The Must-Knows About Foreclosure and Its Stages

Foreclosure:

A foreclosure occurs when a property owner cannot make payments on their loan. If a homeowner unable to keep up with payments he simply had to relinquish the property back to the bank that holds the mortgage on the house. A bank can bring a foreclosure action against the homeowner. They can sell or repossess (take ownership of) a property in order to recover the amount owed on a defaulted loan secured by the property. A homeowner’s rights to a property are forfeited because of failure to pay the mortgage. If the owner cannot pay off the outstanding debt or sell it via short sale, the property then goes to a foreclosure auction. If the property does not sell at auction, it becomes the property of the lending institution. Foreclosures are fairly straight-forward sales because the banks typically do not want to be „home owners“, they want to be „home loaners“.

Here are the five stages for foreclosure:

• Missed Payments:

Foreclosure is a long process, which varies from state to state. A foreclosed property is a property that has already been taken over by the bank. This stage begins when the homeowner falls behind on home-loan payments (or sometimes other terms of the loan). This is usually due to hardships such as unemployment, divorce, death or medical challenges. Lenders may wait for a second, third, fourth or even more missed payments before sending the homeowner a public notice.

• Public Notice:

After three to six months of missed payments, the lender records a public notice called ‚Notice of default‘ (NOD) with the County Recorder’s Office, indicating the borrower has defaulted on his mortgage. Notice of default and intention to sell must be mailed to the homeowner within 30 days of the recording. This notice is intended to make the borrower aware that he is in danger of losing all rights to the property and may be evicted from the home.

This NOD includes the property information, your name, the amount you’re delinquent, the number of days that you’re behind, and a statement indicating that you’re in default under the terms of the note and the mortgage you signed when you purchased your home.

The homeowner has a given period of time to respond to the notice and/or come up with the outstanding payments and fees. If the money owed or other breach is not paid in a given time, the lender may choose to foreclose the borrower’s property.

The next step is for the lender is to file a notice of sale for the property. However, if the borrower catches up on his or her payments, the foreclosure process can be halted.

• Pre-Foreclosure:

This stage begins when lender files a default notice on the property, which informs the property owner that the lender will pursue legal action if the debt is not taken care of. After receiving notice from the bank, the homeowner enters a grace period known as „pre-foreclosure“. During this time the homeowner can work out a deal with the bank or pay the outstanding amount owed before it is foreclosed. Property owners who are in the pre-foreclosure stage may enter into a short sale in order to pay off outstanding debts. If the borrower pays off the default during this phase, foreclosure ends and the borrower avoids home eviction and sale. If the default is not paid off, foreclosure continues.

• Auction:

If the default is not remedied by the prescribed deadline the lender or its representative sets a date for the home to be sold at a foreclosure auction (sometimes referred to as a Trustee Sale). The Notice of Trustee Sale (NTS) sale is recorded with the County Recorder’s Office. Notification is sent to the borrower, posted on the property and printed in the newspaper. At the auction, the home is sold to the highest bidder for cash who must pay the high bid price in cash, typically with a deposit up front and the remainder within 24 hours. The winner of the auction will then receive the trustee’s deed to the property. An opening bid on the property is set by the foreclosing lender which is usually equal to the outstanding loan balance and any other charges. Money from the sale is used to pay off the costs of the foreclosure, interest, principle and taxes etc. Any amount left over is paid to the homeowner. In many states, the borrower has the „right of redemption“ (he can come up with the outstanding cash and stop the foreclosure process) up to the moment the home will be auctioned off.

• Post-Foreclosure:

If a third party does not purchase the property at the foreclosure auction or there are no bids higher than the opening bid, the lender takes ownership of it. The property will be purchased by the attorney conducting the sale, for the lender. If this occurs and the opening bid is not met, the property is deemed as a Bank-Owned Property or Real Estate Owned (REO). This occurs because many of the properties up for sale at foreclosure auctions are worth less than the total amount owed to the bank or lender or when no one bid on it. The „bank owned“ property is then put back on the market for sale, usually listed through a real estate broker.

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Source by Matthew Merenoff

Sutherland – The Coldest Place in South Africa

Sutherland, a little one-horse town in the Great Karoo was my next weekend escape. It is known to experience the coldest temperatures in South Africa due to its high altitude (1550m ASL) and its open clear skies and in winter one can experience -20 degrees Celsius and lots of snow and ice. It is also known as the „Gateway to the Universe“ and is the home to the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, with a hexagonal mirror stretching 11 metres across. SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) is where astronomers from all over the world come to study our universe. Gathering more than 25 times as much light as any existing African telescope, SALT can detect objects as faint as a candle flame on the moon.

