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Real Estate Investing

April 15, 2013

Residential Real Estate Auctions

Simon Volkov

Buying property through residential real estate auctions is a great way to get a bargain. However, buyers need to be aware of the rules and have their finances in order prior to placing a bid. Doing so will let them find houses that fit into their budget and help them attain the best price.

Houses which are sold through residential real estate auctions generally consist of foreclosure homes and properties which need to be sold quickly. This might include probate real estate or properties owned by banks, investors, or organizations that need to liquidate multiple dwellings.

In order to get the best return on investment, buyers will need to spend time exploring their options. One of the first steps is figuring out how much they can afford. When people buy auction properties using bank loans they generally have to get pre-approved before submitting bids. Most often, buyers are required to provide payment in cash or cashier's check when they win the bid.

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March 15, 2013

Tax Lien Sales

Simon Volkov

Investors often avoid tax lien sales because they can be complicated. However, with a little research and detective work this strategy can pay off handsomely. At the very least, it's a good way to generate profits or acquire low-cost investment property.

As with most investments, tax lien sales can be risky. Becoming educated about the process is vital. A good place to start is local real estate investing networking groups. Check organizations like LinkedIn or MeetUp to find meetings in your area.

A simple explanation is tax liens are placed against property owners who fail to pay their taxes. Owners are given a certain amount of time to pay delinquent property tax. If they fail to do so in the allotted timeframe, tax collectors put the lien up for auction.

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November 14, 2012

Fraud in Real Estate

Simon Volkov

Many people contribute fraud in real estate as the demise of the mortgage industry. There is little doubt that scam artists have siphoned billions of dollars from unsuspecting people through home equity thefts, foreclosure bailout scams, straw buyer scams, and rental fraud.

Anytime fraud in real estate occurs victims must become proactive in reporting the incident to local law enforcement. Police reports are needed to begin the process of collecting evidence to prove a crime was committed.

Law enforcement officers will need to obtain the names and contact information for all parties involved, along with any documents such as trust deeds, quitclaim deeds, purchase or rental agreements, and escrow statements. They will also require any receipts or cancelled checks that were given or received.

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June 05, 2012

Trustor

Simon Volkov

Trustor is the name given to individuals that establish trusts. Trusts are used to safeguard property and establish beneficiaries to receive assets upon the Trustor's death. A Trustee is designated to manage the trust. In most cases, this is the person that sets up the trust, but there are times when another person is in charge.

The term, Trustor is used with all kinds of trusts including living, land, testamentary, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Trusts are commonly used with estate planning to avoid probate and reduce estate taxes.

Probate is always needed when estate assets are not transferred to a trust or protected by other estate planning strategies. The process is usually quite slow; especially in heavily populated areas where courts are overburdened.

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April 11, 2012

Real Estate News

Simon Volkov

As an investor, I'm always interested in real estate news and trends. I enjoy reading about what's happening in other parts of the country and around the globe. I like to find out how other investors overcome challenges and find creative ways to make things happen when times are hard.

For the most part, real estate news hasn't changed much. Investors want to know how to grab the next best deal. Newbies want to learn about investing principles and how to avoid going broke. Realtors want to find out how to sell houses fast even when the odds are stacked against them.

Over time, I've gathered a few of my favorite spots for real estate articles and housing market news. Most have been around for years and have continually evolved as trends change. Each offers something for Newbies to seasoned pros, as well as realtors, buyers, and sellers

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March 23, 2012

Home Value

Simon Volkov

Improving home value is a top priority for people that want to receive the best offer when selling their house. There are several ways to go about making a home more valuable to buyers. However, it's important to conduct research to determine what buyers are looking for before spending money on home renovations.

It's important to note home value isn't the same as real estate appraisals. While a property might be appraised at $100,000, buyers might feel it is worth more or less depending on the types of amenities.

It can be helpful to think back to the selling point when you purchased the home. Was it because of the community where the house is located? Was it the built-in swimming pool or gourmet kitchen? Perhaps it was the size of the lot or the fenced-in back yard. Whatever made the house attractive to you might also be the selling point for buyers.

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February 20, 2012

Mergers and Acquisitions

Simon Volkov

Mergers and acquisitions are one of the biggest aspects of corporate finance. Mergers refer to companies that are purchased for the purpose of merging with other companies to create one large entity. Acquisitions refer to established companies that are taken over by another company.

Mergers and acquisitions are of particular interest to investors because they can cause stock values to rise or fall. They are also vital to business owners because they can result in positive or negative tax consequences when a company they own is merged or acquired.

A lot of people are familiar with the term 'hostile takeover' which refers to a company being taken over against their will. This occurs when a company is being purchased by another company, but the owner doesn't want to sell or doesn't want to be part of the parent company. Hostile takeovers only occur with companies that offer public stock that is purchased and sold via stock markets.

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January 27, 2012

Home Values – What is the True Value

Simon Volkov

Determining home values is important for buyers and real estate investors. Although not the same as the asking price, the value of a home can increase or decrease depending on buyers' perceived 'value' of amenities.

Another factor that affects home values is data collected through comparable sales reports. Comp reports provide information about recent home sales in the area. They are relatively easy to acquire in markets where there is considerable activity, but are harder to find in rural areas or communities where people stay put.

Buyers can obtain comp reports from realtors and real estate websites like PropertyShark.com and Zillow.com. When reviewing data it's important to compare apples to apples. Review prices of homes that have similar square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, lot sizes, and built within the same decade.

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January 20, 2012

Cashflow - Why Investors Need It

Simon Volkov

Positive cashflow is one of the most important aspects of real estate investing. Whether buying, selling, trading, or renting properties it is crucial to keep expenses to a minimum to produce profits. Otherwise, properties will become money pits and investors will end up spending more than they earn.

Finding properties that produce positive cashflow can be tricky, especially in today's real estate market. Although there are plenty of great deals, there's much more to investing than locating cheap homes for sale.

Many investors are turning to bank owned homes because these properties are usually priced below market value. While this can be a good strategy, investors need to carefully weigh the pros and cons.

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January 15, 2012 | Comments: 1

Houses for Sale

Simon Volkov

When seeking out houses for sale it's a good idea to spend time learning about home buying programs, government grants, and financing options. Doing so can help buyers save thousands in interest rates and closing costs, as well as obtaining properties for the best price.

There are all kinds of houses for sale. From handyman specials to elegant mansions and everything in between, buyers can find nearly any type of property they desire. While the foreclosure crisis has left many homeowners without a home, it has also opened the door for buyers wanting to purchase affordable housing.

One benefit of buying bank owned real estate is many properties are eligible for HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants. Each year, the government provides grants to people that purchase homes in regions with excessive foreclosure rates.

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