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Utilize Private Funds In Your Real Estate Today!
We as the general public have been spoiled by the low bank rates being offered to date. Many investors become so enticed by low interest rates that they do not even consider the option of using private funding when they are declined by the bank, and as result, they turn away from a purchase or refinance that could have generated great profit for them. First of all, why are more and more people getting declined by the bank? Today the banks have become very difficult to work with. This is because they have imposed extremely strict requirements for approvals and if you do not meet their exact credentials, you are declined and your buying power has been diminished. I am sure many have experienced such frustrations on the new and improved banking protocol, specifically business owners and contract workers who may have difficulty verifying income. Being in the mortgage industry for almost 2 decades now,I have witnessed vast changes in the approval process for both residential and commercial lending. Just a short time ago it was possible to purchase a residential property, single family up to 4 units, with only 5-10% down. Today you would need a minimum down payment of 20% of your purchase price. You must be able to show that you have the funds to support this purchase and if you cannot verify your income as declared on your tax returns, then there is a very high probability that you will be declined. How many individuals have fallen into this category because of being self-employed? Majority of these individuals are the ones that are seeking alternative investments such as real estate for long term stability because of a lack of post retirement pensions and government support. Iwant to inform all of you investors that we cannot let the banks criteria stop our real estateendeavours! We have access to private money where these strict rules do not apply. The approval processfor private funding is based on commonsenseapproach. A common sense approach entails analyzing a deal objectively and all-encompassing. A feasibility analysis would be conducted along with an appraisal of the property, and any relevant documentation would be requested on deal specific basis. Although the interest rates are higher, with private funding there is significantly more flexibility with closing times (mortgages can close within a matter of days!), income confirmation, loan to values, and conditions on a mortgage offer. A higher interest rate is far worth the ability to purchase real estate that could produce great future value and profit that otherwise may not even be a possibility. Since private money can fund quickly, why not use this funding source tonegotiate a better deal for a quick closing, and offset the additional interest rates? I personally am self-employed and I am an avid real estate investor whom uses this technique all the time. I pay the going rates and still have a great success from real estate! Example of how using private money worked for one of our clients: Purchased a power of sale vacant property: $550,000 Used private funding to close Used private funding for a renovation loan Renovated and leased the vacant space Appraised the property after the work was completed: New value $1,100,000 Refinanced with the bank Removed private money: now they have a beautiful property that is cash flowing and their initial investment has been returned. Please note, first mortgage rates for a private loan average from 7-10% annually, second mortgage rates average from 10-15% annually. We can obtain up to 90% of the value of the property on approved credit. On average this is on higher side, however has been funded. Lender fee and broker fee will also apply. Private money will fund land, gas stations, vacant properties, distressed properties, construction, and developmentamongst many others. If you are looking to buy a property and are hitting a wall with your funding, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can perform an assessment on your deal today!
Top five home renovations that increase property value
Looking to increase your homes property value? Here are five of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These five renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6x what they cost. #5 Flooring Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your house. You will see an immediate rise in property valuation with the installation of hardwood floors. Existing hardwood floors that you can refinish are ideal as they are less costly to restore and in higher demand than new flooring materials. For the bathroom, tile will always be in demand and retain value exceptionally well. #4 Fixtures Kitchens often look tired and dated, in large part due to old fixtures. Replacing or updating cabinet hardware, light fixtures, countertops and faucets will result in an immediate increase in your homes value. This small, but effective upgrade will also revitalize the entire home. Pot lights are in high demand in open concept style homes. #3 Bathroom Thebathroomis the second most important room in the home in terms of valuation. If you can add a three-piece bathroom to a home with only one full bathroom, you will see a dramatic rise in the market value of your home. While you should never compromise bedroom space for a bathroom, try sneaking one in dead space in the home. Scott managed to fit in a 3-piece bathroom under a staircase the width of the room measured just 44 inches. As an added tip, use glass for the shower to make the bathroom feel more spacious. #2 Kitchen Kitchens are the single most important room in the home relating to valuation. The kitchen can make a significant difference in the value of your home. As such, it is crucial that you invest in having a modern, fresh anddesirable kitchen. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home on the market. To save on cost without compromising construction and desirability, look at options like Ikea cabinets as opposed to custom cabinetry. #1 An Income Suite No surprise, but the single biggest way to increase the value of your home is to build an income suite within the property. Whether this is converting yourbasement into a rental, or another floor in the home, an income property will increase your homes worth. The main reason for this is that it covers a portion, or sometimes all of your mortgage payments, and results in your home being cash flow positive which creates real wealth that can supplement your income. sources:www.homeownership.ca; www.genworth.ca
Valuable Fraud Prevention Tips for Homebuyers and Homeowners: Part 1
March is Fraud Prevention Month. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has consistently been a leader in the fight against mortgage fraud and offers the following tips to protect yourself against becoming a victim of mortgage fraud. Misrepresentation of Information Mortgage fraudoccurs when someone deliberately misrepresents information in order to obtain mortgage financing that would not have been granted if the truth had been known. This can include: Misstating ones position or inflating ones income or length of service at their job; Misstating employment status (ie. salaried/full time versus contract, part time, hourly or commission-based or self-employed); Misrepresenting the amount and/or source of the down payment; Purchasing a rental property and misrepresenting it as owner-occupied; Not disclosing existing mortgage and/or debt obligations; Misrepresenting property details or omitting information in order to Inflate the property value; Adding co-borrowers who will not be residing in the home and do not intend to take responsibility for the mortgage. Another common form of fraud is when a con artist convinces someone with good credit to act as astraw buyer.A straw buyer is someone who agrees to put his or her name on a mortgage application on behalf of another person. In return for their participation, straw buyers may be offered cash or promised high returns when the property is sold. Often, straw buyers are deceived into believing that they will not be responsible for the mortgage payments. Consequences of Misrepresentation Borrowers who misrepresent information and straw buyers who allow a property to be purchased in their name are committing mortgage fraud and will be responsible for any financial shortfall in the event of default. They may also be held criminally responsible for their misrepresentation. Reporting Fraud If you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of mortgage fraud, please contact your local police department or The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. On-line:www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501 Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654-9426 Email:email@example.com To find out more about mortgage fraud, visit the fraud prevention section of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) website athttp://mortgageconsumer.org/protect-yourself-from-real-estate-fraud. For over 65 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canadas national housing agency, and a source of objective, reliable housing information. Source: CMHC