A quick 350km on good tar road from Cape Town had me arriving in Sutherland at about 17h00 on Friday. A truly beautiful drive through the Karoo with huge open plains covered with low lying scrub vegetation decorated with breathtakingly beautiful patches of spring flowers of oranges, purples, whites and yellows. Rolling hills and mountains bared fascinating folded rock formations.

I met my folks at our self-catering guesthouse, Rooikloof, where we would spend the weekend together, a lovely 3 star guesthouse on a sheep farm just 2 km outside Sutherland. It was clean, very homely and had everything we needed including electric blankets for the very cold nights!

Our main reason for visiting Sutherland was to view SALT (and the other smaller observatories, 7 altogether) and to enjoy a tour of our universe with a professional astronomer. SALT is situated up on a hill about 18km from Sutherland at about 1798m above sea level. A guided tour of the observatory can be taken Monday to Friday at 10h30 and 14h30 and on Saturday at 11h30 and 14h30 and one must prebook. During the day the observatory is obviously not in use and can be visited but at night no visitors are allowed, as international astronomers are hard at work gathering scientific information about our universe. There is a visitor’s centre about 1 km away where one should meet to do the tour. The centre depicts some fascinating history of Astronomy, some recent findings, photographs and illustrations of our universe – the kind of things that are being learnt by our Astronomers in today’s age with telescopes as advanced as SALT.

At 14h30 on Saturday we toured the observatories with one of the astronomers (duration 2 hours). He explained what the different observatories were used for and what information could be gathered with each telescope and how. In the evening at 19h00 we return to the visitors centre where we would experience our guided tour of the universe. Having been pre-warned of the extreme temperature we would experience up at the observatory at night, we dressed up in our best winter woollies, padded thick with winter jackets, beanies and scarves. As we stepped out of our car we where it by this icy wind chill of approx -4 degrees Celsius! Apparently the wind is continuous throughout the year up on the hill creating a wind chill, which always dropped the air temperature radically. An astronomer met with us and walked us to a building where the visitors‘ telescopes were housed. Unfortunately one doesn’t get to see SALT at work, but these smaller telescopes are still considerable in size and made our viewing fascinating. The buildings roof folded back leaving us enclosed within 4 walls and therefore encumbered by less wind, which made the cold a little more bearable. By 20h30 we were dying to get out of the cold and into a warm fire lit building with some hot food in our tummies. We returned to Sutherland to one of only 3 restaurants for dinner. The food was nothing to rave about. We then returned to our little cottage and after a quick nightcap of old brown cherry, we climbed into our cosy warm beds.

Besides the observatory, Sutherland offers some beautiful scenic drives. After breakfast, we packed a tasty lunch basket and departed on a scenic circular 140km drive. The colourful spring flowers had us stopping every couple of kilometres to take photographs of their incredible display. We travelled to the edge of the escarpment where the Roggeveld Mountains suddenly gave way to the Karoo valley 1000m below and the Ouberg pass started its treacherous descent down the steep slope. The viewpoint was breathtaking!

We continued our drive north towards Calvinia following a good gravel road through sheep farmlands, rolling hills, shrubland and more beautiful flowers. Being avid birders my folks and I relished over the number of birds species we saw such as Black Eagles, Lesser Kestrels, Rock Kestrels, Fish Eagles, Black Breasted Snake Eagle, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black Harrier, Black Stilts, South African Shelduck and many more. We are still old school on the names of these birds. A lot of them have now had their names changed and I would not be able to give you the new ones!

Along this route there are 2 farms of interest to visitors, one is Koornlandskloof, a commercial tulip farm and the other Fransplaas sheep farm, a dairy farm producing sheeps milk cheese, the only one in South Africa. Neither of them were open on the Sunday when we passed through so unfortunately I cannot comment on them. The scenic drive was well worth it though.

One should remember when visiting Sutherland that none of the shops, restaurants or accommodation establishment take credit cards and there are no cash withdrawal machines in town. Most of them do except cheques as there is a Standard Bank in town but one should remember to take cash.

On our return home we stopped at the historic little village of Matjiesfontein just 110km from Sutherland, for a quick pub lunch in their old English pub, The Lairds Arms. Matjiesfontein is a national monument and takes one back to 1889 when it was first declared a village. The main road, the only road, is all of 300m long and is looked on by a little coffee shop, a post office, The Lairds Arms pub, the 3 star Lord Milner Hotel and of course the train station. There are also four museums in town, which depict its history and are quite interesting to visit. The Blue Train, Rovos Rail and the Shosholoza Meyl stop here for about an hour for guests to enjoy a little tour of the village with a „born and bred Matjiesfonteiner“ by the name of John. John is Matjiesfonteins entertainer. Dressed in black waistcoat and bowler hat, his jovial ways and Charlie Chapman walk keeps everyone chuckling as he leads them through the village telling his stories before returning them to the train.

