Real Estate Investing Links for November 18, 2009

Foreclosures Hit Record Highs in San Antonio San Antonio foreclosures have hit record highs, as My SA Business reports that the numbers are up 40% from this time last year. The situation is reminiscent of 1987’s oil bust when “half of all local home sales were foreclosures.” Despite this seemingly desperate situation, professionals report that … read more

Texans Vote for Amendments that Benefit Homeowners

Texas Real Estate reports on the three constitutional amendments and one proposition recently approved to revise the appraisal process and eminent domain. The reforms, benefiting Texan property owners, should make for a “fairer system.” The article outlines each proposition with propositions 2 and 3 concerning appraisals, and propositions 5 and 11 affecting the exercise of … read more

Real Estate Investing Links for November 11, 2009

Real Estate Goal Setting Lifestyles member Bryan Upton blogs about how to set investing goals and the five ways real estate makes you money. The article, from Allie’s Acquisitions, demonstrates how to form strategies for specific goals such as cash flow and net worth. Peppered throughout the post are useful investing maxims such as “a … read more

The Five Laws of Gold

When I first read “Richest Man in Babylon” by Goerge Clason, I had my doubts as to whether strategies and tactics based on thousand year old principles would be relevant to me in the 1990’s. Now, 20 plus years later, after having executed the laws and rules outlined in the book, I know it to … read more

Top 10 Reasons for San Antonio's Bright Future in Commercial Real Estate

Amid reports of troubled commercial real estate markets, VIP Realty has claimed San Antonio as a place with a bright multifamily future. San Antonio has already been listed as having one of the strongest economies in America, and this article explains how this coordinates with the burgeoning commercial real estate market the city is experiencing. … read more

The Del Walmsley Radio Show – The Modern Version of "The Ant and the Grasshopper"

“The ant works hard in the withering heat and in the rain all summer long building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference… … and demands to … read more

Real Estate Investing Links for November 3, 2009

Home Buyer Tax Credit Set for Extension The Real Estate Economy Watch reports that senate debate has officially ended on the extension of the home buyer tax credit. With only two senators in opposition, the legislation is expected to receive President Obama’s signature this week. In addition to the extension, the new tax credit will … read more

Is This A Good Time to Invest in Real Estate?

There is a lot of talk still in the news today about the ailing housing market and the continuing rise of foreclosures both here in Texas and across the country. Unemployment is up, the housing market is down, the future is uncertain, we’re mired in a global recession; the news continues to get worse. So … read more

DFW Home Prices Decline the Least of Any City on S&P Index

Despite significantly lower values compared to 2007’s peak, Dallas News considers why this year Dallas-Fort Worth has seen the lowest home price declines of any city. Using the Case-Shiller index, analysts are able to track the recent shift in home prices to higher levels, admitting that the upswing may be attributable to the first time … read more

Fannie Offers Hand to Investors

From an article by Harry Terris: “Fannie Mae is replacing a forbearance program for troubled borrowers with one that will make the breaks available to property investors and owners of second homes. In a forbearance, the government-sponsored enterprise reduces the monthly payment on a mortgage for up to six months. The current program only provides … read more