How Do Real Estate Investment Pros Find The Hidden Gems

If you’re new to real estate investing, you’re probably looking for “good deals”. But has anyone told you where to find them? If you belong to a local real estate investment club, you’re probably hearing story after story about the good deals that the seasoned investment pros find. But they never tell you the details of exactly how they found the deal.

Really, it’s not a mystery. The real estate investment pros are also expert networkers. The next time you have the opportunity, sit back and observe them for a while. Many of them are very unassuming and low key. But usually they’re always talking to someone.

One of their talents is that their conversations always somehow funnel into the topic of real estate. But stop to think about this for a moment and it’s not as tricky as it sounds. We’re surrounded by residential real estate almost everywhere we look. And for every one of those houses, there’s an owner and people who live in the house. That represents a large number of people who either own residential real estate, or who know someone who owns residential real estate.

Heres how the pros take advantage of that fact to turn conversations around to their favorite topic. For instance, think about getting your hair cut. How hard would it be to start a conversation about real estate values in the neighborhood? And from there, how hard would it be to toss out a casual question like, “I wonderis anyone getting ready to sell?”

If your barber or beautician has recently heard about someone thinking of selling, it’s usually just human nature for them to mention it in response to your question. Real estate investment pros always keep their eyes and ears open for relevant information. Always, and everywhere. (Even during conversations after the Sunday church service.)

The second most important thing that real estate investment pros do on a consistent basis is follow-up on the information. They don’t waste time waiting until the next day to make a phone call. They’ll make a call to their agent or their assistant almost immediately after they hear about the possibility of a property becoming available.

They get an address, name and phone number of the owner if possible. Or they’ll knock on the door of the house in question within an hour of hearing about it. They don’t waste time thinking about whether or not it might be a good deal. They take immediate action. They get the information they need that tells them exactly whether or not they should move forward. If the numbers work out, they write a contract on the spot, and have their newest “good deal”.

Menorca Real Estate Prices Set For A Price Crash

A sunshine Spanish Mediterranean holiday home for many Europeans, but especially the British, has been an aspiration achieved by many since the early 1980’s, when the UK allowed the free flow of capital, and property price gains allowed many to sell up in Britain and move to Spain and her islands – Menorca for example.

A slow down of Brits buying abroad happened in the early 90’s when recession hit the country, but overall the pace of number of people buying a home and often buying a business too has been relentless.

And with a growing number of British moving abroad, the UK’s financial infrastructure followed them, with British banks setting up branches in Spain and the Spanish islands like Menorca (ironically some of the British banks have now been taken over by Spanish ones), mortgage companies tailoring products for overseas home purchase,low cost airlines providing flights to Menorca and insurance companies offering building and contents cover.

For many of the British buying in Spain, it was like Britain with sunshine.

But times have changed, Spain is flooded with unsold brand new and re-sale properties, and property prices have crashed. In Britian property prices have dropped and are expected to fall further for the next year or more.

Confidence is low – unemployment in the UK is expected to hit 3 million before it peaks, and people with some money who might ordinarily have considered buying a property abroad are often keeping it in assets where the money is easily accessible – something it’s not when tied up in a property during a recession.

And of course the financial infrastructure that supported the British buying homes and businesses in Spain and her islands is in full retreat. The banks who were lending money readily to Brits moving abroad aren’t lending much, and many of them have been bailed out with taxpayers’ money – overall a dismal picture of a once flourishing overseas property market.

So, is now a good time to buy in Spain and her islands? If you’ve always fancied an apartment or villa in glorious Menorca – is this the time to take the plunge?

Part of that answer depends upon your individual financial circumstances, but if you need to borrow to buy a second home, and if you need income from holiday rentals to sustain your new Menorca property…halve the figure you think you might achieve and re-calculate to get closer to what you might realistically get from renting out to those taking Menorca holidays in today’s market.

But if you have a surplus of cash and are ready to buy a property in Menorca – is now a good time to buy?

There’s a property glut in Spain. If property was water, Spain and her islands would be renamed Atlantis. Developers and private owners alike are more than keen to sell, and anyone who is a cash buyer won’t have to wait long before they see a bargain. But don’t necessarily buy the first property you like that seems good value.

Draw up a list of say three or four apartments or villas you have viewed and liked and put in an offer of around sixty per cent of the already discounted price, starting with your favourite one, telling the owners that the offer remains good for two weeks, and at that time you will look elsewhere. Within a couple of months you, perhaps even weeks, you could have the property you want at an amazing price, even if the owners come back with a counter offer.

