Ten Quick and Easy Ways To Increase Your Property’s Value

by Brandon Turner | August 19, 2012 | on Starting Out | no comments

Do you remember 2007?I do. It’s the year I got married, the year I graduated from college, and the year I bought my first home.2007 was a good year.I remember how great the real estate market was. I remember watching the various “flipping shows” as investors made tens of thousands of dollars by simply making their properties pretty and selling them for top dollar.I also remember the slow-down, the decline, and finally the crash of the real estate market during that year and the years t

Wholesaling Real Estate: 3 on 3 Interview Series

by James W. Vermillion III | August 18, 2012 | on Uncategorized | no comments

Wholesaling is the real estate strategy of choice for many new real estate investors because it is perceived as an easy business to start with little or no capital and minimal experience. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding wholesaling and most people who attempt to wholesale fail to be profitable. However, if done properly and with the necessary education, wholesaling can be a very prosperous business.To help clear up some common misunderstandings and provide insight int

Friday Asia Digest – Pension & Retirement Funds Venture Overseas

by Ziv Magen | August 17, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Global cross-border investment trends intensified this week, as pension and retirement funds join the international property investing party. CalPERS, (California Public Employees’ Retirement System), the USA’s largest public pension fund, with assets of 237 billion USD,  is committing $530 million to invest in ARA, a new Chinese real estate funds which, in turn, invests in high-quality downtown office buildings malls in densely populated suburbs in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and M

Pursuing Real Estate Investing Freedom? Consider Getting a Real Estate License!

by Clay Huber | | on Starting Out | no comments

One of the most highly talked about and debated questions within the world of real estate investing is ‘should’ or ‘should you not’ get licensed in your state? There are numerous articles on BiggerPockets discussing pros and cons and everything in between, but I wanted to throw my $.02 into the debate.There are a ton of financial reasons to pursue the license, but in this article, I’m going to focus on how another aspect. First though, to address what I see as the

Fixing and Flipping Houses: A Business or a Job?

by Marty Boardman | August 16, 2012 | on Flipping Houses & Rehabbing | no comments

Here’s an important question for you – is this fixing and flipping houses thing going to be your business or an odd job? In other words, are you going act like a business owner and hire employees to perform the work associated with rehabbing the house, or are you going to hire yourself to do everything?I believe it should be every fix and flippers goal to work on their business, not in their business. My partner and I don’t demo, paint, lay tile, install appliances, light fixtures, cei

The Rush to Securitize Single Family Rentals: The Fitch Report Changes the Rules

by Steve Cook | August 15, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Many of the key points made in last week’s Fitch Ratings Report on REOs to Rentals (See How Ratings Could Dramatically Change the Single Family Rental Business) were not new or surprising.  However, seeing them in black and white under the letterhead of one of the most powerful ratings agencies in structured finance changed the rules and probably the timetable for the birth of SFR securities−bonds created by pools of single family rental properties backed by rental payments and the underlyi

Be So Good At The Basics…That You Are Cutting Edge!

by Chris Clothier | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Be so good at the basics that you are cutting edge! Those are the words from best-selling author, Joe Calloway that really struck home and got me fired up!If you spend enough time around me, I will eventually begin reciting words from books that have inspired me and which led me to keep on reading more.  I have written in several previous articles, that I am a voracious reader and spend hours each week reading not only books but periodicals and blogs.  It is one of those things that I picked

Sacrifice: A Real Estate Investor’s Magic Bullet

by Arthur Garcia | August 14, 2012 | on Investor Psychology | no comments

A few weeks ago, THIS article made its way across my desk via facebook.  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read the article, the long story short is that an investor by the name of Bill McMachen purchased 627 foreclosed homes at the Macomb’s county tax sale.The headline is what immediately caught my attention.  After all, 627 units is a lot of property, especially for ONE transaction! I found myself a little envious of McMachen.  To snatch up hundreds of properties for roughly

Interview With Noted Tax Deferred Exchange Expert And Qualified Intermediary William Exeter

by Jeff Brown | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Though the exact count isn’t known, I’ve done a lot of ‘em. I know a ton about ‘em too. I could tell stories, big time. But first, I’d make dang sure Bill Exeter wasn’t in the room, cuz no matter how many stories I can tell, he has 100 times more. Also, I’d never tell the first story if he was in the room, never. Yeah, I’ve done multi-state exchanges with a buncha properties and multiple exchangers. Big whoop. Bill? I’m guessin’ he̵

It Can Take Time to Work the Deal

by Kevin Perk | August 13, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Real estate is an exciting and interesting field to work in.  Sometimes the deals quickly fall into your lap.  That’s exciting!  Other times the deal is not made right away.  It can take months, even a year or more to get the deal worked out.  That’s when it can get interesting.  For example, I recently purchased two small apartment buildings which took me over a year of working with the owner to get closed.  I am glad I persisted as these properties are great additions to my portfoli

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