. This website covers everything from choosing a topic to formatting and even gives samples. If you have to write a dissertation soon or know someone who does, check out this site. There are some parts that try to get you to buy something, but most of the information is free. I wouldn't buy the stuff probably, but you can evaluate that on your own. Generally I just grab the free information and move on to the next site.

Here is the link:
http://www.dissertation-help.co.uk/dissertation_guide.htm



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I'm back!

After about a 10 month lapse I am back. I have been extremely busy with school and work, and got burned out on blogging for a while but now am back and ready to update.

It has been a while since I have written anything, but I have been working my butt off trying to find new ways to make money as a college student. It has been difficult with school and my regular job, but I am working on a few different things that could end up bringing in some income. Some opportunities have more potential than others, but all are worth the time for sure. I will write more about these things very soon.

In the mean time, I have been socking away all the extra money I make into savings, waiting for a real estate opportunity. I am almost ready to buy my first investment property, and have a cosigner ready to go when I decide I am ready. I will write a post about what I plan on to do in real estate and my strategy after I update some of the other opportunities.

Stay Tuned...

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