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HomeVestors Knows The Investment Potential Of Real Estate Notes

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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Real estate notes are a great long-term investment strategy for investors in the real estate field.

Dallas, Texas HomeVestors is the nation’s number one home buying franchise and has helped real estate investors purchase 50,000 properties over the years. The company knows that even after the housing market crises, real estate investments still remain an excellent investment choices for investors seeking respectable yields on their money.  Investors can rest assured that there will always be money to be made in the real estate market.  For an investor looking to claim a segment of that lucrative real estate pie, there are several investment options that could land the savvy investor, a handsome profit.  Real estate notes are one of such investment options, and can prove to be particularly profitable for investors with extra capital.

Real estate notes are documents that outline an agreement between a borrower of a mortgage loan and the lender.  They could take the form of a promissory note, a deed of trust, a contract -for-deed, a land sale contract, or any other kind of real estate contract that spells out the repayment terms.  The owner of a real estate note has the option to sell it to investors if they would rather get upfront capital for it rather than monthly payments that span several years.

Real estate notes are bought and sold through an investment listing.  An interested investor should hire a real estate note broker to find available notes that are for sale.  The investor’s job is to determine if the note is a safe investment.  This means that an investor must get every bit of information pertaining to that note, including the market value of the property that backs the note, the interest rate of the loan, whether or not it is fixed or adjustable, repayment terms, the credit score of the payer and any other information that can be used to access the note’s risk profile.

The difference between the note’s price and face value constitutes the profit that would be earned by the investor.  Real estate notes are good long-term cash flow investments if they can be purchased significantly below face value.  For investors who would rather not wait around for the lengthy periods that mortgage payments typically last, there are always options to buy just a fraction of a note for which the investor only collects payments for a specified period.  Another reason why notes are desirable is because earnings on real estate notes are classified as passive income and are taxed at lower capital gains rates.

About HomeVestors of America Inc.

Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest buyer of houses in the U.S., with 50,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors trains and supports its independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in buying and rehabbing residential properties.  Most commonly known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each community.  In 2012, for the seventh consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review’s “Top 50 Franchises,” a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction.  For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.

HomeVestors Knows How Important A Real Estate License Can Be To An Investor

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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A real estate investor who takes the time to obtain a real estate license has an advantage over the industry.

Dallas, Texas HomeVestors is the nation’s number one home buying franchise and has helped real estate investors purchase 50,000 properties over the years. The company knows that real estate investors usually engage in outsourcing of services during the course of any buying or selling transaction.  At one point or the other, they will need to hire a lawyer, an appraiser, an insurance agent, a title company, an escrow company, or most important of all, an agent.  The services of an agent dispense the need for the investor to go through the painstaking task of looking up listings by themselves.  The investor just needs to provide the specifications of what they are looking for and have the agent do the searching, while they themselves focus on the task of managing their money.  The commissions that an investor pays out to their agents may well be worth their indispensable services.  A full time investor however who dedicates their entire working career in the property market, may be better off getting a real estate license, and assuming the role of their own agent.

The advantages of getting a real estate license are enhanced by the ease with which the real estate investor can get their hands on one.  The whole process can take as little as a month and may not cause a dent in the investor’s pocket book. The entire cost can be as little as a thousand dollars.  Getting the license involves taking a course and a state-licensing exam.  The exam and licensing requirement differ from state to state.  Most small-scale investors typically operate just within the borders of a single state but in case their business traverses state borders, they would have to be licensed by each state in question.

Real estate investors who can afford the time and resources should definitely consider getting their own real estate license.  Given the fact that it is relatively less expensive and takes exponentially less time to get a license compared to becoming a certified professional in just about any other white collar field, the investor has very little to lose in the pursuit of one.

Worst-case scenario, they waste a month and about a thousand dollars to get a worthless piece of paper that doesn’t give them a better business edge.  Best-case scenario, they save thousands of dollars over their entire career in commissions and get priceless deals that would have otherwise gone to other investors. Moreover, they can also become the agent for other investors and by so doing, get a piece of those hefty commissions that agents enjoy.

About HomeVestors of America Inc.

Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest buyer of houses in the U.S., with 50,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors trains and supports its independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in buying and rehabbing residential properties.  Most commonly known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses®” company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each community.  In 2012, for the seventh consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review’s “Top 50 Franchises,” a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction.  For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.