Category Archives: For Investors

SmartMove’s ResidentScore vs. a Standard Credit Score

Almost all landlords agree that their primary consideration when assessing a new tenant is protecting their property and the rental income. A TransUnion survey found that payment problems ranked as the top concern by 84% of independent landlords. They have a good reason to be concerned: the cost of eviction resulting from nonpayment can total as much as $10,000 […]

Mortgage Rates Will Rise in 2021, 5 Reasons Why.

Mortgage interest rates are going to rise in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its most recent forecast sees two things that stand out. First, 2020 will prove itself to be the second biggest mortgage year in history. At over three trillion, 2020 will only stand behind 2003 in single family mortgage production history.  Second, the MBA joined […]

Selling a Tenant-Occupied Property

Know your rights—and the tenant’s, too. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of a seller’s market or simply tired of landlord life, there are plenty of reasons you might need to sell a tenant-occupied property. Sure, it’s your house to sell, but having renters does affect the process. Violating lease agreements or upsetting a tenant could […]

How To Determine Real Estate Investment Property Value

The very first thing for an real estate investor to do when a potential deal is presented is to run an independent valuation, also referred to as “underwriting the deal”. There are three standard approaches to valuing a piece of investment real estate: comparable sales approach, replacement cost approach, and income approach. Comparable Sales. This […]

What Is A Probate Sale

If you’re an active real estate investor, at some point you’ll likely come across a probate sale. Properties sold through probate can be a good deal, as they’re often priced lower than other comparable homes, however, there are risks and probate sales often take longer than traditional real estate transactions. As a result they aren’t popular […]

Guide to Reverse 1031 Exchanges

There are many reasons why you might find yourself in a position where you must acquire or would prefer to acquire your like-kind replacement property first before you sell your current relinquished property in your 1031 Exchange. You might unexpectedly find an investment opportunity that you must act on before you even have time to […]

Investing in Real Estate: How to Diversify Your Portfolio

Andrew Carnegie—founder of U.S. Steel and one of history’s richest men—once observed, “More millionaires have been made through owning real estate than through all other industrial investments combined.” Owning real estate investments remains one of the most effective means of growing one’s wealth. But to fully take advantage of the opportunities the real estate market […]

What’s My Home Worth? Real Estate Valuation Tools

This article explains the four most common valuation methods used for real estate and property transactions, including how and when they are used. It’s important to note that the methods below are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Homeowners, lenders, mortgage servicers, investors, and other professionals use one or more of these valuation methods, depending on circumstances […]