Self-Directed IRA Investing

The Self-Directed IRA Investing — Myth or Fact? By IRA Advantage, Portland OR The following are common objections to using IRA/401k funds for real estate investments.  Here are the truths: Personal Use– You cannot personally use property owned by your IRA. Correct, any benefit to a plan’s owner from an investment prior to its distribution … Continued

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Land Trusts

Do you use Land Trust, or do you put your investment properties in your own name, allowing all the predators and creditors to find your assets?  I hope not! In the early 90’s we had a rental property in Minneapolis, MN. It was the middle of January, and we had an ice/rain storm. Someone that … Continued

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

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

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

Good News from the War on Zombie Properties

Good News from the War on Zombie Properties In his article “Breaking Down Blight”*, Robert Klein heralds the use of polycarbonate clearboarding to be a turning point in the national war against the blight of vacant and abandoned properties. “One of the most significant changes that built positive momentum in the fight against blight occurred … Continued