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Showing posts with label texas. Show all posts
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August 21, 2011

Sweet Deal? $16 For a $300,000 Home?

Hi Everyone,

   Welcome back !
   Well...Chalk this one up under the topic of "Oddball Topics!".

   Some guy in Texas walked paid a $16 filing fee and moved into an abandoned foreclosure home...and he is well within his legal rights to stay. According to a story by Stephen Clark, titled, "Texas Man’s $16 Property Seizure Throws Obscure Law Into Spotlight", the man used a legal maneuver known as "adverse possession", which "allows individuals to take property considered abandoned", is an old law on the books of most states, and dates back to the 1800's and British common law.

   Basically, as Clark writes, it was originally used to "deal with the boundaries of farmlands that weren't always clear". Larry Morandi, director of state policy research for the National Conference of State Legislatures, called it "kind of a quirky doctrine" designed to acknowledge that if you got "possession of a property and no one's been challenging it, you should have some type of title to it". But, nowadays, the concept has led to abuses, and as Clark writes, some scam companies have formed to seize properties and rent them out. Basically, a function of the sluggish economy and the increase in foreclosures.

   In this specific case in Texas, if this guy stays in the house for 3 years, he can obtain the title and become the owner. It's true! Some states can take 20 years, so he chose the right state to do this!

   Is he really safe there? Apparently, he told the news that the owner would have to pay off a "massive mortgage debt", and the bank would need to file a "complex lawsuit" (he does not see this happening). It seems that he did his homework, since he put up "no trespassing" signs, and therefore, the police cannot remove him since it's a "civil matter, not a criminal one."

   Some states are cracking down, but only Florida and Washington state have passed laws "tightening the requirements for claiming property through adverse possession." In Colorado, there was a change that allowed judges to force the adverse possessors to "compensate the original owners for back property taxes and interest". The crackdowns failed in many other states, which I find very odd, don't you?

   Apparently, Clark writes, "as long as it's in the open, it's not a crime", and adds that adverse possessors can even "register the bills in their name and notify the bank, previous homeowner or neighbors of their intent."

   This is definitely something that is hard to wrap your mind around. It's something I am sure most of us are not familiar with. What are your thoughts on this?

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
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TAGS: #abandoned #foreclosure #Texas #adversepossession #Britishcommonlaw #mortgagedebt

May 26, 2011

Home Prices - Look Out For The Herd

Happy Hot, Sticky, Summery Day,

   The one and only Winter fan shouting out to you today !

   When you think about Housing and Real Estate, one of the first things that comes to mind (or should come to mind), are Home Prices. This week, the Federal Housing Finance Agencys (FHFA) released their seasonally adjusted purchase-only house price index, which, as described, is, "calculated using home sales price information from Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-acquired mortgages."

   The "skinny" on these numbers boils down to the 2.5% drop in Q1 2011 vs. Q4 2010, and the 5.5% drop from Q1 2010 to Q1 2011. In the actual breakdown of the figures, "the strongest prices", as they were referred, were in the West South Central Division, where prices, "declined only 0.5 percent." Amongst the largest price drops (for the 25 most populated metropolitan areas) was the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA area, which saw prices drop in excess of 13% from Q1 2010 to Q1 2011. Ouch !

   What does this all mean? "Absolutely nothing!", says Eric Bramlett, a Real Estate Broker in Austin, Texas, who says that all Real Estate is "local", and that the only buyers who are interested in purchasing "anywhere in the United States" are investors. Bramlett says that the, "vast majority of home buyers need to buy a property in a specific city or metro area, and most want to purchase within a sub-market of that area."

   In the world we live in, and the way we are wired, when we hear a market is in decline, many people go into the "Herd" mentality mindset, slap the blinders on, and forge along with those negative thoughts, so in a way, I believe it does effect us, even if indirectly.

   Bramlett provides some solid advice for homeowners and buyers, which is to, "find out where your local market stands, and you will have an accurate read on where you stand as a homeowner or buyer."

