With today’s considerably lower Miami Beach real estate prices, the large inventory of foreclosures and bank owned property the question becomes more of what kind of property is worth investing in than anything else. For purposes of this article, we’ll focus on bank owned properties, also known as REO (real estate owned) property.
A home becomes real estate owned if it doesn’t find a buyer during a property auction. Since banks aren’t necessarily designed to function as Miami Beach real estate property-owners, they’re usually very eager to get rid of them which can result in considerable discounts. However since an REO is not the same thing as a foreclosure, lenders can still earn a profit from them so don’t expect as deep of a discount.
A perk of buying a Miami Beach real estate REO is that there’s much less of a risk of dealing with liens, taxes and other unforeseen costs that come with a foreclosure since lenders will take usually deal with them before the sale is closed. However an REO can still be in bad condition like a foreclosure so it remains important to get a home inspection or check the home out yourself, lenders are not at all obligated to make any repairs on the property but they will allow you to back out if something is seriously wrong.
Posted at 10:24:21 AM
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Examining the Interior of a Home
If you’ve been browsing through Miami Beach real estate on the internet, you’ve more than likely come across numerous resources thoroughly explaining how important it is that you carefully consider where the home is located, the values of neighboring homes, etc. If you’ve done your homework, perhaps it’s time to narrow down your assessment to the home you may soon be living in by giving the interior a meticulous examination.
Perhaps you’d like to start off with the electrical wiring. Depending on your familiarity, you may wish to leave this to a professional or have it done as part of the home inspection report, should you request one. Always check this part out regardless of whether the home was built ten years ago or five years ago.
The plumbing is a little easier. Leakage can often be discovered just by taking a look behind sinks since that’s the spot where mold has the best conditions for accumulating. A leaky sink could be an indicator of bad pipes and thus plumbing, something you likely want to bring to the appropriate person’s attention before signing off on the dotted line on your Miami Beach real estate purchase.
Not all homes come with an addict but if there is one, you may wish to make it your first stop. If you want to examine the roof, the attic is the best spot to do so. If there’s wood that shows wear and tear, this could lead to leakage later on.
Posted at 11:00:29 AM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Compiling Comparable Sales
With the advances in technology and the widespread availability of the World Wide Web, there is more real estate information available than ever. Realtors have a number of resources available to help them with their seller and buyer assistance efforts and among these, it’s important to have a good idea of average sales prices in any given neighborhood, officially known as comparable sales and often referred to simply as comps.
Depending on the state where the realtor is doing business, obtaining information on comps can be done by simply heading over to the local courthouse and browsing through public records or reading newspaper listings to get a glimpse of recent sales figures. However this method means that such services need to actually be provided in order to make use of them.
The most readily available resource is the internet since there are many websites available which can be used for finding comparable sales information while removing the need to do a lot of unnecessary and possibly fruitless legwork. Keep in mind though that there is no guarantee as to how current this information may be. A similar approach is to subscribe to service companies which can mail or offer this information via other means besides the internet. Even so, the same problems of encountering outdated information are still there.
The MLS can be extremely useful and if the person using it is already a licensed realtor then they have access to a wealth of information on multiple listings which is more often than not kept up to date.
At the end of the day however, perhaps the best way to have the sharpest knowledge on comps is to take the self research approach and focus on a certain neighborhood and staying abreast of sales.
Posted at 4:43:12 PM
Friday, October 31, 2008
Existing Home Sales Rose Nationally Last Month
While the economy seems bleak with the stock market fluctuating daily and a steady amount of major companies going bankrupt or merging, the real estate market seems to be headed down a different path. Month-after-month the real estate market has slight improvements. Experts think the worst declines in the real estate market have already past while the economy still has a while before it stabilizes.
Recent reports from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show an increase in existing home sales. Home sales were up 5.5 percent with a total of 5.18 million units sold across the country in the month of September which was higher than the previous month by 1.4 percent. Lead economist for the NAR Lawrence Yun suggests this is part of “a sales turnaround which began in California several months ago…” and “is broadening now to Colarado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Rhode Island”.
