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Thirty-eight real estate markets have been tagged as “dangerous” for investors looking to make money on buying homes as rental properties in new quarterly data compiled by HomeVestors of America (known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company) and Local Market Monitor.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its December 2012 Refinance Report, which shows that with the number of mortgages refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in the fourth quarter, nearly 1.1 million HARP refinances were completed in 2012 and nearly 2.2 million were completed since HARP was implemented in April 2009.
A real estate investor that I know has a saying, “Your most expensive money is your own money, and your second most expensive money is your family’s money.” For those of you who have made a real estate investment with a family member, you can probably understand very well the meaning of that saying.
One of my clients, who has flipped over 400 homes, never has to think about what carpet or paint to put into his rehab houses. His contractor has the SKU numbers conveniently filed at Home Depot for easy ordering, pickup, and payment. Using one home improvement supplier like Home Depot has helped this real estate investor to quickly and efficiently flip many rehab houses over the years.
When the first flood of foreclosures swamped housing markets at the dawn of the Foreclosure Era in 2007, a new generation of investors saw the opportunity and discovered they could make much more money by holding and renting the properties they acquired than by flipping them. Rental income from tenants—often families displaced by the housing crisis—created the cash flows necessary to fund additional foreclosure purchases and the REO-to-rental business was born.