   Hopefully, you will read this for knowledge purposes and will not slap on the blinders. Educate yourself, check your desired area for crime, business, expansion, employment, etc. Did we miss anything? We'd love to hear from you.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

TAGS: #homeprices #FannieMae #FreddiaMac #Atlanta #realestate

November 19, 2010

Real Estate Contracts from a Legal Perspective

Hi Folks,

   Friday is upon us, and most of the leaves have already fallen here in the Northeast. The trees are bare, and this can only mean one thing - bare trees. OK, so the secret is out - I'm not a comedian.

   One thing that is not a laughing matter in Real Estate are the contracts that are used for the different flavors of deals. Today, we are going to take a look at these contracts from the perspective of Rent to Own, with input from Attorneys from 3 States; Florida, Ohio, and Texas. We will preface this with the caveat that this is not legal advice, we are not attorneys, and thus the title word, "perspective", and not guidance.

   In the State of Florida, which is always a hotbed for deals, we spoke with Charles P. Castellon, an Attorney and Counselor at Law in Florida. Castellon tells us that it is important to realize that, "The applicable protections depend on whether you’re entering the deal as seller or buyer.", and he says that from the seller's side, especially in Florida, that, "it’s helpful to draft 2 separate agreements — a residential lease and option agreement.", as, "the rationale is the buyer/option holder could more easily force the owner to file a foreclosure action rather than a simple eviction if both sides of the deal are integrated in one agreement." Castellon continues to say that, "In the latter situation, a court could deem the buyer to have equitable rights giving the buyer/tenant the same rights as a mortgage borrower, thus requiring a more costly and complex foreclosure rather than a relatively simple eviction." From what I personally understand, if a rent credit is being applied to the down payment each month, the tenant is building up equity.

   Castellon says that an owner can, "write into the agreements a waiver by the buyer of any claim that the buyer may be entitled to equitable rights requiring a foreclosure case and instead agree that a breach of the lease agreement would be litigated in an eviction case only.", and that, "Buyers should seek to have a portion of all rent payments credited toward the purchase price. Building equity for the buyer and a greater stake in the rental property is beneficial for both sides, as the buyer will think more like an owner than a tenant." Additionally, he says that, "Buyers should also insist that all cost responsibilities are clearly spelled out. For example, either side can be responsible for costs such as taxes, insurance and association fees and everything is negotiable. The buyer may want to seek some kind of protection of his/her interest in the property in the event the owner fails to pay property taxes and thus risks the loss of the property to the tax collector."

   In the State of Ohio, we spoke with Troy Doucet, a foreclosure defense and consumer litigation attorney, who says that, "Ohio law requires the inclusion of about 15 different terms into any land contract in order to make it valid. Someone unfamiliar with these requirements could generate a void contract, and cost themselves statutory damages in addition to having to refund money paid." Doucet says that, "Creating a lease that provides for the ability to purchase later creates other hurdles under Ohio law, especially with regards to recording any kind of security interest in the property", and says that his recommendation is to, "always consult an attorney in drafting these types of contracts because they can be considerably problematic for the seller and buyer if not drafted correctly."

   Finally, in the State of Texas, we spoke with Attorney Patrick E. Hudson, who says that, "Rent to own laws vary from state to state", and that "In Texas, sellers used to take advantage of rent to own buyers by taking the house back when the buyer missed the first payment, even if the buyer had paid on the home for years.", but that, "the Texas legislature stepped in and put burdensome regulations on rent to own sellers.". Hudson says that the regulations, "generally provide that the buyer has to be provided notices and opportunities to cure any default before the seller can take the property back.".

   Hudson says that the state regulations are so difficult to comply with that, "many law firms advise their sellers to avoid rent to own contracts". He does, however, mention an alternative, where, "A seller can lease the property and give the renter/buyer an option to purchase the home at the end of the lease for a good price.", which, "avoids all of the hurdles of a rent to own transaction.".

   We are looking for some additional input from real estate attorneys in other states, and we welcome your comments on this post.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
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August 6, 2010

UPDATED: Right Time to Buy? Top Real Estate Investing Markets

Good Morning,

Happy Friday! With the dreaded humidity taking a swan dive here in New York, it should make for a nice and dry weekend...finally !

