Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Real Estate Problem Solver


There are many areas one can invest in. Since I was 15 years old I have looked for the fastest, most effective way to accumulate a lot of wealth, with the least amount of risk. I am now 58. While looking for this road to truth, I spent a lot of time in the school of hard knocks. The school of hard knocks is a very interesting but painful school to attend. It is also the most expensive way to learn something, but when you graduate you have a PHD in what to do and not do with your time and money. The schools I attended were: Investing in businesses as a silent partner, owning my own businesses, working for another family member-in my case my father, buying publicly traded stocks and securities, penny mining stocks, commodity trading, investing in gold and silver, real estate private lending, real estate development, real estate remodeling, buying foreclosure properties. I also worked as a real estate problem solver/matchmaker, bringing business owners together with business buyers, and matching up real estate owners with real estate buyers.

Writing about all of these activities would take an encyclopedia, so we will limit this essay to the kinds of situations you can run across in the real estate school of hard knocks. I will present my solution with the given situation. There are more than one possible solution and I invite you to come up with other possible solutions as you read. If you get some value from my experiences that will hopefully lower your tuition to the real estate school of hard knocks. Feel free to e-mail me your comments, alternate solution or stories. Do, please, let me know that it is all right for me to publish them.

My Real Estate Philosophy

As a way of introducing myself, I thought you might find what lessons I have learned, after all these years of real estate, interesting. Buy real estate instead of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or commodities. When you pick a winner in one of these non-real estate areas you can make 5-10 times your money. When you are wrong, in one of these non-real estate areas, you can actually loose up to 90% of your money. In real estate, if you are not greedy-not trying to get rich quick-in one year, you can make 100 times your money, on the upside. The downside risk is only based on how well you looked at all the possibilities ahead of time. If you did, the downside risk is reduced to only the holding time to fix a mistake. If you rush in and do not explore all the possibilities of a business venture, you can actually loose 100% of your money. In my mind an upside of 100 times profit is better than 10 times profit.

My philosophy on real estate ownership has changed in the last 15 years. I used to think that selling at the top of the market was the smart move and buying in the crash. Now I feel that buying when prices are down is still a smart move but never selling is the way to go. In order to hold on to a property in a down market you require proper planning to survive the crash. This I call a back door or emergency plan. This is have a plan and knowing what you will do if everything goes wrong with you original plan. When you have a backup plan, you rarely need it. This is the basis of my philosophy. With this understanding, you might more clearly see why I did what I did in these situations.

The Stories and article:

The area of real estate investing is one of the most complex because it is a combination of law and real estate. It is one of the most interesting because fortunes are made and lost in this area, and the numbers are so enormous. Lastly it is an area where crooks can make a lot of money and many times get away with it. Following are some stories (case histories) I have dealt with and some articles I have written on the subject of fraud in real estate. Finally, I have included an article on the basics of foreclosures and real estate in general, for your interest. I hope you enjoy them.

The Stories:

Story #1:

It was early March 2000 and I received a call from Kevin. He said that he had heard about me from some mutual friends. He wanted to speculate in buying HUD houses (Properties that the Government had foreclosed on). He wanted to buy them, fix them up and then sell them at a profit. He had heard that I had bought many foreclosures in the 1970's and 80's and he was hoping I could advise him. We met for lunch and he told me his life story. The important part of this conversation is that he had bought a boarded up 14 unit apartment building in downtown San Bernardino, across the street, from one of the roughest high schools in California.

By the end of the meeting, I had figured out that he had overpaid about $75,000 for the building, he had already wasted $200,000 trying to remodel it, and it was still $100,000 away from being finished. He had bought it 1.5 years ago and a large part of his costs was the interest on all his loans, related to this project. He was now broke, and in deep trouble, but in his mind, the badly needed money was coming.

It is interesting to note where he got the money to invest in this project. 4 years earlier he was given money to buy an apartment building by his father. He was given enough money that he only needed a very small $150,000 real estate loan to purchase a building in Pasadena that cost him a total of $525,000. In order to buy the San Bernardino rehab project, he first refinanced the first trust deed on the Pasadena building and jumped the loan balance to $385,000. When that money was gone he borrowed $74,000 as a second Trust Deed on both the Pasadena and San Bernardino properties. By the way, that loan cost him 15% interest and $15,000 in up front fees to get the money. Before we parted, I told him that he made a very expense mistake in buying San Bernardino. I explained that from the day he bought the building it was a sure bet that the project would fail. I then had to tell him that I would not lend him any money on San Bernardino, to save his butt.

Over the next 2 months I received periodic phone calls, telling me the progress of the fund raising. One of those updates I was told that the existing 2nd Trust Deed lender was saying that he might give Kevin the added $100,000 he needed to finish the project. At the same time, Kevin also believed he had found a bank that might refinance all the loans of San Bernardino. The difficulty with the bank loan was that the appraisal fee was $3,000, and it had to be paid in advance, even to just apply for the loan. Again Kevin asked me for money. Again I refused to put more good money down his black hole.

Then one morning I got a call from Kevin, "If I don't make the $2,000 payment to the 2nd trust deed holder, he will start foreclosure in 2 days. Kevin also told me "The 2nd trust deed lender said that he would buy the Pasadena apartment building for what I had paid for it, 4 years ago, $525,000." The offer had a stipulation to it. Kevin had to bring the loan current first. In my mind, if Kevin could bring the loan current, why would he even bother to sell the property for a wholesale price? I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

After hearing all of this I decide that it is time I stop saying no and help. What Kevin thought he wanted was a real estate loan for a lot of money. The truth is, that money was not the solution to his problem. The problem had to be different than what Kevin believed, which is why the problem persisted. The real situation was not more borrowing. More borrowing meant more money down the drain.

Experience has taught me, "If the problem was what Kevin thought it was, it wouldn't be a problem." What does this phrase mean? A businessman has a financial set back. He thinks that with some short term funding he can recover from the set back and return to the top. After looking around, our businessman will usually find the money, but strangely enough the problem doesn't resolve. If the problem did correct itself, then the businessman was right about what the problem was, and the problem would be gone. Usually the money doesn't help, but the businessman doesn't understand that. He doesn't realize that the problem wasn't money in the first place. If it were, the problem would now be gone. Lets continue the explanation. The last money borrowed is now gone and the problem persists, so our businessman goes out to find more money to solve the problem that didn't solve with the money he borrowed, the first time. What happens the second time? The same thing. The money is used up and still the problem continues.