One bit of advice from UK based Tribune Properties is to avoid buying a brand new property.

‘Only buy a new property in Menorca if you’re absolutely certain that the developer has the funds to finish off a development and the promised infrastructure that goes with the new development…and even then only spend what you can afford to lose. Guarantees are often useless if a developer goes bust. And just don’t buy a property under construction – the development could be mothballed for years to come – along with any deposits and staged payments already paid by a buyer.’

Their final bit of advice is not good news for Menorca property developers either, or for private re-sales.

‘If you can hold on a few months, you might find even better bargains than there are now in the autumn when the same owners who are selling now have failed to find a buyer, and at the end of the holidays season owners might be prepared to listen to offers in the hope of finally selling their Menorca property.’

Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ Explains Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management

According to Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ, corporate real estate is the property held or used by a business for its own operational purposes. The term -facilities- refers to anything having to do with the building facilities including heat, water, repairs and lawn care. A corporate real estate and facilities manager, like Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ, is responsible for the coordination of space, infrastructure, people and organization of all buildings and facilities for his company.

A corporate real estate portfolio like the ones that Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ manages typically include a corporate headquarters and several other buildings including offices, manufacturing sites and retail outlets. Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ has been responsible for a portfolio of over 100 million square feet, across 500 sites in 82 countries. Additional responsibilities for corporate real estate and facilities managers like Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ, include leading the strategic planning and global governance of outsourcing programs to ensure consistency, effective operations and continuous improvement and innovation for all of the properties.

There are many organizations where corporate real estate and facilities management executives like Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ can network. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is dedicated to advancing the facility management profession by providing services, products, resources and opportunities for facility management professionals. Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ has also been an active member of CoreNet Global for the last thirteen years.

Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ is one of the leading corporate real estate and facilities managers in the country and has been responsible for reorganizing the real estate industry. As a hard worker with a reputation for success, Roger Humphrey of Chester, NJ uses his expertise in operations and finances to design solutions and plans for his company and clients.

Sources:

http://www.corenetglobal.org/
http://ifma.org/

How to Structure, Appraise and Value a Real Estate Mortgage Note

Five Key Factors that Impact Risk, Value and Income

What is a real estate mortgage note?
Legally speaking, a mortgage note is two legal documents: 1) A promissory note, and 2) An encumbrance or lien recorded against real estate. But, based on every day conversational usage, most people, lawyers excepted, think of it a one document. To be technically correct in this discussion we will deal with the two separate documents-the promissory note and the mortgage or deed of trust.

To determine the best way to structure a real estate mortgage note we must first consider our goal or our purpose. Remember, we are discussing a “financial instrument” an “investment instrument”. The function of a financial investment is to generate income/cash-flow at the highest rate possible rate commensurate with the risks involved. We will assume the investing goal provides at least a market rate of income, recognizing the risks involved.

5 Key Factors Impacting the Fair Market Value of a Real Estate Mortgage Note

1. Borrower/Debtor
2. Interest Rate
3. Payments & Terms
4. Collateral Security
5. Document Language

Borrower/Debtor
Always deal with a borrower that has good credit. A person’s FICO (credit score) shows how reliable they are in paying off debts-keeping their promises. Avoid buyers who object to having their credit history pulled; there is a reason they want it kept confidential. Don’t take their word for their past paying history, do a credit check.

Interest Rate
The interest rate should be reasonable and fair to both parties; it should reflect the market rate for the mortgage loan with an appropriate adjustment for risk factors. Over charging can lead to hard feelings, inability to make the payments and possibly violating the usury laws of the state. Undercharging devalues the loan and renders it a poor investment.

Payments & Term
The periodic payment should be within the budget of the borrower; the payments should be monthly; the term of the loan should be less than five years, three years is better; avoid making long-term loans. A note with a 3-year term is more valuable than one with a 15-year term. The longer-term notes are discounted much more to account for the longer waiting period.

Collateral Security
Obtain a substantial down payment; keep the loan balance at or below 75% of the value of the collateral real estate. The down payment amount reflects on a borrower’s financial stability. The higher the loan-to-value (LTV), the more risk there is to the investor. Use real estate as the collateral security backing-up the bower’s promise to repay. Be certain to evaluate the condition and location of the property used as security. The mortgage or deed of trust documents collateralizing the promissory note should be recorded in first position; it should be a first position mortgage loan.

