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Case study on using a self-directed IRA for real estate investment

Case study on using a self-directed IRA for real estate investment

| Dustin White | Article, Topics
Recently a friend of mine who is a Realtor in Albuquerque opened a self-directed Individual Retirement Account with us. He has been a Realtor and real estate investor in Albuquerque for more than 15 years, so he is comfortable with the process of buying distressed properties and turning them for ...
Interest in short sales declining as home prices rise

Interest in short sales declining as home prices rise

RealtyTrac's latest report shows a decline in the number of short sales in October as a method of selling distressed property to real estate investors as banks move back to using foreclosure auction sales and bank-owned sales. Short sales represented only 5.3% of all sales down from 6.3% the previous ...
Middle eastern money invested in student housing real estate in Austin

Middle eastern money invested in student housing real estate in Austin

The Austin Business Journal is reporting that a Investcorp of Bahrain has purchased a student apartment complex in southeast Austin from The Preiss Company of North Carolina which specializes in real estate investment in  student housing. The 846 units in the two complexes are valued at about $64 million according ...
Home prices climb in top cities; reach mid-2004 level

Home prices climb in top cities; reach mid-2004 level

The new Case-Shiller Housing Index report shows 12 cities around the U.S. have posted double-digit annual returns which is good news for real estate investors who put money into those markets. Also in the report is data showing national home prices are back to mid-2004 levels and only 20% below ...
Why We are Becoming a Renter Nation

Why We are Becoming a Renter Nation

Some folks are simply indecisive about buying a  home, but the recent recession has changed the viewpoint of many permanently. We are seeing the trend of becoming more of a "renter nation" at the same time real estate investors are beginning to provide more rental homes from the stockpile of ...
Know before you owe: Final rules released on new mortgage loan disclosure forms

Know before you owe: Final rules released on new mortgage loan disclosure forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released final rules on new disclosures that will be received when you apply for a mortgage loan or prepare to close a mortgage loan. The new forms are shorter and the CFPB says they are easier to understand. For instance, the new loan estimate ...
For investors looking for the right locations for growth, new report cites the best for 2014

For investors looking for the right locations for growth, new report cites the best for 2014

For real estate investors looking for the right locations for  their investments, the new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows the metro areas of Texas will again top of the list of fastest growing areas.Midland tops the list at 7.3% and nearby Odessa 6.4% and Corpus Christi at ...
Why We are Becoming a Renter Nation: Here are Some of the Reasons

Why We are Becoming a Renter Nation: Here are Some of the Reasons

Some folks are simply indecisive about buying a home, but the recent recession has changed the viewpoint of many permanently. We are seeing the trend of becoming more of a "renter nation" at the same time real estate investors are beginning to provide more rental homes from the stockpile of ...
How safe are crowdfunding deals for real estate investors?

How safe are crowdfunding deals for real estate investors?

Leonard Baron, who has taught the MBA Real Estate Investment course at San Diego State, asks the question, "Is placing your hard-earned cash into a crowdfunding real estate deal a smart and safe way to invest your money?" Good investors and developers with proven track records can get good bank ...
Buy-to-rent real estate investor interest leads to increase in foreclosure auctions

Buy-to-rent real estate investor interest leads to increase in foreclosure auctions

RealtyTrac reports that nationally, October foreclosure activity declined 28 percent from a year ago, but rose 2 percent from September, largely because of a 10 percent increase in scheduled auctions in states where courts process foreclosure cases. "Lenders are likely moving these properties more rapidly to the public auction, given ...
Wondering if the rental property you are buying may have ghosts?

Wondering if the rental property you are buying may have ghosts?

When Roy Condrey had a tenant complain that a house Condrey had rented to them was haunted, it spurred him to begin doing research. When he discovered there was no easy way to find out what had happened in the house previously, he decided found a new website called diedinhouse.com ...
Three powerful rules for real estate investing

Three powerful rules for real estate investing

Brandon Turner says he's a pretty average real estate investor like many people.  He points out that there are a few key things that can make a great investment and avoid poor investments. One, is to learn all you can about the niche in which you are investing, whether single ...
Market growth predicted in 2014, but new documentation requirements are coming

Market growth predicted in 2014, but new documentation requirements are coming

Investors can look forward to growth in 2014 and need to prepare for the new lending standards and documentation requirements that are coming up with the new qualified mortgage, or ability-to-repay rule. A panel of mortgage experts at the recent 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo in San Francisco, discussed the ...
Census Report - Rental Vacancy Rate

Share of vacant housing being held off the market continues to rise

The latest report from the Census tells a story that some investors have been wondering about -- why are there still so many vacant houses out there on the market which are not for sale or for rent? Also for rental housing in the third quarter the vacancy rate was ...
Home prices show biggest jump in eight years

Home prices show biggest jump in eight years

Investors looking for property appreciation got great news with the strongest home price gains in eight years. Prices went up in 88% of the metro markets, 144 out of 163, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Association of Realtors.   ...
Edwin Kelly

The journey begins here: What a self-directed IRA can do for your goals

| Editorial Staff | Article, Topics
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A silver lining for investors in latest Phoenix housing market report

A new report from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University says the number of available homes for sale continues to rise, after the area experienced a very tight supply for months. Active listings, not including those already under contract, went up 32 percent from Oct. 1 ...
Tampa Bay homes included in Blackstone's first deal

Tampa Bay homes included in Blackstone’s first deal

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 257 homes in the Tampa area are included in Blackstone's first rental-backed securities deal involving 3,200 homes nation-wide. Blackstone spent $357 million purchasing 2,000 homes in the T if Halloween china drugs canada going enough have very lyme disease medication dosage outside and take ...
Top 10 states with most cash buyers

Top 10 states with most cash buyers

RealtyTrac reported last week that 40% of the properties sold in the U.S. over the summer were purchased in cash, up from 30% a year earlier, according to a story on Reiclub.com. Most of it can be attributed to the opportunity investors see in some markets. In some states, all-cash ...
Tacoma real estate investing outlook recovering and headed up

Tacoma real estate investing outlook recovering and headed up

Three major investment firms have spent $172 million on about 1,000 rentals in Pierce County, Washington, according to the News Tribune, in the past two years. Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine has also named Tacoma as a city with plenty of opportunity for good deals and good returns. Read More ...
How will new lending rules impact investors?

How will new lending rules impact investors?

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SEC proposes crowdfunding rules to help small investors

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A reminder: What can happen if you are too late making a 1031 exchange

A reminder: What can happen if you are too late making a 1031 exchange

Before making a major financial move, it is always best to ask your tax adviser rather than others who may be close to the transaction. When you sell an investment property, you have a limited amount of time to avoid taxes. Here is what happened to one couple who missed ...
Investment property tips from HGTV's Income Property host

Investment property tips from HGTV’s Income Property host

Scott McGillivray, who you have probably seen on HGTV's Income Property, is both an investor and contractor and offers a number of tips for investors. This year the show moves from a half-hour to a full hour and he goes through four or five projects each show. See his tips ...