Real Estate Negotiation Secrets

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When you bought your home, you offered less than you were willing to pay, right? That’s the most common negotiation technique. For experienced investors, however, that’s just one technique among the many more powerful ones. What else can you do? How To Make An Offer 1. Offer an odd amount, like $161,793. This gives the […]


Creative Financing Ten Ways

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Do all the creative financing techniques you hear about really work? Yes, actually. They probably have all worked somewhere for someone at least once. The point isn’t if they will all work for you. The point is to know what is possible, so you can find your own creative ways to invest in real estate. […]


Is Your Real Estate Agent A Spy

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The real estate agent, unless specifically contracted as a buyer’s agent, is working for the seller. Buyers usually know this, but they don’t think it matters, as long as the agent is helpful. While true to an extent, buyers don’t realize that an agent has a real legal responsibility to, and loyalty to the best […]


Financing A Real Estate Investment

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The benefits of financing a real estate investment in Maryland can’t be emphasized enough. Not only does it give you a massive tax benefit, it also eliminates your need for immediate cash and for sellers or lenders, it also creates a stream of income. And getting it is not very difficult. Most lenders know that […]


Buying A Diamond In The Rough

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It may be your budget, or the thrill of doing it all yourself, but you are in the market for a diamond in the rough. But just how rough can a house be before a lender decides not to take the risk on a mortgage? When you negotiate the contract, make sure that you include […]


Earnest Money What You Need To Know

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You include earnest money with an offer on a house to show the seller that the you are serious about purchasing the house. It becomes part of the down payment if the offer is accepted, is returned if the offer is rejected, or is forfeited if you pull out of the deal for reasons other […]


Real Estate Terms From Condominiums To Deeds Of Trust

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When buying or selling a property, it always helps to have a basic understanding of real estate terms. In this on going series of articles, we take a look at definitions starting with “condominium.” 1) Condominium – A type of ownership in real property where all of the owners in a collection of properties jointly […]


Finding Motivated Sellers

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Motivated sellers? My wife and I were trying to keep the renters happy, the rent coming in and the house repaired – while living 2100 miles away. You bet I was motivated. We just sold our house last month, and even got a good price, but I’ll tell you a secret. We would have sold […]


Good Faith Deposit Real Estate Transactions

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In a real estate transaction, a touchy issue is how much trust the seller has in a buyer. The existence of a good faith deposit helps put a seller at rest. Good Faith Deposit If you are selling your home, condominium or other real estate, you should always require a buyer to make a good […]


Four Reasons To Offer Seller Financing

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An example of seller financing: Years ago I bought a rental property, and nine months later sold it for 15% more, without fixing or improving a thing. The easy terms are what sold it. I took $1000 down, and I still get a payment every month, with 9% interest. Four Reasons To Offer Seller Financing […]


Finding Structural Problems During Escrow Upscale Home Example

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When buying and selling homes, the property purchase is often subject to a satisfactory home inspection being done. Now and then, a home inspection uncovers severe structural problems. Here’s an example of a situation in an upscale neighborhood. Severe Structural Problems Does the buyer walk away when there are serious structural problems? Yes, but not […]


The Secret To Negotiations For Fsbo Sellers

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When it comes to buying or selling a home, the idea of having to negotiate can be intimidating. Most of us aren’t aware we have negotiating skills even though we skillfully negotiate daily. (Who walks the dog, takes the children to school, goes out to pick up lunch, prepares the report, etc., etc.?) Let’s debunk […]


Seller Financing Why Be The Bank

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Why offer seller financing? Let me give you an example. Many years ago I bought a rental property, and then realized I didn’t want to be a landlord. So nine months later I sold it for 15% more than I paid, without fixing or improving a thing. The easy terms are what sold it. I […]


I M Almost Ready To Buy A Home What Should I Do

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Well, the first thing you should do before you shop for your new home is to get a copy of your credit report and credit score! You can obtain a copy of your credit report and score from one or all of the three credit bureaus: TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA. 19022,800-888-4213,www.transunion.com; Equifax, P.O. […]


5 Ground Rules For Home Buying Success

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There are few purchases in life that carry the financial and psychological weight of buying a home. Whether you are buying your first home, moving up to your dream home, or downsizing your home and your life after the kids have gone, it is important to understand the ground rules for success in the world […]