Thursday, November 27, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of myself and everyone at Gage Consulting Group , we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

James Gage

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing

National Radio Debut

"The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing"

Event Info
Brian Higgins & James Gage

Time and Place

Saturday, November 29, 2008
9:00am - 10:00am
XM Satellite Radio Channel 169


Hello All:
James Gage here, with a quick note to invite you my national radio debut on " The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing" - the details are below...

See ya there.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

XM Satellite Radio Channel 169

"Mind Yo Business Radio Program. AKA MYB Talk w/ Brian Higgins"

Time : 9 AM, EST

Topic : " The Economy & Leveraged Real Estate Investing "

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Real Estate: Thanksgiving & Real Estate Marketing

James Gage here with Gage Consulting Group hoping that this e-mail finds you and yours in good health, and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

So what does Thanksgiving and real estate marketing have in common? If you don’t do it the right way it won’t come out with the desired results!

If you're like most real estate investors your head is probably still spinning from the state of the real estate market and economy – you’re not alone…
You may be asking yourself how the heck can you make money in business, or for that matter as a real estate investor in these troubled times. Well, here is the “Magic Bullet” answer!

Knowing how to market! Sounds like a no brainer- right? Wrong ! Marketing is like opinions, everyone has one. As many of you know I called this market melt down both in real estate and the financials some 24 months before it happened in Falls church, VA at Frazier O’Leary’s REI group.
As you also may know my approach to real estate investing is with a 3 prong attack plan: 1. know the strategy you will use to control the property 2. know how to negotiate like a seasoned pro, and 3. know how to “Fusion Market”.

With real estate investors running scared and real estate buyers at a stand still, with limited amounts of qualified buyer’s to buy or lease option your deals, it is now crucial for you to take your marketing skills to the next level!

That being said, you won't want to miss out on "Real Estate Marketing The Fusion Way!"

Before I let you go to read over exactly what these CDs contain, many individuals have called me and ask if I would put together a step-by- step CD series on "Real Estate Marketing The Fusion Way!" well your wish is my command. I have put together a 2 CD

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: Guess who is looking for more money?

I hate to tell you I told you so, but I told you so! If you remember I posted on my blog back in September that this 700 billion bailout ( more like 2-3 trillion) was a joke, and that they, the government, would come back to us looking for more money or stating that they mismanaged the funds that they were entrusted with.

Let’s take a look at what Motley Fool got from Mr. Paulson, AKA “Boy Wonder” speech today:

“Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's recent comments about his shifting strategy for tackling the financial crisis have made many people wonder whether they're being robbed blind -- and, adding insult to injury, whether the perps are kind of clueless, too. In addition, he opened the door for the possible need for another cash infusion”.

This is too funny, if it weren’t so sad. You can’t make this stuff up!

To profitable deals,

James Gage

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Creative Real Estate Investing: Foreclosure News

Hello All:

Here is a small sample of what’s happening around the country with foreclosures as of November 2008.

Florida: Foreclosure filings up three fold over last year at this same time! October new and existing filings totaled 20,703 !

Georgia: At least 350,000 Georgia homeowners fell at least 60 days behind on their mortgage payment since the beginning of the year.

New Jersey: State officials have begun to roll out a program requiring mandatory mediation on certain foreclosure proceedings; this is the latest effort by local government to deal with a growing tide of foreclosures.

California: A new law mandates California lenders to notify a homeowner before filing for foreclosure.

Texas: Delinquent payments have led to a total of 11,526 foreclosure filings this year. Foreclosure filings are up 21 percent over the same time last year in the state of Texas, including the once hot market of Austin!

Wisconsin: Will receive an estimate $39 million from the federal government to stabilize neighborhoods and assist with the housing crisis.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Short Sales: How to Influence a BPO (Brokers Price Opinion) Ethically!

What Exactly Is a BPO?

Broker's Price Opinion (BPO). A BPO is the opinion of property value given by real estate agent or broker. The BPO is an estimate of the selling price of property based on condition of the subject house, selling prices of comparable homes in the area and other conditions. This process is often used in the place of a full appraisal when a property goes into default and considered for loss mitigation. You must understand the BPO is an art and not a science so values can vary hence the reason for influencing a BPO. As an investor you want the BPO to be reported to the servicer as low as possible.

Comparable's - must be within 1 mile radius or less of property being valuated and typically sold within the last 6 months.
Comps are based on square footage, lot size, condition, bedroom/bathroom...which are graded on a plus or minus scale. If the comparable home has a garage and the subject property does not the subject property is less valuable the price to add a garage

The BPO always indicates if the property is vacant or occupied. If vacant the property must be secured with or without homeowner valuables inside the home.

There are 3 subject properties used to indicate property value. The BPO contains photographs of the property usually front, sides, street scene backyard and inside pictures if not a drive by BPO, if there is physical damage it.

What to expect during a BPO:

The agent will take pictures of the surrounding neighborhood, subdivision, or area, and make the following observations – they will :
Inspect the overall condition of the home
They will Estimate the cost of repair
They will walk the property and move quickly typically have a full day of reviews so in a hurry a few days later they Submit a detailed report of their research to the lender.

How to Influence the BPO

When speaking with the lender always request a Full BPO or Appraisal, explain the inside of the house is in worse condition than the outside and to get real value the agent needs to go inside. Give the lender your phone number as the contact number and explain to the lender that the homeowner is not available and there is no lock box. You have to let the agent in the house. You have to be flexible because they set the appointment and want to get the request out. Be sure to run low comps, high repair costs and any other flaws in the property or information about the neighborhood that will justify a discount and have available a list of negative factors, including a list of sexual predators that may reside in the area.

You need to be very familiar with the property and arrive early to do a last minute run through to familiarize yourself with conditions again. Be sure homeowner is not available for the BPO. The BPO agent will ask questions to homeowner and disregard your opinions and information. Be sure you are thorough with repair values and be very close with estimates. As the agent walks the house follow the agent very closely and highlight defects and give history of the house including what you are doing and what price you need in order to buy the property. Ask the agent if they have the same opinion of the property value. Be sure you are not too intrusive and let the BPO Agent be in charge and thank them over and over again for their time. You need to be the expert on the neighborhood so the BPO agent will trust your opinion.

Note: More and more banks and mortgage companies are using appraisers rather then real estate agents to do BPOs. However, the above tips would still apply none the less.