Our businessman is working on the wrong problem. The problem is not money, or the problem would have been gone. Kevin thought the problem was money. It wasn't. He had already poured $300,000 into the San Bernardino building, on top of the $209,000 1st Trust Deed loan that came about when he bought the building. Before he was finished, he spent over $500,000 in a building that needs $100,000 to finish, but was only worth $475,000, after it was finished.

What could I do? Use what the good lord gave me. 30 years of experience, on the subject of getting out of problems that I created when I was young and inexperienced. Here was the war strategy. I got Kevin to agree to turn over total management of the two properties to me. Knowing that I was managing the property and working on what I believed was the correct problem, I felt comfortable about loaning money on this deal. If I can't trust myself to solve this problem, whom can I trust? I started by loaning Kevin $25,000 to make needed repairs to the Pasadena building, pay the property taxes and to bring the first and second loans current on the Pasadena property only. Nothing was to be spent at this time, on the San Bernardino building.

Now that I controlled the Pasadena apartment building, I discovered what repairs the building needed. The list was so long it took one man three months, full time, to fully handle it. I then did a very detailed market study and determined what the market would pay in rents. I asked the tenants for a list of everything they wanted done in their apartments to be happy. I then did everything the tenants requested and I then raised their rents 30%. After the building was full, I raised the rents another 15%. The value of the building went up and I received an offer for $725,000. This was $200,000 more than its value 6 months earlier. I put it into escrow, and then I realized that I could raise the rents some more. I raised the rents again in escrow and forced the buyer to pay another $25,000 for the building. Bringing the price to $750,000. That $225,000 profit was needed to help cover the money being lost in San Bernardino.

Author's Note: The escrow fell through and the building was kept until this update, December 5, 2004. The building is now in escrow for $1,583,000

What did I do about San Bernardino? I contacted the seller/lender and asked him if he would like me to pull the security guard out of the building and let him have it back in foreclosure. He didn't want it back, even though he pretended that he was willing to do that. He offered me $25,000 in incentives to get me to personally lend the money necessary for the completion of the building, so he wouldn't have to take it back. For 3 months he tried to get me to put money into the building, with the idea that once I put my money in I wouldn't walk away from it. The real story was that I wouldn't put a dime into that black hole until I figured out how to make it recover at least $100,000 of Kevin's lost money. I asked for a $70,000 discount on the note, and offered to pay him off. We negotiated for two months. Just when I was ready to finish the deal, the seller sold his note to someone else for only a $30,000 discount. I was not able to make the money I wanted because now the new note holder wanted 100% of interest and principal due. This threw a monkey wrench into my negotiating. All this time, I had a buyer standing in the wings to buy the building from Kevin while I was negotiating. I was then forced to sell the property to this buyer and Kevin recovered only a little bit of his investment. The lender and I were both playing a high stakes poker game. I lost this round. If I could have gotten the payoff reduced, Kevin would received a large hunk of money from an "as is" sale. This is what I call playing "Craps" on a very big Monopoly board.

Author's Note: The buyer, thinking he was going to put $125,000 to finish the remodeling, notified me, after one year, that he had spent $300,000 to finish the building. The apartment building values were increasing rapidly during this time period, so Kevin's project was increasing in value at the same time the buyer was going deeper and deeper into construction costs. The buyer made out all right in the end. If the market had died, he would have lost $200,000 on this building after Kevin had already lost a fortune. It's all about timing, isn't it?

Kevin learned that money alone was not the answer to his problems; he needed a Genie, to turn his turkey into a swan.

Story #2

Janet is the daughter of one of my oldest and wealthiest friends and clients. We have been doing real estate deals together since 1975. Janet and her husband started buying distressed real estate in Phoenix Arizona in 1994, which was 8 years ago when it was the thing to do. It was now Dec 2000. The market appears to be slowing down and did after September 11, 2001. Janet had been continually borrowing money from her father, whenever things got too difficult. She later sold everything in Phoenix and bought property in Northern California. Then in 1999, one year before I was brought in, she started buying real estate in Kansas City. One day Janet's father called me and asked for my help. He had loaned his daughter $200,000 and felt that everything she owned was upside down. (Loans more than the market value.). This was further complicated by the fact that if she sold her properties, to pay off her father, the capital gains taxes would eat up any cash, from the sale. On top of all this, Janet kept asking for more money to keep up the payments on the properties that had a negative cash flow and didn't have enough rental income.

He hired me to help his daughter and agreed to pay my fee. I would work with this 40 years old kid, to get her to return her fathers $200,000 and make herself totally debt free. Janet and I met. She was brilliant. She did know what she was doing, as far as picking good real estate deals. She owned, at the time of our meeting, 10 properties located in 2 different states, and there was $500,000 in equity. If we could get it out, before her father had a stroke things would be great. Janet agreed to the arrangement, happily, if I would be her adviser, not his. Her father agreed to fund whatever money was requested as long as I approved it. Also I had to be the one to ask Janet's father for the money, since the upset between the farther and daughter was getting unbearable.

This is what we did. A list of needed repairs was created for each of the 11 properties. Bids were received and the work ordered to be done within 30 days. This was not to take months. It had to be done immediately so we could go to step two. Step 2 was to put on the market all of the expensive Northern California property. To my disbelief, Janet wanted to move her family, to a new city, in the middle of all this and her father agreed to let her do it. She had found an old run down house that she felt was undervalued. That meant that her old residence was put into the group of properties to sell. Sell is what we planned to do. Everything was to be put on the market, and sold at the best price to be gotten, but sold regardless. The property in Kansas was to be repaired and fully rented. The properties that could be sold at what we thought was full retail, were also put on the market. The plan was that when everything was sold, the father would get paid off; the loans on the remaining properties would be paid off and the balance of the cash would be put into the bank. Since all of the Kansas deals appear to be a good investment, Janet could now continue to buy more Kansas property, (she had only been spending $25,000 on each deal) but for all cash. The rents coming in would generate enough income for her family to live on without having to ask for money from dad or touching her investment nest egg. That was the plan.

I forgot one last thing. Because many of the properties had been bought years ago on a 1031 exchanges (tax-free exchange), the capital gain tax was going to eat up the cash proceeds. That was one of the traps Janet fell into. She felt she couldn't sell without buying a replacement. Of course by not liquidating before starting anew, she would never get out of debt with her real estate lenders or her father. The solution, for this problem was simpler than one would think.

