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Real Estate Notes & Land Contracts

August 14, 2012

Mello Roos

Simon Volkov

Mello Roos is a type of real estate property tax assessed in the state of California when people buy homes in areas designated as Community Facilities Districts (CFD). This special tax is levied to pay back municipal bonds acquired to provide residents with public utilities and services.

The special Mello Roos tax was established in 1982 by Senators Henry Mello and Mike Roos. Its purpose was to overcome tax deficiencies that occurred when Proposition 13 was signed into legislation.

This special tax only applies to properties situated in CFDs. In order for a neighborhood to be classified as a community facilities district at least two-thirds of residents have to vote in favor of implementing the Mello Roos property tax.

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February 03, 2012 | Comments: 2

Owning Real Property

Simon Volkov

Owning property has been the foundation of America since proclaiming independence in 1776. Becoming a property owner has become considerably more difficult in the past four years as banks collapsed and mortgage providers repossessed homes in record number.

The level of foreclosure property is staggering, with estimates of over 6 million repossessed homes since 2007. While foreclosure rates dropped in 2011 they are expected to increase in 2012.

To make matters worse, an increase in bank foreclosures could cause home values to decline further. This could lead to an increase in the number of people that enter into strategic foreclosure.

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April 04, 2011

Real Estate Property Analysis Software

Simon Volkov

Real estate property analysis software is a smart tool to purchase regardless of the size of your investment business. Analyzing expenses vs. income is essential for ensuring a good return on investment. Without these types of computer programs, investors are left to calculate mathematical equations on their own which could easily equate to financial loss.

Real estate property analysis software is available for all types of properties. Whether offering residential homes for lease or rent-to-own, renovating or expanding a property, or leasing commercial real estate, it is crucial to analysis all aspects of the investment.

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May 08, 2009 | Comments: 1

Contract for Deed

Simon Volkov

Contract for deed is a real estate technique used when sellers finance all or part of the mortgage loan. The seller executes a contract which details the terms of the sale. Both the seller and buyer must sign the contract and have it notarized in order for it to be legally binding. The seller retains the property deed until contract terms are fulfilled.

The most common uses of contract for deed include lease-to-own, land contracts, and seller carry back mortgages. While contract for deed has been used for decades, this type of financing has become quite popular in recent months.

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December 03, 2007 | Comments: 3

Realastate is it a good investment?

Simon Volkov

Although the realastate market is currently in a slump, experts predict it will rebound in the near future. Savvy investors know now is the time to get in on great real estate deals that can yield plenty of profits in the future.

If you are just starting out in the realastate game, you will want to learn all there is to know before shelling out your hard earned cash. There are numerous types of realastate investments including houses, apartment buildings, condos, retail centers, office buildings, undeveloped land and real estate investment trusts (REIT).

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October 30, 2007

How to Find the Perfect Realistate Agent

Simon Volkov

Realistate agents are licensed professionals who represent a buyer or seller in real estate transactions. Most agents work on a 100 percent commission basis and their income is dependent on locating suitable properties and closing deals.

There are two types of realistate agents -- Buyer's Agents and Seller's Agents. If you are buying property, you want to work with a Buyer's Agent. If you are selling property, you will want to work with a Seller's Agent.

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October 15, 2007

Realstate Defined

Simon Volkov

Realstate is a legal term used to describe land and anything that is permanently attached to the land. Attachments include houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, warehouses and commercial buildings such as hospitals, offices and shopping centers.

Real estate investing is a term used to describe the purchase of realstate for profit. In the past real estate investing was available only to the wealthy. Today, nearly anyone can invest in property -- even if they have little money.

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September 23, 2007

Real Estate Notes and Land Contracts

Simon Volkov

Real estate notes and land contracts are legal documents created when one individual sells real estate or land to another individual. Also referred to as "real estate receivables," these notes are used to secure real estate transactions; particularly when the seller provides private financing.

When real estate notes and land contracts are privately financed by the property owner, it is referred to as seller carry back financing. In this type of financial arrangement, the property owner acts as the lending institution. Some sellers carry back only a portion of the loan, while others agree to finance the entire amount.

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September 11, 2007 | Comments: 3

Realestate Investing Tips and Tricks!

Simon Volkov

Investing in realestate can be a rewarding and profitable experience. But, before diving in it's imperative to have a solid understanding of the process involved. After all, realestate investing does require money. You'll want to learn everything you can about the pros and cons of playing the realestate game before shelling out your hard earned cash.

Basically, there are two ways to make money in realestate investments. First, you can acquire appreciation on property you buy directly. Second, you can invest in realestate financial instruments such as shares of real estate investment trusts (REIT) or stocks of housing developers.

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August 29, 2007

"Hot" Real Estate Market? The flood gates are about to open.

Simon Volkov

Real estate investors are always on the lookout for properties they can buy and sell in a short period of time. Oftentimes, these properties are located in a "hot" real estate market. A "hot" market means that properties in the area are selling quickly and/or market prices are increasing.

Hot real estate markets include oceanfront and mountain view locations, metropolitan cities, gated communities, and activity-based communities such as those featuring golf courses. A lesser known hot market is sustainable living communities where homes are manufactured from recycled materials and powered by solar panels and windmills.

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