Why is there cheap real estate? Is it just that some sellers don’t know what their property is worth? Sometimes this is the case, but only rarely. More often a seller is willing to sell for less because it means selling faster or more easily. In other words, sellers will trade a little equity for a fast sale or peace of mind, as in the following situations.
1. Death – After the death of a loved one, family members may want to sell any real estate cheap to be quickly done with the bad memories, or to get their inheritance faster.
2. New Job – A job transfer or new job can give a person a lot of motivation to sell fast, and therefore sell cheap. Often, the seller will end up with two payments, and you will be helping by taking one off his hands. Continue reading Ten Cheap Real Estate Motivators
Real estate investing can be simple in theory. You buy rental properties for a price and terms that provide positive cash flow, or you buy a home which you can fix up and sell for more. In practice, though, applying these simple principles involves a lot of educated guesses. Nobody really knows precisely what a house will sell for once it is fixed up. You also can’t say for sure how many vacancies you’ll have in an apartment building.
Fortunately, with real estate investing experience your guesses get better. But then there are the tricks and outright lies that some sellers will throw in your way. Bad information makes good guesses difficult to make. How do you protect yourself? Watch for the following dirty tricks that some sellers have been known to use. Continue reading Real Estate Investing – Don’t Get Ripped Off