First, the father did a 1031 exchange with Janet for one of the big profit houses. The father sold Janet his personal residences for no money down. Now Janet rented her father the house he lives in. So much for capital gains tax on the $150,000 profit in that one big sale. The second big profit was in the house Janet currently lived in. That was tax-free under the current laws. Since the other houses sold had smaller profits, it was decided that the business decision to get out of debt was more important than avoiding paying any taxes.

Author's Note: That was the plan. So what happened? Janet decided she didn't want to sell the junk in Kansas and fired me. She refused to pay her father back and as of December 2004 he had not seen a dime. Father has deducted what she owes him from her inheritance, which will be put into a trust administered by her brother for the benefit of the grandchildren. Real estate in California skyrocketed after 9/11/01 terrorist attack and her properties all doubled in value.

Summary: Everyone thinks that his or her problem is not confrontable and therefore unsolvable. I have found that someone other than myself can solve my un-confrontable problems in 10 min and I can do the same for them. It is not a question of being smarter, or more experienced, though experience helps a lot when coming up with easy solutions, quickly. It is really that we all are willing to confront someone else's problems much easier than our own. When we are willing to confront our own problem head-on, solutions begin to appear miraculously. What I do is help people take their mountains and turn them into molehills. The molehills are then flattened with ease.

Lessons to learn: First, do not think you are smarter than the people who passed this way before you; you're not. Second, markets never go up forever, have not performed as if they will. Third, if you are not prepared for the worst, it will kill you. If you are prepared, it will only hurt a little. You will survive and come away much richer in the end.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Costa Rica Luxury Real Estate

Buying luxury real estate in Costa Rica is an excellent option for affluent people. Costa Rica luxury real estate includes luxury homes, resorts, hotels, estates, mansions, castles, farms, and other investment opportunities. Mountain properties, beach properties, and vacation rentals are other options. Costa Rica luxury real estate properties can be taken for sale or rent.

Most of the luxury real estate agencies and companies provide top class service to their clients. These firms list, market and sell high-end residential real estates. Costa Rica luxury real estate covers Costa Rican properties located in prime locations such as San Jose, Santa Ana, Escazu, Heredia, Santo Domingo, Atenas, Alajuela, Cartago, and the scenic beach locations. Costa Rica luxury real estate properties are attractive with their wonderful weather, good facilities, friendly neighborhoods, and charming farms and homes. The agencies dealing with luxury real estates in Costa Rica also see to it that the customers get their property at the best prices.

The Internet is the best option for purchasing luxury real estate in Costa Rica. Many real estate agency websites provide details of available properties, which help you to invest in the most lucrative ones. These sites showcase a spectacular selection of Costa Rica luxury real estates. Some sites offer forums for both purchasers and vendors. You also have the facility to clarify doubts regarding the prospects of investment in Costa Rica.

There are online directories that provide details of the complete network of all luxury real estate specialists and agencies throughout Costa Rica. These information sources are the best way to locate Costa Rica real estate agencies and agents. Very often property owners personally advertise their lands for sale, without involving any middleman or organization. In such cases, you can approach the owner directly and fix a sale, which might be more profitable.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Real Estate Investing LIES Unveiled

Let's get REAL about something - and quelch the LIES you have been told about Real Estate Investing!­

What I am going to reveal to you are some basic
truths about Real Estate investing - truths that may
totally affect the Real Estate investments you have
now - and certainly I intend to modify the way you
do Real Estate investing in the future.

Let's get right to it - and into the heart of the real
estate investing issue.

You have been programmed all your life to become
what you are today - from school, friends, relatives
and, yes, your parents.

Recent studies show that you are who you are now,
more from what you learned prior to age 8 than in
anything else you have learned since.

Now, that may surprise you, but it is true that what
you learned at the earliest ages affects the way you
make Real Estate investments today, and the type
of Real Estate investing success you will have going

Yes, that's a bit shocking.

You see, if you grew up in an environment where
you heard things like

"We can't afford it", "Be sure
you have saved enough and have the cash to buy it"
(i.e., never use credit), or numerous other phrases
that you now hear yourself saying (you know what
I'm talking about - those times you catch yourself
"becoming your parents"), it is because of your
early programming (from 0-8 years) and what you
were told about money, success, and life in general.

That is controlling your current income - and your
success - or lack of it...

The things you were told at that early, most
influential age, are now creeping out and affecting
how successful you are in business, in life and yes,
in your Real Estate investing.


The greatest thing about this fact - as horrible as it
seems - is that you can change the 'programming' -
you have the power to do it!

You can reprogram yourself in any way you want -
have anything you want - do anything you want.

All it takes is simply to 'reinstall' the right kind of

And, it is easier than you might think!

One of the best ways to do that is to get a CD audio
set from someone you like to listen to - someone
that thinks positively and speaks of the life you want
to live. Many home study courses are available (yes,
including mine) that are designed to inspire and
motivate you, while they teach you the methods and
secrets of real estate investing.

Purchase one - listen to it, over and over - until you
hear yourself speaking that way, too.

You see, we are all simply creatures of habit and
environment - if we allow junk to get into our heads,
all we will ever say is junk coming out.

If all you listen to is the bad stuff in life (like the TV
news, most 'talk radio' shows, those TV 'real life'
shows that end up in fights - you know the ones.,
and even violent movies where the language is
nothing you'd ever expect to hear from your own
lips.), that is exactly what you will wind up sounding

It is true - 'you are what you eat' - and that counts
just as much for what you put in your ears as it does
for what you put in your mouth!

If you spend your time around 'bar people', you'll
speak and act like them. Not that there's anything
wrong with that, as long as you made a conscious
thought that it is what you want, but I think you'd
be much more successful at Real Estate investing if
you were listening to a successful person teaching
you about Real Estate Investing!

Now, let's get right to the point about the various
methods and concepts you have learned about Real
Estate Investing.

You may call yourself a 'real estate investing expert',
but if you have to get up every morning and wonder
where your next check is coming from, you aren't
making real estate investments, you are being
employed in a Real Estate Investing JOB!

Yes, that's a hard-hitting statement.

You see, I want you to 'get real' with yourself and
simply admit it - Real Estate investing is when you
put money into a Real Estate investment and then
get some money out - 'real estate investing'

Yet, it seems that most people I meet want to
attend my real estate training or purchase my real
estate courses that have to do with 'No Money
Down' (NMD) real estate investing.

Now, that kind of talk just proves the point - you can
reprogram yourself to speak a different language -
even if it doesn't make sense!

