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Six Shipping Containers could be your Future Green Home

Heard the phrase you could end up living out of a box on the street? Well, some people are actually choosing to make their home a box. A Shipping container to be exact. As CNN details , Architects have developed a method for converting the containers, normally considered useless after successfully delivering its cargo, intoRead the Rest...


Mortgage Rate Drops to Year Long Low of 4.1%

4.1% has become the average rate for a 30 year mortgage, the lowest it has been since June of 2013, as CNN reports . Starting the year at about 4.5%, the stimulus program provided by the government has helped to lighten the borrowing rates. The Fed has also played a role, regularly buying Treasury BondsRead the Rest...


Taller and Taller Apartment Buildings Invading Manhattan Landscape

One57, Manhattan’s tallest residential building, was completed earlier this year. But it shouldn’t get too comfortable with that title, because in the coming years, three other buildings are expected to claim that moniker as well. In a worldwide trend that CNN Money has recognized , buildings are soaring to greater heights than ever before. AndRead the Rest...


Can You Become a Real Estate Investor, Even If You’ve Got No Cash and No Credit? Yes, If You Follow a Proven System.

The idea is alluring but maybe you’re harboring reasonable doubts about whether you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a real estate investor. Here’s what’s at the core of a plan that works. Proven System You’ve begun dreaming about what it would be like to be a successful real estate investor. Sounds like easyRead the Rest...


Why Do Top Real Estate Investing Courses Include the Role of Short Sale Negotiator?

The best real estate investing courses will teach you the importance of the Short Sale Negotiation Manager. Here’s what you need to know. There are real estate investing courses and then there are Real Estate Investing Courses! The latter will give you the foundation you’ll need to establish your own real estate business, along withRead the Rest...


Why Would Real Estate Trainers Encourage You to Open a Bank?

This may sound like the strangest advice you could get from real estate trainers. But it may also prove to be the most lucrative. Let’s say you started your property flipping business after getting coached by some top-notch real estate trainers. You now enjoy a flexible work schedule. You’ve learned a lot about purchasing properties,Read the Rest...


Investing in Real Estate? How Your Renovation Manager Makes the Process Much Tastier

The best real estate investing courses teach you how to get the most out of working with an Acquisition Manager. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know. In the most extensive real estate investing courses, you’re likely to get some training on the role of an Acquisitions Manager. Why? Because they areRead the Rest...


Why Should Real Estate Investing Courses Include Training on the of Role Acquisitions Managers?

The best real estate investing courses teach you how to get the most out of working with an Acquisition Manager. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know. In the most extensive real estate investing courses, you’re likely to get some training on the role of an Acquisitions Manager. Why? Because they areRead the Rest...


Learn it Straight from the Pros: How to Make Money in Real Estate

Feel like something’s missing? Let the pros show you how to make money in real estate. Perhaps you’ve already taken a shot at trying to make money in real estate. Maybe you’ve read a few books and even attended a seminar or two. Maybe you’ve got an uncle who once flipped a house and madeRead the Rest...


What Should You Look For When Choosing A Real Estate Trainer?

So you are in the market for a real estate trainer and your current Internet search has produced a list that makes your eyes cross. What qualifications or experience make the difference between so-so and spectacular when it comes to real estate trainers? The majority of people have not been in the position of hiringRead the Rest...


How to Become a Real Estate Investor of Commercial Properties

Is the process for how to become a real estate investor all that different when you’re considering commercial properties? Do you really need to wait until you’ve got decades of experience in the residential market before making the crossover? Find out. The thought of finding the funding, purchasing, rehabbing and then selling a residential homeRead the Rest...


Real Estate Market Settling Down in 2014

Since 2006, the real estate market has either been severely low or extremely high. In 2014, it looks to finally be settling down. The beginning of the last decade saw huge spike in real estate prices, followed by a crash where prices fell quickly. During this time, the Case-Shiller Housing Index lost 33% from 2006 to 2012. RealizingRead the Rest...


Homeowners Trying To Keep Afloat In a Market of Underwater Properties

Nationwide, 9.1 million, or 17 percent, of U.S. properties are seriously underwater, which has surprisingly decreased from 26 percent last year. "Seriously underwater" is defined as having a loan to value ratio of 125 percent or above. This means the homeowner owes at least 25 percent more than the estimated market value of their property.Read the Rest...


