Why Short Sale Discounts are Growing & The Best Banks for Bargains

by Steve Cook | July 18, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

The discounts on distress sales are critical for investors.  Discounts− the price differences between “normal,” full value properties and a distress sales like foreclosures or short sales−set the parameters for capital gains when a property is sold, especially in markets with modest price appreciation.  All things being equal, the greater the discount the greater the potential gain.Discounts for foreclosures versus short sales have been undergoing some fascinating and unanticipated cha


Why I Believe in Investing in Real Estate for Appreciation

by Ken Corsini | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

The two basic principles for investing in real estate are cash flow and equity build-up.  Some investors lean towards creating more cash flow, some favor equity build-up, but most try to find properties that have some blend of the two that they feel comfortable with. While every investor has his or her own philosophy for investing, I personally tend to lean towards investing for appreciation.I realize some people shutter at the idea of appreciation, so let’s call it a recovery in values. Once


How High will Rents Rise?

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

With single family rentals soaring, especially in high foreclosure markets, home sales showing signs of life, and more multifamily construction coming on line every day, it doesn’t seem possible that vacancy rates could continue to decline and rents continue to rise.But they are.The commercial real estate research firm Reis reported last week that the apartment vacancy rate fell to 4.7% in the second quarter from 4.9% in the first quarter of the year.  It’s the tightest rental market for ap


8 Tips for Bidding on and Buying REOs

by McKellar Newsom | July 13, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Many people visit Jamaica to see waterfalls, parrot fish and nude beaches. But the Jamaican scene that investors enjoy is the bustling marketplace where people are passionate about buying and selling. Want one of those wood figurines? Some jerk chicken? Ackee fruit? Well . . . time to negotiate.Investors thrive on haggling for the best deals. Unfortunately, most are buying REOs from US banks not Jamaican marketplaces. Bidding on REOs can leave an investor wishing for some Jamaican style bargaini


How to Get the Greatest Marketing Return on Investment Available

by Clay Huber | | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

In real estate, it’s ALL about the numbers. After repair value (ARV), renovation budget, purchase price, days on market, cost of money, Realtor commission, and the list goes on. You get the point.Besides your “deal analyzer” numbers, you also have your “marketing” numbers. Particularly, what kind of return are you getting by spending money on the various forms of marketing?Although I have no statistical data to back up my claim, I would argue that for cost/effec


Real Estate in India – Eclectic, Enticing and Hectic

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

There are many similarities between the general characteristics of India and China, the world’s two most populous countries. India is huge, constantly developing, and the presence of over 1.2 Billion people help make it very, very interesting and promising in many ways.It’s also similar to China in the sense that one wouldn’t dream to buy there without solid legal representation. While countries that we’ve so far covered, like Singapore, Hong-Kong and Japan promise a generally honest and


Real Estate in India – Eclectic, Enticing and Hectic

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

There are many similarities between the general characteristics of India and China, the world’s two most populous countries. India is huge, constantly developing, and the presence of over 1.2 Billion people help make it very, very interesting and promising in many ways.It’s also similar to China in the sense that one wouldn’t dream to buy there without solid legal representation. While countries that we’ve so far covered, like Singapore, Hong-Kong and Japan promise a generally honest and


Beware of Non-Conforming Properties Due to Continuous Use Limitations

by Kevin Perk | July 11, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

I want to inform you of an issue that I, as a buy and hold landlord and former zoning official, have been seeing pop up again and again as the effects of the real estate bust linger on.  This is the issue of the non-conforming use.  A non-conforming use can quickly turn a great deal into a nightmare for the uneducated investor.Zoning & the Regulation of Land UseFirst, some background…. most jurisdictions in the United States have some form of zoning regulations in place.  Zoning ca


3 Types of Mobile Home Parks & How Each Tends to Work with Investors

by John Fedro | July 10, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Mobile home parks are a business. They are owned by a person, trust, corporation, or other entity for the purpose of generating revenue and profits for all investors and owners. In my last article Mobile Home Parks Know They Hold All The Cards we discuss that if you intend to purchase and resell a mobile home inside a pre-existing mobile home park then you had better understand that park-managers and park-owners are your landlords. These folks can help advance your cash-flow portfolio rapidly or


Inventories: The Day of Reckoning is Coming

by Steve Cook | July 9, 2012 | on Orange County Real Estate Deals | no comments

Every discussion of today’s housing market begins and ends with the observation that listings continue to lag last year by 20 percent.  That’s a huge number that has been consistently high for at least the past three to six months.Clearly, prices have been improving and local markets have been stabilizing as a direct result of unusually low inventories.  Upon closer examination, however, there’s good reason to be concerned about the causes of the inventory shortage and what we might




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