A bunch of 'gurus' have told you over and over again
that 'No Money Down' is real estate investing - even
though you learned at an early age that 'invest'
means to put money into something and get money
out (see http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=invest for other definitions - none of them say 'No
Money Down'...)

Now, it's not that 'NMD Real Estate investing' is all
bad - heck, my students and I make several
thousand dollars from these types of 'Real Estate
investing' transactions every year, too.

Just don't lie to yourself and say they are 'real
estate investments', we know very clearly that these
are simply 'earned income' from one portion of your
real estate investing business - the real estate 'job'
portion - earned while in transition from your
'corporate job' to your 'real estate investing job' and
on the road to true Real Estate Investing.

In other real estate investing articles, I cover some
of the methods and techniques you, too, can explore
while moving from your 'corporate job' to your 'real
estate investing job' and you'll learn some insider
secrets for taking that leap quickly.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Advantages of Real Estate Investing

Investing in real estate is as advantageous and as attractive as investing in the stock market. I would say it has three times more prospects of making money than any other business. But, But, But... since, it is equally guided by the market forces; you cannot undermine the constant risks involved in the real estate. Let me begin discussing with you the advantages of real estate investments. I found the advantages as most suited and really practical.


Real Estate Investments are Less Risky

As compared to other investments, less of misadventure is involved in a real estate property. I will not get away from the fact that just like any investment you make; you have the risk of losing it. Real estate investments are traditionally considered a stable and rich gainer, provided if one takes it seriously and with full sagacity. The reasons for the real estate investments becoming less risky adventure primarily relate to various socio-economic factors, location, market behavior, the population density of an area; mortgage interest rate stability; good history of land appreciation, less of inflation and many more. As a rule of thumb, if you have a geographical area where there are plenty of resources available and low stable mortgage rates, you have good reason for investing in the real estate market of such a region. On the contrary, if you have the condo in a place, which is burgeoning under the high inflation, it is far-fetched to even think of investing in its real estate market.

No Need for Huge Starting Capital

A real estate property in Canada can be procured for an initial amount as low as $8,000 to $ 15,000, and the remaining amount can be taken on holding the property as security. This is what you call High Ratio Financing. If you don't have the idea as to how it works, then let me explain you with the help of an example. Remember that saying... Examples are better than percepts!

Supposing, you buy a condo worth $200,000, then you have to just pay the initial capital amount say 10% of $200,000. The remaining amount (which is 90%) can be financed, against your condo. It means that in a High Ratio financing, the ratio between the debt (here in the example it is 90% Mortgage) and the equity (here in the example it is 10% down payment) is very high. It is also important to calculate high ratio mortgage insurance with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). If needed, you can also purchase the condo on 100% mortgage price.

Honing Investment Skills

A real estate investment, especially when you buy a condo for yourself, will be a pleasurable learning experience. It gives you the opportunity to learn and when I went ahead with my first real estate property, I was totally a dump man. Ask me now, and I can tell you everything, from A to Z. Necessity is the mother of all inventions. I had the necessity to buy the property and so I tried with it, and I was successful. I acquired all the knowledge and skills through experience of selling and purchasing the residential property. Thanks to my job. It gave me the experience to become an investor.

Not a time taking Adventure

Real estate investment will not take out all your energies, until you are prepared and foresighted to take the adventure in full swing. You can save hell lot of time, if you are vigilant enough to know the techniques of making a judicious investment in the right time and when there are good market conditions prevailing at that point of time.

You should be prepared to time yourself. Take some time out, and do market research. Initiate small adventures that involve negotiating real estate deals, buying a property, managing it and then selling it off. Calculate the time invested in your real estate negotiation. If the time was less than the optimum time, you have done it right. And if you end up investing more time, then you need to work it out again, and make some real correction for consummating next deals. You have various ways and methodologies, called the Real Estate Strategies that can make it happen for you in the right manner.

Leverage is the Right Way

The concept of leverage in real estate is not a new one. It implies investing a part of your money and borrowing the rest from other sources, like banks, investment companies, finance companies, or other people's money (OPM). There have been many instances where people have become rich by practically applying OPM Leverage Principal. As I had discussed under the sub head - No Need for Huge Starting Capital, the high ratio financing scheme gives an opportunity of no risk to the lenders, as the property becomes the security. Moreover, in case the lender is interested in selling the property, the net proceeds resulting from the sale of the property should comfortably cover the mortgage amount.

Now consider a situation, where the lender leverages the property at too high ratio debt say 98% or even more, and all of the sudden the market shows a down turn, then both the investor as well as the lender. Hence, greater is the mortgage debt, more is the lender's risk, and it is therefore necessary that lender pays higher interest rates. The only way out to ease the risk from lender's head is to get the mortgage insured. Two companies authorized to insure your high-ratio mortgage debts are CMHC (www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca), and GE mortgage Insurance Canada (gemortgage.ca).

Letme explain you with the help of an example... supposing, you are buying a real estate property worth $ 200,000 at three mortgages, with the first one of $100,000, the second of $75,000 and the third one of $25,000. Possible percentage of interest rates charged can be 3%, 5% and 7%. The last mortgage amount of $25,000 will be accounted, as riskiest; as it would relatively be the last mortgage that you will pay when you finally make a selling deal.

On the contrary, if the first mortgage representing almost 90% of your property price is insured against getting default or as high ratio mortgage, then in the above example, the basic interest rate would be 3%.

Let me explain you the leveraging concept by taking another example.

Supposing, you are buying a real estate property worth $200,000, and made down payment of 10%, equitable to $20,000, while financed the rest amount of $1,80,000. Over the year's time, the value of your property appreciates by 10%. In this case, what would be the total return that you'd incur on your down payment of $20,000? It would be 200%. Yes 200%. Putting in simpler words, the down payment of $20,000 made by you has an appreciation of 10% over it, i.e. (10% increase of original home price of $ 200,000), 200% return on your down payment investment of $20,000.

On the contrary if you invest all the money in buying the property of $200,000, and in wake of appreciation of 10% over the year ($20,0000 would then be accrued to as 20%.

Synonymous with leveraging is pyramiding, where you borrow on the appreciated value of your existing property. Pyramiding applies the principal of leverage that enables you to purchase even more properties. This appreciated value over the real estate property in some selected areas results in accumulation of rich financial virtues.

