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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Your Home, Plan For Investment

Your Home Plan as Investment
By Donovan Baldwin

Today, a home is not just a place to live or a shelter from the weather. Many who buy a home plan to sell it. Purchasing a home has for many become something of a home business - no pun intended.

A home also reflects the personality of the people who live there. At the same time, the home these day has now become a personal investment. Many people, like one of our close friends, invest their money in their own home rather than an IRA, stocks, FOREX, bonds or other forms of real estate. For many homeowners, this can be a huge and rewarding investment.

Most people, hearing the words home plan think of the planning for building the structure itself. However you must also have a "sell your home plan" if you are intending to use your home for an investment. Either home plan can seem to be a complicated thing, because of the many factors involved in each. You have to sort through all the factors of your intial home plan to get the house you want to live in, and you have to take a look at all the factors of your "sell your home plan".

As in many important decisions, a personal list of positive features and expectations, followed by negatives should be one of the first steps in establishing a home plan or in planning how, when, why, and for how much to sell your home. Next, talk to friends and perhaps even professionals in the home planning field. Read a few magazines. Look at the pictures. Whether your home plan is intended to please you and your family, or to make a home that you plan to sell for the most profit at a later date, it is important to include as many assets as you can.

You may choose to plan a home that has never been seen before. You may wish it to be airy and spacious. You may wish to include the most up-to-date electronics or energy efficient features which will bring value to you and your family while increasing the investment value of your home when your "sell your home plan" says the time is ripe.

Another factor that is important when you begin your home plan and later when you plan to sell your home is location. Your should you plan the home to fit in with the surrounding environment. The location of the home should be pleasing to you, but it should also be such that when the plan says it's time to sell your home, it will be a valueable asset attracting homebuyers.

Whichever end of the home plan process you are looking at, there are professionals to help you with decisions, and there is even software to assist you in everything from planning your new home to planning to sell your home. There are many sites on the internet where you can find people and information to help you with both sides of the home plan process...the plan to build or acquire a home, and the plan to sell your home.

Whether you design a home planned to satisfy you and your family, or you plan your home with investment in mind, a little thought and effort will be rewarding. Your home plan is important.
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Real Estate Investing

Essential Property Manager Information for Investors
By Darren Cruise

Appointing a property manager will be the most important decision you will make following the purchase of your investment property. A profitable, stress free investment will ultimately depend on the competencies of your property manager, the fees that they charge and the conditions included in their contract. Finding a competent property manager is an extremely important task and needs to be taken seriously. All too often property investors become complacent once they have successfully purchased their investment property, only to be brought undone by a poorly performing property manager.

Below are five easy to follow steps to ensure you appoint a competent custodian for your hard earned property investments:


Appointing a property manager should be treated just like any other business transaction, so it is important that you are clear in your own mind exactly what it is that you require before you begin to negotiate a contract.


Do your research and develop a list of prominent property managers who operate within the vicinity of your investment property.


Once you have a list of potential property managers organise to speak with the specific property manager who will be dealing directly with your tenants. By all means interview the owner/manager of the agency as well but your priority should be assessing the competencies of the property manager who will be dealing directly with your investment.


Once you have a preferred property manager in mind ensure that they are appropriately licensed.


To avoid any misunderstandings later on, make sure all agreements between you and your property manager are clearly worded in the Written Authority. If they are not clearly worded in the Written Authority then the property manager is under no obligation to carry them out.

In 2000/2001, Darren Cruise began conducting in depth research into the process of appointing property managers in an effort to further develop his own personal property investment strategies. In June 2003, Darren applied the knowledge gained from his extensive research to launch his own website - Darren is now recognised as a leader in this field and has featured in Personal Investor magazine.

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Real Estate Investment and Donald Trump

Real Estate Investment
Investment Secrets - The Investment That Made Donald Trump Billions
By Sacha Tarkovsky

There is an investment secret that has made many of the world’s wealthiest investor’s huge capital gains.

It has out performed shares, mutual funds unit trusts and property, with lower volatility and has out performed many so called higher risk investments such as managed futures and currencies.