The cause of this influx of real estate business, according to NAR President Richard F. Gaylord is “low home prices and low interest rates”. The nearly thirty percent discounts in home prices in major cities and rural areas have attracted buyers back to the real estate market in certain areas of the country. Richard F. Gaylord is optimistic about recent gains and thinks the real estate market is on its way to recovery.
Lawrence Yun, while also optimistic about the recovery of the real estate market, warns of “market disruptions” on the road to real estate market recovery. The credit markets have a significant impact on the real estate market and as they experience tough times it may have averse effects on the real estate market. But that aside, the NAR is predicting that the worst for the real estate market is over and that it will recover sooner than the economy itself.
Posted at 10:53:28 AM
Friday, September 5, 2008
Global warming, damaging fuel emissions, they’re all more of a concern on people’s minds these days as they become more and more aware of their long term effects on the environment and how important it is to try and incorporate “green practices” into your daily lifestyle whether that means doubling up your recycling efforts or reducing the amount of time you spend sitting idly in traffic.
In real estate, many developers have taken into account how they too can make homes “greener” and many have made use of natural resources to create environmentally friendly condo buildings like Ten Museum Park which uses its glass design to allow tons of natural sunlight to come into the building, thus reducing the need to flip on artificial lights, at least during the day.
The Ten Museum Park condo is only a small part of a bigger picture. Its home, downtown Miami is recognized not only by its sweeping business and condo skyscrapers, but also the numerous and elaborate light displays that bring the city to new life during the evening. Obviously all this visual eye candy, while certainly nice to look at does not do the environment any favors. Thus, to reinforce the message of how important it is to turn off nonessential lights whenever possible, Ten Museum Park and all those other high rises in downtown Miami’s will turn off their own unimportant lights on March 29 in a global effort to encourage environmental awareness.
Regardless of whether you live in a Miami single family home or a luxury condo, the efforts required by you to help out the environment even a little are that simple: turn off lights when you leave a room, drop a plastic water bottle or soda can into a recycling receptacle instead of the trash. It may seem useless but it’s always good to know you’re doing your part in making the world you share with everyone else that much more pleasant.
hat require little to no repairs. Don’t get caught up in the fierce competition without having a limit of how far you’re willing to bid, always remember the winning bid is only a component of the other fees that follow. As you learn the ropes, you’ll eventually get a feel for how real estate auctions work and who knows, if you become good at it, they may become your preferred method of buying Florida real estate.
Posted at 2:50:44 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
International Florida Real Estate Assistance
To some degree the foreclosure situation has transitioned from how to prevent foreclosures to how to get rid of the hundreds of foreclosure properties already available on the market. South Florida homes are among the highest in foreclosure filings, contributing to an already overcrowded housing glut. The answer to appeasing the situation may lie beyond the U.S. borders.
Strategic Real Estate Advisors is an asset management firm situated in London that plans to raise $1 billion dollars in order to purchase luxury property like Miami Beach oceanfront condos currently owned and being sold by the banks through the Florida Prime Residential Opportunity Fund.
Itâ€™s interesting to note that not only is Strategic Real Estate Advisors located outside of the United States, the majority of the funds which will go towards the purchase of all these luxury properties will be coming from well to do investors and funds located throughout Europe and the Middle East. Recent reports have consistently pointed towards international investors and buyers as integral towards maintaining interest in Florida property investments and sales.
Critics may see Strategic Real Estate Advisorsâ€™ initiative as ineffective since they wonâ€™t be making a profit. The firm actually plans to buy and then hold onto these properties for next six years or so, a move that may cost considerable funds as the market fluctuates but which should bring considerable profit by the time it decides to sell them off as a residential property investment or something else entirely.
Within a seven year timeframe home values and the real estate market in general will certainly be in much better shape and buying activity will likely have increased so in a sense Strategic Real Estate Advisors are providing a worthwhile short and long term solution. Is this just another flash in the pan or is it a viable strategy?
