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Real estate investing strategy: Make money with wholesaling

April 23, 2006 EST | Investment , Real Estate

Your exit strategy is an extremely important part of your real estate investing business. In fact, it is one of the most important parts. Sometimes investors get excited because they learn how to buy properties, they find them and they...

How much is my house worth?

April 14, 2006 EST | Real Estate

Are you wondering "how much is my house worth?" I have two answers for you. First, if you don't really need to move, it is worth whatever you say it is. If you think, "I wouldn't sell this house for...

Ten real estate investing tips

March 08, 2006 EST | Real Estate

Real estate investing tips tend to be a bit vague, like "invest in the right location," or "make sure the numbers work." Actually, tips like these are important principles to remember. However, since they have been well represented in other...

Preparing your home to sell

February 05, 2006 EST | Real Estate

First of all, let me tell you that by being a Realtor, I have been in thousands of homes. Worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers, and I know what people are looking for when they walk into a home....

Interest-only loans can buy more house and more trouble

January 25, 2006 EST | Mortgage , Real Estate

They're spreading like wildfire--interest-only mortgages appear to be the panacea for rising home prices and the incomes that can’t quite catch up. You can buy "more house" and have a low mortgage payment and a big tax deduction. Who wouldn’t...

Sound communication strategy eases stress of buying pre-foreclosures

December 18, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer As home prices continue to escalate, more and more potential home buyers find themselves on the outside looking in, unable to find a property in their price range that they’d be comfortable...

Buyer’s agent smoothes sometimes bumpy road to foreclosure purchase

December 18, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac Whether it’s the first time or the tenth, buying a home can be both an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. As with any major purchase, there’s a significant amount of pressure to...

Locating lucrative investment property requires finding motivated sellers

December 09, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac With real estate outperforming most other investment vehicles, it’s not surprising that an increasing number of buyers are pursuing investment properties. With the rapid appreciation in many real estate markets, investors...

Shopping for foreclosures? Secure financing early!

December 09, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Jim Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer With interest rates ticking up and ARMs adjusting upward, experts predict an increase in the number of foreclosure properties on the market. Foreclosure properties are some of the best opportunities in real estate...

Accurate home values imperative for sellers

December 03, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Jim Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer As the real estate market continues to outperform, accurate and up-to-date home value data is vital for home sellers, ensuring they realize a timely and profitable transaction. A good Competitive Market Analysis represents...

Want to be taken seriously in the foreclosures market? Make a realistic offer!

December 03, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac It’s no wonder that the foreclosures market is gaining popularity among first-time buyers and real estate bargain hunters alike. Foreclosure properties can often be purchased at 10 to 30 percent less...

Negotiating Bank-owned Real Estate Bargains

November 25, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer As housing costs continue to soar, more and more people are looking into the option of buying foreclosure properties. Some opt to look for properties in the early stages of default; others...

A foreclosure buyer’s guide to property repairs

November 20, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac One of the most overlooked and underestimated expenses involved in the purchase of a home is the cost of repairs. Whether the problem is a defective part in an appliance, a...

The ins and outs of bidding and paying at a public foreclosure auction

November 20, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac In the fast-paced foreclosures market, many sales are made at public auctions. While attending auctions can be a great way to purchase a property well below its market value, the process...

Before you buy a foreclosure property, do your homework!

November 20, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac There are two words that give pause to the most motivated foreclosure buyer: due diligence. Those words mean researching all the risks involved in a property purchase, which in the past...

Five tips for buying a foreclosure property below market value

November 13, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Jim Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer If you feel like the escalating costs of real estate have priced you out of the market, think again. It may be time to investigate the vast opportunities available in the foreclosures market....

How to Research An Auction Property - Buyers Beware

November 13, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac Vice President of Marketing Buying a property at a public foreclosure auction is not for the faint at heart. It usually requires patience, persistence and a fair amount of cash, since most state foreclosure laws stipulate...

Understanding the ins and outs of purchasing a for-sale-by-owner property

November 13, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, Vice President of Marketing for RealtyTrac In an era of ever-escalating home prices, the option of purchasing a For-Sale-by-Owner (FSBO) property seems attractive for cash-strapped home buyers. Most consumers make the assumption that the property will be...

Selling Your Home: By Owner or With an Agent?

November 10, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer So, you’re finally ready to sell your home. Should you work with an agent to manage the sale, or go it alone? This is a question that all sellers face. With the...

Creating win-win situations with pre-foreclosure purchases

November 10, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Jim Saccacio, RealtyTrac Chief Executive Officer When it comes to buying a home from a financially-distressed homeowner, many people conjure up the image of vultures swooping in on their helpless prey. And, sadly, there are more than a few...

Understanding and navigating your way through the foreclosures process

November 10, 2005 EST | Real Estate

By Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac Vice President of Marketing Foreclosure properties can be a terrific investment, or give home buyers a much more affordable option than traditional properties in this time of escalating prices. But, before you jump in assuming this...

Negotiating the sale of your home

October 05, 2005 EST | Real Estate

Negotiating a successful sale of your home requires good communication skills. You must sustain the buyer's interest and trust during the process. Many of our clients have been very experienced negotiators, and from them we have learned that the goal...

Don’t outsmart yourself when selling your home

September 18, 2005 EST | Real Estate

There are always homes that struggle to sell. You may have a very good home in a very good location but still find it difficult to sell. Well, there is always a reason. Here are some common reasons why such...

How to afford your dream home

August 28, 2005 EST | Real Estate

It’s a commonly held dream that ‘some day’ we will get to own a beautiful holiday home in the sun – so here are five simple ways that anyone can use to turn their dream of owning a second home...

The housing crisis

August 01, 2005 EST | Real Estate

How have West Country Homes moved up market so far, that they are now out of reach? It is a direct result of the credit industry, placing a tide race of money, between the swimmers and their objectives. The torrent...

Essential buyer’s guide for overseas real estate

July 29, 2005 EST | Real Estate

Don’t leave your brain on the airplane when you step out in search of that dream overseas home, find out how to survive any unscrupulous sales practices and complicated buying processes with this essential guide for the overseas real estate...

Think before buying a house

July 26, 2005 EST | Real Estate

So you’ve been renting an apartment for a while and your friends are all buying houses and settling down to nice, quiet suburban lifestyle. Is this something you should be doing too? To put even more pressure on you, every...

Important tips to real estate investing

July 19, 2005 EST | Investment , Real Estate

When it comes to investing, everybody has certain goals and aspirations. However, we have found that there are certain guidelines every aspiring real estate investor needs to know: 1. Compare Property Values and Rents Financial statistics only go so far;...

Financial planning for singles

July 03, 2005 EST | Insurance , Investment , Real Estate , Wealth Planning

Financial planning often gets a bad rap. Part of the problem is self-inflicted, since some industry participants would rather sell you a product than address your financial concerns. The process of planning is important, though, whether done with a professional...

Lease purchasing your home

May 30, 2005 EST | Real Estate

Sue and Chuck DeFiore have the perfect solution for you – Lease Purchasing your home! What is Lease Purchasing? A Lease Purchase is a process that combines a basic rental lease with an agreement to purchase, or with an option...

First time buyer's guide

May 29, 2005 EST | Real Estate

Buying your first home can be a difficult time, especially in these days of high house prices, and low job security. But don't despair, www.mortgagedown.com have prepared a few top tips to make the process as painless as possible for...

The real estate disputes and partition

May 28, 2005 EST | Real Estate

What if two people pooled their resources and began investing in real estate. Like many partnerships things progress smoothly for a while and then a dispute arises. Now they seldom can stand to talk to one another and then only...