If you are structuring a business promissory note, its value will be much greater and it will have less risk if the real estate of the business is part of the note’s collateral security. This means that companies that lease property face bigger financing discounts, unless other real estate is used as security.

Documents and Language
Preparing the mortgage loan documents yourself is high risk folly; it may seem simple and easy to do, but it is not either if it is done correctly; you may save some money on the front end, but you will give the savings back plus way more on the back end. On the internet you will find hundreds of ads and offers proclaiming “free promissory note forms”, “free tips”, and the answers to legal questions “free”. Don’t take the bait! Only an experienced promissory note specialist who really understands the legal and practical meaning of the terms and conditions can keep you safe; each state has different laws and customs. There are state laws and federal laws to be considered.

Construction photography uses of photography in real estate

What is construction photography? Is it just taking pictures of the real estate projects or is it something different? It is different. It is not regular photos of a hotel or resort. In this style, pictures are taken from a height like 2000 feet above the ground level. Of course, the cameraman rides an aircraft to achieve that height.Real estate projects seen from the above fulfill a purpose that is keeping a close eye on the developments. Considering the number of men and machines involved in completing a project, it is mandatory for the developer to keep a close watch to determine the speed of development. The developer can view the entire project from a height. He can see the number of men and machines working at any given time. The developer can get the aerial pictures clicked from a professional cameraman.

Construction photography is an ideal way to keep an eye over the ongoing development work. Images taken in intervals can show the milestones achieved in a given period. Such images can be used in yearly reports, business presentations and to satisfy the investors. The images would help the developer determine how many men and machines are actually working, whether building material creating obstructions and are the vehicles parked at right place.Aerial pictures can be used to locate a specific machine or an important part of the project. For instance take surrounding garden. The pictures would show how the garden is maintained and whether it needs improvement or not. Similarly the pictures can be used to keep track of movement of building material so that nothing goes waste or lost.

Tons of building material is supplied to a big real estate project site and it is learnt that a lot of material goes waste due to strange reasons. Construction photography can locate the lost material on the site. In reality trucks carrying the material unload the material wherever they find space. In this way it becomes difficult for the contractors to keep track of the full material. But with aerial pictures they can find a convenient place for unloading expensive building material.Construction photography is an expensive art but it saves developers thousands of dollars and also helps them promote their projects. The pictures are taken at a set time and the photographer uses closes airport for riding an aircraft. This photography is taken as part of the real estate project.

The Origins Of The Six Percent Real Estate Agent Commission

The commission paid to the Real Estate agent is a serious amount of money and a concern in any transaction involving the sell of Real Estate. Where did this six percent commission come from?

The idea of a 6% Real Estate commission being paid to the agent originated during the 1940s when local Real Estate Boards openly engaged in price fixing to establish a standard rate. This process was an out and out case of an unfair practice, but the 1940s was a time when the attention of the country was directed to some serious external matters and the idea took hold and spread quickly through the industry.

In the early 1950s, the Supreme Court ruled that an established 6% commission was illegal. Rather than open up commissions to a more competitive and free market system, the Real Estate Boards merely shifted gears with a bit of fancy linguistic footwork and began to call the 6% commission the suggested amount. During the 1950s and 1960s, they managed to get away with this practice without much trouble as the majority of real estate agents complied with the suggestion.

In the 1970s lawsuits brought against the Real Estate Boards effectively put the skids on this practice. The Real Estate agents commissions were opened up to competition without the Boards either being able to mandate or even suggest 6% as the carved into stone rate. However, the rate did not alter very much in the years following these court cases. Although the rate may not have been carved into stone, it was pretty much established in the Real Estate market as a standard.

Generally, competitive markets benefit consumers. As long as someone is willing to offer a discounted rate, it would seem that the consumer stood to save money. However, the proponents of a standard 6% rate commission point to such things as health care to argue that the standard rate may actually be helping the consumer by holding the commission down to 6% rather than propping it up to that level. Although the cost of health care is not regulated, the general trend has been straight up off the charts.

Real Estate agents would be quick to point out that if you were to take a close look at just about any service or product being offered or sold in the 1940s, you would find a very serious increase in cost to the consumer. Except for Real Estate commissions which are still right around 6%. The amount being paid to the agents has increased greatly merely because the value of the property being sold has increased. Today, the internet has been responsible for a few chips in the rock of the 6% commission by offering some straight fee or reduced rate services that allow the sellers to list their own properties. The results are still mixed and the 6% commission is still the standard.

