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Leverage And How To Use It Properly

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Investment Videos |

One of the most hotly debated topics I discuss with my clients is the concept of using a loan to assist in a purchase.  The concept of using other people’s money in order to finance a purchase is called leverage….and there’s quite a few reasons why this topic is debated so frequently.  Some of my clients are either in their later years near retirement and don’t want the responsibility of a mortgage payment.  Some of them...

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Determining Net Present Value (NPV)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Investment Videos |

As I discussed in my “Investing Terms Part 2” video, Net Present Value — or NPV —  means to convert all the future cash flows into today’s dollars.  Which even for me is still a bit of a confusing way to understand it.  For a quick recap on how we calculate this figure, let’s look at a simple example. If you buy a property for $1m, and make $100k/year every year for 5 years, then SELL the property for $1m...

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How Securities Based Loans Work

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Investment Videos |

When it comes to investing, some people prefer stocks.  Other prefer bonds.  And of course, there are those that prefer real estate.  One common point I hear from stock traders is the fact that they would LOVE to buy real estate right now but they don’t want to sell their stocks.  Maybe they have Apple and Google stocks?  Maybe their stocks are paying good dividends.  Whatever the reason is, they just don’t want to let it go, which...

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Using Bankruptcy to Stall a Foreclosure

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Investment Videos, Residential Videos |

Bankruptcy…by just saying it some people feel ashamed.  But did you know that in some circumstances bankruptcy can stall a foreclosure on your property?  It can even be used if you owe more than what the property is worth.  Of course, each state has its own set of laws with regards to foreclosure, but bankruptcy is federal — it’s rule is universal in each of the 50 states.  I’m going to give you some information in...

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Leasing vs. Owning Your Commercial Property

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Investment Videos |

If you own your own company, whether you are expanding your operations or simply staying where you are, one question has likely come up.  Is it better to own our own space or lease it?  With prices being the way they are, it might very well be the best time to buy your own real estate.  However, owning MIGHT not be the best solution depending on what some of those intrinsic answer turn out to be.  Why don’t we look at a few well-known...

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Deferred Sales Trust

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Investment Videos |

A Deferred Sales Trust is a financial strategy used by property owners when they dispose of their assets, usually because they can’t – or don’t want to – complete a 1031 exchange.  It basically takes the concept of something that is very familiar with even novice investors.  The concept of the seller carry back — or seller financing…that is when the seller has equity in a property and acts as the lender for...

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How Site Selection Can Help Your Business Grow

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Investment Videos |

One type of service I offer is commonly called “Site Selection”.  It’s where I use tools that analyze which location, or locations are best for a client’s place of business.  This is all based on a multitude of factors including demographics, household incomes, lifestyle profiles and traffic counts — just to name a few –  of the subject area.  The subject area can be a 3 mile radius, a particular city or...

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Why Are Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Important

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Residential Videos |

If you’ve remotely watched or read any news since 2008, you’ve probably heard bits and pieces about Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.  And if you’re one of those people that have heard bits & pieces about them, you might not know exactly what they do.  Both Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are government sponsored enterprises, or GSE.  Fannie and Freddie actually played — and still play — a key role in obtaining an...

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Investment Videos, Residential Videos |

No one can really tell you with absolute certainty what mortgage rates are going to be, but everyone’s going to try.  Instead of listening to the media and every different news article try to make their predictions, how about I show you a simple way to determine where *SHORT* term rates are likely going? You see, the 30 year and 15 year fixed mortgage follows a trend line.  And that trend line they follow is called a 10 year Treasury...

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Should I Hold Title As An LLC or TIC

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Investment Videos |

A very common question I get from my clients is in regards to how they should hold title.  Granted, I’m not an accountant or attorney, so I can get legal or tax advice, but I can give real estate guidance & opinions.  If you’re single, you could always hold title as an unmarried or single person.  Then of course there’s a few different ways to hold title when you’re married, such as community property or joint...

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Applying LEED & Green Technology in Real Estate

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Investment Videos |

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I must admit I am a little biased on one issue.  Be it from California, Berkeley or even San Francisco, we are advocates for using green technology.  If it saves the earth or uses less electricity, these jurisdictions are for it.  But are we getting ahead of ourselves?  Are these huge pushes for “being green” really even worth it?  Personal bias aside, I’m going to give you the facts on...

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Value Add Properties

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Investment Videos |

There’s a small niche market for a certain types of investors.  The types of properties in this niche market are called Value Add properties, and these investors usually have three things.  A great deal of cash…a sophisticated team including their real estate broker and contractors, and the stomach to take some big and risky leaps.  Chances are you’ve seen these properties just in your daily commute.  The empty office...

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Explaining Hard Money Loans

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Investment Videos |

One type of a loan you can get as a buyer or property owner is called a Hard Money Loan.  A hard money loan is basically an expensive, short term loan used when typical lower rate financing isn’t available.  As of this time, a typical hard money loan will run you about 10-15% or more and will cost anywhere from 4-7 points.  Points are an upfront fee of the loan amount. Also, unlike typical financing Hard Money loans are very short term...

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Why The Apartment Market Is So Hot

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Investment Videos |

Right now, there’s one particular asset class in commercial investment real estate that’s got everyone talking.  Apartment’s.  Whether it’s a small duplex or a 100 plus unit complex, these assets just seem to be the number one target of investor’s.  Of course, there’s a few reasons for this.  Financing is extremely favorable, almost more so than a primary residence.  Add also the declining vacancy rate and surging rents, it’s no wonder...

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Why You Should Invest In Real Estate

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Investment Videos |

I’ve been in multiple debates with both savvy and first time investors about why investing in commercial real estate is or isn’t the best way to go with investment.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not discrediting stocks or bonds or saying they aren’t good investments – I just have a strong opinion that investing in real estate should play a major role anyone’s portfolio.  Now of course, there are some downsides, but again I feel that the positives...

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Breaking Down the Home Buying Process

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Residential Videos |

When it comes to how to purchase a home, most people don’t know how they start looking, what the process is, or even which inspectors to hire. I’m going to answer these questions along with many others you may have as I explain from start to finish the steps needed to buy a home. Preparation is the first step of the home buying process which combines three mini steps into one, mainly because they are all done simultaneously. The...

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What to Expect During the Home Loan Process

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Residential Videos |

A large percentage of people when purchasing a home usually do so by obtaining financing. The common misconception is that you need at least 20% down on the home that you’re going to purchase. Even though this will obviously save you money on your mortgage, you can actually put down as little as 3.5% and still buy a home. Although I personally recommend putting down 5 or 10%, anywhere between 3.5% to 20% is completely acceptable. Along...

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