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Home Prices Reaching Near Peak - So What's the Problem?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

The new FHFA, Federal Housing Finance Agency, House Price Index has been published with data through the end of July, 2015. Here's a chart to get the discussion going.

Lots of Online Rental Home Information -- Just Little Help

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Ryan Poelman

Sure, the number of bedrooms and baths is important. And, knowing the area's main attributes, shopping and other venues is valuable too. However, there are gaps in the type of information that the tenant wants to know in order to see if their lifestyle fits into the home and the neighborhood.

Crowdfunding Connecting Homeowners and Investors

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Scott Yancey

If you're an active real estate investor, you've probably done what most of us have in our marketing. We use newspapers, the Internet, Craigslist, bandit signs and more to try and connect with motivated homeowners who want to sell.

Pay Attention to the HOA Documents

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.24.2015 | Money
Dean Graziosi

You and your family are the ones who will live in the home and in most cases you'll be fine with what you cannot do or have according to covenants and restrictions. The key is to know before you buy.

Invest With the Big Players

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

These companies are betting that rental demand will remain high because it's still impossible or tough for a majority of Americans to buy a home.

Fast-Start Real Estate Investing

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Scott Yancey

What I want to help new investors with is how to gather cash to evolve in their real estate investment to more long term cash flow strategies. Long term rental property or multi-family investment are cash flow strategies that are supporting many nice retirement lifestyles.

Using Throwaway Contingencies in Home Selling Negotiations

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

You shouldn't consider them as unimportant to the buyer just because they aren't important to you. Let's look at some examples.

Mobile Boomers for a Different Real Estate Investment Opportunity

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Money
Ryan Poelman

The next time you see an ad for an RV park for sale, you may want to check it out as an alternative to conventional real estate investment.

Understanding Title Insurance for Home Buyers

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.16.2015 | Money
Scott Yancey

Title insurance exists to insure your ownership rights in a property; keeping that roof over your heads safe from threats due to errors in the passing of title from one owner to another. There are many who view it as a bit of a rip-off. Even though this may be the case, a full premium is usually charged each time property ownership transfers.

How About an Uber for Real Estate?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

There's no shortage of news about Uber and how it is connecting riders with drivers and cutting out the taxi companies. Some cities are fighting the trend and legislating them out of the area, and others are still trying to figure out how this service has become so popular so quickly.

Why Real Estate Could Be a Better Investment than Stocks - Ya Think!

Dean Graziosi | Posted 09.08.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

I'm not trying to push anyone into real estate who is afraid of it or not suited for a landlord's duties. But, there definitely are reasons for real estate as a diversification strategy.

When an Inefficient Market Is a Good Thing

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

The vast majority of small investors in this country are invested in the stock and bond markets. Either they're buying them individually, or they're invested in mutual funds or bond funds. Others are into commodities and options. There are other less popular and more complicated financial instruments and derivatives as well.

Deferred Maintenance and Return on Your Home Investment

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.08.2015 | HuffPost Home
Scott Yancey

The home inspector issues their report to the buyers, and suddenly this long document full of buyer demands hits the table. We thought this was a done deal, but it is far from it. The report turned up a dozen or more pages of things like...

Millennials -- Why They're Buying Homes and Why They're Not

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Ryan Poelman

There could be some interesting conclusions drawn from this survey. You can't do anything about job prospects or their concerns and financial stability. However, if you want to sell a home to a Millennial, there are some things that look like they would grease the wheels.

Real Estate Investors Aren't Just About Rentals

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Scott Yancey

This article is for both the general public and real estate investors. Yes, the rental property investor does drive a huge market. Wholesalers and fix & flip investors both enjoy a major customer base in the rental property investor group.

Foreclosures Down - Investor Challenges

Ryan Poelman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Ryan Poelman

The government has acknowledged that investors have been a positive force over the past few years in absorbing foreclosure homes and recycling them. We're still out here working to continue putting owners and renters back into these homes.

Real Estate Investment Marketing 3.0

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Scott Yancey

The Internet has changed so much in the business world. Just ask some travel agents, if you can find one. Whether you think the Web has helped or hurt your business or the company you work for, it definitely is doing something.

Wholesaling: The Real Estate Investment Niche for Everyone

Dean Graziosi | Posted 08.19.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dean Graziosi

Three or four TV and cable networks are wowing viewers with successful real estate "fix and flip" shows. After all, it's exciting to see an entrepreneurial person or couple successfully buying, rehabbing and selling homes for hefty profits. There's adventure in the negotiations, working with temperamental contractors and selecting finishes and fixtures. It's a great business

Where And When To Spend Your Money On Home Improvements

Ryan Poelman | Posted 08.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Ryan Poelman

It's not hard to find articles about which home improvement projects will yield the highest payback in a sale. I checked on a few, and they all have pretty similar selections for high-payback remodels. I also found a couple of articles about what NOT to spend your money on.

Avoiding Home Buyer Remorse

Scott Yancey | Posted 08.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Scott Yancey

As the media continue to report an improving real estate market and rising prices, it may be putting some pressure on those who have been sitting on the sidelines. Interest rates are still low, and rising price news could be pulling some buyers into the market just to try and get ahead of even higher prices in the short term.

Real Estate #1 Choice for Investment

Dean Graziosi | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Dean Graziosi

According to a survey from, Americans' number one choice for investing is real estate. Though they're overall still concerned about jobs and the economy, the survey respondents mostly feel good about their personal finances.

Are Trends Saying "Invest Walkable?"

Ryan Poelman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Ryan Poelman

A couple of articles this week with data about trends in real estate had a lot to say about the multiple inputs that influence real estate prices and the health of a very important component of our economy.

The HUD-1 Just Keeps on Growing

Scott Yancey | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Scott Yancey

The government had already decided to simplify the HUD-1 by doubling the number of pages to four. That's not necessarily a problem, but many real estate and mortgage professionals actually found that their borrowers were more confused by the new four page form than before.

Housing Starts Jump -- The Other Side of the Coin

Dean Graziosi | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Builders are happier than in the past 10 years, and housing starts are jumping. But this is a double-edged sword when it comes to coming back from our severe downturn. During the crash, home building almost stopped completely.

The Inflation Wildcard in Bonds vs. Real Estate

Ryan Poelman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

If you're trying to make a reallocation decision between bonds and real estate, don't forget the inflation factor, as it's pretty important.