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Los Angeles Real Estate Lament

I hesitate to make a list
Of all the countless deals I’ve missed:
Bonanzas that were in my grip-
I watched them through my fingers slip.
The windfalls, which I should have bought
Were lost because I over-thought:
I thought of this, I thought of that;
I could have sworn I smelled a rat.
And while I thought things twice,
Another bought them at the price.

It seems I always hesitate,
Then make my mind up much too late.
A very cautious man I am.

And that is why I never buy.

How Nassau and how Suffolk grew!
North Jersey! Staten Island, too!
While others culled those sprawling farms
And welcomed deals with open arms-
A corner here, ten acres there,
Compounding values year by year.
I chose to think, and as I thought,
They bought the deals I

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Although it was originally brought to my attention by Phyllis Rockower of the Real Estate Investors Club of Los Angeles, this article was originally written by County Records Research, an Orange County based company that provides Foreclosure Data for Southern California Real Estate Investors.  The founder of this company Kurt DeMeire is a great source of knowledge on Foreclosure Investing, if you have the cash to buy properties at the courthouse steps, you may want to check out some of Kurts' Foreclosure Investing Training Videos or attend one of Ward Hanigans lectures on Foreclosure Investing.  I used to think this type of investing was too theoretical because nobody had this kind of money laying around but these days its seems like I'm the only chump

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The following changes apply to new case numbers assigned on or after November 17, 2009:

o        Seasoning:  At the time of application, the borrower must have made at least 6 payments within the month due on the FHA-insured mortgage being refinanced.

o        Payment History:  At the time of loan application, the borrower must exhibit an acceptable payment history as follows:

§         For mortgages with less than a 12 month payment history, the borrower must have made all mortgage payments within the month due.

§         For mortgages with a 12 month payment history or greater, the borrower must have 0x30 in the last 12 months, and made all mortgage payments within the month due for the three months prior to the date of the loan application.

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This is a funny video poking fun at the frusturations felt by many buyers and their agents during this "Unbelieveable, Once-in-a-Lifetime Buyers Market"... yeah right with the internet on the side of the sellers, great deals are no secret.  Everyone can find the deals, closing a great deal only happens from making lots of offers and having a little luck...


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Unfortunately in the real world, there are bad people and unethical business owners.  In tough economic times, laziness and ethical absence can combine with desperation and lead to some really ugly situations.  The Loan Modification industry is a perfect example of a service that should have helped but went drastically wrong some where.

Here are the top 10 steps you can take to try and avoid getting burnt by forming any sort of relationship with a Real Estate Service related business online.

  1. Look for verifiable Contact Information:
    • Does the company provide their physical address?  Can you verify the address for their legal entity with the secretary of state?  (i.e.- if the business is in California they should be registered with the California
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What is DocuSign?
Anyone who has purchased a home in Los Angeles can tell you about the crazy amount of paperwork involved. Purchasing Los Angeles Real Estate can be a great investment but the paperwork part and coordinating time schedules for signings, fighting through traffic and traveling to and from a realtor’s office after work to sign documents…not so great. Well with DocuSign technology, the days of physically signing a 2-inch stack of papers and wasting time and gas driving to and from the realtor’s office are fast fading. DocuSign, a state of the art electronic signing technology in use since 2004, is now available and has been already used in hundreds of thousands of transactions. Instead of commuting back and forth to sign papers, you can now

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I think the fact the IOC wanted to do something avant garde and choose an exotic destination for the Olympics where the game has never been held before is a great idea.  Rio De Janeiro is an unbelieveable city, personally I would love to be in Rio for the games I'm sure the experience would be something special.  In the 2008 China games there was that very unfortunate event where the parents of an american was stabbed randomly.  I gurauntee the violence, robbery, kidnapping and extortion that will take place in 2016 will be 20X worse.  Rio is a beautiful city but very rough and very dangerous.  While the Cariocas will be on their best behavior for the Olympics so will the the street thugs, kidnappers, drug dealers, and theives.  Good luck to anyone who

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Search for property in pre-foreclosure, going to auction at the courthouse soon, or bank owned in Los Angeles or Orange County on


Want more information on how to buy these properties or what to be aware of when purchasing this type of property?  If so contact an IET Real Estate Agent.

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With the changes happening to the basic underwriting guidelines of Conventional loan programs so quickly I thought I'd create this blog post to highlight *_some_* of the potentially deal killing details that I've come across in the course of my own business...

  • MI for conforming loans on Condo's is on the verge of being extinct (consider FHA as an alternative).  41% max backend DTI for all MI companies.  Doesn't matter what DTI Lender will allow.
  • Reserve Requirements when purchasing Investment Properties. 
    Fannie Mae Announcement re: borrowers purchasing multiple investment properties
  1. When the borrower will own one to four financed properties (including the subject property) the reserve requirements are:

    * two months of reserves on the subject

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Concerned about crime in the neighborhood you are considering buying into?  Use this website to review statistics on past crime in your new neighborhood.

Great source of data, uploaded directly from Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

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