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Source by Claire Dinnie

Homes For Sale by Owner – Top Ten Secrets For Selling Your Home Yourself

So, you have decided to sell your home by yourself! You can save many thousands of dollars if you are successful. I have written this guide to assist you. I have seen many FSBOs have unrealistic expectations, and make mistakes along the way that ultimately prevent them from being successful. Did you know that 80% of FSBOs ultimately list their home with a Realtor? I hope these ideas will help put you in the other 20%.

Am I trying to put myself out of business? No. Do I think everyone has the right to sell their home however they see fit? Yes. If your circumstances change, and you decide you want a professional to sell your home for you, please call Gold Valley Realty. We are a full service brokerage firm with a flexible commission structure that is hard to beat.

Tip 1 * Plan Your Strategy

First of all, by when must your home be sold? Is nine months from now OK? Or will you not be able to close on your new home if your current home isn’t sold in nine weeks? What are the consequences and financial impacts if your deadline is not met? Time is a FSBO’s friend.

As of October 2008, the average marketing time for an average priced home listed by a Realtor in the Tucson MLS (Multiple Listing Service) was 78 days. This time varies considerably by location and price range. Ask Gold Valley Realty what the average is for your neighborhood. As a general rule, it normally takes a FSBO about twice as long to sell their home as it does a Realtor with MLS access. In either case, add to that the normal 30 day period from contract negotiation and acceptance until the final closing of the deal.

The name of the game in selling a home is getting as many qualified buyers through the door as possible. Who is a qualified buyer? One who can afford your home! One who verifiably has either the cash or financing available to buy your home. Realtors quickly learn to qualify their buyers before spending a lot of time working for them. You should too.

Speaking of Realtors, are you going to „cooperate“ with them? That is, if they bring the buyer that ultimately buys your home, are you willing to pay them? If so, how much? The vast majority of homes listed in the MLS offer compensation of three percent of the sales price to the buyer’s agent. In my experience, around 90% of FSBOs offer compensation to buyer’s agents.

How do you plan on getting qualified buyers through YOUR front door? Various methods are discussed in detail below.

What is your marketing budget? When and on what are you going to spend it?

Who is going to negotiate and prepare the contract for the sale of your home? Who is going to monitor escrow to quickly identify and resolve any potential deal breakers?

Tip 2 * Price your home correctly.

This obvious step will have the single biggest impact on the success or failure of your temporary career as a FSBO (For Sale By Owner). Yet for most FSBOs this can also be one of the most challenging actions.

The market value of your home is what a ready, willing, and able buyer is willing to pay you for it.

How much a buyer is willing to pay for your home is dependent upon his personal circumstances and motivation; available competing properties in your area; and the prices of recently sold comparable homes in your neighborhood. Information on competing properties and recently sold „comps“ is available through several sources. We highly recommend getting a professional appraisal of your home. That will cost you around $300. Having an objective appraisal in hand has several advantages, not the least of which is being able to provide your buyer with a solidly defensible price established by an independent expert.

There are situations in which it may be more important for you to sell your home quickly rather than getting every last dollar out of your home. In this case, you may wish to price your home a few percent below the appraised value. However, your best bet if time is a serious consideration for you is to list your home with a Realtor. One of the extra benefits of listing with Gold Valley Realty is that we reimburse you for the appraisal at closing! Even if you had the appraisal done while FSBO.

Tip 3 * Marketing Materials

The single most effective marketing tool, by far, is the yard sign! Make yours professional looking. Look for a sign company in your city. Buy one of the information tubes that hang below your yard sign, and stuff it with flyers.

Your flyer should include at least one color photograph, and highlight the facts about your home, especially the asking price, number of bedrooms, square footage, special features, and schools.

Ask if you can post your flyers at nearby grocery stores, churches, schools, apartments, health clubs, country clubs, golf courses, travel agencies, insurance agencies, beauty salons, title companies, mortgage companies! Give some to your friends and neighbors too.

Publish your home information on the world wide web. An increasing number of homebuyers use the internet as a valuable information source.

Newspaper ads can be somewhat useful, more so if used in conjunction with open houses.

Tip 4 * Staging Your Home for Showing

As the old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression! Make sure it is a good one. Make sure your front yard is looking good. Is the handle on your front door showing its age? Replace it. Make sure your home is clean and tidy. Open all drapes, blinds, and shutters. Turn on every light in the house, day or night. A sparsely furnished room shows better than a cluttered room. If you have accumulated a lot of extra stuff over the years, put it in storage! You are moving soon anyway. Does your home pass the sniff test? If you have pets, or are a smoker, it might not. In that case, either replace or professionally deodorize your carpets. If you are having an open house, bake some bread or cookies to make your home smell great.

