Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'strategy'

Save For A Down Payment or Buy Now? (Part 1 of 2)

An email asked a question I should have thought to answer a long time ago, and the answer may surprise a lot of folks. I've been vaguely aware of this for a couple of years, but I was amazed how...

Buy Now vs. Wait: Some Practical Hypotheticals

The original appeared in April 2006, but has been updated for changes I am hoping to buy in the (city) area and am reviewing the possibilities. While I fear that the local market may be peaking, I intend to live...

Top Ten Reasons You Bought The Wrong House

A while ago, I wrote Top Ten Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling. It was well received so I thought I'd take it from the buyer's perspective. Once again, I'll try to inject as much humor as I can. And...

Agents "Buying" Listings: Promising the Undeliverable and Hurting Their Clients

Quite a lot of the time when I view a property, I get requests for feedback. Usually it's an automated email. Other times, it's some office assistant who wants to fax me a form which will "only take a...

Unsustainable Loans You Should Not Use to Purchase a Property

You've probably heard the horror stories, and I've mentioned the possibility more than once. Some unsuspecting person is looking at properties beyond their price range, and it therefore has all kinds of attractive features that properties which are in their...

Why Buyers and Refinancers Should Think About a 5/1 ARM

Right now, due to the problems we had with unsustainable loans, nobody wants to consider anything but a thirty year fixed rate loan. I understand why, especially as I've been preaching the dangers of things like short term adjustable...

How to Use Internet Based Real Estate and House Hunting Sites

As with anything you find on the internet, the critical thing to keep in mind with internet real estate is that it is subject to input control. In plain English, you only see what they want you to see....

Shop Loans By The Bottom Line To You, Not By What the Provider Makes

When it comes to mortgage loans, people get distracted by the darnedest things. Let's look at Wal-Mart. You think they got to be the largest retailer in the world by making less money than their competition? I assure you...

A Good Listing Agent's Most Difficult Task

The general public may not understand this, but the most critical parts of a listing agent's job all take place before the property hits the market. The most difficult task of an agent who wants to successfully list property is...

Ill-Considered Real Estate Offers and Contracts

There's an old literary tradition that cautions the reader to "Be careful what you ask for. You may get it." Many real estate purchase offers are good illustrations of that principle. The rule followed by good agents is, "Never...

Writing Real Estate Purchase Offers to Beat Higher Competing Offers

This article was inspired by closing one of many transactions where my clients did not make the high bid (or even close), but did get the fully negotiated purchase contract and the property. By building an airtight case that...

What is Reasonable Loan Officer Compensation?

I get people asking me about how much their mortgage loan providers make, usually with an idea towards negotiating it down but often with the idea of choosing one loan or the other based upon the loan officer's compensation. This...

Sixty Second Public Service Announcement About Selling Real Estate

Here was an idea I had: Pack a list of the most important things consumers need to know about buying real estate, as packed into the words I can say in sixty seconds without sounding like an over-clocked squirrel. Here...

Why Buyers Should Avoid Short Sales

I've been saying this for a long time: Short sales are poison for buyers. I don't know why people encourage buyers to look at short sales, because there is no advantage for buyers that I am aware of. In...

Real Estate: Giving Someone a Monopoly Does Not Encourage Top Performance

From an e-mail I've been talking to agents lately and I ask them about the things I've learned about from your site. I thought I would say things like "I want to apply for a backup loan" and they would...

Real Estate: Know What Can Be Fixed and What Can't, What's Profitable and What Isn't

It's a well known fact that not all factors in real estate are equally important, and not all property investments perform equally well. A critical part of successfully choosing the right property, whether it's for investment or personal use, lies...

My Sixty Second Public Service Announcement about Buying Real Estate

Here was an idea I had: Pack a list of the most important things consumers need to know about buying real estate, as packed into the words I can say in sixty seconds without sounding like an over-clocked squirrel. Here...

Selling In Buyer's Markets: Do You Need to Sell Or Are You Part of The Problem?

One of the things that sticks out about buyer's markets is that there are two sorts of listings: Those who are willing to do whatever it takes, anything it takes, to get the property sold, and the other who apparently...

The Ideal Listing Commission and its Structure: Performance Based

Here's the real issue about commissions: They need to be structured to incentivize good results - rewarding those agents who do good work, penalizing those who don't. The current structure, where the brokerage gets a flat percentage of official...

Selling to Avoid Foreclosure in a Buyer's Market

Found this on a public forum I need help to stop foreclosure on my home. I need to sell quickly? I am a couple months behind on my payments and want to sell now. I am not looking to make...