capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Pop Tops and New Builds - 12/30/08 05:31 AM
Investing in Real Estate 9 - Scrapes, Pops and New Construction
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, scrapes, pops and new construction, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  Purchasing a small home in an expensive neighborhood that may or may not need work.  The home is bulldozed and a new home or duplex is put on the lot.  Alternatively, the existing home is renovated and more square footage is added on.  A pop-top is adding a second story to an existing home to add more square footage (commonly, a master bedroom … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Capitol Hill RE Trends: Condo Conversion Investing - 12/30/08 05:30 AM
Investing in Real Estate 8 - Condo Conversions
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, fix and flips, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  A synthesis of the fix and flip and rental operations - purchasing an apartment building in a neighborhood dominated by owner occupants, then converting the building from apartment building to condominium.  Often requires renovation of the units to meet the expectations of owner-occupant buyers in that area.  Complex and time consuming, but has wonderful tax advantages compares to fix and flips and often has superior returns to all … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Fix and Flip Investing - 12/30/08 05:29 AM
Investing in Real Estate 7 - Fix and Flips
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, fix and flips, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  Purchasing a home that needs work.  The scope can range from the basic "paint and carpet" to extensive overhauls to scraping a decrepit property and completely starting over.  Usually does not involve tenants, and the objective is to get in and out of the property as quickly as possible.  Great for beginners with the right skill sets or the willingness to learn.
 
Equity needed:  With hard … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Lease Purchase Options - 12/30/08 05:29 AM
Investing in Real Estate 6 - Lease Options
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, lease options, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
                      
What this investment is:  A lease option (L/O) is Acquiring control of a property (though not necessarily ownership), then leasing the property to a tenant.  The lease is bundled with an option, so the tenant can (but does not have to) purchase the property for a given price within a given time frame.  Again you are seeking a tenant for a property, but usually for a slightly longer term (12-18 months) and frequently … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Investing in (Large) Apartment Buildings - 12/30/08 05:28 AM
Investing in Real Estate 5 - Large (5+ unit) Apartment Building
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, large apartment buildings, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  Still targeting tenants for 6-12 months at a time, buildings with more than five units are considered "commercial" property.  The loans are more difficult to qualify for, and usually a larger down payment is needed.  Uncommon for the new investor; this is usually what landlords with several years of experience "trade up" to.  Cash flows on larger buildings are more stable than for smaller buildings, … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Investing in (Small) Apartment Buildings - 12/30/08 05:27 AM
Investing in Real Estate 4 - Small (2-4 units) Apartment Building
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, small apartment buildings, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  Purchase of duplex, triplex or quadplex to be rented to tenants, usually for 6-12 month terms.  Usually what the rental home / condo landlords graduate to.  In most markets they cost a little more than a rental home, but are much more likely to cash flow on the average month.  Less cash flow risk; if one unit is empty you have other tenants that still … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Rental Condos and Homes - 12/30/08 05:27 AM
Investing in Real Estate 3 - Rental Condo or Rental Home
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, rental condos or rental homes, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  Purchase of a residential property to be rented out to tenants, usually on a 6-12 month lease term.  This is how most new landlords get started.  You can hire out all of the property management functions, but in many cases you will do many of them on your own.  There are smaller down payment requirements than for larger rental buildings.  The purchase process … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Capitol Hill RE Trending: Assignments - 12/30/08 05:26 AM
Investing in Real Estate 2 - Assignments
This blog will discuss a type of real estate investment, assignments, in the Capitol Hill area in Denver.
 
What this investment is:  An investor who is interested in Assignments gets a property under contract for an attractive price then assigns the contract to another buyer, usually another investor.  The first investor will be paid a fee for the work.  If you don't have much equity to work with, and/or if your credit power is limited, assignments can be a way to get started in real estate investing.  You will need to have a … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Market Improving? - 12/30/08 05:25 AM
Take a look at the first page, for AUN (Aurora North).  Note these positive market trends this year:-          number of active listings steadily declining-          average list price pretty stable (finally!)-          U/C up dramatically-          Number of sales / month up (partially seasonality)-          DOM dropping-          Stability in average sold prices and sold price as % of list-          Sold price as % original price UP a lot - banks are getting better at pricing-          Number of expired listings down Every indicator is improving this year in AUN.  You will see the same trends in DSW (southwest Denver  County), but not as marked an improvement as … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Capitol Hill RE Trends: - 12/30/08 05:24 AM
Colorado Mortgage Broker Licensing
In response to the troubled national real estate market and Colorado's high volume of home foreclosures, efforts have increased to make higher caliber professionals involved in real estate. Licensing, rules and regulations have become more stringent for agents, appraisers, title companies and mortgage brokers.  In regards to mortgage brokers, the below items are mandatory.  No longer can someone open up the Yellow Pages, claim to be a mortgage broker and then be compensated for placing a loan --- what a novel concept.  Before committing to a mortgage broker, please make sure that they are licensed in … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Topics for Investors: Basement Kitchens - 12/29/08 10:55 AM
Topics for Investors:  Basement Kitchens
 
You walk into a property you're looking to buy and rent and you walk down into the basement and voila! you find a full second kitchen.   Great!  You start calculating how much rent you could get if you could rent the downstairs separate from the upstairs and the cash flow is out of this world!  But wait, there are a number of very real problems with this scenario.  
 
