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📢 Alex Deacon’s January Real Estate Workshop Announced! 📢 RSVP BELOW!

DHREA 04/01/2019

This is a great session for those who want to buy and hold. This will give you an idea of realistic expectations that you can count on for your current and your future investments. We will look at some of my current and past buy and hold properties and take a close look to see what mistakes and successes I had made and lets learn from those and compare to your past and current investments. There will be a lot of Q and A during this session. See a brief overview and outline below.

We are going to be detailed and discuss the following:

1. Where to look for the next buy and hold
2. How to run the numbers and see if it even works on paper
3. What numbers to plug into our analysis to make sure we are accurate before pulling the trigger
4. Should I self Manage and do my own improvements or sub it out to a professional
5. What is an acceptable return to expect long and short term
6. What improvements and the approximate costs of those improvements will help my cash flow long and short term

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Detailed Game plan from A-Z for your next Buy and Hold

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

31 Members Attending

This is a great session for those who want to buy and hold. This will give you an idea of realistic expectations that you can count on for your current and your future investments. We will look at some of my current and past buy and hold properties and take a close look to see what mistakes and successes I had made and lets learn from those and com…

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Blue Label Labs Featured Blog: Bringing Real Estate into the 21st Century with These New Technologies

DHREA 29/12/2018

(We’ve partnered with the great folks at Blue Label Labs to bring you this fantastic blog!)

Real estate is a massive industry with an incredibly high value—already over $1 trillion in New York City alone. Yet in contrast to many fields which have been eager to adopt and implement new technologies throughout their practices, real estate remains a relatively low-tech sector.

Although real estate continues to lag behind in its utilization of the possibilities offered by technological solutions like on-demand app development, artificial intelligence, and more, the industry’s major players are looking for ways to get ahead of their competition. Technology is affecting real estate in important ways and its prominence will only continue to increase in the near future.

Proprietary and Outsourced Solutions

Cloud services have already taken over multiple areas of the workforce. However, many real estate companies continue to compete using their own solutions, a significantly less efficient and more expensive model. Focusing on in-house development diverts important resources that could be used to improve more important aspects of the business.

Along with outsourcing workflow, real estate companies have also been behind other businesses in adopting technologies that could change the way they do business. In sticking to traditional real estate procedures, these companies are allowing their practices to become more and more outdated.

Aside from the cloud, the following are two additional technologies that have the potential to change the real estate industry.

Blockchain

Most people associate the word blockchain with Bitcoin, but the truth is that this technology has important applications in a variety of contexts. The market for blockchain is expected to reach $3 trillion by 2024, and it offers improved efficiency, transparency, and security compared to traditional alternatives.

Blockchain’s possibilities in the economy are just beginning to be explored, so it will likely be a few years before it’s able to have its full impact on the real estate industry. That said, many exciting startups are already working on discovering new ways to incorporate blockchain in the world of real estate.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality offers an improved customer experience through the ability to see a house in detail without having to physically visit. Compared to traditional photos, or even video, virtual reality gives users a much more vivid experience and feel of a house or apartment.

As with blockchain, there are already businesses working on virtual reality solutions for the real estate market. While the industry has always been reluctant to move forward with new solutions and technologies, both blockchain and virtual reality have the potential to significantly affect how real estate operates.

Although there are exciting possibilities just around the corner, real estate is still in the early stages of this transformation. These technologies and others will likely begin to become more visible throughout the industry in the next few years. Many of the inefficiencies and inconveniences associated with purchasing and renting property will be improved through the use of these technological solutions.

(This blog was originally posted at BlueLabelLabs.com)

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OpenListings.com featured blog: Is winter the best time of year to buy a house?

DHREA 20/12/2018
Is winter the best time of year to buy a house?

Even if you’ve never purchased a home before, you’ve probably heard the term “spring market.”

Traditionally, the warmer months were thought of as the only time to get into the real estate market, but that’s not always the case.