Tip 5 * Security & Showing Your Home

You can show your home either by appointment or by holding an open house. Setting appointments can be difficult if you are not usually available to answer the phone number on your ads and flyers. You might consider using a voice mail or a live answering service (starting at about $35 per month) to field your ad calls rather than using your home telephone. This offers some security benefits as well.

It is unlikely, though unfortunately not impossible, that criminals will use this opportunity to steal your possessions or hurt your family. A little preparation can go a long way to minimize that possibility.

Consider renting a safety deposit box to store your valuable jewelry, coins, guns, stamps, and memorabilia. Make a list and videotape the contents of your home, and store them in your safe deposit box, or at work. You should also hide cash and prescription drugs in a non-obvious place prior to showing your home.

Have your spouse, friend, or neighbor with you when you show your home. If the „buyer“ is making you nervous or acting suspiciously, ask them to leave.

Tip 6 * Cooperating with Buyer’s Agents

Virtually all homes offered for sale in the Tucson Multiple Listing Service (MLS) have a standing offer of cooperation for a three percent (3.0%) or more commission for the agent that ultimately procures the buyer. You might want to make the same offer to any Realtors that contact you. Why?

Most homebuyers are either already working with a real estate agent, or will be soon after their home search starts. Why? They can get professional representation at NO COST, as the buyer’s agents commission is paid for by the home seller. This means that a buyer can have an agent screen homes for him, set up appointments, accompany him on appointments, advise him as to a home’s market value, write up the offer, negotiate with the seller (or the seller’s agent), set up escrow, be there for inspections, handle any problems that arise, coordinate with the other businesses involved (mortgage company, home inspectors, escrow, title insurance), review final documents for contract compliance, and be there at the closing, all for FREE. Why then would a buyer buy a home without a Realtor working for him?

Tip 7 * Pre-qualify Potential Buyers

Failure of the buyer to qualify for a loan is the single most common cause of a FSBO’s deal falling apart.

Realtors get their buyers pre-qualified with a lender before spending much time and effort on their behalf. I personally will meet with a buyer for an initial consultation whether or not they are pre-qualified, but won’t go beyond that until I know they can either obtain financing or pay cash. I certainly recommend that you don’t enter into a contract with a buyer until you have independent confirmation of their ability to get financing or pay cash. Ask for the name and phone number of their loan officer. Call the loan officer and explain the situation; ask him or her if the buyers can qualify for a mortgage sufficient to buy your home.

Tip 8 * Use Professional Contracts

The contract in use by Realtors nationwide have evolved over time to cover almost all contingencies and disputes that have arisen in the past. I highly recommend that you use this contract, rather than a generic, do-it-yourself real estate contract. Arizona has unique laws and customs about selling real estate. A contract that is useful in another state will not be optimized for use in Arizona. If you have found a buyer, and want to write up a contract, contact a local real estate brokerage and see if you can get a copy of a blank contract.

Tip 9 * Monitor Escrow Closely

You are almost there! You found a buyer, negotiated and signed a contract, and opened escrow with a reputable title company. Actually, there is still much to be done before you sign over the deed at the title company and collect your money.

The buyer will normally have the right to perform whatever inspections he desires in the first 10 days or so after contract acceptance. If he finds problems with the house, roof, appliances, heating, cooling, plumbing, etc., he can either cancel the contract, or ask you to repair or replace the deficiencies. This can be a vexing situation. You as the seller may feel that the buyer is asking for too much. This is something that can be negotiated, but needs to be done diplomatically. Try to keep your pride and emotions from interfering with you ultimate objective of getting the house sold.

Get a written Conditional Loan Approval (CLA) from the mortgage company within the first 10 days after contract acceptance. This is much stronger than a verbal „pre-qualification“, and means your deal has a high probability of closing. Contact the mortgage company about 5 business days before you are scheduled to close; make sure that their documents will be available to the escrow company at least one day before you are due to sign the closing papers.

Tip 10 * Closing Escrow

One last note about closing. Closing on a home sale in Arizona is defined as the documents being recorded at the County Recorder’s Office. After the buyer and seller have signed, the loan package must go back to the mortgage company for final inspection. The mortgage company will then actually transfer funds to the escrow company. Only then can the escrow company send a runner down to the County Recorder’s Office and record the sale. The bottom line is, sign the paperwork the day before the actual closing.

Congratulations!