First of all, it's illegal unless the property is zoned for more than one tenant and the property has been converted to non-residential use. But there … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Improving conditions in Denver's market - 12/29/08 10:39 AM
Improving conditions in Denver's market
There are some signs of strengthening in our Denver market.  The metro area's inventory of available resale housing decreased 20% to 23,120 units in October from October 2007.  Some of this reduced inventory is attributed to homeowners taking their properties off the market in frustration because their property is not selling, but lower inventory implies a strengthening market.  Remember, the Denver area had housing inventory of 31,989 units in July 2006. Home sales rose 14% to 4,265 in September compared to the same month last year.  This is due almost entirely to the lower-end of the … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Long Term Loans - 12/14/08 08:28 AM
Loan Considerations for Buy and Hold InvestorsAs far as investment loans, little or no money down loans are impossible.  However, lenders do permit the use of Home Equity Lines of Credit or second mortgages from other properties owned by the borrower as a source of down payment.  Or, self-employed borrowers are using funds from business lines of credit to fund down payments or renovations (please note: there are asset seasoning guidelines for doing so and the debt incurred by accessing other credit lines must be accounted for against the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio). Thus, we have clients leveraging themselves with other homes … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Short Term Loans - 12/14/08 08:27 AM
Loan Considerations for Fix & Flip / Short-Term InvestorsSecuring conventional financing on a fix & flip or short-term loan is not recommended.  Most conventional lenders sell off their mortgages to investors on the secondary market.  If the loan is paid off early (before six payments are made), the investor has not recovered their initial investment.  The investor will attempt to recover their loss from the lender, who will ultimately come after the loan originator.  The loan originator would then be obligated to pay back any premium paid out by the lender.  If such activity becomes habitual with the loan officer, the … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Capitol Hill RE Trends: Jumbo Loans - 12/14/08 08:27 AM
Loan Considerations for Jumbo MortgagesFor the Greater Metro Denver area, any loan amount greater than $417,000 is considered a jumbo loan.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac assign different thresholds for various regions across the country.  For instance, $417,000 is not considered a jumbo loan in a high cost city like San Francisco, yet there will still be higher rates for going above $417K.  Due to the size of jumbo loans, they are considered greater risk for lenders, resulting in higher rates.  Rates have fluctuated greatly over the past few years on jumbos.  As of today, a 30 year fixed could range … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: Medium Loans - 12/14/08 08:26 AM
Loan Considerations for Loan Amounts Between $200K - $417KWith all the doom and gloom publications that are mostly exaggerated, many potential borrowers believe that home mortgage lending options have dried up.  While underwriters and investors are scrutinizing files more closely, attractive rates and terms still exist for owner occupied purchasers seeking a conforming loan limit (under $417,000).  FHA and VA can still lend up to 100% LTV and conventional permits up to 97% LTV.  There are certain guidelines to meet when going to these high LTVs, but they are not impossible to surmount.Every home buyer should first ask themselves what payment … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: FHA Loans - 12/14/08 08:25 AM
FHA First-Time Buyer Tax CreditIn an effort to boost the sagging real estate market and overall economy, first-time home buyers are being offered a limited time tax credit when purchasing a primary residence.  The highlights of the tax credit are:•    The tax credit is available for first-time home buyers only. •    The maximum credit amount is $7,500. •    The credit is available for homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008 and beforeJuly 1, 2009. •    Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit. •    The tax credit … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill RE Trends: First Time Buyuer Loans - 12/14/08 08:24 AM
Loan considerations for a first time buyerLending guidelines are changing on a daily basis for every type of loan: conventional, FHA, VA & commercial.  Nevertheless, there are still very attractive first-time home buyer options available.   If you are or will be a first-time buyer, it is critical to speak with a loan officer before looking at homes.  It is a crushing feeling to view a home, picture making it your own and then find out that you cannot qualify to purchase it.  A loan officer will pull credit, analyze debt-to-income ratios, review assets and income and determine what you can afford.  … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Capitol Hill RE Trends: Improving Your Credit Scores - 12/14/08 08:23 AM
How can you improve your FICO score?To improve one’s credit score, it’s critical to understand the factors influencing a credit score.  The factors that contribute to a FICO score and the weighted percentages for each are as follows:•    35% — timeliness of payments •    30% — the ratio of used debt to allowable debt for consumer credit •    15% — length of credit history (the more credit history and showing proof of consistent timely payment, the better the score) •    10% — types of credit used  •    10% — recent credit inquiries and recent new credit The greatest driver behind a … (0 comments)

capitol hill fix and flip: Cap Hill Real Estate: Interest Rates - 12/14/08 08:22 AM
How does your FICO score impact your interest rate on your loan?Low credit scores are deemed greater risk for lenders since the likelihood for defaulting on the loan increases.  As such, lower FICO scores translate into higher interest rates.  Mortgage lenders will group credit scores in a range, usually in 20 or 40 point increments, with interest rates progressively getting better for each higher interval.  For example, a borrower with a middle credit score between 660 – 680 will have a higher interest rate (presuming all other variables being equal) compared to one with a 680 – 700 score.  Typically, when … (0 comments)

 

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