Monthly Archives: March 2009

Why is Mortgage better than Rent?

When you take a home on rent, you get to pay the rent per month and at the end of the rental contract, you do not have any powers over the house. This is why mortgage loans are preferred against rent. You can avail these loans easily through any bank. You need to apply for an estimate, which once approved you have your dream house.

You will be paying the monthly payment in this case too, but that is not the rent. It is the monthly installment that you are making pay off the loan and make the home totally yours after the loan tenure is over. This is why mortgage loans are better than taking a house on rent.

These loans are repaid either on a flat monthly installment or on monthly decreasing system. The latter offers you to pay interest on the amount left as loan. Yet another reason to go for mortgage rather than taking a house on rent!

Whether to hire a Real estate agent or not ?

Once you have decided to put your property on the block for sale, another big decision that you will have to take is whether you should hire a real estate agent or should you go all out on your own?

There are valid reasons for taking the either of the routes depending upon the time and money you would want to invest into the sale of your property. If you have the time and are willing to take up the challenge of arranging for the advertising, attending phone calls, showing your house to the prospective buyers and paper work this could be real good learning experience for you.
On the other hand if you don’t want to deal with all these you can hire an agent who would indulge in all the required activities and sell the property for you.

The benefits of hiring a realty agent are generally worth the cost. He can do all the leg work, conduct Multi Search Listings and keep everything updated. A professional realty agent will also be in a position to give you tips on how to improve the value of your house or condo by simple touches like giving a fresh paint to some of your rooms, clearing off the clutter and organizing the loan in order to create a very good first impression.

It takes a lot of pressure and stress off both the buyer and seller to have a helping and guiding hand who is knowledgeable and technically sound with the finer nuances of the business.

Investing in the troubled property

Buying a troubled property is going to be the next big thing in the realty market. Two of the most popular type of such troubled property includes the Foreclosures and The Real estate owned houses.

Profits in such investments are not overnight. Investing in troubled or distressed properties is for investors who can hold on to the property for long periods of time or for those who are into realty flipping strategies. In order to be successful in this type on investing you must locate a property where the mortgage can be covered by the rental income from the same property. Such cash flow arrangements can be achieved by renting out for long term to families or short term lending of the property for vacation rentals and tourists or individuals in transit or companies who would like to own guest houses for their visiting executives.

A little know trade secret is to purchase properties from big time real investors who are into the sale and purchase of bank portfolios. Portfolio purchases are generally are priced lower than the combined market value of all the properties in the portfolio. This helps you in securing a good lower than market value asset from the main purchaser since he has nothing to lose. It’s a kind of win – win situation for both of you.

There is no doubt that money can be made by investing in such troubled properties. But there is no quick and easy solution. Market suggests holding onto the property for a period of around 8-12 years in order to triple or quadruple your profits.