Are there still room for small investors going into the US?

Large corporates are snapping up distressed homes in the thousands nationwide. In some targeted markets where there are more than one of these institutional investors competing each other, first-time buyers are being squeezed out. However, at the same time, they help lift those weaker housing markets on the road to recovery. “Even though housing is the biggest sector in the U.S. economy, there are very few ways for institutional or individual investors to play it,” said Andy Richard, managing director in the Real Estate investment banking group at Credit Suisse. “So when you talk about all the institutional money that’s flowing into the space, No. 1 is that people want exposure to the asset class because prices have bottomed. And from a portfolio point of view, housing has cycles and hot buttons that are different from other sectors, so there’s a lot of interest on the part of investors.” Private equity firms and banks started adding single-family homes to their portfolios five years ago at the very peak of the real estate collapse. They became even more aggressive when Fannie … Continue reading

The Imminent Arrival of the Institutional Investors

In recent months, it is apparent that more and more large US firms have gone house hunting! These companies from New York and California started to appear at foreclosure auctions. They carry plastic folders crammed with cashiers' checks, because auction house only accepts cash and astonish locals with how much they are prepared to pay.     "Everybody is in Atlanta right now — they're following the distressed market," Tom Ruff, managing director of AZ Bidder LLC, a Phoenix-based firm that buys foreclosed homes for investors that expanded to Georgia. Renting a house was 57 percent more expensive than owning in Atlanta in August, the same as a year earlier, according to Trulia Inc. Higher rents make it more profitable for private equity firms to buy and lease properties to tenants, many of whom don't have the necessary credit score or down payment to finance a purchase. As more investors buy properties at auction, banks are listing fewer foreclosed homes on the open market, helping to drive up prices and competition for the diminishing pool of distressed homes, said Les … Continue reading

US Home Prices Post Biggest Jump in Two Years

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With reference to the S&P/Case-Shiller index, the latest reading shows prices up 4.3% in October 2012 according to the index compared to a year earlier – the best improvement since May 2010. This rise comes as there are numerous other signs of housing market recovery in recent months. A blend of near record-low mortgage rates, lower unemployment and a drop in foreclosures to a five-year low indicates that there are more buyers interested in purchasing fewer available homes in the inventory. That in turn has lifted prices. What's in 2013 …<Content protected for Premium members only. >… Join the forum discussion on this post

Warren Buffet says Single Family Rental Homes are the most attractive asset class today

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Click here if you can't view the video on your device. Warren Buffet, the world's most respected billionaire investor said on CNBC recently that single family rental homes are about the most attractive asset class that you can invest in today's market. He also said if he has a way of buying a couple hundred thousands single family homes, he would.   Watch the CNBC video clip now and find out why:     Then read on to see why you should not miss this!     If Warren Buffet says it, Donald Trump says it and Robert Kiyosaki says it, there must be something about it that they can see and most others can't. This once in a lifetime opportunity window is now widely opened for YOU. The next step is for you to TAKE ACTION. Be warned that this opportunity window may not last forever. Too often people took too long to understand what is really going on. And before they realized, the opportunity is long gone. >> Don't be trapped by the average thinking herd mentality! << … Continue reading

Is retiring at age 60+ a good plan?

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“Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. Realizing a comfortable retirement is an incredibly extensive process that takes sensible planning and years of persistence. We will evaluate your situation and determine the best saving and investing plan for you.” said a financial planner. He then brought out a stack of beautiful brochures and continued, “Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, employer-based investment accounts and individualized IRAs are some of the best financial tools available that knowledgeable planners like us offer to all our clients.” In the brochure, the colorful graphs and projected numbers seems to be ever increasing over the next few decades. They do look pretty promising… “Though preparing for the day when you leave your job can be overwhelming, you do not have to do it alone. With the help of a trusted retirement planning consultant like us, you can rest assured that you are making smart decisions for your future.” he added. You may be at various stages of life, but how do you plan for your retirement? Or do you need a … Continue reading

Investing in Land

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Investing in land is unlike any other type of real estate investment, in part because of the flexibility it affords. Improved land gives the owner only three choices: keep it the same, add on to it, or tear it down and rebuild. Unimproved land is a canvas waiting for the artist to make it a painting. Investing in land has some important considerations however. First and foremost is being sure you understand what you want to accomplish with the land and making sure that any you purchase will meet those requirements. Land Use – Governing bodies make determinations about what property can be used for. Land can be restricted to specific types of improvements, so one must be careful to obtain land that can be used for its intended purpose. Extreme care must be taken to not purchase unusable land such as that deemed to be protected from development due to the presence of endangered species. Surrounding Uses – Even if land use regulations were to permit it, you wouldn’t want to put a residential development in an area without … Continue reading

More International Investing Tips

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  Who wouldn’t like to proudly proclaim to own an overseas property or two? The problem is that although this can be a very lucrative endeavor, there are also many pitfalls and these are often experienced by the investor who lets his emotions overcome his own reasoning. Below are a few important points to consider before you start investing internationally. First Don’t go it alone – hire an attorney; not just any attorney, but one in the country in which you are planning to invest and who is experienced in dealing with foreign investors. Be sure that your attorney will only be representing you and not the seller so that his allegiance is not divided. And, obviously choose one can communicate with you easily. Second Although your attorney will be handling most of the legal proceedings, you will also need to stay on top of the entire process yourself as well. Be especially diligent when reviewing the deed as they may not be as familiar to you in your own country. Make sure everything is correct at closing. Tap on … Continue reading

International Investing

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International investing may not suit for everyone – an investor must really do their research in order to avoid falling into victim to bad investments with beautiful brochures or worse a scam. Not all countries allow foreign investors to own properties, and even some that do have a multitude of regulations and approval hoops to get through. So why do it? The answer is simple; there are some really good opportunities out there on the other side of the world. Here are a few examples: …<Content protected for Premium members only. >… These are only a few of the opportunities available to consider. Talking to other international investors will help you find more options. Contact us today for Live! opportunities to invest in these areas before it's too late! Join the forum discussion on this post