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Bulk REO Investing In Today’s Market

November 4th, 2018 Comments off

Bulk REO Investing is proving to be one of the most profitable fields of investment during this year and potentially beyond. Bulk REO Investors profit by buying groups (commonly called portfolios) of properties from lenders who have foreclosed the properties and have urgent desire to reduce pressure on their balance sheets. Due to the urgency of the balance sheet needs of the banking institutions coupled with the investors ability to purchase a package of REO properties rather than singular properties, its quite possible for a well-financed bulk reo investor to acquire REO packages at extremely attractive deals.

Most bulk REO real estate investors make offers to lending institutions on the basis of a percentage of unpaid mortgage balance. This means that if the investors make an offer of 60 cents on the dollar for a package of loans with a remaining balance of $3,000,000 in principal balance, then they pay $1,800,000 to acquire that group of houses.

At the conclusion of the reo portfolio transactions, investors own multiple properties which must then be monetized to bring a return to their portfolio. To do this, they typically resell the properties to retail home buyers via owner financing. By cutting traditional lenders out of their transactions, REO investors are able to sell their properties more quickly and at very appealing terms.

Find out when the banks financial quarter ends. This is where they report their quarterly earnings and financials and when most of upper management get evaluated for bonuses. Just like any business, banks dont want to have these underperforming assets on their books especially when their earnings reports are due.

Analyze the deals, determine what you want to get them for, and put in your second (or third) best offer (never offer your best offer first).

Negotiate until its a win for all: you get to have several properties at lower than market value the bank walks away with those deals off of their books just in time for the quarterly earnings reports to shareholders.

The future seems bright for savvy Bulk REO investors.

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Number One Reason For Failure in Real Estate Investing

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

I talk to real estate investors all the time. Some are seasoned pros. Many are “wannabe” real estate investors who are just trying to get their feet wet. I can tell you from experience that there is one and only thing that separates the seasoned pros from the wannabe real estate investors. This one thing will surprise you because it’s not what you think.

It’s not a secret technique. It’s not a special recipe. It’s not a secret phone number. It’s not a list of private money names. It’s something else:

ACTION!

Successful real estate investors take action. They blaze ahead. They plow through. They move forward. They do something. Then they do it again. And again. And again. The wannabe real estate investors who are not successful – and who will never be successful (I’m sorry to say) are those who are waiting for something; perhaps they are still trying to get their paperwork in order or they are trying to figure out their brand or they are waiting for their business cards to be designed and printed. These are excuses! I’m not the only one who says this! I am backed up by experience and by a chorus of other real estate investing experts who believe the same thing.

If you want to be successful as a real estate investor, go work on a deal right now. Don’t just do a bit and then stop. Start working and don’t stop until you have the deal. That’s it. That’s the secret. You don’t have to have all your paperwork in pristine order, that’s okay. It will come. When you need it, you’ll suddenly discover that you can do it quickly. (And, I’m also willing to wager that you’ll be surprised to discover you don’t need as much as you think you do).

So stop reading this article. And go take action right this instant!

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The Need To Know Facts About Real Estate Investing

October 27th, 2018 Comments off

Location – don’t jump in to buy a property because the market is bearish. Consider the location of the property very scrupulously. The truth is a property with a bad location won’t fetch you a good price even if the market is bullish. If you have an interest in buying property then ensure that the property is suitably located.

It should be in the vicinity of shopping complexes, malls, hospices, faculties parks and will be easily reached by road and mass transit systems. It may be correct that a property will cost comparatively more if it is well located. Nevertheless, you will be able to fetch a better price when the market picks up.

long-term – making an investment in property is a long-term proposition with convincing returns over a period. You may have a higher capital gains tax guilt. A property that can fetch good rental revenue is a gold mine.

Don’t think of selling such a property. Lease it out instead. Always put aside a certain portion of the revenue for upkeep and maintenance. Many backers who flipped properties found themselves in the middle of a property market crash and were saddled with properties that they couldn’t dispose off.

You need to sell or hire it straight out. The renter will ask for deductions on the rent with the debate that these be changed against the down-payment and closing costs. In all likelihood, the renter will not buy the property at the end of the lease and the proprietor would have lost a lot of money in terms of kickbacks on the rent. The lease agreement should have a clause that stops the tenant-buyer from defaulting on the purchase by allowing you to forfeit the deposit.

Focus on the idea of investing in buying local property ; at least at the start of your real estate investment career. Do not rush to buy property in another state or country, as you would not be so informed about the conditions. Investing in property in other states will increase your expenses in terms of commuting. Consider the proven fact that as a potential owner you will have to inspect the property to determine if there is any damage every month. You will also have to ensure that the property is not being misused in any way. For example there could be more renters living in the property than is permissible as per state and federal laws.

The outgoings add up in case you invest in another state. It makes for better business sense for you to think local and buy local.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Real Estate Investors

April 21st, 2018 Comments off

Sometimes a search through your bookshelf is like a treasure hunt. As I plucked Stephen Covey’s 1989 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People from my shelf, I believe I found some long lost gold. Flipping through the yellowed pages, I soaked in some of the long forgotten golden nuggets the book contains, and I pondered what the seven habits of a highly effective real estate investor would be.

