Redfin looked at metro areas with at least 500,000 people to determine the hottest real estate markets in the country. This week, it names Atlanta one of the hottest markets in the country. More than 28 percent of Atlanta's homes for sale stayed on the market less than two weeks and 21 percent of Atlanta homes sold for more than the asking price. Atlanta is currently a top migration destination, similar to Charlotte, another area where we serve investors.In the third quarter, Atlanta ranked number two in the country as a top migration destination. Meanwhile in Atlanta, investors are banking
If you are a home flipper, you may have heard of Ribbon. Ribbon is a new real estate tech startup. It's only a year old, but it was founded by former executives of Twitter and Lending Tree. Ribbon saw a market, in which tech-assisted sellers ended up having to pass up multiple potential home buyers who would have to take out a mortgage to buy the seller's home. This means that a majority of home buyers are absent from the buying pool with these tech-assisted sales. Ribbon offers a risk algorithm that figures out if a buyer is actually likely
Distressed properties are often purchased in "as is" condition. The seller doesn't offer any kind of warrant. Of course, you know that you should beware of properties like these. Still, distressed properties for sale often have a huge potential for making a profit. So, if you decide to purchase a distressed property, just be aware of some hidden problems. Keep a close eye out for termites and carpenter ants. Even if they're long gone, they may have left behind enough damage to be a serious issue. Look for rotten wood, obviously. But also check for thin tubes of mud and
If you manage properties with water supplied by wells, there may be some well maintenance that you can do on your own. If you do regular maintenance, you may save yourself unnecessary repairs if you notice an element isn't working as well as it should. If you wait until it's broken, it may be significantly more costly. So, here's one of the main things you can do to save yourself time and money. Maintenance on the Pressure Switch You can find the pressure switch near the bottom of your pressure tank. This needs periodic maintenance, and without it, it's the
Earlier, we discussed what a Proof of Funds letter was and why people need them. So, what qualifies as Proof of Funds and where do you get them? Anywhere your liquid assets are held can provide you with a proof of funds letter. Of course, this means that your bank can provide you with a proof of funds letter to show that you have money in your account. Plus, certain credit lines or money market accounts might qualify too when the funds can be readily accessed. These institutions can also provide you with a proof of funds letter. Unfortunately if
Yesterday, we discussed the 70 percent rule as it applies to flipping houses. Check out that previous blog post if you aren't sure what the 70 percent rule is. Today's question is whether you should ever pay more than the 70 percent rule suggests. For example, some beginner investors think that it's OK to exceed the amount specified by the 70 percent rule in an appreciating market. After all, in a few months or by the time you finish your rehab, the After Repair Value should go up, right? Typically, but that's a big risk to take if it doesn't!
Have you ever heard of the 70 percent rule when it comes to flipping houses? If you're just starting to look into flipping houses, you might have heard of the 70 percent rule. This house flipping tip suggests that an investor should only pay 70 percent of the After Repair Value (ARV) of a property minus any needed repairs. The ARV is the value of the property after it's been completely repaired. So, once you've put all the repairs in, what would the house be worth? To follow the 70 percent rule, you'd take the amount that the home is
If you're a property investor, making an offer without ever seeing the property can actually be a good idea sometimes. Now, this isn't to suggest that you should close on a property without stepping foot on it. Some smart investors do make offers without ever seeing the property though. It might seem crazy, but it makes sense when you think about it. Consider the amount of time it can take to schedule a viewing of a property you are considering. How often has your offer changed just because you've actually been in the home? A little digging and you can
There really are tricks to getting your offer accepted over someone else's offer. You just need to know how to structure the deal. Obviously, proof of funds and pre-approvals for any loans you will get are critically important to a seller choosing your offer. Many won't even entertain an offer without them. Also, remember that to some people, the terms are even more important than the actual money. Your offer might be higher in actual dollars, but if your offer has more complicated terms, they might just pass on you. Don't create extra issues. Try to meet the sellers on
Sometimes distressed properties sold "As-is" come with some major problems. Do you know how to recognize them? If you intend to invest in a distressed property, these are important issues that you need to know about. Head into the bathroom. Bounce a little on the floor near the sink, tub and toilet. Is there any give? That can be a major indicator of water damage! Grab a high powered flashlights and check underneath the floor if possible. Look for stained wood or joists. Find out when and why that damage occurred and get your answers in writing if you can!