If you’re looking to buy a home without all the heat of a potential bidding war, here’s 3 main reasons why this winter just might be the best time to buy:

1. Sellers are more motivated

Calendars become packed around the holidays. Between social events and familial obligations, very few of us would want to add yet another thing to our already busy schedules — especially something as important as selling your home.

As a buyer, you can use this knowledge to your advantage.

Sellers who are willing to market their home during the winter usually need to move right away.

These sellers are moving for a reason — a new job, a progressing relationship, or a family emergency — that’s so important they’re willing to inconvenience themselves during the busiest time of year.

It stands to reason that, if they’re willing to compromise their time, they’ll probably be willing to negotiate on price, too.

While your real estate agent is ultimately the best person to help you decide how to make an offer based on your current market, it’s something to think about.

If coming in under budget is your top priority, buying in the wintertime is probably your best bet.

2. The house’s true colors come out

Let’s be honest: everything looks better on a sunny summer day.

The reason why most agents encourage their clients to sell during spring & summer is because it’s literally the best possible light.

You’re seeing properties in their prime — the most natural light, neutral temperatures, and landscaping in full bloom.

In the winter, sellers don’t have that advantage.

Buyers will know if the heat isn’t working correctly. They’ll know if certain windows are drafty, and with less daylight, there’s more of a chance buyers will see a property after dark.

As the buyer, you should always go into showings with a discerning eye, but shopping around in the wintertime can help make potential deal breakers seem more apparent.

If you’re buying in a cold, rainy, or snowy spot, you’ll want to give extra consideration to some winter-specific details about the home.

How much shoveling, if any, will need to be done if there’s snow? Will you need to contract with someone to bring in oil? Is the house drafty or well-insulated and seale?

Make note of these factors so they can weigh into your decision making process.

3. There’s less competition

Since spring is the dominant time to buy, there might be another unforeseen advantage: less competition.

Many buyers take the “wait until spring” approach and get started with the masses.

Whether it’s kickstarting a New Year’s resolution or timing a house hunt around the kids’ school year, you can bet that the market will be its most crowded in springtime, which means you’ll be fighting over inventory with everyone else who had the same idea.

While inventory can be more limited in the winter, so can the number of potential buyers you’ll be competing against.

Sellers will be grateful to have someone willing to brave the ice, snow, or chill (if you live in that sort of climate) to come see the property.

And since there are fewer interested parties, there’s less of a chance you’ll have to deal with a high-stress multiple offer situation.

This article originally appeared on OpenListings.

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NEW LISTING! Great Investment/Starter Opportunity in Sheraden (Montour School District)

DHREA 13/12/2018

🎈 NEW LISTING! 🎈

Currently rented to long term tenants who have taken great care of the property, this would make a great addition to any portfolio! The property has three bedrooms, with the attic currently being converted into a 4th bedroom. The property also has a decent sized yard, and is in the Montour school district. Check out the slideshow below, and click this link for full details on this great opportunity for investors or anyone looking for their starter home!

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: What You Must Know About Rent-To-Own Homes!

DHREA 04/12/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

If you’ve browsed home sale listings, you’ve probably seen ads for “Rent-to-Own or “Lease-to-Own” homes. These agreements are similar to traditional rental contracts. However, they also give you an option to purchase the rental home.

Curious as to what renting-to-own involves or wondering if it’s a good option for you? Read on to understand the details of a rent-to-own contract and contact us for personalized mortgage advice.

The Anatomy of Rent-To-Own Contract

A rent-to-own contract usually has two parts to the agreement: a standard lease agreement as well as a separate document that outlines your option to buy. Both documents may be incorporated into one document or they exist as two separate ones.

Rent Agreement

In the rental part of the rent-to-own arrangement, it’ll state that the property will remain as the landlord property unless you choose to exercise the right to purchase the home. While this document will include language that mentions “purchasing,” this is still foundationally a rental agreement. It is not a purchase agreement. Just like any other standard lease agreement, it will include terms concerning the amount of rent to be paid, lease period, and outline the repair and maintenance responsibilities of the landlord.

