Why Aren’t Sellers Selling?

by Steve Cook | July 25, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Several factors are driving the inventory drought which is dramatically changing housing markets, especially for properties under $200,000 in Western markets.  HousingWire reported yesterday, for example, that Phoenix short sale prices rose 23 percent in June from last year, while foreclosures were up 36 percent and non-distress sales up 11 percent.Nationwide the drought helped push the average home sales-to-listing price ratio to 95.6 percent in June, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage


Why Aren’t Sellers Selling?

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

Several factors are driving the inventory drought which is dramatically changing housing markets, especially for properties under $200,000 in Western markets.  HousingWire reported yesterday, for example, that Phoenix short sale prices rose 23 percent in June from last year, while foreclosures were up 36 percent and non-distress sales up 11 percent.Nationwide the drought helped push the average home sales-to-listing price ratio to 95.6 percent in June, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage


The Pros and Cons of Investing in Small Towns and Rural Areas

by Kevin Perk | July 24, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

City folk are often attracted to the country life.  In many parts of the United States “the country” can be less than an hour’s drive away.  I have seen more than one real estate investor (myself included) attracted to rural areas and small towns, but like anything there are pros and cons to investing in rural areas and small towns.Let me list some of the good points first.Benefits of Investing in Small Towns and Rural AreasProperties can be significantly cheaper than in larger, metro ar


Is Your Real Estate Business Ready for Another Recession?

by Michael Zuber | July 23, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

The typical definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. I predict and expect that both Q3 and Q4 FY 12 will show negative GDP growth with a strong possibility that Q1 FY13 will also be negative.So what is an investor to do if they see another recession coming on the back of 3 years of slow growth after the ending of the “Great Recession”?I believe that successful real estate investing is about understanding local markets and local conditions. However, there


Use This One Technique to Ensure Yourself a Good Note Investment

by Kevin Kaczmarek | July 21, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Two of the most common questions I get from prospective note investors is how do I find notes in the first place, and when I find them, how do I know it’s a good note? Finding a note can be just like finding a good property. You can go the traditional route of direct mail, talking to brokers or placing ads or you can use this one technique to create the best note possible for yourself. All you will need is an active real estate investor and a plan.Where to Find Note DealsWe see the ads all the


Tips for Flippers on Trusting Your Professionals

by Jason Grote | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

So, you hire a tax professional to help you, and when he makes his recommendations, you ignore them.  Is this wise?Rich Dad, Poor Dad author, Robert Kiyosaki recommends surrounding yourself with people that are trained, skilled, and better than you in a particular field.  This “team effort” is what makes an average investor, businessman, or leader above average.  I doubt Mr. Kiyosaki would have achieved the level of success that he now enjoys, had he not listened to the advisors and prof


Friday Asia Digest – IMF Confirms Asian Cooldown

by Ziv Magen | July 20, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

IMF Leads “Muted Recovery” WeekIndonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, which together are known as the “Asean 5″, have had their growth forecasts slightly reduced by the IMF‘s latest report, published this week. This report reflects ongoing global concerns regarding shrinking growth in China – and particularly India, which is having it’s slowest year in just over a decade, as the Chicago Tribune reports this week. And while economist


So… Your Market Sucks! 7 Indicators That Your Business Model Needs to Change

by Peter Giardini | July 19, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

In my last article, I wrote about positioning your real estate business for success and maximum profits. The key, in my opinion, is to know that what you are doing is not working.Your Market Sucks!  Now What?The key is that sooner or later whatever you are doing in your market may not work and while you can continue to try to make it work, you might just find yourself working harder and getting further behind.The most critical part of this situation is that you have to be honest with yourself


Dealing With Tenant Drama: Are You Ready?

by Kevin Perk | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Tenants are the reason we survive as landlords.  By paying their rent, tenants put gas in our cars, food on the table and hopefully a little money in the bank.  Tenants, however, are human, and being human means they bring drama.  Are you ready for it?Sometimes the drama is petty.“My roommate and I don’t like each other anymore, she needs to leave.”Sometimes it is more serious.“I lost my job.”You as the landlord need to be ready to deal with tenant drama.  Here are my methods of ta


Are Appraisers Part Of The Problem With Slow Housing Price Recovery?

by Chris Clothier | July 18, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Are Appraisers Holding Up The Housing Recovery?This is a question that is being asked more and more in communities around the county and real estate professionals seem to be consistently stymied by appraisers that have been labeled as over-zealous or overly-cautious.  But, do appraisers really deserve part of the blame in such an unfamiliar real estate environment?I was talking to a good friend of mine who at one point appraised every home I purchased before we bought it so we would have a thir




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