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Mark Snyder

Tips For First Home Buyers On Getting Home Loans

Buying your first home will likely be the biggest and most important purchase you will ever make. It can be a very stressful and may even leave you sleepless for nights on end wondering whether you are making the right decision – especially where choosing the right home loan is concerned.

With all the other questions that tug at first time home buyers, the question of finding their deposit and obtaining the right mortgage are probably the ones that claim the most attention.

There are a number of different resources that first time homebuyers can consult in order to find some guidance; from financial institutions, government offices, books and the internet there is wealth of information just waiting to be had. However, there are a few things that first time home buyers should keep in mind when shopping around for the right home loan.

Determine just how much house you can comfortably afford. There are online calculators that can help you get a general estimate of what a lender might give you.

However, you should also consider your existing debt, your living expenses and closing costs when trying to establish what your budget should be.

Get your deposit together and find out if you are eligible for the First Time Home Buyer’s grant offered to people who have never purchase or owned a home or property. You may check this on governmental websitehttp://www.firsthome.gov.au.

You should try to get at least ten percent of your projected budget’s price as a deposit if you want to avoid paying lender’s insurance on top of your mortgage.

First time home buyers should not feel pressured into making any snap decisions by lenders who use scare tactics to frighten them. Instead, they should shop around to find out what the current interest rates are, who is offering the best deals and just how flexible are the terms.

You should never sign anything without first understanding your mortgage agreement. Find out if there are any penalties for extra payments.

Find out how the interest on the loan is calculated. If you have chosen a variable loan find out the length of each adjustment period. Find out how much of your monthly payments will be covering the interest and how much will go towards the capital.

As long as you do your research and find out as much as you can before making any decision, you can take much of the stress and worry out of this very important time in your life.

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Source by Alex Rad

List of Factors You Need to Consider When Buying a House

Buying a new house is a very exciting endeavor; however, it can also be overwhelming with the number of choices available in the real estate market. It is unfortunate that some homebuyers get too excited about the prospect of buying their own property that they forget to consider the important factors that make a house a home for them.

When searching for the right house, homebuyers must make smart decision concerning the home buying process, the real estate market they want to explore, and the home features and elements they need and want. If you are in search for a new home, you might want to consider the factors listed below to help you in finding the perfect house for you and your family.

Neighborhood

Remember that although you can change certain features of a house, you cannot change its neighborhood and community. Some changes might take years, and there is no guarantee that it will change for the better. Here are some of the things you can take note of when choosing a neighborhood:

  • Are the people friendly?
  • Are the public services, stores, and recreational amenities near your house?
  • Are there any schools near the neighborhood? Do the schools offer high quality education?

Size And Style Of The House

The style of the house is another factor that you need to take into account. For instance, you might consider an open floor plan wherein you can easily access the different rooms in your house. If you have children, an open floor plan might be ideal for you. However, if you enjoy entertaining guest, you might want to have a formal dining room. The style of the property will depend entirely on your preferences.

Aside from style, it is also important to look into the size of the house. It is advisable to have a square footage in mind when choosing a house. You need to take into account the size of the lot, as well as the number of bathrooms and bedrooms.

Property Taxes

These are based on the value of the real estate, including the home improvement and land. The property is assessed by the local government, and depending on the location, the property taxes can be quite high. Moreover, additional taxes may also be charged for school district purposes.

Home Inspection

If you have found the ideal neighborhood and the perfect house, you still need to perform a thorough house inspection. Home inspection must be done by a professional so that any defects or potential problems will be immediately identified. Knowing the things that must be repaired will help you negotiate a lower price. Additionally, it will also give you an idea of the costs you will still need to incur.

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Source by Sara Schweiger

House Flip For Profit – 7 Tips For House Flipping Success in Any Market

1. Get Prepared – Now that you have decide to start flipping houses for profit it’s time to get your goals and expectations set correctly in your mind. Figure out how much cash you have available for this investment. Make sure that you have enough money to cover a twenty percent down payment, the remodel of the home, and enough cash on hand to cover the monthly mortgage payment until the property is. I know it sounds overwhelming, but I will show you how to reduce the up-front cash and the funds for the remodel. It always make sense to write down your plan. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just has to make sense to you. You can’t possibly know where you are going without a map to navigate by.

2. Identify a good property to flip – Now that you have some idea of your direction, it’s time to consider the type of property that would make a good flip. Figure out if you want to buy a single family home that needs work, or a multi-family home where your intention could be a condo conversion. For our purposes here, we’ll discuss the single family house flip. If you don’t have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in your area, find a reputable real estate agent who could provide you with access to the MLS. It is wise to have a buyers agent because it’s doesn’t cost you any money. The buyers agent is compensated by the listing broker’s agency. Once you have access to the MLS, you can start searching for properties. I like to search by zip codes in areas that I know to have desirable neighborhoods. In a down market, such as the one we are in now, there are plenty of rundown homes that happen to be in great neighborhoods. Those are the homes that will always sell first. You should focus on bank owned, short sale and foreclosed homes that are on the market. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how much the seller is asking for the home, what matters is if the project makes sense. I typically figure out the price I will pay for a home after I figure out the amount of work that needs to be done and how much I can sell it for. Remember, the market tells you what a home will sell for, not a price tag.

