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November 20th, 2014

Model Unit Viewing: Think Bare

Posted by Brian in Real Estate

When you are invited to view a model unit of the condo unit you are considering to buy, one piece of advice; think bare. Most people get carried away with the furniture and stuff that are placed by interior designers and in the mind of most people, they feel that all of these are included in the deal when in fact they are not.

Remember that model units are really made to look good. They are the ones that entice you to buy the whole thing. While you feel that everything looks fine, if you want the same setup, remember one thing. You have to invest additionally to get the same setup as they are not part of the sale.

November 13th, 2014

Silver Lining

Posted by Robert in News, Real Estate

Have you ever seen someone that works better when the odds are against him or when everything around him seems to be failing? A smile despite everyone around him crying and gnashing their teeth? There’s a company who have decided to see the current real estate situation as an opportunity rather than a bane. For instance, the Los Angeles real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis just closed a $2.1 billion investment fund. The money will be used to buy properties nationwide.

Through this fund, the firm will be buying both properties that are only in need of minor repairs and those that need more improvements. The latter will fund real estate development.

CB Richard Ellis Investors is an independently operated affiliate of Los Angeles-based CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., the world’s largest real estate brokerage.


November 6th, 2014

More Options in a Frantic Real Estate Biz

Posted by Brian in Estate Planning Advice, Real Estate

Home and shelter are obvious needs of people today but the thing is, are they really doing people a favor? This is practically the best question to ask since we all know that business in the property sector can boom and fall at any moment.

One factor working for most in this aspect is hard times. Not all people are willing to shell out thousands of dollars if they cannot maintain the property. For most, having a place to stay now and when they retire is important. However, it would be best to note when this would be and where the place to be invested on should be.

October 30th, 2014

Bailout – Naaah!

repoPeople have been reveling since the bailout bill was passed and the President has said and reiterated that his administration is out to help the American public, one problem, no bailout funds actually getting out. What, there is in fact a long process to get all the cash out to the millions of people who need them to stem foreclosure on their properties and having no other option, they turn to foreclosure rescue companies who are out for big bucks. The situation according to one expert is like having a shark where the blood is and that’s what is really happening. These rescue companies take your money and are never heard of again.
People have complained that these firms simply disappear when they have finished their job, which is nice for they have after all prevented you from losing your home but what happens after that still fails and the funds are still not there to help you, who knows.

October 22nd, 2014

The Top 10 Internet Searches For Real Estate Sites

Posted by Lei in Information

NetSearchOne of the biggest concerns when I talk to real estate agents is, What are the chances that my site will be found? After seeing the most recent survey on top real estate sites on the internet, I would say very good. Very, very good.

The big boys that we who follow the real estate market closely do not have the penetration in the market that we would assume.

When the top 10 sites comprise only 5.34 percent of the real estate searches, that is a huge win for the long tail. It also means that branding by the big boys is important but not overwhelming. Instead, focusing on the local seaches in your area has a great chance of being an effective strategy for the long term.


October 15th, 2014

Mall Property Default Sends Shivers Through the Industry

closedforbusinessThe collapse of the many real estate developers and owners who operate many malls in the US sent shivers down the spine of many estate agents and industry experts who got a wake-up call as to the extent of the real estate market troubles that are plaguing them to this day. These are some of the largest rental property owners in many US states and them falling victim to the faltering economy are a staunch reminder that recovery is to be long and painful. People are also finding it harder to cope with the economic conditions due to more troubles on the economic sides and with the social impacts of such economic woes. (more…)

October 8th, 2014

Extremely Cold – Winter Blues

Posted by editor in Financing, Information, News, Uncategorized

downgraphChristmas has come and gone and the new year fails to bring hope to the faltering real estates market. Jobs are expected to be shed, even from some of the largest global firms as the global economy slips deeper into recession. The weather is also playing its part in making this one of the coldest winters of all time (except for the Ice Age maybe) aggravating the despair of people who have lost homes due to unpaid mortgages leading to foreclosure.
These foreclosed homes, though recovered by financiers and lending companies, cannot be turned back into cash to re-inject into the system causing it to seize up. More houses to sell, still not enough buyers, not good for an industry that relies on public spending for their income.

October 1st, 2014

The Facts versus Hype in Real Estate in the United States

Posted by Lei in Information, Updates

When talking about real estate and property ownership in the United States, there is a common fear among home owners and real estate investors that we are upon a real estate market crash within the next decades. Already proving that no market can continue to expand and increase in value forever, San Francisco and Las Vegas have seen recent dips in property values over the past two years. While many home owners and ‘self-made’ investors are calling fowl by banks who were offering ‘too good to be true mortgages’ and selling off their properties at a loss, many savvy real estate investors know that in any type of market (either boom or crash), there is money to be made in the long run.


September 24th, 2014

Two tips to save on home insurance premiums

Posted by editor in Home Insurance, Tips

If you find your home insurance a bit high, these tips may help you out:

1. If you’re a smoker, stop.
Insurance companies tend to give higher insurance premiums to smokers because of the fire hazard posed by smoking. You may consider yourself careful, but you never know with fire and cigarettes – all it takes is a little, seemingly insignificant accident, a little spark, and the you may suddenly be faced with losing all you own.

2. Invest in security and home protection systems.
You can try to avail lower premiums if you install things like a security system, floodlights, smoke detectors sprinklers, sturdy, durable locks, or any other sort of device aimed at preserving your home. Homeowners with homes that are well taken care of pay a lot in maintenance, but save on insurance premiums. Not to mention that they also enjoy a safer life in their home.

September 17th, 2014

Real Estate Finance & Investments II

Posted by Lei in Information

1.jpgReal Estate Finance and Investment II is the second of the two-course sequence. The latest course is focused on advanced topics in their macro level. The topics include decisions to be made when it comes to collections of individual assets in real estate like the portfolio which is actually the decisions in the firm level and the considerations in the investment management. The course offers a few of the key concepts, principles, analytical methods and tools that ca be used when deciding to make a decision in investing and financing commercial real estate assets. Some main public capital market real estate vehicles, REITs and MBS will be introduced and surveyed in this course.

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