Author: David Cowgill
Most property investors that have been active over the last few years have probably considered looking overseas in their quest for decent investment opportunities. I myself have, on countless occasions, looked into overseas property but most of the time find myself put off by what seems a very difficult and long winded process. One angle I do love the idea of is buying an overseas investment property in an area where you would enjoy holidaying but also getting the added bonus of good capital growth.
I know there are plenty of overseas opportunities out there which give you 30 days free use a year, but how strong are these as investment opportunities and should you be governed by this or not?
I think the first thing to look into is what you expect to gain out of overseas property investment?
- Medium to long term capital growth
- Rental Yield
- Buy to sell opportunity
- An investment to holiday in as well
Now if your overall aim is to make money from this overseas investment then you should probably take it that if you can get an element of “free holiday” a year it will be a bonus. As far as looking into the individual overseas investment opportunities available I will not go into specific countries now. Continue reading Due Diligence and Overseas Property Investment
Do you have enough in your pension scheme to comfortably retire? Will you have by the time retirement looms? How much do you need to retire? Does around £25,000 a year sound about right — this means you will need a retirement pot of around £500,000!
Various Friends and Family members have pensions through work, they pay in around £300 per month and this gives you a pension of around £108,000 of your own money if you work there 30 years. Now say the company you work for matches that money, that’s £216,000, after 30 years of work and an annual pension of just £10,800!
Ok, say I can show you how to have a decent sized pension and you needn’t put anymore than around £300 in… interested? The Answer is Property Investment, more specifically Buy to Let. Continue reading Property Portfolio – Who Needs a Pension Scheme?
Property investment has greatly increased in popularity over recent years. Lenders offering tailored mortgage products have helped feed this ever-growing industry. Many individuals, groups and companies are now being advised to invest in UK and Overseas property as an alternative to using conventional pension funds. Amazing returns on investment have been realized. Rather than making a profit on the capital you invest, the use of mortgages allows profits to be made on the full property value with comparably minimal capital outlay.
It is plain to see how just one of the above factors would be sufficient to stir great interest in property investment.
No matter what your reason is for choosing property investment, there are several crucial factors to consider before searching for the right property.
There are many methods which can be applied to property investment, dependent on your goals and what you want to achieve. Without going into further depth and variation, this can be broken down into two general aims: Continue reading A Beginners Guide to Property Investment
Here’s a cool new technology I read about that will change how real estate agents gather new leads. Basically potential buyers or sellers can connect much faster with real estate agents via cell phone text messaging. Say, for example, you get to a house you’re really interested in buying and you want in depth information asap.
You can now send a text message or email directly to the sales agent right away and they’ll send you back more detailed information on the spot! This company is taking advantage that everyone now carries cell phones so why not connect buyers with sellers?
It has only been 10 years since www.realtor.com became the starting place for anyone looking to buy, sell, rent, and list properties; in those years the same people began carrying a cell phone with them eighty-plus percent of the time. Now with text messaging growing faster than any other form of communication in the world, the opportunity to capitalize has presented itself.
XAP Realty, a Los Angeles based real estate marketing company has created a lead capture solution to utilize the fact that cell phones are now carried by all buyers. The concept is extremely simple, www.xaprealty.com provides real estate agents, individual sellers, and property management companies with interactive yard and rider signs. The signs allow prospects to request the listing information of a particular property by sending a text message. Continue reading New Real Estate Agent Lead Capture Technology
What is “Off Plan” property purchasing?
An off plan property is a property that is sold before it has been constructed and where the buyer only have the property plans provided by the architect as a guidance of how the finished property is going to be. Today off plan property refers more or less to all new developments that are sold before the termination of the construction of the property and not as it used to be only properties in the initial stage before the construction had started.
One of the biggest differences between a resale property and a property in a new development is the seller. Off plan properties or new developments are sold directly by the developer whereas traditional resale properties are normally sold by a private owner.
What are the advantages of purchasing property “Off Plan”?
Reserving a property at Off Plan stage (typically you will have just the Architects floor & site plans, elevations and specification to base your decision on) has proven popular with a variety of investors and home-buyers for many years.
Buying property Off Plan offers a number of benefits. The major benefit and attraction for potential purchasers is the capital growth which can accumulate from the Off Plan stage through to physical completion of the property. Continue reading Advantages of Purchasing Property “Off Plan”
Buy to let has been a thriving investment product for quite a few years now, the fact that many would be purchasers cannot afford to get on to the property ladder has made sure that there is always enough demand for rental property.
Now with the increase in interest rates and the decline of many buy to let mortgages numerous investors have stopped investing in buy to let and are instead looking at other avenues like overseas, flip sales and re-possessed property.
Does this mean the end for buy to let investment? Well let’s look at the factors. The first thing you learn about in any Business Course is the simple principle of demand and supply.
