Hiring Contractors

The task of Hiring contractors is tricky at best. There is much to consider when hiring your contractors. First I consider the contractor’s license. Make sure your contractor is licensed properly in the state for which you are hiring. In Oregon, you go to the Construction Contractors Board to look up your contractor’s license, bond, and … Continued

8 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate without a License

You don’t have to be a real estate agent, broker or have a job in real estate to make money. There are many ways to make money in real estate, and here are 8 ways to make money in real estate without being a professional. It’s remarkable to see how real estate investing can create … Continued

Affordability of housing is difficult on the Pacific Coast

DS NEWS Report: Home Affordability: The Tale of Two Coasts For all the ink spent keeping tabs how the lack of housing inventory affects affordability, it turns out that affordability hasn’t gone anywhere. Based on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, released Thursday, housing affordability remained essentially flat throughout all four … Continued

Changes to Frank-Dodd Act to release stress on lending

US Treasury suggests changes in the Dodd-Frank Act which will affect housing, lending, investors, and sellers. The report came out Monday, October 9th, 2017. The Dodd-Frank Act (2011) squeezed out much of seller-financing, individual lender financing of mortgages. Today individual investors are hoping for reform of the Dodd-Frank Act. Reports are coming out from the … Continued

This Old House

This Old House Made Me Want to Run I bought this old house in March, and began demolition on it in April. We are in on this house a month and the going is slow. I haven’t been too worried about the time because I bought it on 100% owner financing at 0% interest. The … Continued

5 Indicators that the Crash is Coming

  Invest now, because there are 5 indicators the crash is coming. That’s right, I’m saying now is a good time to invest in real estate, because the crash is coming. Ask anybody who’s been actively investing in real estate for a good length of time, that person will probably tell you that anytime you … Continued

Flipping Report 2016

Attom Data Solutions posted a data-filled Flipping Report for the year 2016 that is worth taking a look at. In it you can find the data for most cities in America. Here’s what I mined from the map shown in the article, that represents our region. A word of warning:  The following information may cause … Continued

Real Property Auctions in Lane County

If you google “Foreclosures in Eugene Oregon” you will find that there are 140 homes for sale as foreclosed in Eugene today. It’s a myth that there isn’t that much foreclosure going on.  “The total number of homes with foreclosure filings jumped 27% in October 2016.  It was the biggest jump in monthly foreclosure filings … Continued

“The Big Short” not again

If you liked the movie “The Big Short” then you’ll want to read this.  Mortgage-backed securities (MBSs) are back, and they are being bundled this time as Fix-and-Flip mortgage bonds.  It’s “Wall Street’s new housing bet to boost home flippers”, says Inman’s headline on February 15, 2017. What is it?  Last year Fannie Mae and … Continued

Investing in Working Class Real Estate

In his recent article Here is How to Find Market Deficiencies, W. Eddie Speed, owner and president of Colonial Funding Group LLC, breaks down how investors can safely make a profit from distressed assets. Speed says that many properties are undervalued.  “How could you look at that neighborhood and say it’s (the property) only worth … Continued