As we discussed on Wednesday, we had a ton of requests for us to discuss the hottest markets for Real Estate investments. Keep in mind that these requests were NOT for the hottest housing markets for the standard property buyer, however, for the top Real Estate investing markets.

We warn you - this is a long post - but there is valuable information here !

We have turned to some experts in their given regions, and we have summarized these markets below. However, keep in kind that they are not in any specific order, and we would need to compare apples to apples in order to put them in top to bottom order, which for our purposes here, is outside of the scope of this Blog post. However, some corroborating reasons are given along with each city/region listed below.

Detroit: We had two experts weigh in on the Motor City. Dennis Fassett, a local investor, tells us that, "Nice brick houses in the suburbs with three bedrooms, basements, appliances, garages, and fenced yards can be bought for $40-50,000 or even less in some cases depending on the area. And the properties I have bought like that rent for $1000 per month and up. The ROI is off the charts.". Fassett says that he currently has, "11 houses and 43 apartment units here, and two more deals in process, and I'm looking to buy as much as I can while the market stays depressed."

Drew Sygit of The Lending Edge at First Michigan Bank , concurs, and states that, "Detroit the city is pretty hot. Meeting today with an Australian CPA who's clients all want to buy $30-50k properties they can rent for $900/month. We've got more foreign demand than domestic!"

Memphis: We spoke with Ryan L. Hinricher, a Senior Housing Analyst with Investor Nation, and he said that, "In Memphis an investor who's looking for income property can purchase pristine investment homes at or near median home prices of $115,000, which offer a positive cash flow, or properties as low as $5000 in areas typically higher in crime and lower in income for section 8 rental purposes". Hinricher also reminds us that, "Memphis was recently named one of the 5 best housing markets for 2010 by MSN, Realty Tracs best places to find a foreclosure in 2010, US News and World Reports #1 place for real estate steals in 2010, and Smart Moneys 5 markets expected to fare best in 2010. This is primarily because the transportation industry is one of the first to lead an economic recovery.".

Orlando: Phil Peachey, a Realtor with Regal Real Estate Professionals in Orlando, Florida, says that, "I have apartments at present at $20,000 and 4 bed 3 bath homes with pools near Disney for $100,000. These were 3 times the price a couple of years back.", and that, "Savvy investors are snapping these up in large numbers as they know the market has to come back at some time". I have to concur, as we got our start in the Orlando/Central Florida market, and that seems like a perpetually favored region.

St. Louis: Adam Kruse, a St. Louis Realtor of The Hermann London Group, advises that a lot of the investors are making their own rules on the purchase criteria in that city. Kruse says that, "There are areas of St. Louis where people just don't really buy as primary residence, but they buy them all the time to hold for rental",and says that he has a client who advises him to, "Take the purchase price, subtract off the last 2 zeros, double that number, and I want to be able to get that for rent.", and that they have helped him buy at least 15 places with that criteria. (example: purchase price $35,000, rent amount $700+ per month.)

California: Griff Straw, President of Solidifi, a technology-based appraisal management company, tell us that in California, "Coastal areas continue to offer good opportunities for investors, especially in California, where San Diego has been among the strongest areas in the country. The more remote coastal areas like Oxnard, north of Los Angeles, are less of a sure thing for shorter term appreciation, but may offer potential.

Some Additional Areas that show promise for the Real Estate investor have been identified by Alfred Miller President of Private Lending Solutions, LLC. Miller has, "identified the discount and cash flow properties as well. These are investor friendly markets". The markets he mentioned are Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (Texas), Houston (Texas), Tulsa (Oklahoma), San Antonio (Texas), Salt Lake City (Utah), Phoenix (Arizona), Indianapolis-Carmel (Indiana), Denver-Aurora (Colorado), Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), and Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord (North Carolina/South Carolina)

We hope that this list will be of significant help to you. We welcome your comments on any and all of the cities mentioned above.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

UPDATED: Top 5 Blog post for 2010 (For more information, CLICK HERE)