Record Foreclosure Rates Could Mean Cash in Your Pocket

April 20, 2011

Foreclosure bookWith the mortgage crisis in full swing, homes are going into foreclosure left and right all across the country. In 2005 there were 850,000 foreclosures, with the number of foreclosures increasing every quarter.

All these foreclosed properties offer you a great investment opportunity. You can scout and buy homes in foreclosure, then keep them as rental properties and collect monthly checks from tenants. Or you can purchase foreclosed properties and flip them, renovating and selling the homes for a profit. The time has never been better to use the real estate market to your advantage. Read more

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The Foreclosure Investor’s Cheat Sheet: 100 Useful Web Resources

May 14, 2008

If you’re looking for a place to get more information on real estate foreclosures, then you should take a look at “The Foreclosure Investor’s Cheat Sheet: 100 Useful Web Resources” over at International Listings. It provides 100 different links to articles, forums, websites, auctions, blogs, tutorials, and more.

It’s not often you get such a nice compiled list of resources all on one page so you might want to bookmark it and refer to it at a later time. Their site also provides international real estate for sale. Thanks to Brian for sending me the link.

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A Real Estate Investment Alternative

October 18, 2007

Prosper LendersIf you’re like me, you’re trying to figure out the best way to take advantage of the high inventory real estate foreclosure market but you’re a little cautious. You’ve got some cash sitting in your bank account earning a respectable 5% interest but you’d really like to buy some property. The only problem is you don’t know how much worse this market is going to get or when it’s going to recover. So what do you do?

One alternative is joining an online lending community where people can borrow and lend money essentially bypassing the banks thus getting better rates. You’d be the lender and sites like Prosper.com (aff) and Lendingclub.com would help you build diversified portfolios based on lender preferences. They speak of returns anywhere from 9% to 14% all depending on the amount of risk you decide to take. Here’s an example (aff) of how it works. Lendingclub also has a blog which has some good financial articles.

I think it’s a pretty good idea if you’re looking for a higher return and want a place to park your money until the real estate market settles down. I have signed up for a prosper.com account and started browsing the borrowers but have not yet loaned any money out. If you’ve used either one of these sites before, please let me know how it’s worked out for you.

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Buy Real Estate With No Money Down

October 12, 2007

no money downAnyone can buy real estate with no money down. All you have to do is offer a high enough price and make sure the seller gets some cash at closing (but not yours). Do that and someone will say yes to your offer. The problem, of course, is that just getting real estate without spending your own cash isn’t all you want. You also want a deal that makes sense.

This tends to be glossed over by many who promote zero-down ways to buy real estate. If you are buying a home for yourself, so what if you get in with nothing down. You also want to be sure that it makes more sense than the alternatives (renting, waiting, lease-option, etc.). If you are investing in real estate, you want a property that will have cash flow or can be sold for a profit. With those criteria in mind, here are a few ways to do it without your own money. Read more

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Hire a Real Estate Broker to Buy the Property you Want

July 23, 2007

real estate brokerThe function of a Real Estate broker is to act as an intermediary, a mediator between buyers and sellers of prime properties and Real Estate, and Real Estate brokers also find out house owners who want to sell and clients who want to buy homes. However, each Real Estate broker has his own way of working, and two agents might not work in the same way.

It is vital that a Real Estate agent or broker must be very well connected to the Real Estate industry and also have great know-how about the way the industry works. Every client will expect the Real Estate agent to have a deep knowledge about the market, and the broker will have to give information on the present Real Estate listings, earlier sales, he should have an efficient and practical marketing strategy and some good references. It is of prime importance that people look for a Real Estate agent who is sincere, confident, and who completely understands the requirements of both buyers and sellers. Read more

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How to use FHA Loans to Invest in your Current Home

May 1, 2007

FHA LoansMaking improvements to your home is an easy way to raise its value. With a FHA loan you could be able to include the costs associated with your home improvements with your loan. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 203 (k) program is one in which you can refinance your current home or even purchase a new one in need of improvements and include all costs in the loan.

Aside from being able to use it to invest in your new or current home, there are numerous advantages to using a FHA loan. First and foremost is the ease with which one can qualify for a FHA loan as opposed to more traditional types of loans. Because the FHA is simply guaranteeing your loan lenders will be more inclined to give you the loan you need to refinance your home. This means that lenders have considerably less to lose by extending you a loan, because if you do go into default and they do have to foreclose they will get their money back. Read more

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Are You Stuck on the Fence? How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing

April 17, 2007

I received an inspiring email this week from somebody we’ll just call Jack. Jack is a senior in college and already reading up on real estate investing (very nice) and has the passion and motivation to take the next step. He’s asked me for help and doesn’t quite know where to start so I’m going to answer his questions within this blog post.

His email goes as follows: Read more

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Secret Ways to Make Money in Real Estate – Part #3

April 8, 2007

Let’s take a moment to talk about financing secrets when purchasing an investment property. We all know the standard way to purchase a property is to get a loan from an institutional lender such as a commercial bank. These lenders generally make loans based on any incoming credit of the borrower, and they generally follow standard lending guidelines which gives you little to no flexibility.

Now I’ve been down this road for several of my investment properties which is usually the way you need to start but as you become more experienced you start to learn some additional tricks of the trade. There’s nothing wrong with getting loans from commercial banks but what you do if you have bad credit or are currently out of work? Read more

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Mortgage Brokers – Friend or Foe?

March 28, 2007

Once you’ve identified a property to purchase, you need to start thinking about financing. If you are looking at single-family homes or properties with four units or less, a good local lender may be your best choice. Banks are generally good as well, but they often tend to offer shorter term loans and or higher interest rates on investment properties. If you have a fairly typical property in an area with banks nearby, make a simple phone call to see what they have to offer.

In my situation when I purchased my first investment property in Las Vegas, I used a mortgage broker which was extremely helpful. Mortgage brokers generally charge 1% of the loan amount to help locate a quality funding source for you. My new mortgage broker charged a $500 fee upfront and then worked on getting a point or two on the back-end with whichever lending house or bank he ended up working with. Read more

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