Real Estate Appreciation

An appreciation is an average increase in the property value over original capital investment, taking place over a period. There are some neglected real estate properties that have an appreciation below the average mark, whereas, some of the properties located in maintained geographical areas, showing high demand, have an above average appreciation. In such centrally located and high demand areas, the average appreciation can reach up to 25% in a year. I will discuss appreciation in the chapter on real estate cycles. For now, for general understanding, appreciation is what goes up.

You Make Your Equity

As you gradually pay your mortgage debts, you are creating your equity. In other words, you would be reaching to original house price on which you have no debt. Your equity is absolutely free of percentage increase in appreciation. From the investor's perspective, in real estate market, equity is the amount that is free of debt and it is the amount that an investor holds. When you sale your property, then the net money you get, after paying all the commissions and closing costs, becomes your equity. Lenders don't want to take risk by allowing a loan on over 90% of equity. Therefore, in this manner, the lenders take the safety measures in wake of their loan being defaulted.

The Federal Bankruptcy act says that all the first mortgages of over 75% of the appraised or purchase value must be covered under high-ratio insurance schemes. However, there are certain conditions, wherein, CMHC offers the purchasers of real estate property qualifying the insurance, a mortgage of up to 100% of purchase price over your principal house value. In the wake of an event where borrowers want more money from the lenders, they would ideally settle for second and the third mortgages.

Low Inflation

Inflation is the rise in the prices of the products, commodities and services, or putting it another way, it is the decrease in your capacity to buy or hire the services. Supposing, a commodity was worth $10 a decade back, will now cost $ 100 as the result of inflation. For people who have fixed salaries feel the real brunt of the dollar, as the inflation rises. In Canada, the inflation rate varies and it varies every year. There was a time when Canada had a double-digit, but it was controlled to single digit, after the regulation of policy.

If we analyze closely, the land appreciation value for the residential real estate is 4% to 5% higher than inflation rate. Therefore, when you invest in real estate, then you are paying mortgage debts in high dollar value. Now as you are getting more, salary to pay less amount than the amount that you had paid in the original mortgage.

Tax Exemptions

You get various tax exemptions on your principal and investment income property. The tax exemptions available in real estate property investment are more than available in any other investment. In other investments, you lose terribly on the investments in your bank in the form of inflation and high taxes therein, but in real estate; you don't actually have such hindrances.

Various tax exemptions available are:
•The interest receivable from your bank account, term deposit or guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is completely taxable as income. A little math here will do the magic work for you. Supposing, if you get an interest of 8% on the deposit, and the on going inflation rate is 5%, the Real Return Rate will come out to be settled at 2%.
•You get completely tax-free capital gain on principal amount of your residential real estate property.
•You have the opportunity to ward off principal amount of your residential real estate property against the home expenses incurred by you.
•You can easily ward off the property depreciation against your income.
•You can cut the expenses incurred in real estate property investment through your income
•Tax rate reduced to approx. 50% of the capital gain.
•And many more

Net Positive and High Income is Generated

If taken in right direction and played seriously, a real estate investment can be your virtue making endeavor now and in times to come. You will not only be having additional assets building in your favor, but also with positive cash flow, your real estate property value will increase automatically.

High Return on Investments (ROIs)

Real estate investment gives you potentially high ROIs before and after the taxes levied on your income. In fact, investing in real estate gives you high ROIs after the taxes.

Demand for the Real Estate Increases

As a natural instance, when the population of a region increases, the total usable land decreases, and this provides the impetus for high real estate prices. There are many communities that can or cannot have growth and development regulations, thereby, resulting in limited land available for use. Therefore, the real estate prices of the area shoot up. Remember housing is the necessity of an individual and therefore it is much in demand than any other single commodity taken. Furthermore, there are people who purchase additional houses for their recreation, recluse or as a past time. This in turn increases the demand for land.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Future of Commercial Real Estate

Although serious supply-demand imbalances have continued to plague real estate markets into the 2000s in many areas, the mobility of capital in current sophisticated financial markets is encouraging to real estate developers. The loss of tax-shelter markets drained a significant amount of capital from real estate and, in the short run, had a devastating effect on segments of the industry. However, most experts agree that many of those driven from real estate development and the real estate finance business were unprepared and ill-suited as investors. In the long run, a return to real estate development that is grounded in the basics of economics, real demand, and real profits will benefit the industry.

Syndicated ownership of real estate was introduced in the early 2000s. Because many early investors were hurt by collapsed markets or by tax-law changes, the concept of syndication is currently being applied to more economically sound cash flow-return real estate. This return to sound economic practices will help ensure the continued growth of syndication. Real estate investment trusts (REITs), which suffered heavily in the real estate recession of the mid-1980s, have recently reappeared as an efficient vehicle for public ownership of real estate. REITs can own and operate real estate efficiently and raise equity for its purchase. The shares are more easily traded than are shares of other syndication partnerships. Thus, the REIT is likely to provide a good vehicle to satisfy the public’s desire to own real estate.

A final review of the factors that led to the problems of the 2000s is essential to understanding the opportunities that will arise in the 2000s. Real estate cycles are fundamental forces in the industry. The oversupply that exists in most product types tends to constrain development of new products, but it creates opportunities for the commercial banker.

The decade of the 2000s witnessed a boom cycle in real estate. The natural flow of the real estate cycle wherein demand exceeded supply prevailed during the 1980s and early 2000s. At that time office vacancy rates in most major markets were below 5 percent. Faced with real demand for office space and other types of income property, the development community simultaneously experienced an explosion of available capital. During the early years of the Reagan administration, deregulation of financial institutions increased the supply availability of funds, and thrifts added their funds to an already growing cadre of lenders. At the same time, the Economic Recovery and Tax Act of 1981 (ERTA) gave investors increased tax “write-off” through accelerated depreciation, reduced capital gains taxes to 20 percent, and allowed other income to be sheltered with real estate “losses.” In short, more equity and debt funding was available for real estate investment than ever before.

