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There are many ways to analyze the performance of a real estate investment.  Cap Rates, Gross Rent Multipliers, Cash on Cash and many other performance metrics can be used by investors to determine the specific performance and value of a real estate investment.   Individually these performance me...
01/24/2010
5 Things Every Realtor needs to know for this Weekend By now you already know that the FTHB Tax credit has been extended and expanded, but do you know the details so that you can properly explain it to your clients.       Here are some bullet points: You need to be in contract by 4/30/2010 and cl...
11/15/2009
A client bought a new home and the broker sent flowers for the occasion. The flowers arrived at the home and the owner read the card; it said "Rest in Peace". The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the flo...
11/09/2009
Over the last several weeks HUD, along with FHA, have been back and forth as to the legality of whether or not they would allow the use of the $8000 First time home buyers Tax Credit to be used as part of the down payment and closing costs of a qualified purchase.  Well now we have an answer.  Ye...
05/30/2009
Today is Wednesday May 27, 2009  and it marks the single biggest drop in the price of mortgage backed securities in over 10 years.  Today we lost 206 basis points in the price of mortgage backed securities, however the bleeding actually began last Thursday when the markets began to slide, and sin...
05/27/2009
I've had several discussions with Jeff Turner about managing one's online presence and creating meaningful relationships.  It's easy to get caught up with the numbers game and satisfy the ego by having thousands of followers, but what does it all mean?  Lets face it if you have a thousand followe...
05/08/2009
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Lies Lies Lies... We see them everywhere.. Everything from asking Johnny if he had a cookie before dinner; only to see him wipe crumbs from his face and say "no mom", to the Bernie Madoff's of the world that schemed millions with a carefully crafted series of deceit and forgery.  We all condenm l...
03/28/2009
Real estate isn't so much about property as it is about people. As an investor you need to know and understand the sellers circumstances.  You need to be respectful of the fine line where one mans financial misfortunes become another mans exploitation for his own fortune.  I oftern hear Realtors ...
12/06/2008
Most people's retirement plans today are typically invested in some form of securities or commodities plan that is managed by a third party plan administrator.  The administrator decides how the retirement fund is invested, controls the make up and structure of the fund, and is responsible for th...
11/02/2008
This weekend we witnessed the biggest Govt expansion into the private sector ever.  I'm a free enterprise guy and personally, I don't like Govt involvement in the private sector.  Fannie and Freddie where designed as a publicly chartered agencies designed to operate in the private sector, and whe...
09/09/2008
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