Less Supply + More Demand = Increase in Prices.
More Supply + Less Demand = Decrease in Prices.
So how can we be talking about the decline of Buy to Let if demand is so high, has supply really outweighed demand?
I do not think it is as simple as that, true, there is high demand for property at the moment, and true, this has driven prices up in the last few years. This in turn has led to many properties being priced out of potential purchasers price ranges. Continue reading Buy to Let Affordability
Real estate inventory has increased and prices have dropped in several areas across the nation one of which is Las Vegas, Nevada. Several years ago this sin city was a hot area for real estate investors who boasted property increases of ridiculous numbers like 50% in a year. Those days are far gone and now many property owners are having to foreclose because they can’t make their mortgage payments.
I was actually one of those real estate investors who purchased a single family home during the boom and rented it out for two years before having to sell at a small loss. I honestly was lucky to sell (my house was on the market for 4 months) and only did primarily because I offered seller financing. The person who ended up buying my house had poor credit and couldn’t qualify for a loan which gave me a distinct advantage over the dozens of other houses on the market. Not only that, but I had a great realtor by the name of Geri Martucci at Keller Williams who helped me market the property using many different channels and methods. Continue reading Buy Undervalued Las Vegas Real Estate at PropertyHookup.com
Step #1 – Look at the Property
Let’s assume you found a property from one of the foreclosure sites I mentioned in my previous post “How to Find Foreclosures – Where Do I Start?” or in a legal notice from your newspaper. You’re excited with the information you read about the property and you’re ready to start doing additional research. At this point it’s a good idea to go look at the property before you spend any of your time processing the legal work. Until you do that, you don’t even know what the neighborhood looks like, the condition the property is in, and if it’s vacant or not. If you don’t know these simple things about the property, you’ll never know how risky of an investment it could or could not be.
What happens if the legal description or foreclosure notice you read doesn’t list the physical address? You have a couple options like contacting the title company and asking them to lookup the street address, calling the attorney that’s managing the foreclosure, or go down to the courthouse and look it up. Once you get the address, you can continue reading below.
Once you arrive at the property you’re only able to in most cases, view the outside of the home. You really need to see the inside if you are to properly make a decision and this is always extremely difficult because it’s not like an open house. There are several options here and it really depends on your judgment and comfort to be able to have a peek inside. Your options are to walk up the steps and knock on the door and see if anybody is home, if the house looks vacant or abandoned maybe take a quick walk around the property and peek through any windows without disturbing the neighbors, or just walk away and look for a different property. Now I’m not suggesting you trespass nor illegally enter a property and that’s why I said use your judgment. If it’s nighttime and you’ve got a flashlight it’s probably not a good idea to wander around the property unless you want the local authorities coming by to meet you.
Let’s say you were able to see the property and got a nice glimpse of the inside. You felt it’s a good prospect to bid on. Your next step is determining what it will appraise for. I’d recommend you hire an appraiser, realtor, or another investor who has more experience to help you pin down an approximate price on what it will appraise for. There’s a good chance depending on if you were able to get a glimpse of the inside in the previous step, that the appraiser will not be able to look at the inside and only give you a rough appraisal based on what he or she can see on the outside. Of course, there are exceptions, and you might not be too disappointed if you trust just the condition of the outside.
Stay tuned for step #2 – Contacting the Trustee
Google now offers a full suite of tools for real estate professionals that let you reach prospects in your region at all stages of their home search – while they’re looking for properties, checking out locations, and selecting an agent or broker. These tools have actually been around for a while and Google is just repackaging and positioning them for real estate professionals.
The tools they are referring to are Google Base, AdWords, Maps, Earth, Local Business Center, Google Sketchup, and Google Apps. It’s actually a great idea and it shows how flexible Google’s products are that they can easily cater to specific industries like real estate. Their overall message is that Google can help generate real estate referrals and leads to help connect to home buyers and sellers since Google has more real estate searches than other search engines combined.
So are these tools actually helpful for you, the real estate professional? In short, yes but not all the tools in the suite are exactly easy to use. Here’s a quick rundown of what each tool is for and it’s ease of use. Continue reading Google Tools for Real Estate Professionals
Let’s say you’ve spent lots of time learning about real estate investing and finally started looking for properties. You end up finding a potential investment property and now you want to know if it will be cash flow positive. Sure, you could plug all your numbers into an excel spreadsheet and setup some formulas but I’ve got a better option for you.
There’s a free online property analysis tool where you can create, save, and print graphical reports displaying rate of return, cash flow, expenses, and more. I use it all the time whenever I come across a potential investment property even if an APOD (Annual Property Operating Data) is provided. It’s web-based so I can input and access the data from anywhere while I travel. Continue reading Free Real Estate Investment Software