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When new to buying real estate

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

One of the things you should consider when looking to buy real estate is to know what you want in your mind. Defining what you want you property to be will save you a lot of time searching and researching. Utilize the internet and look at pictures of possible properties you’re interested in looking at before you visit a real estate agent. When going on look-sees, take notes about each house and for those your really like, try to inspect the walls and plumbing and whatnot for any possible problems. When assessing a particular piece of property – one you’re already set to buy – have a home inspector, an electrician and a gas man go through it first so you can be sure that everything’s working like it should.

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Good Things to Know when Investing

May 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Buying a house or a piece of property can be easy and can be tough, can be a good investment or can be a source of leaking money. One way to get you on the road to making a good decision will to take note of three important things when investing in property.

Price is always a top consideration. If you see an area that is expensive, it may be a draw to buy there. But if you are working with a budget or if you just cannot afford it, looking at surrounding areas could be the way to go. Some of these areas can be lower in price but close enough to pricier places. Tax is another consideration. A lot of people decide tp buy a house in an area that has lower taxes. Schooling is the final basic criteria. If schools are doing well, you want to live there.

These three important things are good indicators when you want to invest in property.

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Investment Myths 2

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments

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The second most common myth in real estate investment is: you must start with small deals, big investments are very risky. Generally, mortgages on smaller properties are usually secured through the the buyer’s own earning capacity and personal wealth. On the other hand, a bigger investment loan, is protected by the value of the property itself – more like the property itself is being used as a collateral to the loan. Now, that means lesser risk to you. The value of your rental property like your house for example will increase through the years, depending on the kind of neighborhood you bought into. You can increase the value of your property a bit, like when you do some renovations, but the increase will not be that much. So it pays to buy into the right if not ideal neighborhood. However, on rental properties such as apartments, the increase in its value will depend on how much income it actually generates.

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Properties And Foreclosures

May 1st, 2015 · No Comments

51.jpgIn reaction to the uprising surge of short-sale properties and foreclosures, it is expected to consider new regulations to describe better the standing of the assets. Some local and regional multiple inventory services have worked out explanations and admissions in relation to the status of properties and build up their own strategy associated to bank-owned foreclosure properties and short sales. Short sales are naturally defined as dealings in which the lender agrees to recognize less than the full total due on a mortgage as soon as the property is sold in order to avoid a pricey foreclosure course of action.

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Hope in the Form of $2.1 Billion

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments

As we reported multiple times a few days ago, the US real estate market is down but not yet out. However, some companies see this event as an opportunity to do good things. For instance, the Los Angeles real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis just closed a $2.1 billion investment fund. The money will be used to buy properties nationwide.

Through this fund, the firm will be buying both properties that are only in need of minor repairs and those that need more improvements. The latter will fund real estate development.

CB Richard Ellis Investors is an independently operated affiliate of Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., the world’s largest real estate brokerage.


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Retail Sales

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

59.jpgRetail sales were positive for the reason of higher gasoline prices and industrial production marks off. Latest statements for job loss insurance are also at an edge. In spite of the huge write-down, there are overwhelming capitals raised by different firms and are making good money. No hefty organization will be permitted to fail anywhere. Fixed-rates in the mid-sixes interrupt housing recuperation and get rid off the benefit of payment-reducing to crimped household budgets and financial plan. The jumbo loan market is entirely not working and the new mini-jumbos are a high-priced story. Issuance of securitized credit of all kinds is at idle and declining.

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Non-Refundable Earnest Money

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Is non-refundable earnest money good or bad? Yo will say, it is terrific if you are a seller. But what if you are a buyer? It’s far less exciting if you are a buyer.

Sometimes, problems arise from the use of non-refundable earnest mone.

For instance, what if the home inspection shows significant problens that the seller did not disclose earlier? What if lender cannot fund the money anymore? What if the buyer can no longer qualify for financing or loses his or her job? What if the transaction fails by the specified date? What if the other party is injured or dies, or gets a divorce?

Well, these things happen!

So, it is up to the buyer and the seller to negotiate, if indeed the non-refundable money will still be considered as such.

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Experts say steel prices to stay high this year

April 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

One of the major ingredients in property development is steel.  This is most important specially if the development is for a 3 storey project.  For those who are following closely the price of steel, domestic industry experts predicts that steel prices  in China will continue to stay high this year.  Prices is pushed up by booming demand and rising costs.  The per-ton price would break the 1,000-U.S.-dollar threshold  and still has enough room for increase in the near future   Monday’s China Securities Journal quoted Zhou Xizeng, a leading analyst with the CITIC Securities as saying.
“A supply shortage was expected in the domestic market as the installment of newly-developed production capacity could not keep up with the government’s steps to eliminate outdated capacity.”

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A Good Guide

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

If you want to sell your house but you are not sure how to do this beyond the simplistic posting a ‘for sale’ sign with your contact numbers, then maybe it is time to consider getting some professional help. It is a good thing, despite the market instability over the last few years, real estate brokers still remain plentiful and ever-helpful with selling house issues.


A real estate broker can help you by guiding you. He or she should be knowledgeable about market trends in general, should know about the details in your area, and in short all the necessary data you need to weigh your options and come up with your own price. He or she should also help you come up with the best strategy or ways to market and present your property.

Remember that a broker will not price your house for you; you do that on your own, but they can give you guidance and direction that will help you create the best package for your home sale.

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Buy, Build and Sell – Worth It?

March 19th, 2015 · No Comments

kitchenIt sure would be if you manage to always hit the earnings button. But as we all know, this always isn’t the case for there are too many hidden factors that may affect the outcome of any project, but hey that’s part of the business. Recognizing a property that has potential is the first key and there are not too many people who have that eye for potential.
Risk management is part of the overall game and as you may have seen on the many feature shows on TV, it rarely goes according to plan. There is a lot of profit in such investments if you have the right people who are the bread and butter of your business. Working in harmony is the key and having conflict is part of the game as a way to iron out the kinks. Necessity is the key to innovation and often results in some of the best ideas making a crazy project into a true gem.

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