A fantastic article that anyone concerned abot real estate and the housing markets should read. - Tim Ballering
From 2009-2012, the top 1% of Americans captured 95% of income gains. Now, as the housing market rebounds, billions of dollars in recovered housing wealth are flowing straight to Wall Street instead of to families and communities. Since spring 2012, just at the time when Blackstone began buying foreclosed homes in bulk, an estimated $88 billion of housing wealth accumulation has gone straight to banks or institutional investors as a result of their residential property holdings, according to an analysis by Tom Dispatch. And it’s a number that’s likely to just keep growing.
via naked capitalism.
Those who buy and sell for a profit on a consistent basis will definitely improve their lifestyle. They’ll drive better cars, send their kids to better schools, live in better homes, and enjoy superior vacations. This is a good thing. We all like the finer things in life.
Could real estate investors be going through an image change? Once seen as speculators who drove up housing prices during the boom, theyre now seen as key to turning the bust around.The bargain prices of foreclosures make them a business opportunity for the brave willing to buy, rehab and sell or rent out the improved properties.
And like many investors he knows the simple wholesale/rehab formula which is to buy a house at 65% of the after repair value and then subtract the repairs, etc.
However, if that’s where you stop, you’re in big trouble and you might not stay in this business very long.
via Bigger Pockets
After three years as a full time real estate wholesaler, I’ve pretty much made every mistake in the book, and have learned some valuable lessons in the process. Following are five wholesaling tips that I’ve picked up while out in the trenches:
via Bigger Pockets.
In a post-recession America rife with foreclosures and upside-down mortgages left over from the housing crisis, many cities and towns are stuck with houses so run-down they’re almost uninhabitable. In some neighborhoods, they blight entire blocks. Some cities have begun to bulldoze them, but here’s another option:
Earlier this month, the Housing and Urban Development Department which oversees the Federal Housing Administration stepped up their effort to curb the foreclosure crisis by vowing to speed up the resale of foreclosures. This week comes the announcement making it official that from February 1, 2010 through February 1, 2011, the FHA is lifting the rule that prohibits insuring a mortgage on a home owned by the seller for under 90 days. This rule has been informally called the “anti-flipping rule.”
For every investor buying, renovating and selling properties, it has been like one big party! One where the sponsor (Government), the guests (you and I) and the drink of choice (renovated homes) were all available to make for one hell of a good time, not to mention some great profits! And with the expiration of the Home Buyers Tax Credit, our party may be over!