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I recently read an article which stated… “If you thought that all you wanted was skyrocketing appreciation on your home or investment property, then one real estate ratings firm is warning you to think again.” At, along with its Property Valuation Support and Training, you will know the truth for yourself. Let’s continue with that ratings firm… According to a new report from the data analysis firm, recent home price gains may be “too rapid” and contributing to a “market imbalance that could eventually stall or reverse the positive trend.” The firm warns that in some markets an “artificially” constrained supply of homes for sale is keeping prices high even though buyers do not actually have the wherewithal, as a population, to sustain these purchase prices. Also they added that “strong institutional investor demand…is keeping the supply-demand balance…even more pronounced.” Read More→


Years ago I learned appraisers and other property valuation folks use three methods to build a value for a piece of property. The sales comparable or market approach basically look at what comparable properties sell for, the cost approach looks at what it would cost to build the property, and the income approach considers the value of the income stream that a property generates or could generate. Each of these methods has a different use and different type of property for which it is most appropriate. Let me share a little more detail before giving a slightly different investor focused concept.

Comparable Sales Approach

In the comparable sales approach, a value is created by looking at what similar properties in a similar market have sold for. Your Membership is very useful here. For example, if three similar three-bedroom homes sold in the same neighborhood in a range of $75,000 to $85,000, it’s reasonable to assume that a comparable property would also sell in that range. The appraiser would choose a specific value by adjusting each comp for the unique characteristics of the property that they are analyzing. You can get assistance performing this same comparable analysis by using the Valuation Support Desk through your Membership. Read More→


The process is a long one after a home is foreclosed by the bank. These days banks take weeks if not months or a year after foreclosure to get their paperwork together, do evictions, minor clean up and make the assignments to the real estate brokers who they have hired to handle their properties. But the time of clean up and eviction is not a problem for the savvy investor, it is an opportunity to round up buyers so that these properties sell almost immediately as you get them under contract.

I suggest as an investor gets a property under contract to start the process of rounding up buyers. Videos, photos and massive email lists are several ways to attract your potential buyers.

Whenever you advertise your properties use photos or better yet video. I’ll get to more video in a minute. This tends to get the buyer serious before they visit the property. Even for buyers of a 100K home, they like to see pictures and it helps the buyer make an emotional connection. Investors and the individual buyer now search the internet to find homes that they can get serious about buying. It is very important to give them enough information to make a decision. Read More→


Focusing on current real estate comps will prepare you for making deals happen in today’s real estate atmosphere.  Are you ready to dive into the real estate market by investing in a rental property? The opportunities are ripe, but don’t make rookie mistakes. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to securing a successful deal.

  1. Don’t trust the owner’s numbers.  Your due diligence should involve checking with unbiased sources to determine the expenses, maintenance fees, leasing commissions and other costs associated with any property. Double check data provided by the broker or seller using your own real estate comp source . Talk to another apartment owner. Check public records. Confirm all numbers so you know exactly what kind of expenses to factor into the deal.
  2. Don’t underestimate property taxes.  Factor in the right property tax amount, not what the current owner had been paying, particularly if it’s a long-term owner. Your property taxes could be based on the sale price. Check with the county assessor for accurate numbers.  
  3. Give special attention to the big-ticket items.  The heating system and roof can be your biggest headaches and most costly repairs. Know what you’re getting into. Have them inspected by HVAC and roofing specialists, respectively, not a general inspector.  Issues are not a deal killer, however. In fact, it can work in your favor and give you the negotiating room to improve the deal. Read More→