I personally believe that the habits of a successful real estate investor are not particularly exceptional. I think that any person that wants to become a highly effective real estate investor can become one if they set their mind to it. Here is what I think the seven habits would be:

Habit One: Know Your Goals

The majority of the real estate investors I know set out with a goal in mind. I know a man that started investing by selling his house to buy two lots, on which he built a townhouse complex that had 8 units. Since then, he has started his own company and is building and selling hundreds of homes in Toronto every year. So, in this case, it shows how some goals may be simple, but can lead to much bigger things. Or, if goals are large they should be broken down into numerous shorter term goals.

Habit Two: Make Your Money when you Buy

It’s very risky to pay over market value for a property in the hopes that the rent will go up, the area will improve, and/or the property’s value will increase. The simple formula for long term success in real estate is to buy a desirable property below market value, in an area with a lot of potential for future growth.

Habit Three: Hire Help

Unless you want to take on a few extra jobs when you buy a property, I suggest that you think about hiring a property manager, an accountant and a real estate agent. The property manager can do repairs to the property and collect rent. The accountant can do your bookkeeping and yearly taxes, and the real estate agent can work with you to find more real estate investment properties. Just make sure that the people that you hire are trustworthy and will help you achieve your goals.

Habit Four: Use Just the Right Amount of Leverage

Serious real estate investors use leverage to get what they want. If you keep buying property with cash every single time, even the richest person in the world will soon run out of money. Leverage is when you invest a small amount on a much bigger amount. In other words, it’s possible to put $10,000 down on $100,000 house. If that house makes $5,000 a year, then you ROI ( return on investment) would be 50%. If you had paid for the whole $100,000 up front, then the return would still only be 5%. However, the downside of putting a small amount down is that it does not protect you from fluctuations in the market. If that same house drops to $90,000, you can wind up owing more on that home than the property is worth.

Habit Five: Find Good Partners

If you are starting out in the world of real estate investing without a lot of money, it’s hard to reach your financial goals if you aren’t willing to enter into partnerships with others. Your partners could be a family members, friends, colleagues, or even companies. I enjoy hearing success stories where someone with no money of their own enters into a contract on a property, but know they can make it happen by partnering up with another investor. My husband and I are millionaires from our real estate investing, thanks in great part to some of the partners that contributed equity to our investments along the way. Without them, we would likely only own half of the properties that we currently own today.

Habit Six: Be Persistent

When starting out in real estate (or even when you’re established) you’re going to hear the word “no” a lot, so make sure you don’t stray from your goals. Some of the people you could hear “no” from are as follows:

– Potential partners that are not able or not willing to get involved with a deal,

– The banks – on just about every deal we had trouble getting financing and had to deal with multiple lending issues,

– Family- we’ve asked numerous family members to become our investment partners and are more often than not turned down. But it never hurts to ask, as family members will give better interest rates than the banks,

– Insurance companies – if you don’t live in the same province as the property you are trying to insure, most insurance companies don’t want to do business with you. We have approached and been turned down by numerous insurance companies that won’t insure our Ontario properties because we live in British Columbia,

– Property Management Companies – it’s possible that the property management company that you would like to hire doesn’t want to manage your property.

But even when we’ve been turned down by all of the above at some point or another, we don’t lose sight of our goals and keep pushing forward.

Habit Seven: Research – Always be learning

– The best investors are the ones that ask a lot of questions, keep their eyes open for new opportunities and do a lot of research. Many get right into the details of a city. They go to the municipal offices and pull the official plan. They get zoning details and applications. They talk to the city councilors about plans, they attend city council meetings and know everything that is happening in an area.

Not every good investor I know possesses every one of these habits. And I know there are habits that many good investors have that I haven’t covered. But as I thought about the most effective and successful investors that I have met or read about, I realized that almost all of them did possess each of the above habits. And, that anyone could really do what they did if they set out to establish these habits and practices in their real estate investing.

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Look For These Things When Buying REO Properties

March 10th, 2018 Comments off

REO properties are one of the best ways to invest in real estate currently. Banks do not need to, nor do they want to; keep these properties for any longer than they absolutely have to. This is why, REO properties can be had for nearly any reasonable price. Of course, there are many things to consider about these deals.

You should complete a thorough inspection of the property which should include the major structures of the home. The roof, sub flooring, basement, plumbing and wiring will need to be inspected.

Make sure to have a complete title search pertaining to the home. There are some property titles that have tax liens and this tax can be passed on to the new buyer of the property.

Most importantly though you need to know what the property should be bought for and what is worth after repair.

Use REOGoldMiner.com to find the REO deals and InvestorCompsOnline.com to analyze the current market value of the house you want to purchase as well as those of similar properties in the area. You will save time and money if you conduct a little research before you make bids on the properties in question.

So what should you look for to accurately analyze the data for your deals? Compare properties using these primary three items: year built, room count, and square footage. When reviewing the prior sales information, compare your property to houses with those similarities. This will give you the best accessment of what similar houses have been selling for as is and after repair value.

Real estate investing is not just about selling a house and making some money. It will also take research in order to figure out its value and to accurately price the property. By using REOGoldMiner.com and InvestorCompsOnline.com, you will be able to find REO deals all over the nation and to know how to price it for resell.

When looking for REO deals there is only one place to find the deals and analyze their profitablility and thats
REOGoldMiner.com. With help from InvestorCompsOnline.com you can have all the “appraiser secrets for investors” that makes you the smartest investor in your area.