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Advice About Purchasing Your First Rental Home/Property
(Investment Properties: Part 1 of 5)

Before buying that first piece of rental property it is important that you answer a single question. This question has nothing to do with your credit score, your experience with real estate or how much money you can gather for the purchase. The question is quite simple: WHY are you buying an investment home?

The answer to this question will guide you towards the right kind of property and the right type of financing. Let’s look at some examples to get a better idea of reasons people use to start investing in homes.

Saving for College Tuition

This type of goal usually involves a term over a few years. Couples with young children will buy a home in an area that has shown signs of appreciating. A year or two before the child enters college the family will sell the home and use the profit to pay for tuition, books and other expenses.

In this particular scenario the couple is not concerned with making a large profit each month on the rent. They simply want to break even while keeping the home in tip-top shape to maximize the potential appreciation.

Using Cash Flow to Increase Monthly Income

Some individuals invest in rental homes because they want to earn a profit each month from the rent. In these cases it is extremely important to buy a home either for all cash or at a deep discount from the market price. Foreclosures and vacant homes are common for this example. Buying the home for cash or at a deep discount allows the landlord to charge a fair rent based on the current market conditions and pocket most of the money each month as profit.

Speculation about Future Values

Sometimes people simply buy a property at a slightly discounted price in hopes that the property value will escalate quickly due to a future event. For instance, a new shopping mall, new school or a new factory can greatly improve the value of homes in the immediate area. Buying a home in such a location and holding on to it for a few months to a year can yield a high profit.

Career Change

Some people want to begin their property investment as a means to escape their current full time job and start a new career. It is possible for people to invest in real estate as their main source of income. However, it is not a get rich quick scheme.

The most successful investors have clear goals and follow a proven formula. They buy homes in particular areas that exhibit desirable qualities. They only buy when the price is discounted heavily and they have favorable financing for the transaction. They also understand the rental rates for the area in comparison to the financing costs.

Buying a rental home can be lucrative and lead to good fortune. However, it must be approached with diligence and hard work, not pie-in-the-sky dreams.

Investment/Rental Properties (5 Part Series)

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Buying again After a Short Sale

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

"Approx 4 years ago.. I was having some financial strain. I wasn't able to keep up with a first and second mortgage alone as a single mom.

Through friends and family, I was introduced to Mike and Matt.

I didn't want to have to go through the foreclosure process, because I knew that I would be able to pull through the mess I was in within a few years and I didn't want to have that looming over me.

Matt and Mike were able to take over and help me with a short sale. They worked with me directly. They both came to my home, sat down, helped me understand this delicate process (which remains total Greek to me), and they were extremely efficient. My bank worked with me and these gentlemen, and withing approx 3 months, my home was sold in a short sale.

I remain amazed at their abilities and their continued efforts to help me.

Now, 3 years later, I'm looking to purchase... I have looked them up again... and they are helping me find a home that I'm looking for within my specifications and they also have resources to assist with lending.

Couldn't ask for more!!

Thanks so much my friends!! you do an awesome job... Keep up the great work!"

Kari B.(Cross Plains, WI)
Rock Realty Seller & Buyer Client

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

Thanks for the kind words Kari! We look forward to finding you the home perfect for you!

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Bad Choices People Make When They Buy a Home

All too often, people fall in love with a home for the wrong reason. And when it comes time to sell, they find that there are not as many people in love with the home like they were. Here are some common mistakes first time homebuyers make and how you can avoid the same errors.

Buy With Reselling in Mind

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The previous generation considered a home purchase akin to a marriage; till death do us part. The new generation does not see it in such lasting terms. Modern families may move up in the value of a home, relocate to a better school district or simply sell what they have and move to a new state to pursue a different career. For people that buy a home with a small, or zero down payment, it will be tough to sell within a matter of just a few years. Staying in a home for a number of years gives the property time to appreciate while also giving you a chance to pay down the loan.

Older homes have lots of appeal to many buyers, but they also come with some major considerations. Modern appliances, up to date electrical systems and comfort due to a good air conditioning & heating system are usually not that common in older homes. You may purchase an old house with plans to improve these things as time goes along. However, if you find yourself in a position that you must sell before the renovations are complete, it may be tough to find a buyer.

Don’t Buy a Home Just on the Payment

Many would-be homebuyers look at the principal and interest payment for a proposed mortgage and say “I can handle that.” For the majority of these people, they are correct in their statement. However, they may be overlooking some major expenses.

First and foremost, a house is like a vehicle in the respect that it must be maintained in order to provide a long, useful life. Replacing the roof, getting new appliances, repairing the occasional plumbing problem, and a host of other items are just a part of owning a home. Homes that end up in foreclosure often show signs of neglect, mainly because the owner could not afford even the basic maintenance items.

Besides maintenance, there are property taxes as well as homeowner’s insurance. Depending on the location and value of the property, these two items can typically cost between $300 to $500 a month. Potential buyers need to do their homework and get a full estimate of their payments, along with escrow, from their lender.


People that are novice to the real estate industry still understand one basic rule; location is king in realty. Homes located near shopping areas, close to good schools and exhibit low crime rates are the best selling properties. If you fall in love with a home and you are the only person considering the property, there could be a reason for the lack of competition. It is important to pick a home in a place conducive to an easy sell. Otherwise, you may be in for a long wait when it is time to get rid of the home in the future.

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The SMART Way to Buy Your First Short Sale

Buying a short sale in Madison Wisconsin is quite common right now. The impact of the financial recession has resulted in numerous foreclosures and has left some people with no option but to sell their home for less than the mortgage balance. Buying a Madison area Wisconsin short sale will require a bit of patience and a smart plan.

