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In the next two years, investors are expected to outnumber regular home buyers 3 to 1. Not only are they dominating the market, but they are ready to compete with less experienced first time home buyers even though both groups will run into the same problems with financing. However, 1 in 5 invest...
06/02/2011
So we all know real estate is local, right?  If you watch too much cable news, you will just hear GLOOM AND DOOM about how many properties are out there, how long they are taking to sell, the amount of foreclosures that are currently occuring, values not rebounding, etc.  That may be true for the...
02/27/2011
This is something that I deal with every day.  SAY NO!  SAY NO!  SAY NO!  Do not get foreclosed on!  This is something that will stick with you for the next 10 years.  The better solution is almost always a short sale.  In fact, I cannot think of a situation where it is better to let the bank tak...
02/09/2011
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So we had the State of the Union address last week.  What did you think? Well, it ain't pretty folks.  Have we fixed the root causes of the huge problems here in America?  Methinks the answer to this is NO.  There are many things that still need to change or get fixed before we can say we have a ...
01/31/2011
The housing market overall is pretty similar to last month.  Pending home sales rose again in December, that is the 5th month out of 6 that has occured.    We are seeing gradual signs of a housing recovery, but it is a mixed bag.  Let's get into new construction for a moment.   We have started to...
01/31/2011
INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE?  If you are like many people, you have taken your money out of the stock market (and maybe even the bank...I know a lot of folks who are back to the "shoe box" mentality due to distrust of banks).  You are looking for a good investment.  You want something that is tried an...
09/07/2010
Well, I think you should!  Don't be scared!  Real estate is still one of the best all time investments.  You just cannot deny that.  Unless you are one of the MILLIONS of Americans whose homes are now worth less than they paid for them.  Ughhh.  I feel your pain.  I understand your disillusionmen...
08/25/2010
Well, it has been 3 months and 1 day since the much lauded and anticipated HAFA Program (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives) was launched by the federal government.  From Realtor.com : "In 2009, the Treasury Department introduced the HAFA program to provide a viable option for homeowners wh...
07/06/2010
  As realtors and homeowners stuggle and slog through the often time consuming and generally frusterating short sale process, a new program set to be unvailed by the federal government on April 5th, 2010 should help to reduce the stress and ill feeling towards these types of deals.  It should rea...
02/21/2010
First of all let me start by saying I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY OR TAX PROFESSIONAL, and do not mistake this article as legal and/or tax advice! Ok, disclaimer done. I sell a LOT of short sales.  Approximately 70% of my business in the past 2 years was either short sales or foreclosure.  Over these past...
01/11/2010
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