3. Inspection and Property Analysis – Before you can make an educated offer, you must know two things. First you must know how much it will cost to bring the house to it’s highest and best condition. You need to appeal to the type of buyer that is most likely to purchase the home. You should have a trusted contractor meet you at the house so they can give you an idea of the costs involved. Now add 20% just to be allow for unexpected costs. Once you know your cost you should consult with your real estate agent to determine what similar homes have sold for and look at the homes you will be competing with. Now that you have a good idea of the future selling price and the cost of the construction, you can now use basic math to add the cost to the purchase price and then subtract that answer from the estimated future sales price to determine if there is a enough profit margin for this house flip to make sense for you. Tip: Don’t forget to add sales commission to your cost if you plan on using a real estate agent.

4. If the Numbers Work, Get Financed ! – Once you know that there is enough profit after your acquisition cost, remodel estimate and sales cost. You now know the most that you should pay for the home. Before you make an offer, you must get your financing in place. This is my area of expertise since I have been a mortgage broker for several years. There have been many changes in the mortgage industry since mid 2006. Money is a little tougher to get, but it is still available with a down payment and decent credit history. Guidelines are always changing, but right now at the end of 2008, a minimum of 20% down payment is required to purchase investment property and the borrower must show income and assets to qualify. If after the 20% down, remodel money and cash to cover the monthly payments, you do not have much money left, you should consider a partner for the deal. You may not be a fan of long term partnerships, but when you are flipping property, you would be looking at a 4-6 month partnership, not a lifetime. If that works out you could always buy more property to flip in the future. It also helps split the risk and the tasks. Just make sure your expectations are set properly. If going the partner route I suggest opening a joint bank and funding it with 6 months of mortgage payments including tax and insurance. If you have more questions about financing, I would be happy to answer them. I will provide my office contact information at the end of this article.

5. Remodel / Rehabilitation Phase – It’s time to get this home fixed up and back on the market as fast as possible. You should now have your contractors come in to start the construction phase. Keep in mind that cheap labor will almost always be more expensive. Make sure that the contractors are pulling the proper permits. The last thing that you want is a forced work stoppage because the required permit was not pulled. Furthermore, if these workers do not know or build to code, it will usually cost you double to correct a code issue. By now you should have a detailed list of everything that needs to be done. Break it down by major systems such as heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and any other system that needs repair or service. Then go room by room and make a list of what needs to be done in each room. Joint compound and a fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Just make sure you use modern, neutral colors that would not be offensive to anyone. Make sure you inspect the exterior of the home for repairs and touch-ups. The yard should be clean and landscaped properly. Make sure you check in on the contractors daily to make sure things are on track, don’t assume all is on schedule. Finally, take advantage of using Lowes and Home Depot credit to avoid payments and interest for six to twelve months. You should be able to buy most of the materials with that credit. Just makes sure you pay the entire balance when the interest free period ends or you will get whacked with all of the accrued interest.

6. Sell your House Fast – Now that your home is complete and ready to go on the market. You should already have an idea of how much you will list this property for, but you must once again verify the value. The best way to do this is to have an appraiser or a real estate agent do a comparable market analysis. If you don’t know an appraiser, call your mortgage broker and ask him or her to use their appraiser to help figure out a range for you. I do it for my mortgage clients as free value added service, it’s just good business practice. You may want to sell your home yourself and that is fine, but you must have the time to show it and also be able to list the property on your local multiple listing service. If you are trying to avoid paying a full real estate commission, a local real estate agent will usually do an „entry only“ listing for a nominal fee. If you do not have the time or do not want to deal with the hassle of listing the home yourself, hire a real estate agent to list your home. You should have already added in the sales commission fee into your figures before hand. When figuring value make sure that you also look not only at similar homes that have sold, you should also look at your competition. Your home needs to be a great deal when the average buyer looks at it against others in the same price range. Finally, if you are not getting sufficient showings after a week or so the home may be priced to high, don’t be afraid to lower the price. Sometimes a little profit is better than no profit. That is why you must purchase the property that you want to flip as low as possible and estimate the remodel as accurately as possible.