Purchase Agreement

This difference is most notable in the rent that you’ll pay, as we mentioned above. You’ll still be required to make timely monthly payments, but the amount will be substantially higher than the rent of a similar property. This “extra” amount that you pay is usually put into an escrow account as part of your option to buy. It’s the landlord responsibility to set aside this additional portion of the rent aside to apply toward the principle or to refund it should you decide to purchase.

Your Rights and Obligations

Lease-to-own arrangements have unique features that differ from common lease agreements. This difference is most notable in the rent that you’ll pay, as we mentioned above. You’ll still be required to make timely monthly payments, but the amount will be substantially higher than the rent of a similar property. This “extra” amount that you pay is usually put into an escrow account as part of your option to buy. It’s the landlord responsibility to set aside this additional portion of the rent aside and apply toward the principle of the house or refund it to you upon purchase.

In a way, you’re building equity in the house during the rental period.

Maintenance is also different. Unlike a traditional lease agreement where the landlord is responsible for all repairs, in the rent-to-own contract, you’ll be responsible for the upkeep of the property. Most tenants and landlords consider it a fair agreement since, typically, the tenant will own the house eventually.

Other Details

Until your exercise your right to purchase, the property is legally owned by the landlord. Yes, even if you have made significant repairs and have invested several months of “equity,” you’ll still have to comply with the terms of the rental agreement. If any of the conditions are violated, the purchase option is voided. You’ll lose your option fee as well as the escrow percentage of the monthly rent payments.

Risks and Benefits

Many consider a rent-to-own agreement because they lack funds for the down payment, or their poor credit has made them temporarily ineligible for a mortgage (remember that poor credit can be improved!). With a rent-to-own arrangement, a tenant will be able to gradually build equity in a property while still having the possibility to opt out. However, financially, this could make the situation worse. If you choose not to exercise the right to purchase the property or fail to come up with the funds for the purchase, you could lose all of the funds you accumulated on the escrow account.

If you have poor credit or zero funds to purchase a home, you have other options other than rent-to-own contracts. Call Tara Mortgage Services for a free consultation to learn about your options!

 

 

 

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UPDATE: 791 Killarney Dr in Castle Shannon has been SOLD!

DHREA 30/11/2018

 

This wonderful home sitting in the Keystone Oaks school district is off the market! Congratulations to the buyer!

 

 

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Buying a starter home? Here’s what you need to know!

DHREA 28/11/2018

Many first-time homebuyers, especially in competitive markets, end up in starter homes as a part of their first foray into the real estate market.

The idea of a “starter home” goes back to World War II. After veterans completed their service, they returned home and took advantage of a provision in the G.I. Bill that guaranteed them affordable mortgages. The increased demand caused a housing boom, specifically for smaller, low-cost homes where the veterans could start their families.

Historically, these properties tend to be smaller in size than one might expect from a single-family unit, but the idea behind them is two-fold: these smaller properties help introduce individuals to the responsibilities of homeownership, while also serving as a launching pad– something to help a homeowner build equity before eventually moving on to a bigger and better property.

What to look for in a starter home

If you think you might be in the market for a starter property, here are some features you’ll want to keep in mind:

Affordability

Since this is your first time worrying about a mortgage payment, you might not be able to borrow as much, or you may not feel comfortable doing so. As the buyer, you’ll want to ask your lender to work up closing costs for you until you feel confident that you’ll be able to confidently make your payment each month.

Size

Starter homes tend to be much smaller than other homes on the market, both to keep costs down and upkeep manageable. As you look at homes, think seriously about how much space you truly need. Often, just one extra bedroom is more than enough room for first-time buyers.

Upkeep

Townhomes and condos are particularly popular options as first-time homes because they allow buyers to experience a lot of the positive aspects of homeownership without too much responsibility.

If you’re in the market for a living situation where much of the home maintenance is taken care of for you, a condo or townhome may be a good option. Just be sure to research the specific services that each community offers, as well as any associated fees.

