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22nd August 2008

Vertigo or Something

I apologize to my readers for my absence this month.  I am still struggling through this imbalance, vertigo or whatever it is.  Just as a brief update, I have not started the East Baltimore project but I hope to be able to drive again soon.  I appreciate your prayers and thoughts.

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13th August 2008

Try a Forum for Remodeling Tips

Other than this site there are lots of useful places on the net to get ideas on remodeling and rehabbing.  Forums are a great place to bounce ideas off of professionals and others in the business.   House flipping is basically remodeling on steroids, especially for rehabbers. 

One such site that I like to visit is the zillow.com forum.

Zillow Forum

The remodeling and repair category usually has useful information and some of the visitors seem to know a thing or two.

Another site that I like to visit is doityourself.com

Do it Yourself Tips

This forum not only has valuable information about home projects but you can find tips on other subjects such as automobiles and purchasing land.  On the site itself you will also find lots of useful articles on different projects.  The users in the forum seem to ask good questions they usually get some really decent answers.  Heck you might even find me out there asking and answering some of them.

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6th August 2008

Buy or Rent a Home in 2008?

I still believe that this is the best time to get into the real estate investing business.  However, the strategy used in this market may be the key to your success.  I’m not so sure that all of the creative strategies taught buy the self proclaimed gurus will work in this current market.  The differences in the strategies can make or break you as an investor.  For example, if you are looking for short term investments in which you control or own the property for less than 4 months, i.e. house flipping, this market should scare you some.  No one knows where the bottom is, including the gurus and even at a 20 percent discount (in today’s market) you could still be over priced in three months.  Wholesaling (house flipping on speed) may be a safer route to take since in most cases, you only control the property for a very short time frame.  The down side is you run the risk of not finding a buyer and potentially loosing deposits or down payments.  Don’t get me wrong I am still a proponent of house flipping, however only as one car in your freight train to wealth.

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4th August 2008

Negotiating Real Estate Agent Fees

Hand ShakeAs a house flipper a lot of your profit goes into real estate agent fees.  Finding a good real agent is a huge advantage in this business for several reasons.  First you want an agent that is constantly building relationships.  These relationships should be with buyers, sellers, other agents/brokers, investors, etc.  They should be full time real estate agents and willing to work for a lower commission.  Any agent that specializes in working with real estate investors will negotiate their commission.  Many of them are offering 3 percent to investors and I’ve even come across a few that offer the same to any seller, although I doubt that the latter will last after the market rebounds. 

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1st August 2008

August Smells Like Football

August is my favorite month of the year although it can also be the hottest.  The main reason is because football season is back.  With the Summer Olympics starting on the 8th, this month will be great for sports.   My oldest son will be playing Pop Warner football this year which is also very exciting. 

On a real estate note, I plan to start on the E Baltimore project Monday.  I’ve been setting up some contractors and I will make a decision early next week.   Although I have my main contractors, I still have a few others that I use depending on the project.  This project is really a small one and shouldn’t present any surprises.  

The thing that kept me from starting this week is this dizziness that I’m still feeling.  Bloodtest and CAT scan were all normal so the doctor told me to see an ENT.   I have had this feeling one other time after a one week cruise.  It took about a week for my equilibrium to balance itself out.  No more roller coasters for me!  

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