New Government Initiatives To Boost Real Estate Sector In India

At the Government level many new policy initiatives have been taken recently to boost the real estate Property in India . These policy decisions will lend a stimulus and impetus to the industry. It is beyond doubt that the new initiatives will unlock the potential of the sector. Also, along with the stimulus package announced by the Government, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken a definitive step whereby banks are allowed to devise new schemes beneficial to the property sector.

As part of the Government initiatives to boost real estate boom sector India, RBI has declared concessional schemes for the real estate sector. Such initiatives include:
Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976 (ULCRA) repealed by increasingly larger number of states.
In case of integrated townships, the minimum area to be developed has been brought down to 25 acres from 100 acres.
51 per cent FDI allowed in single-brand retail outlets and 100 per cent in cash-and-carry through the automatic route.
Full repatriation of original investment after three years.
Minimum capital investment for wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures stands at US$ 10 million and US$ 5 million, respectively.
100 per cent FDI allowed in realty projects through the automatic route.

Further, in its endeavour to initiate new policies to boost the real estate sector in India, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has taken steps to reduce the time taken to develop special economic zones (SEZs) by simplifying the procedures to get the tax-tree industrial enclaves notified. Now developers can easily get their land classified as an SEZ at the outset itself by producing title deeds to prove their ownership. Again, the Government has announced several concessions in the Budget 2008-2009.

New Government initiatives to boost sector of Real Estate India include granting a tax holiday on profits from initiates in the financial year 2007-2008. In order to enjoy this benefit, the housing projects should be of the affordable housing unit type of 1000 to 1500 square feet. Another condition is that such projects should be completed by March 1, 2012. Further, the Finance Ministry has allocated US$ 207 million to grant 1% interest subsidy on home loans up to US$ 20, 691. In order to avail this benefit, the cost of the home should not be above US$41, 382. It is believed that these initiatives will be add further impetus to the real estate sector in the country.

Toronto Real Estate Sales With Olga Parkhomenko

If you own any sort of real estate in Toronto, you can apply for toronto real estate sales through Olga Parkhomenko and get the best deals. The gta real estate market is a booming one because of the neighborhood, different lifestyles as well as living opportunities. Whether you own a tableau condo or a residential home, you can be assured that you would be given the right prices for your property. The toronto mls has been designed to match people with the property suited best for them. Using special techniques and the most experienced of realtors, people who want to buy toronto condo would be redirected to your houses for their new home.

The key scenario based on such dealings is to choose the right broker or sales representative who can get you buyers looking for theatre park condo or a place based on your personal preference. If you have yorkville condo in your hands, it can be associated with premium buyers at high prices. Olga Parkhomenko has years of experience in dealing with different varieties of homes, ranging from a studio condo to simple houses for residence.Her team has printed full page ads in over twenty publications so you can be sure that people looking for toronto condo would notice your property. These publications are listed in different languages so it can reach out to a larger community of people looking for toronto homes for themselves.

Professional online marketing is extremely important to get the best deals if people want to rent richmond hill homes or other lucrative property locations. Olga Parkhomenko has a vip broker team that has several operational websites with complete listing and virtual property tour. Such vip agent condo dealings would be extremely beneficial for your real estate because of the high search engine rankings gathered from common keywords. It could simply be a preconstruction plot or a fully furnished home, both of which can be listed under paid search advertising by her team.Since everything from downtown condo to upscale buildings is covered, your property would be in good hands.

Most people looking for cinema tower bookings often check the online classifieds to make a purchase decision. When you hand over your property to Olgas experienced team of professionals, it is updated regularly across all major classifieds.If your property involves chaz on charles high society condominiums, you can expect high prices through such agents. Olga Parkhomenko and her team also have solutions for people looking for backstage condo through e-mail newsletters and databases of potential customers, updated on a daily basis. People do not mind making downtown investment for high range properties and your houses sold through association with agencies like homelife and Olgas team could be a real winner on every sale.

Your house would become listed in the Yellow pages as well as community directories and magazines so people looking for new condo would spot the property in an instant. Olgas team has been listed under TREB and CREA to make sure that the homes for sale do not have to go through legal hassles. If you have a neon condo, you would need the proper price estimation before making a sale. When you contract Olga Parkhomenko, you are provided with a free evaluation, something that is an essential part of relator services. If you want the most credible and top rated broker services for your toronto real estate, Olga and her team should be your first choice.