Posted at 12:30:39 PM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Homes Are Selling Again
Amidst the doom and gloom of housing market reports comes a recent report suggesting the real estate market is showing strong signs of life. In these tumultuous times it's easy for people to think that the economy is headed for recession or even a crash. Despite current market reports that suggest we are beginning to see slow signs of recovery there are still those who would rather build a bunker under their homes to prepare for an apocalypse then invest in real estate.
The last half dozen months have not seen much progress in the way of homes sold. The highest percentage of drop in home sales occurred during that period leading many to believe that the market would eventually begin to recoverâ€”and it did. In April homes sales increased slightly, which wasn't enough to ease all tensions in the housing market but enough to show that the market is on the right track to recovery.
Property value also rose slightly across the nation showing encouraging signs of the real estate market's enduring strength. Though the median home value is comparably low to just four years ago the fact that property value is stabilizing across the country is a sign that things will return to normalcy sooner than later. When property values experience steady rise it will be more practical for people to sell homes and to convince investors to buy homes.
So, how should one react to recent reports of trends reversing in real estate? Real estate transactions rising are a sign that demand for property is still alive. Prices are almost at a low enough level that many people sitting on the fence on whether or not to invest will soon become active. As sales increase, so will home values and soon real estate investments will become stable enough to return to business as usual.
Research conducted by Zillow states that about 57 of those who sell their house to move are moving locally. And an estimated 86 of movers >
bull;nbsp;A one bedroom apartment will take about 3 to 5 hours to move and cost 200-500 bull;nbsp;A two bedroom apartment will take about 5 to 7 hours to move and cost 400-700 bull;nbsp;A three bedroom house will take about 7 to 10 hours to move and cost 560-1,000 bull;nbsp;A four bedroom house will take over ten hours to move and cost 800-2,000
When we calculate these prices, we are talking about hiring movers to assist you in your move, because, honestly; doing it on your own is a virtually impossible feat.
Location ndash; Long Distance
When yoursquo;re packing up for a long distance move, pricing will be on the higher side of the equation. If you need to cross state lines, for example, itrsquo;s essential to factor in that you will accumulate costs for gas and labor. When working with a professional and reputable moving company, they will devise an agreement that outlines the cost, breaking down all the essentials, so you can get a full picture of where your dollars are being used.
Do It Yourself
You might be thinking that you donrsquo;t want to hire a moving company, as yoursquo;re tight on cash; so yoursquo;ve elected to make a move yourself. You could ask all of your friends with big cars to help, but keep in mind if a moving truck is something that you want to invest in, itrsquo;s about 20 a day.
You can ask for just a loading and transportation service, where you pack everything up and pu>
What if you need to move out by a specific date, but your new home wonrsquo;t be available right away? This means you will have to factor in a storage unit, which could range anywhere from 50 to 400 a month.
Moving is certainly not the most blissful activity, but you are hopefully moving because you are upgrading your living situation. So, be sure to factor everything in beforehand
A man of resilience, a woman of courage, a real estate developer sees opportunities. He or she seizes the opportunity to personalize the skylinemdash;to beautify the coastline, toomdash;through construction.
Nowhere is this rule more obvious than in the world of health and wellness. Nowhere is the choice more clear, the cause more critical, the concern more comprehensive than the one real estate agents and developers face right now.
To build centers for recovery, to emulate the example of the best buildings on behalf of recovery, to inspire patients by drawing inspiration from buildings that further recovery, all of these things depend on real estate developers who invest in recovery.
Thanks to my conversations with developers and doctors, in addition to my correspondence with the experts at Clear Sky Recovery, I have a better understanding of how one industry can better another. Or: Wellness is as much a state of mind as it is a statement of fact about how to live, during and after recovery.
The benefits of recovery are both fiscal and physical, and metaphysical too. That is to say, the benefits reveal themselves in every city and hamlet, in every state and every city.