Single-Family Homes Single-Handedly Running the Real Estate Market

Despite the price raise in residential real estate throughout South Florida in March, single-family homes sales spiked while condos and townhouse sales slipped, according to the Florida Realtors report. The single-family homes market saw a 6.3 percent increase since last March; statewide, the median sales price for single-family homes was up 7.1 percent, even thoughRead the Rest...


Help us Raise Awareness, Support Families, Remember those we've lost and Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Hey it’s Josh Cantwell, Hope you are having an awesome day. First, I’m going to ask you for your help…… in fact I’m practically going to beg you for help. Second, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has supported me and TEAM ACT over the past 3 years in support of The Pancreatic Cancer ActionRead the Rest...


Housing Recovery Continues Weaker Than Expected

American expectations on home prices increased in February, both in terms of anticipating continued price increases and the sizes of those increases. Fannie Mae’s survey shows that 50% of survey responders thought home prices would rise over the rest of 2014, with the average expected price increase soaring from 2% to 3.2% in January. ExpectationsRead the Rest...


Home Equity Lost Altitude in Late 2013

While homes in a negative equity position account for over 13% of all residential properties with a mortgage, only 4 million homes remained positive on their equity in 2013 while more than 6 million remained underwater, according to CoreLogic. CoreLogic reports that, although the numbers are changing, the correlation is staying fairly the same. OnRead the Rest...


Say Hello To Your New Landlords

From 2011 to 2013, Institutional Investors have accounted for a 44% increase in their share of residential sales, representing over 830,000 purchases by these investors in the past 3 years. In some markets, this number climbs even higher – to as much as 20% of all sales since 2011. In the heat map below, youRead the Rest...


Mortgage Rates Take Yet Another Dive

After several weeks of mortgage rates trending ever so slowly higher, the often quoted 30-year fixed-rate came in at an average of 4.28% according to Freddie Mac – a drop of .09% from last week. 15-Year fixed-rates also saw a drop from 3.39% to 3.32%. On the whole, rates have been very affordable for mostRead the Rest...


FHA Confident in Finances – Rejects Possibility of Future Bail Out

The Federal Housing Administration is now claiming it won’t need a bail out from taxpayers later this year, projecting that the reserve fund it has been sustaining will close the year on a positive balance of approx. $7.8 billion. The $1.7 billion bail-out from the Department of the Treasury was a necessary but inconvenient highlightRead the Rest...


MBS Imitates Ukraine and Loses Even More

As for treasuries and MBS, the blank news out of Ukraine and most other data sectors piqued the interest of bondsmen, severely limiting the bonds market technicals and causing a consistent selling spree. Treasuries themselves suffered a deeper wound than MBS, with 10-year fixed-rates down .8% in price, but up almost 9.5% in yield. TheRead the Rest...


Mortgage Rates Climb to New Highs Amidst Ukrainian Antebellum Fears

Hand in hand with Ukraine tensions easing away, mortgage rates took a hike up yesterday after an excellent February end and March start. Rates rose to their highest levels in weeks, bringing the 30-year fixed-rate average back to a normal sounding 4.375%. While some lenders edged closer to 4.5%, a small few may even beRead the Rest...


Ukrainian Conflict Fades as Econ Data Rears Its Ugly Head

With the Ukrainian cooling down in the wake of harsh words across the world, it’s a certain eventuality that more data would come to fill the void left by departing geopolitical news. The big question for many investors at the moment though is, when? Monday saw a brief spike, followed by Tuesday’s flat line, andRead the Rest...


Affordable Obama Mortgages to Increase – Re-default Threat Looms

A federal watchdog is now claiming that of the 783,000 or so homeowners whose mortgages were reduced under the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, a large percentile are at risk for defaulting again due to increased rates in the coming years. HAMP rates as low as 2% are apparently on the way out – theRead the Rest...


Polar Vortex Misses Home Price Bull’s-eye – Strongest Gains in Years

Home prices increased across the entire U.S. by 12% over the course of 2013, bringing in the strongest year ending gains since pre-recession 2006. Distressed sales accounted for 2.2% of this number, which is another increase as well. Among the total 12% increase, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Texas hit record new price peaks, with the DistrictRead the Rest...