Even after tax reform eliminated many tax incentives in 1986 and the subsequent loss of some equity funds for real estate, two factors maintained real estate development. The trend in the 2000s was toward the development of the significant, or “trophy,” real estate projects. Office buildings in excess of one million square feet and hotels costing hundreds of millions of dollars became popular. Conceived and begun before the passage of tax reform, these huge projects were completed in the late 1990s. The second factor was the continued availability of funding for construction and development. Even with the debacle in Texas, lenders in New England continued to fund new projects. After the collapse in New England and the continued downward spiral in Texas, lenders in the mid-Atlantic region continued to lend for new construction. After regulation allowed out-of-state banking consolidations, the mergers and acquisitions of commercial banks created pressure in targeted regions. These growth surges contributed to the continuation of large-scale commercial mortgage lenders [http://www.cemlending.com] going beyond the time when an examination of the real estate cycle would have suggested a slowdown. The capital explosion of the 2000s for real estate is a capital implosion for the 2000s. The thrift industry no longer has funds available for commercial real estate. The major life insurance company lenders are struggling with mounting real estate. In related losses, while most commercial banks attempt to reduce their real estate exposure after two years of building loss reserves and taking write-downs and charge-offs. Therefore the excessive allocation of debt available in the 2000s is unlikely to create oversupply in the 2000s.

No new tax legislation that will affect real estate investment is predicted, and, for the most part, foreign investors have their own problems or opportunities outside of the United States. Therefore excessive equity capital is not expected to fuel recovery real estate excessively.

Looking back at the real estate cycle wave, it seems safe to suggest that the supply of new development will not occur in the 2000s unless warranted by real demand. Already in some markets the demand for apartments has exceeded supply and new construction has begun at a reasonable pace.

Opportunities for existing real estate that has been written to current value de-capitalized to produce current acceptable return will benefit from increased demand and restricted new supply. New development that is warranted by measurable, existing product demand can be financed with a reasonable equity contribution by the borrower. The lack of ruinous competition from lenders too eager to make real estate loans will allow reasonable loan structuring. Financing the purchase of de-capitalized existing real estate for new owners can be an excellent source of real estate loans for commercial banks.

As real estate is stabilized by a balance of demand and supply, the speed and strength of the recovery will be determined by economic factors and their effect on demand in the 2000s. Banks with the capacity and willingness to take on new real estate loans should experience some of the safest and most productive lending done in the last quarter century. Remembering the lessons of the past and returning to the basics of good real estate and good real estate lending will be the key to real estate banking in the future.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Real Estate Post Card Marketing; Million Dollar Mailings

Real Estate Post Card Marketing is an underutilized real estate marketing strategy known by many, but used by few. The test? How many agents do you know market real estate with postcards. Not many - that's what I thought!

Yet, those that do maintain high visibility with their prospects. From useful tips to delicious recipes, customized real estate marketing post cards can leave positive and lasting impressions about you and your services at affordable prices.

I like marketing real estate with post cards for several reasons:

1. They're inexpensive - you can cast a wide net and reach a lot of people for a little of nothing. And as you know, or will soon learn, repeat contact with prospects is key to identity branding. You want buyers and sellers to think of you when they're ready to make a real estate transaction; which you can accomplish easier when you have repeated contacts with them. A series of real estate marketing post cards will do that for you.

2. They're easy to set into motion - it takes little time to reach hundreds to thousands of prospects via real estate post card marketing.

Here's a great way to use them. Chose a neighborhood to farm; condos, high end homes, country estates, move up homes, or whatever.

Then, mail post cards to the homeowners on a routinely scheduled basis. Perhaps it's once a month, with special emphasis on holidays. Or maybe it's every other month.

However frequent it is it your post cards should be interesting enough that your prospects look forward to receiving them, but not so often that they are annoying.

Fortunately, you don't have to spend time or energy designing and printing your own post cards. There are several companies that produce impressive Real Estate Postcards; ready for addressing and mailing. They're cute, charming and near deadly effective.

Even if you're a do it yourself type and like the idea of owning a software program to design your own you can't go wrong with ready made ones.

As a real estate agent you need to generate leads; buyers for listings and sellers wanting to list their properties. You should also be taking advantage of every opportunity to brand yourself. With real estate post card marketing you can:

use your real estate marketing post cards like an extension of your Business Cards. You could include your real-world address, phone number, and website address if you're comfortable with that. The key is to include information that makes it easy for someone to get in touch with you.

use your real estate marketing post cards to Announce New Listings. For example, announce your $2 million dollar listing to a $750,000.00 neighborhood. Heck, it doesn't even have to be your listing, and you can still implement this idea.

Here's what I mean! Select 4-5 one million dollar homes you'd like to sell, which can be any body's listings in any agency. Get to know them like they're your own listings.

Then, select a neighborhood, or neighborhoods, of 200-500 homes where the values are $500,000.00, or so. More or less is okay, but the idea is to seleect homes that are several hundred thousand dollars or more less in value. The idea won't work if there's only a $20,000.00 difference.

Select a a series of real estate post cards to send to the owners in the targeted neighborhood(s). A series of letters will work, but you can make a bigger and more lasting impression with postcards. Check out some Real Estate Postcards and you'll see what I mean. The post cards should appeal to their desire to "move up" into larger and/or more expensive homes.

Send a post card once a month.

Then, get ready for some business. You'll get potential buyers interested in what you've got to sell that will also be prospects for new listings. Can you see getting sales this way? How about listings?

When you use this strategy you'll begin to create relationships with people that'll translate to sales and listing, and reap the benefits of your efforts over and over.

A real estate post card marketing campaign will enable you to frequently and inexpensively market Real Estate Postcards to the masses, and as you know the more frequent your contacts with prospects the better your results will be.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Selling Real Estate in This Market Can Be Easier With These Home Selling Tips

Selling real estate is always a topic of interest for any home owner. The average American will sell a house every five to seven years. Given a 90 year life expectancy and assuming you buy your first house at age 30. You can expect to selling 8 to 12 houses in your life time.

When it comes to selling a home it can be a very hectic and emotional time. There is a lot of money, memories and family history involved with selling a home. That is why it is best to take an outsider approach to selling real estate. Try to shake off the emotions and think like a potential buyer looking for a new home.

There are typically only 3 ways to sell real estate and some will leave you with more money and create a faster sale than others. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of home selling process so chose the best option for your particular home selling situation.

Sell your house fast with out a real estate agent

One of the quickest ways to sell real estate is to contact a local real estate investor or home buyer in your area and receive an offer on your house. These real estate professionals exist in every major metropolitan area across the United States and make a living off of investing in real estate.

There is a myth that all real estate investors are out to make a quick buck and take advantage of home owners. Just like any profession there are reputable home buyers and there are dishonest ones. The truth is, real estate investors are a great asset to any home seller.

Most know more about real estate than a typical real estate agent. They are familiar with short sales, helping home owners avoid foreclosure, lease options, rent to own programs, and best of all most can pay cash and create a quick close on your house.

