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Houston Hard Money Lenders Advice for First Time Home Buyers

Posted by Jim Emerson

Apr 1, 2019 4:31:12 PM

Are you ready to own your first home? Do you have enough money saved for a down payment? Have you figured out how to finance the purchase? Owning a home is the number one goal for most people, and the more informed you are, the better chances you’ll have to get into the right first home for you.

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Topics: residential investment, mortgage loans, home buyers, residential hard money loans, houston hard money lenders

Jim Emerson: There’s Trouble in River City

Posted by Jim Emerson

May 9, 2016 2:59:27 PM

In the musical “The Music Man”, Professor Harold Hill says “there’s trouble in River City”.

When it comes to Mortgage Investing and, given the risk of foreclosures in the greater Houston MSA; the lyrics should be “there’s trouble in Bayou City”.

In 2015 Texas foreclosure activity increased 16 percent. That compares with a 3 percent decline for the rest of the United States.

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Topics: Hard Money, Residential Loans, residential investment

Residential Investments: 4 Rules for Flipping Houses

Posted by Gonzalo Arjona

Aug 15, 2014 7:30:00 AM

What is a “flipping” a house?  A flip is a residential investment when a house i is purchased in bad condition, with the intention of  renovating and/or remodeling, and is then listed for sale for a profit.  

So what can be some of the challenges when purchasing a home to flip?  These types of investments have many moving parts, so savvy investors will know how to look at the deal from different angles. The purchase price can be as important as the renovation budget or the contractor you pick. The typical variables such as location come into play, along with making renovations that are comparable to what is popular in its proximity. Following are some pointers to follow when venturing into flipper territory.

1. Research the Prior Condition of the Subject Property

It’s important to know as much as possible of the home prior to moving forward with the purchase.  Often times flipped homes are foreclosures from banks. Bank owned properties often sit vacant for extended periods of time, resulting in a number of possible things that can go wrong with the property. Has the home been vandalized? Copper wiring/plumbing removed? Did the pipes burst?  If there is moisture in a home, mold? These are all items that can have a considerable effect on the cost of the repairs, therefore making them key in the success of the transaction. 

2. Know who you’re working with

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Topics: Specialty Loans, Foreclosure, Tips, construction loans, residential investment


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