Monday, November 23, 2009

Breaking Real Estate News: Housing Data

Hello Everyone:

Oct existing sales are up! However, when you break down the numbers what does it really tell us? According to CNBC : 33% of existing home sales are attributed to first time home buyers, 50% to real estate investors and the remaining 17% to normal market buying.

So what does this all mean? On face value it looks like great news, but when you put it together with last weeks news of : 10% of American home loans are either in default or 30 days or more behind! Could this be budding proof of my prediction of a 3rd wave of foreclosures on the horizon? Only time will tell...

Until next time be well.

James Gage

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Breaking Real Estate News: Foreclosures

Just when you thought it was just about over...

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 6.25 percent of U.S. mortgage loans were 60 or more days past due, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion. That's up 58 percent from 3.96 percent a year ago.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Real Estate Investing: Short Sale Time Lines

Hello Everyone:

I was asked a question yesterday and I thought I would share it with you. I was asked:"How long do short sales take to complete?" Wow! That's a loaded question...
But the answer is at least 3 months! I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but that's the truth! Be prepared to be in it for the long haul; that's why it is so important to have multiple deals in progress. If you count on one transaction to put food on the table, you might be losing a few pounds; if you have several deals in the pipe you will have a better chance of consistent cash flow.

Remember, you should always keep the lease option strategy in the back of your mind when dealing with pre-foreclosures...

Until next time be well.

James Gage

Friday, November 6, 2009

Real Estate News: Foreclosures

You can't make this stuff up :Fannie Mae program to turn homeowners into renters!

Can you believe this? So much for being a landlord! Just another job/business the government is killing. Read the full article here:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Breaking Real Estate News: 8K Tax Credit

President Obama will sign an extension measure at the end of the week that will effect the housing market. The measure will also extend through April 30 a popular $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit, while creating a new $6,500 credit for homebuyer's who have been in their current residence for the last five years or more. The credit, which many say has boosted home sales in recent months, was set to expire after Nov. 30.