The benefits also reveal themselves in a rise in jobs, and a raise for all through razing the landscapemdash;by ridding the landmdash;of buildings too dangerous to enter, too costly to maintain, and too wasteful to ignore. The benefits reflect a happier and more productive workforce, of workers producing goods and services that serve the greater good of forming a more perfect Union, to promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty.
Development is, then, impossible without recovery.nbsp;
In this context, the real estate developer is an icon. He represents, she symbolizes what is iconic. The library, the museum, the schoolhouse, the park, the playground, the church, the temple, the center, the sanctuarymdash;icons, all of them.
In the words of another icon, Winston Churchill: ldquo;We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.rdquo;
The developer has the power to shape the health of much more than the real estate market. He has the ability to shape the future. She has the means to ensure the future looks like what it should be, better.
The future of recovery begins with seeking a lasting recovery. A recovery among the states. A national recovery.
Achieving this recovery is an act of discipline.nbsp;
To discipline ourselves for the good of one industry, the real estate industry, is to be more industrious in general. To see the results of recovery is to know what recovery can be; what it must be, so the best within us may endure.
However understanding how technology is used for mortgages and real estate on all sides can help individuals to better understand their options better and understand how technology is going to affect each and every decision we make in the future.
The Changing Landscape of Getting a Realtor
There are major corporations who specialize in connecting sellers with a realtor. One of the largest sites along this line is Redfin, but there are literally hundreds of companies who use a similar model of online setup. Most of these companies talk about setting up sellers with local realtors, but a lot of them are a commission based model that involves referrals.
While this opens up the options, these companies online arent always completely transparent about how this works or that the realtors getting these leads often pay for them. While this can work out in some situations, really good realtors often dont need to pay for leads through a 3rd party company which means often times those buyers and sellers who are going through a company like that often get sub-par realtors who really arent the cream of the crop.
There always are exceptions, but in general this is going to be true in most cases and when dealing with most transactions.
Then theres the trust factor. Theres nothing like meeting with a person face to face to get a basic impression of them and a read in order to trust your gut instinct on whether you like the individual, trust them, or feel like they are trustworthy or not. That face to face meeting can tell a lot and visiting multiple potential realtors can feel intimidating but those meetings can give a lot of first hand information that simply isnt available from online interactions or transactions.
Digital Mortgage Applications
At the moment there is no online mortgage application that is 100 online but many banks and lending companies have started with pre-qualification options online to give potential buyers an idea of whether or not they will qualify, how much they are likely to qualify for, and what types of terms to expect.
This can be a very useful tool to help individuals decide whether it is a good time to press forward, whether they need to spend more time fixing up their credit, and understanding what the viable price range is for them to look at. This is all important information that because of the way technology is being used, is much more available than it has been before.
These are still estimates, but especially if a potential buyer is working in person with the same bank or lender whose tools they are using online then this can help to expedite the process for both sides.
Current amp; Future Benefits to Mortgage Brokers amp; Realtors
One of the major benefits that technology is giving both sides is to make the process easier. Instead of having to make multiple hard copies of documents like employment history, credit scores, recommendations, the ability to have all of these in file form that then can be uploaded online where they can be grabbed over and over to put on an online application makes it easier to always have those available so a few clicks attaches the document and the online portion can be sent in.
There is no question that drastically cuts down on time and expense of the process. Making things easier is never a bad thing, and considering it is the same documents needed for each potential lender, it only makes sense to have a setup like this which makes things run more smoothly and makes those documents easily available for the multiple potential applications.
While its hard to say where technology will take the mortgage market in the future, it is definitely reasonable to assume that as more things become streamlined and more services continue to be offered online that even more of the process will be made available online and more of it will be automated.
While this can seem scary in some ways, it also has the potential to make sure that buyers have more of a handle than ever on how the process works, what their options are, and they can leverage that information to get a better deal with making the process easier on a realtor to get a property bought or sold. That is the ideal win-win situation for all involved.
This article was submittied by Eitan Pinsky of Pinsky Mortgages in Vancouver, BC. Check out his original article here.