This simple investment secret for capital growth is open to all and only needs a minimum investment of around $10,000.

So, what is it? Read on …

It’s, investing in land

If you have never considered land, its time to start, it really is the investment secret that has made astute investors worldwide fortunes.

It’s now affordable for smaller investors and there are many specialist companies catering for inexperienced investors who can give all the advice and help you need to turn your investment into long term capital gains potential.

As Donald Trump said:

"I just love real estate. It's tangible, it's solid, and it's beautiful."

Howard Hughes was another who took advantage of this investment secret and made big gains, buying underdeveloped land in California, which is now worth billions.

You don’t have to be rich to invest in land either, anyone investing in mutual funds, unit trusts or shares should consider it as a portfolio diversification.

A recent newspaper article featured an investor who turned just a 1,000 investment into 3.5 million in just 11 years!

Now, you may not do as well as this investor but land represents a fantastic opportunity for those who know how to buy in the right location.

So where should you buy land?

The investment secret of investors worldwide is to buy land in the UK for capital growth.


Quite simply, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, has a rising population and a huge shortage of affordable housing.

This means land in the RIGHT location is in short supply.

Buying in the right location

To maximize this investment secret you need to buy in the right location.

Once the land is granted planning permission to build houses, investors will see a big capital gain on the land and can sell at a profit.

920% average gains!

The AVERAGE capital gain on UK land has been a staggering 920% over the last 20 years.

This is far in excess of shares unit trusts or mutual funds and many leveraged investments. Even better this investment has featured low volatility.

Keep in mind this is the AVERAGE and astute investors with good plot location have made far bigger gains.

Limited downside

The downside is limited as well. Even if a land investment does not appreciate much in value it’s unlikely to fall in value much either. As over the longer term land prices tend to rise in value anyway.

Mark Twain once said:

“Buy land their not making it any more”

That’s good advice! As you can see this investment secret is essentially easy to understand and is open to all investors.

Liquidity buy back options

If you need your money quickly, many land companies offer a solid buy back option for the land purchased, so you can cash in your investment at anytime.

Land therefore has a lot of advantages and when you add them all up they give everyone access to the investment secret the world’s wealthiest investors have known for years.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Real Estate Investing Information - Links

Real Estate Investing Business Information for Newbies.

You might want to read thru these articles to start getting an idea of the possibilities of real estate investing:

Real Estate Investment Clubs - Five Tips for Newbies
by Bill Bronchic

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Real Estate Investing - Partners

Real Estate Partners - A Good Idea?
By Steven Gillman

We were looking for real estate partners because we were new to the Tucson area. We found that two identical houses here can be $50,000 apart in price if they are three blocks apart. Also, the styles are different from anything we had in Michigan, so it would be good to have some help figuring value and what buyers want.

At the Arizona Real Estate Investors Association meeting I announced that we had money to invest in fixer upper real estate, and we were looking for partners. The host wrote our names and phone number down on the overhead projector along with the others. About three days later we got a call.

Sam and Nikki were nice people, and we got along well when we met. Their offer had been accepted on a house. Looking at the comparison sales they had found, it seemed like a good buy. They had done rough estimates of the rehab and remodeling costs, and it looked like we could make some money. There would be a third couple involved, so the expected $75,000 profit would be split three ways. Agreeing in principle to the deal, we arranged to meet the other partners at the house after closing.

Too Many Real Estate Partners

Six people with six opinions can be a problem. I never understood why the beautiful wood floors had to be torn up and replaced with carpet. For that matter, I never understood why they couldn't at least be carpeted over without the expense of tearing them out. Both my wife and I thought it was a crime to stucco and paint the beautiful brick exterior of the house, but were assured that buyers here would like that better. Raising the roof of one room seemed expensive and unpredictable, but the ceiling was a bit low.

There were plans and new plans, and weeks of stressful anticipation evolved into stressful worrying. We discovered that the houses in the area were selling for less than we initially thought, that the rehab cost would be more than we thought, and that all the other partners expected to do much of the labor, rather than hire it out. The profit projection dropped from $25,000 each to $10,000, and we felt there might actually be a loss.

