The best way to tell if your area is in a buyer's or seller's market is to check the average number of days homes are on the market before selling. When this number rises above 60 days, it's definitely a buyer's market. That means it's a great time to be a buyer, but not such a great time to be a home seller.
Another method is to look at the number of months' supply of homes for sale at the current sales pace. Just divide the number of local homes sold during the last 30 days into the number of homes listed for sale. If the result is more than a six-month supply of homes, the oversupply of listed homes shows it's a buyer's market.
I was driving through a neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago this past Saturday and I was amazed at how the area had gone down. The area itself was never the best area to live in, but it was a place where people had a sense of pride. As I drove down one particular block, I slowed my car to witness five houses and multi-units in row that were abandoned. I looked towards the opposite side of the street and noticed numerous other vacant structures. As I continued, I again saw countless pieces of real estate that were without occupants.
Just because they don't know their landlord rights well enough, too many rental property owners suffer from painful mistakes and unnecessary. Find out your rights as a landlord today so that you can manage your tenants easily and smoothly.
What are Your Landlord Rights for Collecting Rent Payments?
Two years ago, most Americans and financial planners did not recognize or prepare for the coming drop in the stock market. Many families lost significant chunks for their savings and retirement. And many think that our economy is approaching that same storm again. What will the Average American do to ensure their financial future?
This will be part one of a series on what to expect from your manager for a Mobile Home Park.
Priority one for any landlord is rent collections. This needs to be done starting on the first of the month and completed by the fifth of each month. All rents received need to be deposited daily, unless a weekend or holiday. For those residents who request a rent receipt â€“ a receipt will be provided. You must have a policy of no cash â€“ only checks, bank checks or money orders to be accepted. Your Manager must never accept cash. All rents received need to be logged on the monthly rent collection record. For those that insist on paying late then there will be the additional duty to collect late rents and all appropriate fees.
In todayâ€™s real estate market it is difficult to hide from the fact that foreclosed homes are quickly becoming a large part of the available inventory on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Real estate investors who in the past have primarily looked to other sources for their deals are turning more and more to foreclosed homes and working with banks as a way to profit.
Buying a house is a major financial decision that will not only give you a peace of mind, but also a wonderful place to live, and of course, the perfect location to start a family for those who are planning to settle down. Sooner or later, you will have to decide to settle down on your own home that will be considered as the best location to start a family.
Investors as you know are a different breed. They work to the beat of a different drummer. Some Realtors love working with investors others hate working with them. That is fine. There is a Realtor for everyone and if you find a match with a local investor, you will find that it can be quite lucrative. But one thing is certain, you need a respectful, trusting relationship where both sides get out of it what they are looking for and that is success and profit. This really is the bottom line when it comes to investors and real estate.
With the current real estate market slump, there are more motivated sellers than ever before who are looking to get rid of their houses.
A lot of these are profitable deals, but at the same time, lots of them cannot be profitable dealsfor the majority real estate investors.
With this proliferation in the number of deals available on the market, most real estate investors end up with more phone calls from distressed sellers looking to sell their houses. Needless to say, most of these phone calls cannot yield any deals at all.
Welcome back. I posted the first part of this article, "Take Steps to Avoid Foreclosure (Part 1)". I discussed my observations while driving through a neighborhood in Chicago. The things I saw are not unique to this area. Foreclosure is an epidemic that plagues neighborhoods across the country-- rich and poor, urban and rural.
I was watching the news this morning and heard the continued reports about the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Bear Stearns. And within the past few days, the Federal government has agreed to give $85 BILLION to AIG, the world's largest insurer. If large companies like these feel the stresses of the economy, imagine what we are feeling.
One of the biggest advantages of having a commercial property is that it still performs for you even when the market is sluggish. And whenever the economy becomes robust, you can expect the commercial property to provide you a steady flow of income.
However, the major challenge for any investor is to decide whether to lease the commercial property or to buy it. Many of the leading commercial mortgage lenders in the U.S. will suggest you to go with buying the piece of commercial realty, and there are reasons for offering such a counsel. Only a few reasons-your liabilities lessen whenever you own an asset in the name of another entity (that is, your company); creating a company and leasing it to yourself-are enough to let you know the benefits of being your own landlord. In this post, we are uncovering many of the similar reasons.
There are many ways of refinancing a commercial mortgage; once these ways are implemented, they will improve the fiscal outlook of a business. So we are just giving you, the borrower, four factors that will motivate you to refinance a mortgage that is commercial in nature.
Some Realtors are looking into and considering a niche market in working with real estate investors.
As a real estate investor, I can tell you 2 things. Working with investors can be rewarding and lucrative OR it can be frustrating, difficult, time consuming and involve unwanted surprises.
The difference between whether this niche can be rewarding and lucrative or not worth your time and effort is education and training....of the investor.
Every loan rep or a broker must know the significance of timing. The timing must be opportune; because if that is not the case, the deal will never float to completion. So we can say that timing is closely associated to getting the loan approval letter issued in no time.
However, what must be done when the borrower is not at all able to get the needed docs on time? Does that mean a long wait until everything gets approved? No. However, it will always involve a little hard work on your, the borrower's, part.
I have been helping people abused by the credit card companies for the last 3 years, and people ask me all the time if it is a good idea to take out a mortgage to pay off the credit cards. My answer is be careful if you do, because it might not be your best choice to get rid of the credit cards by taking out a 2nd or 3rd mortgage.