7. Make Plans for your Profit – If you priced your newly remodeled house correctly, it will go under agreement and you will soon close. If you have planned correctly, you should have some profit coming to you. It would be wise to have a solid plan with regards to your profit. Here are some options; You could simply take the profit as well as your initial investment and place it in your bank. In that case, you just created a taxable event or in other words, a long or short term capital gain depending on how long you held the property. That option is better if the profit gain was minimal. If you made a significant profit and were planning on flipping another property, you can defer your taxes through a 1031 exchange. Basically a 1031 exchange is a tax code that allows you to defer capital gain tax to a later date buy reinvesting your profit into another investment property within a certain time frame. There are rules that must be followed in order to make the exchange valid but considering the benefit, it could be well worth it. The advantages of doing a 1031 exchange includes having more money available now and more buying power. It means not being taxed while your are building your real estate investment business. You can flip your profit, just like you flip a house. Here is an idea, why not flip homes until you have enough down payment funds to exchange into a 30 unit apartment building. Then you can turn your money into a cash flow. You could defer paying any taxes until after you sell the last property and actually take the money. It is always wise to speak with an accountant when making tax decisions, so always consult a professional CPA when dealing with tax laws, that is money well spent.

I will leave you with one last thought; Use professionals from start to finish. Licensed professionals may appear to cost more, but they will save you money by getting the job done on time and correctly.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Michael Dell’Ovo

Andorra Real Estate Can Be Bought Easily

The Andorra real estate listings can be found quite easily. The Andorra real estate property is in demand by the foreign buyers. The buyers are especially attracted to the place since there is zero inheritance and income tax. Most buyers for the estate for sale are looking for the ski apartments since the country is known for its ski slopes and is one of the most popular sports in the country. The skiing season starts in December and lasts till April. Even when the owners of the estate property don’t use heir property personally, they can get good Andorra rentals on the property. This is because tourist is always looking for good villas and chalets to rent when they come fro their skiing holidays.

Though the Rental yields at 4 – 5 % may seem disappointing for many of the estate investors, this is a tax free. Moreover the price inflation can be 10% or even above and this makes estate for sale properties quite attractive.

Mortgage value for about 60% of the cost of estate for sale is quite easily available from the local banks. The mortgage terms are available for over 15 years. However the entire payment should be made by the sixtieth birthday. So if a person is 52 years, they will get a mortgage term for only 8 years (till they reach their 60th birthday and a 45 year old person will get a mortgage term for 15 years (till their 60th birthday).

The typical Andorra real estate for sale that is available is apartments and chalets and the most favored places for buying the Andorra real estate property is La Massana, Arinsal, Les Salines and El Serrat. Andorra isn’t a member of the European Union, but the citizens of the European Union don’t require a visa to come to the country. Catalan is the local language that is spoken here, even though English, French and Spanish are widely spoken and understood.

The estate for sale is available quite easily and will depend on the location of the place. This is one of the smallest countries in Europe and isn’t a part of the European Union. But the Euro is the de facto currency and the Euro debit and credit cards are widely used in the country. Andorra is officially known as the Principality of the Andorra and has an area of only 468 square kilometer. Tourism is the major earner of the GDP and accounts for 80% of the GDP. Banking sector, since the principality is a tax haven also contributes substantially to the GDP.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Taylor White

Buying a Hotel Lifestyle in Tulum Mexico

So I have to admit it’s always been our dream to own a hotel on the beach in a tropical country. We both, my wife and I, come from hardworking middle-class families on the East Coast of the United States. We have lived roughly fifty years working the same nine-to-five, and we’re ready to get out.

We visited Mexico for the first time in the late nineties when, ironically, American Airlines offered a very inexpensive flight there for a span of about two weeks. We jumped at the opportunity, both requested a short leave from work, and flew down to Mexico merely on a whim. After seeing the people, the culture, and the natural beauty of the country, or fascination quickly turned into an obsession.

We have continued to go to Mexico since then and usually aim for a small town called Tulum which sits near the glorified Cancun. We tend to like Tulum for a number of reasons, primarily because the white sand beaches are among the best in Mexico and very rarely do you see anyone on them. The small, luxurious hotels that line Tulum’s coast are the perfect fit for us.

So it was only recently, during one of our visits to Mexico that we noticed a sign on one of the resorts that read, in English, Hotel for sale Tulum. Seeing this sign might have been the best thing that ever happened to us. From that moment forth, my wife and I became intoxicated by the idea of becoming hotel owners, more specifically, ‚hotel for sale Tulum‘ hotel owners.

We inquired from the Hotel for Sale Tulum sign and spoke with a nice man from the United States who listened as we gave him our story. „So we were walking down the beach,“ we said, „and the sign, ‚Hotel for Sale Tulum‘ just popped out at us.“

Anti-climactically, the hotel for sale Tulum was far out of our price range at a mere five million dollars. But that didn’t stop our search as we looked far and wide, during many long walks on the Tulum beaches, for a new Hotel for Sale Tulum sign of our own.