We dropped out of the deal. Fortunately the other partners had procrastinated for several weeks on the signing of the joint venture agreement. They also were decent people, and had noticed our anxiety. Nikki called to suggest we let them find a way to finance it without us, about two minutes before I was going to call to say we were out. It ended amicably.

We learned a lot. I've had partners before, but I let the partner take my money and do his thing to make us a profit. This group decision-making, especially with so large a group, just doesn't work, at least not for my wife and I. One day, standing in a Home Depot hopelessly looking at carpeting samples, I also realized that non-financial contributions need to be clearly defined according to each persons knowledge and skills.

We truly hope they make a lot of money on the project. If they do, we may even be willing to be partners with one or the other of the couples. If so, though, we'll just look at the plan, put up the money, and let them do their thing. That's my idea of real estate partners.

Steve Gillman has invested in real estate for years. To learn more, get a free real estate investing course, and see a photo of a beautiful house he and his wife bought for $17,500, visit

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Real Estate Investing Business: An Idea

Real Estate Investing Business
A Real Estate Investing Idea For Total Newbies.
By Donovan Baldwin

All right, you've seen the infomercials for people like Carleton Sheets, or you read an ebook by somebody like T. C. and Vickie Bradley, and you're hot to trot out your wallet and get rich with real estate investing...just like everybody else.

Whoa, Trigger.

Not everybody IS getting rich with real estate investing, no matter what the hype leads you to believe.

First, let's understand a couple of things. There ARE people getting rich with real estate investing. Many of these people have followed the lead of Carleton Sheets or T. C. Bradley or other real estate investing gurus. Those are facts.

Here is one additional fact. If you don't know what you are doing, you can lose your shirt in real estate a lot of other people.

That's not to say you can't learn, and it's not to say that people like Carleton Sheets or T. C. and Vickie Bradley can't teach you. What it does mean is that you can't listen to one tape, or read one book and run out the door asking for somebody to please take the contents of your wallet! You have got to take the time and make the effort to learn the facts, steps, and inside information necessary to become successful in real estate investing.

However, I realize that those dollar bills are burning a hole in your pocket and you want to get started NOW, so here's a simple way to begin your trek to the top.

Let me tell you how Lois got her real estate investing empire started in Austin, TX. She looked around until she found a small, but well-maintained 4-unit apartment complex in a nice Austin neighborhood. The price was right, so, not having the credit herself to swing the deal, she got her dad to cosign with her. Once the place was hers, she moved into one unit (no more rent to pay), the rent from another unit covered the monthly mortgage, and the rent from the other two units was hers to keep.

Not exactly a get rich quick plan, but it was a start. Since she still had a full time job, she used the extra money from the apartments to pay off bills and loans, including the mortgage, at an accelerated rate. This gave her leverage to buy another unit, and the rest is history. She now is an Austin slumlord...! Seriously, she has done well in this simple way and has grown her initial real estate investment considerably.

In his article, "Buy High Yielding Turnkey Real Estate Investments With Your Signature Alone!", Bill Young, a former bank mortgage officer and real estate investor since 1980 gives valuable pointers in getting started in this sort of deal, sometimes with no down payment required.

While wheeling-and-dealing in real estate investments can make fortunes, there is a learning curve required to make the kind of money professionals like Carleton Sheets and T. C. Bradley do. If you are a total newbie and just HAVE to get into real estate investing, you might be well advised to follow the example of my friend, Lois, and start with small, occupied apartment units, perhaps using some of the space as a residence, as she did, and using income from the units for investment growth.

The author is retired from the Army after 21 years of service. He has worked as an accountant, purchasing agent, optical lab manager, restaurant manager, instructor and long-haul, over-the-road truck driver. He has been a member of Mensa for several years, and has written and published poetry, essays, and articles on various subjects for the last 40 years. He has been an active internet marketer since 2000, and now makes his living online. To read more articles by the author, please visit his blogs on Internet Business and Marketing, Health, Fitness, Diet and Weight Loss, or Real Estate Investing.

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