Will A Career In Commercial Real Estate in Detroit Suit You

For investors who have some capital under their belts, commercial real estate in Detroit can be a lucrative way to make more money. While it’s true that you will need some business experience and already have some money in order to make it work, if you are successful, you stand to make a great deal of profit. You do need to know your facts about commercial real estate in Detroit first though, and as with any business venture you will need to do your research before you enter into any kind of venture.

There are six different sub categories of commercial real estate in Detroit: leisure, retail, office, industrial, health and multi-family. The credit crisis has meant that the retail sector may not be as strong as it used to be, but the commercial markets are still pretty lucrative for people who are well connected and ambitious. Leisure incorporates hotels, restaurants and cafes, while retail is concerned with shops, malls and shopping centers. Corporate and serviced offices make up the office commercial real estate sector, while industrial is dedicated to warehouses, distribution and garages. Health real estate is concerned with hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics.

One tip is to go into commercial real estate in Detroit, in whatever profession you have working experience in. That means, as an ex-hotelier or restaurant owner, you are likely to have a network and insight into the leisure sector and could do well by expanding your knowledge into the property market. Doctors who have made a sizeable nest egg and are familiar with the practicalities of running a medical practice tend to do well when it comes to medical or health real estate.

It’s not only about buying a property and renting it out, so your previous professional experience can only take you so far. In order to be successful, you need to have good interpersonal skills and a strong financial acumen, and having made your money working for someone else for years, it may benefit you to do a course before you plough all your money into a real estate venture.

You also need to be relatively well connected or at least have an idea of where you can find suitable clients that you can rent your properties out to. You will need market awareness of the lease durations your clients will need and the payment terms that will make your commercial real estate in Detroit attractive to potential customers.

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Miami Beach Luxury Real Estate

Miami Beach is famous for its glittering night life, sun drenched days, shopping, cuisine, entertainment and culture, beautiful beaches, recreational opportunities and many other great reasons. It is among the most visited areas in the state, and due to this number of folk select to take a position in Miami Beach luxury property, either as a first residence, 2nd home or rental property. Even in the present day’s wavering markets, Miami Beach property is flourishing. Plenty of the area’s old, superseded and disfavored hostels are being replaced with big and sumptuous condominiums. Many of those buildings provide resort-style living year round to their inhabitants, and the comforts typically include connoisseur cafes, professionally staffed spas, hi-tech gymnasiums and fitness rooms, concierge and housekeeping services and valet parking, amongst others.

It is no wonder that so many folk are making a choice to purchase such properties before they’re even built, but homes are also another favored choice in Miami Beach property. Water and beachfront locations as well as immediate access to all the area has to supply make home possession in Miami Beach property a smart and lucrative call. The town itself pours millions of tax greenbacks into improving environment and services throughout the whole Miami Beach area, which will only add to the all prepared high cost of Miami Beach luxury real-estate.

Miami Beach started as a plantation tract for coconuts when 2 entrepreneurs Henry and Charles Lum acquired 160 acres of what is now South Beach. Their small rural scheme nonetheless, failed and the land passed on to the hands of John Collins, the New Jersey Quaker who planted the 1st grooves in Florida. Today, the cypress swamps and alligator plagued waters of Florida are prohibited to the Everglades nationwide Park, but back in the nineteenth century, a lot of the land was a marshy waste. First the regiment Co of Engineers then idealists like Carl Fischer dredged the thick mangroves to form the South’s tropical wonder – Miami Beach. With the town of Miami across the Biscayne Bay already busy with life, many entrepreneurs recognised the possibilities of Miami Beach as a home boomtown.

In the year 1912, the Lumnus bros found the Sea Beach Property Company in Miami Beach and the 1st wave of construction started. The following years saw quick development on Miami Beach with the “longest van bridge in the world” – the Collins Bridge being built and the opening of varied cafes on the oceanfront, which included the famous Joe’s Stone Crab. The first hotel in Miami Beach, the W. J. Brown, opened its doors to consumers in 1914 and with it Miami Beach has conclusively arrived on the traveling scene in the U. S. .

In the 1996, the city of Miami Beach celebrated 100 years of existence as an independent, self-sustaining tropical nirvana. It its existence, the town saw 2 world wars, the sophistication and lavishness of the countries golden period – the 1920’s, and the crisis of the Great Industrial Depression. Places like the Art Deco State Historical District, the Cauley Square Hamlet and the St Bernard de Clairvaux Church are simply a few reminder of its rich and sundry heritage. The genuine history of Miami Beach is filled in the souls of its folks.