And then alas, just last May, we found it.

My wife and I decided to quit our jobs, having saved up a decent amount of money selling many of our once-material things that we loved: our cars, our small boat, our second home. We sold it all in the name of that sign: Hotel for Sale Tulum.

We moved down to Tulum for good, just five months ago to start our new lives as Tulum hotel owners. The feeling is one of liberation and excitement, every day we wake up and see the waves crashing near the hotel steps. We take absolute comfort in meeting new guests every day and relaxing with them by the hotel pool.

Tulum isn’t for everyone, but for us it was a blessing. The Hotel for Sale Tulum sign certainly changed our lives: as we’d probably still be in the grind without it.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Evelyn Milner

5 Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

If you are going to buy your first home, you may be excited as well as nervous. This process can be full of complexities. Therefore, you may want to be properly prepared in order to make sure that you buy the best home to satisfy your needs. Given below are some common mistakes that you may want to make during this adventure.

1. Not doing Proper Research

First of all, you may want to understand the needs and finances of your family. For this purpose, you may want to analyze your assets and liabilities. Once you are approved for finance, you can go ahead and start your search for the right house. You should be familiar with your neighborhood as well. Make sure that your neighborhood has quality schools, transport facilities, and other amenities.

2. Opting for the Wrong Mortgage

Before you look for the best house, you should be in the best position to negotiate. Make sure you choose your finance package after proper research. You may also want to use the services of an independent finance broker in addition to your bank. These institutions have access to a lot of finance products and lenders.

3. Waiting too Long

There is no doubt that the prices of real estate properties continue to fluctuate based on the rule of demand and supply. However, if you just keep waiting for the prices to come down, you are putting the future of your family at risk.

So, what you need to do is set your budget considering your future needs. This will help you buy the right house at the right time.

4. Crossing your Budget Limit

It is not a good idea to go beyond your budget limit. You may want to go for a property that can satisfy your budget. Even if you like a house, you should only go for it if it falls in your price range. After all, you don’t want to get in trouble down the road.

All of us want a little more than we can actually afford. So, no matter what your real estate agent suggests, you should never be tempted. Spending more than what you can afford can put you in financial trouble in the near future.

5. Falling in Love

If you have found a house that you have fallen in love with, make sure the seller’s agent does not get even a hint of it. Typically, agents are very smart, which is why they can read your emotions. If you cannot afford a house that you just love, don’t just pay more than what you can afford. You can find a better alternative at the right price.

Long story short, you may want to avoid these 5 mistakes if you are looking to purchase your first home. By avoiding these common mistakes, it will be easier for you to get the right house at the right price. Hopefully, these steps will help you get the best deal without making costly mistakes.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Shalini M

Sell House Now Tips and Information – Learn How to Sell a House Fast

It is now doubt the real real estate market will slow down during the holiday season. This is good for realtors and real estate investors who have been working very hard to help clients buy and sell houses but not so good for buyers and sellers.

If you are in the market to buy a house, December and January can be a good time to pick up some great deals on a house because there are not many buyers. It can also cause an issue for home buyers because the number of available homes typically is lower during the holidays as home sellers don’t want to move during this time.

The cold weather also has an affect on the real estate market. The colder it is outside the less home buyers are out shopping for a great new home and the less number of open houses real estate agents hold. In months when the weather is warm the number of houses for sale increases and so does the number of sold homes each month.

Does this mean you should wait to sell your house until Spring? Well, if you can wait it might be a good idea too, but many home owners need to sell their house now. The truth is life happens and there are many reasons a home you expected to stay in for seven to ten years suddenly becomes a home that you can only stay in for two or three years.

Home owners who need to sell their house fast typically have one of the following reasons: foreclosure, job transfer, divorce, relocation, family illness, short sale, etc. There are many reasons home owners need to sell a home but if you are experiencing any of the above stated issues you are more likely to need to sell quick.

The problem with needing to sell a home fast in the current real estate market is many home owners do not have much equity so selling a house can be very difficult. If you owe more for your home mortgage than what your home is worth it can seem impossible to sell your home. The truth is you still have home selling options. You can have a professional realtor or investor complete a short sale, lease option your home until the market increase or you can rent your house until the market increases and sell then.

It is important that if you are wanting to sell a house you discuss all your options with a real estate professional. Real estate can be a tricky thing to handel especially when you have an emotional attachment to the home. Discussion all your options with someone who is an expert and does not have an emotional attachment can help ease the process of selling a home.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Shaun Greer

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