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16 Tips to Buy Real Estate Successfully
16 Tips to Buy Real Estate Successfully by D.S Peter 1. Do not overanalyze. You may lose a lot of great opportunities to make great deal of money. Start making offers. 2. Get the property under a contract first with a safety clause....

Brandi Brand is Sales Director for Breakwater Mortgage in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Brandi and her husband, Scott also rehab and resell real estate investments in Southeastern Virginia. The following interview consists of common questions real estate investors have at this time, when mortgage interest rates seem to be on the rise.

Q: What is the overall tenure of the real estate and mortgage industry in Virginia at the end of 2005 and leading into the first quarter 2006? A: The local market has slowed in Virginia over the last six months. Houses are staying on the market longer. This means more time is involved for real estate investors who want to sell. Q: Are the real estate and mortgage markets headed for a downturn then? A: The market is still very strong despite a slight decrease in activity. In Southeastern Virginia, home sales dropped approximately 3% in November 2005, which indicates a slight adjustment. Q: Is it a buyer's market now? A: Currently, the market is leveling out. When it was a seller's market, contracts were signed on homes and properties before anyone had a chance to think the purchase through fully. Now, investors have the opportunity to price out necessary repairs and renovations to get the most return out of the property. Q: Is it a good time to buy? A: Yes. The market is adjusting, and there are some great bargains for the real estate investor. There are always good deals to be found. An investor is looking to purchase property below the market value, this is how they make a profit.

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Four Great Reasons To Invest In Real Estate
Anyone can make money investing in real estate once they know how to maximize the four benefits that all real estate can produce. Why is Real Estate such a great investment? Itís because of the flexibility of it four...

Purchasing a property with cosmetic issues, rehabbing and reselling is one strategy. Other good deals can be found with For Sale by Owner real estate. Q: What makes the Virginia real estate market different from say, the market in the Northeast? A: In general the Northeastern market is more expensive than the Southeastern, with the exception of Florida. Southeastern Virginia real estate is more affordable, so investors come from the Northeast to buy here. Q: What do mortgage lenders look for when they consider writing loans for real estate investors? A: A mortgage lender is looking for a strong employment history and six times the monthly payments in leftover assets after paying money due at closing. For 100% financing, the applicant can be required to have a 680 credit score or above. Lenders ideally like to see two years of experience renting properties if the real estate investor is attempting to purchase multiple properties. On average a property that brings in a return of at least $200.00 per month (for maintenance and repairs) is considered a sound investment. For new investors, banks will be inclined to limit the investor to two properties in the first two years. Q: What are the best real estate markets to invest in? A: One of the highest areas of real estate investment is near military bases. Southeastern Virginia has a wealth of bases. Soldiers on their own often prefer to live in base hosing. Those with families often choose to rent in order to have more privacy or a yard. Q: What are the current trends in

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Understanding Real Estate Terminology
Purchasing a home can be a complicated and confusing process, especially for first-time buyers. Throughout the process, first-time home buyers will encounter a variety of unfamiliar real state terms. There are several key terms associates with...

mortgage financing for real estate investors? A: Prior to the summer of 2005, many investors were choosing interest only loans or 2,3, or 5 year Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMS) that required little money down. Most investors purchase a property with 5 years in mind. The value of homes will continue to increase, but investors see the 30-year fixed loans as more solid while interest rates are on the rise. Young investors seem less concerned about rising mortgage rates. Many seasoned investors remember when the interest rates were 13-14%, but investors under thirty have not seen comparable interest rates during their adult lives. Q: What are the refinancing trends for real estate investors? A: Many investors are choosing to refinance by moving from a short-term mortgage to a long-term loan. Investors with rental properties will be locking in rates with 30-year fixed loans. Investors who want to rehab and resell property will be refinancing in order to obtain cash for another real estate investment. Overall, the refinancing boom has slowed down.

About the author:

Brandi Brand is the Sales Director of Breakwater Mortgage in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Brandi began in this field as a credit analyst becoming a customer relationship manager, a loan officer and Regional Manager in the mortgage-banking field. Continuing Brandi's philosophy of giving back to the community,she and her husband Scott Brand purchase and renovate property on the Southeastern Virginia's Peninsula. E-mail brandi@breakwatermortgage.com


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