Good Spike off Ukraine Turns into a Bad Bounce

The only trade news for today was the stalling of news out of Ukraine – causing some medial shockwaves to run through the markets as Treasury yields pushed higher. The negative impetus the Ukrainian situation has had on our economy is increasing, raising the fear of a correction for several days spent running flat. CurrentRead the Rest...


Ukraine Spikes February Bond Rally into March

Color me cynical, but Ukraine is actually helping our economy quite a bit. Following Russia’s movements into Ukraine and Crimea, most of the market movements and the lion’s share of gains occurred the night after. After the dust settled, it looks like treasuries and MBS are modestly stronger now, with ISM manufacturing having little impactRead the Rest...


FHA Mounting a Slippery Slope

FHA mortgages have been a central tenant of the lending system for quite some time. However, this should not be the case according to the Community Home Lenders Association, who desire a significant subtraction of FHA mortgage premiums. The importance of the FHA program is obvious, especially when you note that their mortgages have beenRead the Rest...


Construction Spiked in Early 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau reports today that construction projects in 2014’s January were almost 10% higher than in 2013, topping out at $943,000,000,000 above 2013’s $863,000,000,000. Total private construction also rose about 12% from $597,000,000,000 to 2014’s $667,000,000,000. However, in spite of all of these increases and “good” numbers, the crest of this wave isRead the Rest...


Foreclosure Inventory Dwindles

Black Knight Financial services reports that the time needed to complete a foreclosure has increased to a new high of 943 days, though the number of loans currently in foreclosure are at their lowest since November, 2008. The foreclosure inventory rate in January was 2.35%, 5.32% lower than December, and 31.17% less than the beginningRead the Rest...


2013 Home Prices Rose More than 10%

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports that 2013 housing prices soared up almost 12% from Q1-Q3 2013, but softened 0.3% in Q4. Compared to peak prices in Q2 2006, they’re still down more than 20%, and most of the latest housing news has been pretty bad. Home construction wrote down January as the biggest month-over-monthRead the Rest...


Mortgages Bottom Out to 2 Week Lows

Gaining speed with yesterday’s strong home sale data, mortgage rates drove even lower yesterday, dropping them to levels not seen since February 6th. This is especially sudden given the Monday rise – rates on 30-year fixed-rates are now down to a comfortable 4.375%, but a 4.25% is not improbable soon enough. Strong economic data usuallyRead the Rest...


Home-Equity Lending Returns

After being made nearly extinct with the “Great Recession”, as they are calling the economic crisis, home-equity loans are being offered by some lenders once again, allowing hopeful homeowners to borrow against the value of their homes once more. The first two quarters of 2013 saw home-equity loans and lines of credit rising by almostRead the Rest...


Weather Was No Match for New Home Sales

January storms and “polar vortices” sought to put a heavy damper on sales in many markets, most of all the winter-comparable housing market. Fortunately, it looks like the market didn’t care much for whiteout, as sales nationwide are up by almost 10% (468,000 units) from December’s 427,000 units. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, it’s estimatedRead the Rest...


Mortgage Resale Doesn’t Have to Be So Bad

When your mortgage gets sold from one bank to another, you may find errors in your new documents with the new servicer. However, it doesn’t have to always be like this. All you need to do is take some specific steps at precaution and prevention. The CFPB says they are “deeply disappointed” at the mishandlingRead the Rest...


Buy Your Own Florida Key

For just $110,000,000, you can get your own Florida Key. Pumpkin Key is a 26-acre islet that includes a main house, caretaker’s cottages, a boat captain’s apartment, office, and 12 1-1.5 acre lots on the bay front. The front also includes a 20-slip marina sufficient for a small fleet or several mega-yachts. With tennis courtsRead the Rest...


Florida Leads Real Estate Price Increases

Home values in the greater U.S. have recovered to within almost 14% of the peak reached in 2006, according to Black Knight Financial Services. Nationally, home prices topped out in June 2006 at over $250,000. However, Black Knight also reports that prices retreated in December in 14 of the 20 largest states. In metro areas,Read the Rest...


