Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Buying seized properties

I have always been intrigued by the money that people can make with all of those no money down type deals but as we all know they are incredibly hard to come by. The trouble with no money down is that there are not that many people out there that are willing to sell you their house far enough below market value that you are taking over the mortgage without having to put money into the deal.

One other option is to buy property that has been seized by banks and other lenders. There is an active market for seized property and one of the maxims that you need to remember is that banks and other lenders are not in the real estate sales business so they are not as savvy at selling and often lose some money on the deal just to get our of property ownership.

I have run across a website that has lots of seized real estate properties. The trouble is that there is a cost for access to the site. Seized Real Estate.com has a lifetime membership of $39.95 and if you know anything about my attitude on buying memberships then you know that I think that any way that you can automate your systems for cheap is a great investment of your time and money.

So check out this site if you are looking at finding cheap real estate and stay aware of the fact that lending institutions hate to be holing onto properties for any length of time.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

A Denver Realtors home buying and home selling tips

1. Pick a growing area. This is essential. Yes, it’s hard to predict economic cycles and which metropolitan areas are going to prosper over the next year or so. However, if you read the business pages regularly, you’ll have a much better idea of where to buy/invest.

2. Learn the market. This is also essential. You’ve got to know what’s out there, what houses are going for and how to spot a bargain from the overpriced. When you find your bargain, you probably won’t have much time before the competition gets wind of it. So you must be ready to make a solid offer right away.

3. Make your offer contingent upon a thorough inspection. There’s nothing worse than buying something with plenty of infrastructure problems. They’ll cost you time, money and aspirin. If you discover only a few problems, try to get the seller to lower the price to counterbalance the flaws in the property. They often will.

4. Finally, recognize that you will not likely land your first prospect. Therefore, be patient and be prepared to keep looking until you find the right house that makes good economic sense for you to purchase.

Follow the above four tips and you’ll do better with your property investment.


What to get the best price for your home? Just follow these six tips:

1. Everything (usually) looks better in brighter light. So let the sun shine in. Open curtains and blinds and turn on lights in all the rooms.

2. Fix up those little things. Oil or WD-40 those squeaky door and window hinges. Tighten any loose door handles. Replace broken shutters, fix leaky faucets, etc.

3. Deodorize! Nothing turns off a potential buyer than a “funny” or unpleasant smell. You’ve heard of the bake bread or cookies in the oven trick…it’s a lot easier to just use plug in deodorizers.

4. One of the easiest things to do is clean the place. Clean in the corners, clean the cabinets, re-grout the kitchen and bathroom sinks, tubs, etc. Wash the baseboards, make the place shine, especially in the entrance way.

5. Get rid of the clutter! Buyers need to envision the home as they would live in it. Anything interfering with that vision works against you in selling your home to them. So divide all your possessions into three groups:
a) things you really need to live in the house,b) things you don’t really need but want to take with you to your next home, andc) things you don’t want to take with you and should really toss.
Now, put those things your want to take with you to your next home in a rental storage facility. Hold a garage sale and/or donate everything else to charity. That’ll leave your home looking elegantly simple…the best way to present it to potential buyers.

6. Paint, paint, paint. Virtually every home has some areas that could use a fresh coat of paint. It is one of the most important (i.e., best and inexpensive) investment you can make is maximizing your sale price. Make sure you patch cracks and peeling paint first, though.

Follow the above six tips and you’ll sell your home faster and for a better price that if you didn’t.

For more information: http://www.denver-real-estate-homes-for-sale.net
By Marshall Colt, Ph.D.