How can it cost you less to sell your home to a real estate investor? Because you are selling real estate directly directly to a buyer there are no real estate agent commissions involved which is typically 6 percent of your sale value. This can add up to tens of thousands of dollars. Instead of paying a real estate agent commissions you are giving some of that money in equity to the new home buyer or investor.

Another awesome advantage of selling your real estate to a local home buyer is the over all home selling process. Through any typical home selling process you would have to spend thousands of dollars staging your home for sale. You have to leave your home every time a potential home buyer wants to view your home. This can make the home selling experience even more emotional than it already is.

When you sell your house fast to a real estate investor they will buy your house as is. You do not have to spend money on fixing up your house to create curb appeal. You don't have to leave your house every evening so people can walk through your home critiquing your home decorations. A home buyer will quickly wall through your home, ask you a few questions about the homes history and give you an offer then next day.

So if you need to sell your house fast, consider receiving a free, confidential, no obligation offer for your house from a local home buyer. It will not cost you anything, you will receive an offer on your house, you will not have to pay any real estate commissions, and you just may receive an offer you can not refuse.

Selling real estate for sale by owner

The next best way to keep more cash in your pocket when selling real estate is to find a home buyer yourself and skip paying real estate commissions to an agent. This avenue is not for all home sellers. Real estate agents exist because they provide value and service. However if you have extra time, energy and are up to a challenge then selling your home for sale by owner could save you big dollars at the closing table.

One disadvantage of selling your house for sale by owner is the up front costs. Instead of a realtor taking charge of the marketing of your home, you will be the main marketing avenue to get the word out. Some of the out of pocket expenses will be getting your home in great shape to sell, and marketing. The best marketing money you can spend is to pay a for sale by owner company who will list your home on the multiple listing service, MLS.

This way you have captured the same marketing a real estate agent would use. This is also the best way to get thousands of potential home buyers to know your house is for sale. You will also have to pay for signs, internet listings and some paper work.

Selling your house with the help of a real estate agent

The more traditional way to sell real estate is to go through a real estate agent. This home selling option will leave you less money at the closing table but could yield a better experience than selling your home by yourself. After all, you are hiring a professional to take care of all the home selling tasks.

Note than you will still have some out of pocket expenses and some inconvenience. A good realtor will walk through your home and put a list together of things they suggest you do to make your home sell quicker and for a higher price. You will have to pay to upgrade certain items in your house, paint new walls, take down family photos and other tasks.

Typical real estate agents charge 6 percent of the sale price of your home as a commission. So if your home sells for 200,000 the real estate commissions would be 12,000. The agent will receive this payment at the closing table so you do not have to come up with this money out of pocket.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

How Do I Know I'm a Real Estate Investor?

I recently had a long chat with one of the most successful real estate investors I've ever met. As I often do, I wanted to get a real understanding of the "Why?" he did real estate and what he wanted to accomplish for himself by reaching financial freedom.

You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth that "If you have a big enough 'Why?' to do something, the 'How?' will reveal itself to you. This gentleman had some good things to say about the concept and completely opened my mind up to even deeper levels of understanding about the terms "success" and "freedom".

Listen, if you're serious about making real estate investing an ultra-successful career for you, you have to go even further than just having investing in real estate be what you do for a living.

It has to become a lifestyle. He threw my questions right back at me and we had some great give-and-take and it was like you could really feel that chemistry that comes into play when entrepreneurs are talking about their passion of investing in real estate.

For him, it came down to asking this question, which fans of Tony Robbins should recognize its like:

"If I had unlimited time, unlimited money, unlimited resources and encouragement, unlimited tools and teaching, unlimited support from friends and family, and unlimited belief in myself...what would I do? Who would I be?"

Most of us would do the things that are passionate about, right?

He was able early on to answer that he wanted to be a real estate investor who helped people solve problems and made money by investing in real estate. What he shared with me, however, is that he didn't self-identify as a "real estate investor" until many, many years later.

Until that moment, years later, when he claimed and began now to internalize the belief that "I am a real estate investor", he was a hobbyist, a dabbler, a dreamer.

He had this experience of self-actualization at a real estate seminar where one of the participants asked the speaker "How do I really know that I'm a real estate investor?"

The speaker responded that "You know you're a true investor when you can't NOT invest!"

He then went on to tell me that during the same seminar someone, obviously someone without a very strong "Why?" or motivation yet to become successful, asked the speaker "How can I find time in my busy schedule to do this business?"

The looked at this questioner with the same patience and understanding that showed that this was the hundredth time the speaker had fielded this question, and said in effect "If you're a real estate investor, you do not find time to invest and do this business...if you're serious about this business you make time to do it."

After my incredibly successful investor friend let that sink into him and he found that he could really grasp hold of those two simple concepts, he realized then and there that he'd always been trying to FIND the time to invest and take the necessary actions to get his business going. For all of his "career" to that point he had been finding and taking that time to do his "business" AFTER other things that his attention and time expenditures PROVED were MORE important to him than becoming successful with real estate.

The difference, after he had let these two concepts sink into him and really started to understand it and, most importantly, APPLY his understanding to his thought patterns and daily routines...

...the difference was that he did not just IGNORE the real-world practical matters that NEED to be a part of someone's life (like for example to the beginning real estate investor, a steady income from a stable source to provide bills' money and put food on the table) but other than that, he ASSURED himself that he would always MAKE time to create the life he wanted that was in answer to his compelling "Why?" to become successful- and he did it by taking solid, CONSISTENT actions and gaining unstoppable momentum.

I think that these 2 concepts- of IDENTITY and claiming that you ARE what you want to be, and CONSISTENCY in finding the time necessary to DO what you ARE- applies to anyone wishing to turn a dream into a reality, whether it is to become a successful real estate investor or whatever, be it a published author, big ticket actress, or even just someone who wants to become the "World's Best Dad".

Just substitute whatever it is that you're passionate about for finding time to do "real estate investing" and knowing how you are really a "real estate investor?" and you're on your way, if real estate investing is not your passion.

I understand for many people it's NOT. Many people want to USE the VEHICLE of real estate to take them to a place where you have the freedom and the luxury of time, and you have been able to achieve the financial security and independence to do what you want when you want.

Now, with me, it's writing. I'm passionate about writing, and will write whether or not I get paid for it. It's not just what I DO, but it's who I AM.

How would you answer my friend's question...if you had everything you ever needed already ACCOMPLISHED by investing in real estate and building a positive and successful lifestyle with plenty of passive income coming in every week?

