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Housing Market Ups & Downs“Down” and “depressed” – according to the news, that’s the real estate market these days. And thanks to continuing tight credit and sluggish job growth, the United States isn’t likely to see anything like a booming real estate market for many years. But although reports about today’s real estate market sound grim, here’s something you probably haven’t heard: there’s no such thing as a “bad” real estate market. Let’s take a look at some of the patterns the real estate market can fall into, who is hurt by them and who stands to benefit. Read More→

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Real Estate AuctionIt never fails.  Several times each year, we shockingly watch inexperienced real estate investors come to the foreclosure auction and bid on a junior mortgage which they mistakenly think is a senior mortgage.

For example: Let’s say a $100,000 house is being sold at this month’s foreclosure auction.  The mortgage being advertised for foreclosure reads $20,000.  An inexperienced investor, who doesn’t know the difference between junior and senior mortgages or how to look them up, shows up ready to bid.  The bidding opens at $18,968.35.  The inexperienced investor confidently bids $19,000.  Slowly, all of the experienced investors back away.  They’re terrified of catching a terminal case of “stupid disease,” which has obviously infected this inexperienced investor. Read More→

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