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February 03, 2012

Property

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.

Real Estate Investing article on "Property"

January 27, 2012

Home Values

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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December 28, 2011

REO Property

REO property refers to real estate owned by banks. It can consist of residential homes, commercial real estate, or undeveloped land. Buyers' present purchase offers through real estate agents just as with any other type of transaction. The only difference is banks own the property instead of a private owner.

REO property can be a good choice for everyone from first time home buyers to seasoned real estate investors. These properties are typically priced below market value and sold with a clear title. All are sold 'as is' and the majority is in need of some degree of repair.

There are a few differences between buying bank foreclosures vs properties listed by private sellers. Bank owned homes are usually in worse condition, but not always. Many have sat vacant for long periods of time, leaving them musty, dirty, and in need of a lot of TLC. Some have been vandalized or used as refuge by squatters.

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June 02, 2011

Short Sale Act of 2011

The Short Sale Act of 2011 is back on the agenda for review by the House Committee on Financial Services. Previously, submitted as H.R. 6133: Prompt Decision for Qualification of Short Sale Act of 2010 this bill was bypassed by Congress last year, but expected to pass legislation later this year.

If passed, the Short Sale Act of 2011 will require mortgage lenders to respond to borrowers request for short sale approval within 45 days of written request. If the banks fail to respond within the time period the application will be considered approved.

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May 02, 2011

Improper Foreclosure

Improper foreclosure is something you'll be hearing about a lot. The media is abuzz over bank regulators launching a plan to provide monetary compensation to homeowners whose homes were illegally seized.

Improper foreclosure occurs when banks do not have proper mortgage assignment documents. In recent weeks, much has been publicized about mortgage lenders hiring robo-signers to forge signatures on loan documents; allowing banks to foreclose via fraudulent means.

Real Estate Investing article on "Improper Foreclosure"

October 02, 2010

Lease Purchase Option Agreement

A lease purchase option agreement can be beneficial for property owners and buyers. In today's real estate market it has become difficult to attract qualified buyers to purchase homes at market value. It has also become difficult for buyers to qualify for home mortgage financing. Lease options can be the solution both parties are seeking.

A lease purchase option agreement allows buyers to rent the property while building or restoring their credit rating. A portion of rent is contributed toward the purchase price which reduces the amount of funds required when buyers later obtain financing.

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August 23, 2010

Foreclosure Property

An excess of foreclosure property could be the yellow brick road to the pot of gold for savvy real estate investors. A recent report published at CNNMoney.com deems investors who sweep in to purchase distressed properties as 'vulture investors', but in reality these individuals have learned how to capitalize on a downturned market.

Foreclosure property can consist of single- or multi-family residences, commercial real estate, or raw land. Previously, investors purchased foreclosure real estate primarily for the purpose of house flipping. Today, these properties are being purchased as rental homes to accommodate the millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure and incapable of qualifying for mortgage loan.

Real Estate Investing article on "Foreclosure Property "

July 26, 2010

Online Investing

Online investing has become a popular way to establish and expand financial portfolios. Investors can purchase all types of investment products from the comfort of home. Trading stocks, investing in bonds, retirement contributions, and even real estate purchases can take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Numerous online investing companies exist. Some of the more popular include: Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, and Vanguard. One good resource for learning the intricacies of online investing is InvestingOnlineResourceCenter.org. Visitors can learn how to avoid fraud, prevent being scammed, and protect financial investments, as well as locate investment resources.

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July 02, 2010

Real Estate Market

The real estate market is unstable and rightfully so As property values continue to drop, many homeowners owe more on their mortgage loan than their home is worth. Others have taken out a home equity loan which prevents them from reducing their asking price and lessen their chance of finding a buyer.

Investors worry about the real estate market and the toll it has taken on their return on investment. The past few years have been challenging for investors who buy homes and commercial real estate. Declining property values and increasing property taxes have eaten away profit margins.

Real Estate Investing article on "Real Estate Market "

June 17, 2010

Real Estate Market

Nearly everyone is talking about the real estate market. Turn on any newscast and you're certain to hear a tragic story of a family who has lost their home to foreclosure. Switch to late night TV and you're certain to see an infomercial showing how to capitalize on distressed real estate. Flip to cable and you'll find a dozen shows about house flipping, creating curb appeal, or selling mega mansions in Beverly Hills or Malibu.

The million dollar question is what's really going on in the real estate market? Unfortunately, the answers are clear as mud. The National Association of Realtors reports a continual increase in buyers purchasing previously owned homes. NYU's Stern School of Business claims the rise stems from the federal housing tax credit offered through first time home buyer programs. Both agree housing sales will decline in the coming months

Real Estate Investing article on "Real Estate Market"