What would YOU do? Who would you BE?

What's your dream? What's YOUR true passion?

What will you do with the extraordinary wealth you can accumulate in real estate?

Now I want you to write down what you are passionate about. You are passionate about something besides money, right? ;) I certainly hope so! If you aren't, it's time to ask yourself a good hard question and take a long look at yourself and find out why not!

Maybe your answer is like mine, that wealth and income from real estate investing can give me the freedom to write whenever I want, to get paid or not get paid but to have the flexibility for it not to MATTER. Maybe you want to spend more time with your family. Maybe you want to escape the 9 to 5 grind and make sure that you never miss another Little League game. Maybe you want to spend time golfing, fishing, or sailing, or learning the intricacies of Thai cuisine.

Maybe in financial freedom you'd want to travel all over the world (of course, you'd at least LOOK at real estate while you're there right? That's called taking a PAYcation instead of a VACATION and you need to ask your tax professional about THAT little gift from Uncle Sam).

Whatever your "Why?" is take a moment now and write it down! Commit this to paper. It's important!

Now, here's where my friend and I agree that most people stop. This is hard. In fact, it's often a question that if you give it the thought and meditation time that it deserves just might make you cry or knock you flat on your backside. Asking this next question you're about to ask yourself can be downright HUMBLING or even, in some cases, extremely UPSETTING. But, you GOTTA do it!

Now, write down your well-thought answers to this question:

Why aren't you living this life and doing all these things you desire NOW? If you're not close, what would it take for you to be able to live your life of destiny and dreams?

Think this is a silly exercise? Just ask yourself, "Am I getting the results right now that I want out of my life?" If you're not, well...it might be wise to consider some opinions. ;)

Just remember, without a map there is no treasure! Your "Why?" is the map that will keep you on track towards gaining momentum to becoming the IDENTITY of a true entrepreneur and professional real estate investor. And it keeping this in mind will PUSH you into taking all the actions necessary, in a CONSISTENT manner, to achieving everything it is that, until you WRITE IT DOWN, you only SAY that you really want.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Licensed Real Estate Agents

Better government policies, increased salaries, and easily available mortgages have improved consumer purchase capacities despite inflation. People would rather pay for their own property rather than opt for rental properties. Many people have also been purchasing property as an investment. Such a situation has proved to be good for the real estate business. Clients could avail of services of licensed real estate agents when contemplating acquisition, sale, rentals or lease of property.

Licensed real estate agents are certified professionals who are experienced in real estate trading. Licensed mediators possess comprehensive knowledge about property they deal in and are well versed with the legalities of real estate deals. Licensed agents are qualified to answer queries associated with property overheads, assessments, and intention of trade. They are conversant about property sizes, repair costs, legal restrictions, and reconstruction of property, if any is necessary.

It is advisable to verify credibility, success rate, and charges of an agent when considering a particular licensed real estate agent. Comparisons between listed professionals help locate agents who are affordable and suit individual needs. Licensed real estate agent listings can be found in the yellow pages, at local estate firms, and online. Clients may also choose to hire professionals that have worked with family members, friends, or acquaintances. Licensed agents may work as salaried employees at real estate firms or may be self-employed as private brokers. Agents working within a larger organization may be salaried employees but are liable to receive additional commissions based upon the volume of business they bring in.

Potential clients may choose to communicate with licensed real estate agents prior to hiring them. It is advisable to clarify details regarding service charges, expenses, and time required for a deal in advance. Licensed real estate agents can provide valuable information regarding mortgage types to potential clients who may be in favor of outright purchases. In addition, they may suggest names of banks and financial institutions that could provide funds upon presentation of testimonials. Apart from operating as mediators between clients, they may also be empowered to negotiate on their behalf if one party is not present at the time of closing a deal.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Popping The "Real Estate Bubble" Myth!

If you turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or even surf the internet, you'll notice that there is a lot of people talking about the "Real Estate Bubble", and asking the question, "when is it going to burst?" They (these so-called experts) have been saying for years that the real estate
market can't continue this type of growth. These "experts" remind me of chicken little, with all of their prosphesy of doom and gloom, and the "sky is falling" syndrome. The truth is there has never been a real estate bubble in the past, or presently, and there will certainly never be one in the future. Talk about there being a "real estate bubble" is the stuff that urban legends are made of.

Here's the readers digest version of what it all means. The
real estate market is really, a "wave". It's cyclical, and
we are riding on a big wave right now. Real Estate is just
like Investing in the stock market, There are good years
when values rise and there are years that are better, when
values rise even higher. That's it, in a nutshell. Real
estate has gone up and down throughout history, and
generally speaking, it is fairly stable. When you look at a
graph of real estate values, you would be able to see a
clear pattern of increasing values. Now some years would
have higher peaks than others, and all in all, it is a
gradual building slope from left to right. And it looks just
like a wave.

In addition, there are more up cycles, than down cycles. So
the recent growth we've had will be followed by ones of
downturn. The only difference is that it may not be as much
of an increase, in other words the increase will be slower.
The bottom line is, it will still be growth. This is why
there will always be growth. Real Estate is a basic need.
People need a roof over their heads. You can rest assured
that people will be renting, buying, leasing, and selling
homes. And it doesn't matter if the market is low or high or
if the interest rates are up or down. Real Estate is a sure

Remember Real Estate cycles tend to be regionally based.
Real Estate is always driven by the economic principles of
supply and demand. Some areas of the country, like
Seattle, are going gangbusters, and real estate values are
going sky high, and other areas like parts of the northeast
are not increasing by the same percentage. However
all areas are going up in value. Historically, property
values increase in a strong job market. Other factors
to think about include; program funding, interest rates,
population growth, climate, and user-friendly state and
local governments, including school system changes.
are critical points to consider when investing in real
estate, either as a landlord or for personal use.

The key to successful real estate investing is to understand
what drives the market. Stay on top of what is going on in
your market place. Research the internet, read articles, get
involved with your community. One other key to staying at
the top of your game is to get a mentor or coach to help you
succeed in your real estate investing career. If coaching is
good enough for sports figures like Tiger Woods, why not

To sum it up, Real Estate bubbles don't exist, but there is
a real estate wave. As any surfer knows, if you want to
ride the waves, you need to get in the water. Watching the
action can be fun, but will it put any money in your pocket?
Invest with the intention of providing a service for others,
and you can become rich investing in Real Estate.