Understanding the Short Sale


Obviously, the best reason to buy a short sale is for the savings. Most of these properties are discounted as much as 20% off the market price. Buyers can save a considerable amount of money by negotiating the right deal with a motivated seller. However, a good price should only be one consideration. There are other things for the buyer to be aware of such as:

* In order to get a contract on a short sale, it is best to be the first person to contact the seller or selling agent. Being first puts you in more control of the transaction.

* Just because a property is being offered as a short sale does not make it a great deal. Some properties may need extensive work before they can be deemed a safe living environment.

* Banks typically frown on ridiculous low offers. A successful short sale will require you to offer a reasonable amount. This is where an agent can really come in handy.

* Based on the current number of short sales, banks are swamped with these requests. The process for moving the offer through the chain of command does not always progress in an orderly fashion. This requires the buyer to be flexible about a closing date.

All of this means that buying a short sale requires a solid plan; a plan that will get you in front of the right seller, with the right offer.

Putting Together a Good Plan

Follow this outline to help you develop a plan for buying your first short sale.


1. First and foremost, you need to meet with a real estate agent that has experience in short sale transactions. This will save you lots of time and trouble throughout the process. The agent can have a conversation with you to determine the type of house you need and look for possible short sale targets.

2. Determine a plan for responding when a short sale becomes available. Decide with your agent how the information will be communicated to you and how soon you can look over the home.

3. Set up a meeting with a local mortgage lender. Getting the financing secured ahead of time will help get your offer approved. A lender that is familiar with short sale transactions would also be beneficial since the closing may happen at any time and the lender will need to be prepared.

Understand that a short sale which seems like a good deal will likely draw attention from several buyers. The person that responds the quickest, with the best offer and the best plan in place, will likely win the bidding war.

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In a article published by The Arizona Republic on July 27, 2012 @ 4:30 pm written by Catherine Reagor it's alleging that Fannie Mae is purchasing their own REOs through a LLC that Fannie created. To read the article yourself, follow this link, http://www.azcentral.com/business/realestate/articles/20120727mystery-buyer-snaps-up-foreclosure-homes.html


I reached out to the REOPro community to verify this article and it's accuracy and I recevied some interesting information. From a confidential informant, I got a copy of the Arizona Corporation Commission vi State of Arizona Public Acess System...see below...

File Number: R-1776305-1

Check Corporate Status

Corp. Name: SFR 2012-1 U.S. WEST LLC

Domestic Address



Foreign Address



Statutory Agent Information

Agent Name:


Agent Mailing/Physical Address:



Agent Status:

APPOINTED 07/18/2012

Agent Last Updated:


Additional Corporate Information

Corporation Type:

FOREIGN L.L.C. Business Type:

Incorporation Date:

07/18/2012 Corporate Life Period:



Approval Date:

07/23/2012 Original Publish Date:

Manager/Member Information






Date of Taking Office:


Last Updated:



Approval Date:

07/23/2012 Original Publish Date:

Manager/Member Information




Of course, we all will have our own opinoins on if this is a good or bad idea but, I got an even more intersesting article sent to me that said, "

The address that Fannie Mae used in "creating" this LLC is in the same building as East West Bank, a subsidiary of East West Bancorp, which is a Chinese-owned bank. Yes, this is the same East West Bank that received $306.5 Million in TARP money. So, not only were buyers in our market robbed of the opportunity to purchase 275 homes, but it appears that they were sold to a Chinese Bank. Thus, the reason they are trying to hide it from the American people."

Now, once again, I can't verify any of this but, if anyone can independently verify this information I would greatly apreciative.


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How to Buy a Home Once You Have Completed a Short Sale

Short-Sale Wisconsin

Tragedy strikes across the country every year.  People lose jobs, injuries are sustained from accidents and financial hardships cause tough decisions.  Fortunately, most things improve with the passage of time.  Read on to see how you can prepare for your next home purchase once you have sold a home via short sale.

Option 1: Big Down Payment

One constant that has remained in mortgage lending in many years is the power of a large down payment.  Although it is uncommon to see someone with a 30% or more down payment, it does happen.  Especially for people who are recipients of a windfall, such as payment on a judgment or an inheritance.  If you can rationalize the high interest rates, and you have the funds for the large down payment, then you can usually find a private lender to set up a mortgage for you.

If you choose this route, be alert to a few items.  First, the lender may have a stiff penalty for paying off the loan within the first few years.  Secondly, the lender may attempt to set up the mortgage with a balloon payment.  Avoid these two snags at all cost.

Option 2:  Wait a Few Years

If you don’t have the money for a 30% down payment you can simply wait for three years.  The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will ask that a person who sold their home via short sale to wait for three years before applying for a new mortgage.  However, if your circumstances show that the short sale was beyond your control, and you kept your payments up to date right up to the sale date, then you may be able to get the loan sooner.

People who would prefer to use conventional loans offered by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac will have a similar wait.  Fannie Mae only asks that borrowers wait for two years if they are able to pay a 20% down payment.  For circumstances beyond your control Fannie may allow you a 10% down payment after a two year period.

Veterans who wish to use the VA loan will need to wait a full two years after their short sale to apply for a new loan.

Option 3: Lease with Option to Buy

It is not surprising that many home sellers have chosen to offer their homes with a lease and an option to purchase at a certain time and at a designated price.  Due to the economic slump over the past few years, home prices have dropped.  Sellers do not wish to sell their home at such a loss so many are willing to lease out the home in hopes that the market will rebound.  For buyers who are not quite ready to qualify for a traditional mortgage, buying with a lease-option could be the easiest way to get in to a home.

With a little planning and a little patience it is possible to find yourself holding the keys to your next home after you have made it through a short sale.

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