Are foreclosures for you?
Have you been thinking about buying foreclosures? Even if you are a seasoned pro, it is always best to have the assistance of a licensed real estate broker who has the experience and knowledge to see that you are not only the winning bidder, but also the happy owner of a property that will yield you maximum equity and profits.
Buying foreclosures can be a way to successfully build a portfolio of cash flow properties but the potential exists for multiple headaches and problems during the process. Also known as HUD homes, bank owned properties, distressed homes and short sales, foreclosures are available to qualified buyers in most towns and cities of all sizes and even in rural areas far from larger communities. Knowledge about the area and market valuations is of utmost importance when considering the purchase of a foreclosure. Your broker can give you the necessary information to make wise decisions during the bid process. Choose someone who has a great deal of experience in successfully closing similar transactions. Continue reading
Should you hold a real estate property long-term?
For a savvy investor in residential or commercial real estate, it’s important to understand market cycles and the risks and returns associated with owning real property. Many investors who purchase single and multifamily residential properties believe that buying and holding the property is the key to success. It certainly can be for some, but for those with typical life changes, unexpected trans-formative life events and family transitions, a better way to wealth could be an annual reassessment of property inventory along with an examination of present returns and future values.
Many factors can drastically change the value of a property over the long-term: income tax restructuring, neighborhood decline, zoning changes, community development, economic change, and local government planning – to name a few. Assuming that a property will hold its value long term and continue to accelerate in rental income is probably not the best approach. An annual review with a real estate broker can target properties that may be in the danger zone and would be better sold and replaced with something else. Continue reading