2013’s Houses 300 sq. ft. Larger than 2009’s Houses

The growth in the average size of new houses paused briefly around 2008, but since 2009’s average house size of 2,362 sq. ft., 2013 has been seeing an average of 2,679 sq. ft. New homes have more bedrooms, more bathrooms, and more amenities than they did in 2009. The raw numbers don’t lie. 48% ofRead the Rest...


Bulletproof House Flipping (Part 10)

Patrick's buyer wanted deeds on these properties. These were note deals, and Patrick was able to get a deed in lieu signed. This is one of the exit strategies we currently teach. It’s a pretty neat process. Here’s how it works. You just go to the homeowner. You're helping them out. You're pretty much saying,Read the Rest...


Reverse-Mortgages Safer, or Too Little, Too Late?

A common practice during the housing crisis was the often feared and equally taken course of the reverse-mortgage. Persons aged 62 or older can basically take loans out against their own home’s equity. This loan wouldn’t have to be paid back until the borrower either died or moved out of the target property – yetRead the Rest...


Wells Fargo Looking to Subprime Mortgage Again

Coming out of the stormy waters of the housing crisis, Wells Fargo looks to be considering breaking into the subprime mortgage market once more – the bank recently announced that it would be considering borrower applications with credit scores as low as 600. The previous minimum was 640, and this shift will apply both toRead the Rest...


House Hunting Has Nothing on Finding an Agent

If you’re planning on purchasing a home this spring, you can face stiff competition from other buyers for an extremely limited inventory in the market today. Homes in good condition that are priced appropriate for their surroundings will usually receive many, many offers. An agent can make a world of difference between hiring a movingRead the Rest...


Bulletproof House Flipping (Part 9)

Now, what are they actually buying? That's a great question. They're mainly buying three-bedroom, two-bath houses. You can find this out just by asking them, “Hey, what are you looking for?” I'm going to show you how to find these people. I'm going to show you how to find the contact information for the hedgeRead the Rest...


What to Do When Buying a Home

We usually talk about home buying here as if it’s second nature. Unfortunately, many of our readers have probably never bought a home. To that end, a checklist of things to remember when considering a buy can be extremely helpful. Before you do anything else, assess your needs. Figure out whether it’s better for youRead the Rest...


Some Tips on How to Secure a Foreclosure Bargain

Foreclosure bargains are an interesting concept – everyone talks about them, but very few have actually seen them, especially in recent years with the foreclosure inventories shrinking rapidly as the housing economy recovers from the 2008 crisis. In case you think your skills are rusty, or even untried, here is some advice on how youRead the Rest...


Mortgage Rates Spike Upwards After Wednesday’s FOMC

Mortgage rates spiked upwards again in the wake of the FOMC minutes for the late January meeting, causing many lenders to issue negative reprices, which could have a direct effect on the interest rate. The most commonly quoted 30-year fixed rate remains at 4.375% in best-case scenarios. On the whole though, there isn’t much toRead the Rest...


Bulletproof House Flipping (Part 8)

How do we find the cash buyers for our deals? For finding the cash buyers, we use the MLS. Step one is select your hot spots. For example: Pike, Washington, Lawrence, Warren, Franklin, and Perry – those are hot spots in the Indianapolis area. Typically, how I classify a hot spot is if there areRead the Rest...


Mortgage Rates Take a Short Rise Before Falling Again

Talk about a faulty prediction. This blows my mind – it seems like yesterday I was assuming the rates would take a high hike for a while, but now here we are once again. Rates tanked almost .10% this week to 4.23% for a 30-year fixed rate, having started the year at 4.53%. Frank Nothaft,Read the Rest...


A $1,500 Bonus For Selling REO Isn’t Bad

Freddie Mac is now in the same boat as Fannie Mae, and is offering incentives for real estate agents and homebuyers who list and sell properties in the current REO inventory. Freddie is offering a $1,000 bonus to agents who sell an REO property, and a $500 bonus to agents who list and sell aRead the Rest...


Shared Appreciation May Be the Hero America Deserves

Shared appreciation, also known as "SAM Financing", is probably our economy's best chance at avoiding further billions in losses due to the foreclosure crisis. SAM Loans require the lender to be an equity partner in the property. If the value goes up, the lender comes out on top. Down, and the lender takes a loss,Read the Rest...