I had the unfortunate circumstance of having to evict one of my tenants.

Yes, it does happen to even experienced real estate investors :-)
The good news is that this is my first one in 5 years! Not too shabby, but I hated it either way. It's just not my nature to do such things.

Anyway, while I was there a couple of things transpired that I thought was interesting and applied to real estate investing- especially to newbies.

Here's what happened: Many of the defendant/tenants didn't show up- including my tenants.

And this is what the Judge said: "Personal Service- they had every right and opportunity to be here but they CHOSE not to do so".

Hmm. They had the right and opportunity but didn't do anything.
They didn't even give themselves a fighting chance.

On the flip side I saw a little lady (with a little coaching from me hee hee hee) stand up to the attorney of a major bank who was evicting her out of her own home after what I felt was a wrongful foreclosure.
Guess what? She won! She bought herself a stay and a fighting chance.

So guys which ones are we?

Are we the ones who didn't even give real estate investing a chance. Perhaps just taking classes and never really even getting out there and making mistakes, making offers, and trying to get at least one small deal done?

Or are we like that little lady who with a little coaching, beat the odds by showing up and just DOING Something?

Remember, you don't have to hit a homerun every time. Give yourselves a fighting chance. Do something each day to bring you closer to that first deal.

You can do it.

I've seen it happen with my own eyes

Your friend,

Well after all the hype about a housing turn around, seems like we're not really out of the woods yet.

Home prices have taken a dive for the 4rth month in a row.

SandP Chairman said "The rebound in housing prices seen last fall is fading," . With the Home Buyer tax credit about to expire, we may be in trouble.

Makes you wonder why restrictions are placed so heavily on investors who can actually move inventory, get the houses fixed up and sold either creatively or traditionally.

A Temporary hold on the 90 day seasoning rule helps, but investors have been hampered by lease option and owner financing restrictions as well.

It would be nice to get some help.

What do you guys think?

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With the residential real estate debacle, comes the commercial free fall. A great opportunity also exists in the commercial market, with refinancing not working and more and more properties becoming abandoned by owners that simply can't deal with them any longer.

The LA Times had a great article on getting into this arena.

Some of the points I really appreciated were:
- Having plenty in reserves
- really ge to know the area
- understand the problem with the property as to why it is not currently profitable
- do your own homework
- see if the property is up to current code.
I comented on that:

Thanks so much for this article.
I appreciate the insight on making sure the property is up to code. That applies to all areas of real estate. With any properties that violate codes the city/county may view it as a dangerous building and look upon it with even more scrutiny. That can increase your repair amounts by a large margin and can even put a halt to work while the necessary permits are pulled.
Not a happy thing.

I would advise to start with apartments that are owned by mom and pop owners. You can get some nice deals here and work out owner finanicing as I have done. It's just a step above residential, and many of your current techniques work in this lower range of commerical properties.


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I'm gathering a bunch of my buddies this Thursday- March 11th to my training center in SE Houston. They're great real estate investors in the Houston- Texas area and here's what they want to do:

They want form a panel of real-world investors and have you throw all you real estate investing questions at them. Anything you want--- and check this: For FREE! Want to know what really works, and what does't in REI? Want to fill in the gaps of what you were studying from some REI Guru home study course? Wanna run a prospective deal by an experienced investor? Here you go.

Did I mention we're having cokes and Pizza too. I know I know just in time for bathing suit season.

Anyway, you're welcome to come and meet these guys and gals and me too.

Again, it's this Thursday March 11 at 6:30pm. at our training center. 6200 S Wayside Houston, Tx 77028. 713-481-2542 or 713-477-5950
See pics of our training area- use the tabs above.

See you there! Why wouldn't you go?


Now the question is, how do you do that?

Folks have been getting appraisals for years. While they are helpful and many times necessary, real world real estate investors know you have to do your homework as well.

You can make sure your numbers on the value of the property you're buying by doing this. It's quick, easy, and FREE.

Here's what you do:
Find the "area specialist" for the neighborhood your prospective investment property is in. You do this by finding the person that has sold the most houses in that area in the past 6-12 months. Contact them and put them on your side, possibly hinting at letting them sell your home when you're ready.

These folks are the experts. They know what the neighborhood is like, and the price changes from street to street. You can't get much more accure than that.

Hope it helps


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I read an article at http://ow.ly/1dfh7. It was really a testimonial of a seller in Austin, Texas that couldn't sell their home and went with a real estate investor/professional who did the deal and did it right.

What stood out to me was how the real estate investor provided the home owner with 3 options with which the house can be purchased.

This is genius! There is not a "NO" option here at all!
The seller can only pick from three different options, that will sell the house to the investor.

Best thing about it that we can learn is that the investor LISTENED to the homeowner's needs which were the basis for getting this deal done.

Very nice work.


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Many times, when we think of 'flipping houses' we think of a quick lump some that we can get when selling a home that we've bought, fixed up, and then sold.

Wouldn't it be nice to get both a lump sum at closing as well as cash flow each and every month?

A few problems arise: Financing to purchase and hold onto a piece of real estate.

With banks really tight these days, this is what real estate investors face. Of course, you can go with lease options, wraps, subject tos etc, but you can also bring in credit partners into an LLC format to purchase the home using their credit.

YOu both share in the lump sum created at closing, as well as monthly payments when sold via owner financing.

Not a bad win win situation.


Other ways to finance homes through credit partners and private lenders.
Just in from Housing wire:

New Obama initiative may help homeowners get more time and may even prevent foreclosure on their homes.

Here's how: the proposal would Require Lenders to evaluate the homeowner as candidates for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

Here's the kicker. If the homeowners do Not qualify, they may even get another 30 days after receiving the no-qualify letter for Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

This can definitely save some homes- or at least buy some more time. Homeowners armed with this knowledge can forestall foreclosure or work closely with a real estate investor should they feel that selling their home is the best option.

Here's the situation:

While Houston and Dallas rank 6 and 1 in the nation for commercial real estate growth, the commercial real estate field is very bleak.

North County times reports that: Banking analysts warn that the nation could be swept by a wave of foreclosures of apartment buildings, retail outlets, industrial space, and office complexes in the coming year.

So we just lowball and short sale all these properties right?

Sam Zell who made billions of dollars in commercial real estate doesn't think that will work, especially with apartment complexes not having much equity at all.

His suggestion: Invest in the debt!

Same can be applied in residential real estate as well. This is different from a short sale. Here the note is actually being sold for a discount. Different department all togethe
Hi everyone!

More and more HML (hard money lenders) are looking at your credit score. However, if you can get a deal with a very low Loan to value ratio you may be able to negotiate with the HML.

YOu'll find a link to investment clubs in your area on my blog unde REI Clubs.

Private investment money is also a great alternative. You can create a simple packet to present to prospective private lenders on my site under "rehabbing".

Private lending is really the best way to go as it affords you flexibility in terms, great interest rates, and sometimes no monthly payments while you fix up a property and get it ready for sale. Many times you can actually get more private money than with hard money loans.

Private money affords you with privacy (since you're not doing full docs like other loans) as well as a quicker turn around so you can get your deals done fast.

According to managing director of Managed Mortgage Investments Don Konipol, here are what the private lenders are looking at when they think of investing:
1) Type of property
2) Exit strategy
3) Yield, cash flow, income
4) loan to value ratio

Hope it helps.