‘Property Wars’ Distorted View of Reality

by Marty Boardman | August 3, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

I don’t watch much television. However, on the rare occasion I do sit down in front of the tube it’s unlikely my remote control will stop on a reality TV program. My beef with all of these shows is that they aren’t very realistic. Maybe it’s because, most of the time, reality isn’t all that exciting.The reality TV show formula is easy to dissect. Mix together a colorful protagonist and antagonist, a lot of yelling and screaming and, most importantly, a dramatic music bed, and presto! T

Friday Asia Digest – Emerging Markets Lead Asian Supremacy

by Ziv Magen | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia – Asia’s TrailblazersStill hot on the heels of last week’s released financial figures, summing up the first two quarters of Asian property market performance, deeper analysis now reveals that prime property prices in the region have risen %3.4 since the beginning of 2012 – a trend led mostly by Thailand and Indonesia. In Bangkok alone (pictured on right), prices have risen by an astounding %29 in the last 12 months, as global investors star

Don’t Get in Trouble Flopping a Short Sale

by Ken Corsini | August 1, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

With the declining number of REO foreclosures on the market right now, many investors and wholesalers are having success acquiring properties through short sales. However, dealing with REO foreclosures and short sales can be two very different animals. While buying and selling an REO is typically straight forward, the laws surrounding the reselling of a short sale are quite different.For those new to real estate: a short sale is a real estate transaction in which the seller has received approval

Legislating Disaster in Nevada and Maryland: Good Intentions Gone Wrong

by Steve Cook | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

It stands to reason that if you pass a law delaying something bad for your local housing economy, like foreclosures, in hopes of buying time to help a few defaulting borrowers, you’ll be delaying the inevitable and all other homeowners in the market will eventually pay the price in the form of delayed depressed values and extended pain.That’s pretty much what’s happening right now in several states with new laws that lengthens the foreclosure process to give defaulting homeowners more time

Owning Rental Property Without Managing Tenants: Why I Use Property Managers

by Arthur Garcia | July 31, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

A few weeks ago, David, a co-worker of mine, got on the topic of investing in rental properties.  After what seemed like 20 minutes, I found out the following about David:He owned a 4-plex ten years agoHe lost a lot of moneyHe hated dealing with tenantsHe will never buy an investment property againWhat I deciphered from his story was that he took on too much.  He handled every aspect of his rental business (tenant management, repairs, rent collection, marketing vacancies) all while trying to p

How to Think Like a Buyer When Getting Your Property Ready to Sell

by Sharon Vornholt | July 30, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

The house is finally done after a whole lot of “blood, sweat and tears”, and now it’s time to get your wholesale flip “retail buyer ready”. Real estate investors all have the same question at this point; how can I make my house stand out from the other homes for sale in the neighborhood? The answer is quite simple. Your home has to make a better first impression than your competition. Your potential buyer has to want to come inside from the moment they drive up to the house. So how do

How Super Mario Brothers Can Make You Rich

by Brandon Turner | July 29, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Do you remember Super Mario Bros?Yes, the original Nintendo NES game where Mario speeds through eight worlds (each with four sub-worlds) in an effort to save the princess from the evil king Bowser. This game was a huge part of my life  growing up and I still play it to this day. It took me weeks to beat the game the first time.The more I played, the more shortcuts I learned and better I became (remember the unlimited life hack in level three or warping from level four to level eight?) Today, I

Friday Asia Digest – US/Euro buys Asia, Asia buys US/Euro

by Ziv Magen | July 27, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Cross-border Investments Higher than EverResearch data released this week suggests that more and more foreign investors are putting their money into remote countries and economies and their real estate markets – in sharp contrast to traditional concerns regarding lack of familiarity, as well as perceived language and cultural gaps - most likely as a result of the financial turmoil experienced around the world, which has resulted in a plethora of available, immediately income-producing, hi

The Advantages of Section 8 Rentals

by McKellar Newsom | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

I felt out of place the first time I walked into the Section 8 office. It didn’t help that the line was long and the lady at the counter actually called me up from the way back to skip everyone and come to the front of the queue.Despite the awkwardness of my first visit, I now know the lady behind the counter can find the right paperwork and know how to talk to potential tenants. If you are thinking about buying Section 8 rentals and are apprehensive about the whole ordeal, take a trip to your

The Convoluted World Of Real Estate Handouts

by Chris Clothier | July 26, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Two weeks ago, we found our company in a position that, somehow, we had not dealt with in our years of buying real estate in Memphis and Dallas.  After having completed close to 800 transactions in the last 3 years, last week was the first time we had run into a closing where the seller used a government program to assist in the sale of the home.  Not only was a government program used, but the bank involved in the loan got into the act as well and in the end, let’s just say it was very adva

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