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Appraisal – Valuation of Subsidized Housing

The purpose of this article is to analyze valuation methodology for several atypical types of apartments. Various circumstances and situations can cause an apartment complex to have above-or below-market rental rates, occupancy rates and operating expenses. This analysis ex [click to continue…]

Appraisers lower costs for federal tax savings on small property depreciation

Tax savings through cost segregation is no longer out of reach for investors in small and medium size properties. With appraiser expertise, fees for analysis are often one-third to one-half lower than those charged by traditional preparers. [click to continue…]

Asset Protection for Real Estate Investors

The first 10 years of my real estate investing I ran my business as a sole proprietor because I really didn’t know any better. Luckily, I survived with only minimal damages, but there comes a point when it is time to assess the best legal structure to use for real estate investing. [click to continue…]

Austin Home Prices Are Deceiving

Don’t let the median price of a home in the Austin area fool you. It is true that the median value of homes in the Austin area is lower than the national average.

However, this can be a bit deceiving. Many investors, retirees and people relocating for jobs have seen the have been attracted to our area because of [click to continue…]

Avoid Buying into Bats: A Thorough House Inspection Includes Checking for Sign of Bats

Twice now, I have spotted a bat in our home. My husband and I recently purchased this house. As careful, first-time buyers we made sure to dot all of our i’s and cross all our t’s. We hired a reputable building inspector and he spent hours checking into all possible or potential problems with our to-be home. The house was built in 65′ and as expected, the inspection brought up a few concerns. What did come up seemed minor and do-able: until the bats flew in. [click to continue…]

Avoid Foreclosure: An Option That Many Do Not Know About

Looking down the barrel of a foreclosure, if you are among one of the over 1.4 million homeowners facing this same issue, there may be a creative technique to save your home. Save your home and salvage your equity so that you can fight again. The last thing that you want to do is give your home back to the lender.

If your financial hardship has left you in a position where [click to continue…]

Avoid Home Buying Blues at Closing

Buying a home is a stressful and emotional affair. You can avoid the home buying blues by keeping your cool at closing. I’ve just come from a settlement table at which a friend bought a new condo. It’s beautiful, convenient and just what she wanted. [click to continue…]

Creative Real Estate Financing

Do the creative real estate financing techniques you hear about really work? Yes and no. They likely have all worked somewhere for someone at least once. The important point is to understand the principles involved, so you can find your own creative ways to invest in real estate. Here are ten methods to get you thinking.

1. Use hard money lenders. Ask around or find these [click to continue…]