Resale value / income potential

Since starter homes tend to be more of a stepping stone than a permanent solution, many first-time buyers go into to the purchase with a vague idea of what will happen once they outgrow this phase of their lives. Whether you’d rather sell the property or keep it and rent it out for passive income, the ability to attract future interest is key. For this reason, most starter homes are located in popular neighborhoods, with easy access to amenities like restaurants, bars, and public transportation options.

Should you buy a starter home?

While, ultimately, only you can decide whether or not now is the right time for you to join the real estate market, here are a few signs that you might just be ready to take the jump into first-time homebuying:

You’re financially stable

Even though starter home values are lower, you should still have a stable income, a handle on your debt and credit rating, and some amount of savings to put towards a downpayment. Additionally, you feel comfortable with the idea of being able to handle a monthly mortgage payment, as well as any unforeseen maintenance expenses that could crop up.

You’re settled (for now)

Even though your starter home probably won’t end up being your forever home, it’s still much more permanent than simply signing a year-long lease. Before you get your heart set on buying, you should double-check to make sure that you feel comfortable maintaining your life- your job, social circle, and surrounding area – as-is for the foreseeable future.

…But not too settled

These days, people are starting their path to homeownership later in life. If you’re in a place where you’re almost ready to start a family and you have a decent income, it may make more sense for you to keep saving and skip the starter home in favor of a larger property that will allow you and your family to grow as needed.

You’re willing to compromise

Too often, buyers are surprised to find that their starter home budget isn’t nearly enough to get everything on their wishlist.

Homeownership, especially in the first-time home bracket, is bound to come with a certain degree of compromise. Ideally, when you’re ready to make a purchase, you’ll be able to focus on foundational details like the home’s location and square footage rather than aesthetics. Those surface projects can often be changed to your tastes over time as you settle in.

This article originally appeared on OpenListings.

 

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Real Estate Investing w/ Alex Deacon: The Best Time Of The Year To Buy Real Estate

DHREA 01/11/2018

 

In his latest segment, “The Deacon of Real Estate” Alex Deacon discusses the best time of the year to buy real estate! Everyone has an opinion, but what do the numbers say? Does your market’s inclement weather or busy summers affect the supply and demand? Alex breaks down those questions, and much, much more!

 

 

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Virtual Bus Tour of Current and past rehabs

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

We have done a few actual bus tours in the past but with the strong turnout I dont like to have to turn down folks due to the high volume of requests. Our next workshop in November we will do a virtual tour of some current and past projects and show you where to spend your money wisely and where you can and cant cut corners in order to stay profita…

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Beautiful brick home at 209 Augusta in Mt. Washington is SOLD!

DHREA 28/09/2018

This wonderful brick home at 209 Augusta in Mt. Washington has been sold! Congratulations to the buyer!

 

 

 

 

 

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How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

26 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

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#TaraMTG Tuesday: What comes first, the sale or the purchase?

DHREA 11/09/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

You may be wondering if there is a right order to buying and selling a home when you’re already a homeowner. For example, would it be better to sell first and then shop for a new home?

Or maybe it’s best to buy first then sell your current home?

This blog will help you to understand the advantages of each scenario as well as a creative alternative.

A lot has changed since the last time you applied for a home loan. Your income, your FICO score, and even how you apply for a home loan is different!

What To Consider When You Buy First:

One of the main perks of buying first is that you can take your time to shop around, similar to the way it was when you first bought your home. You can visit as many open houses as it takes to find just the right one without any pressure to rush your decision.

You can also take your time to plan the move, make any repairs or upgrades, and even move your stuff little by little instead of packing it all in one moving day. Changing your address, turning on utilities, and making changes to childcare and school can also be coordinated with ease when you buy first.

On the other hand, there may some overlap in mortgage payments if you don’t sell your current home within a month of buying your new home. If the possibility of carrying both mortgages sounds like too much of a burden then buying before selling may not be for you.

You’ll also want to consider that your income and debts affect how much you qualify for. In other words, it will be difficult to get approved for a new home loan if your income can’t support two mortgages.

What To Consider When You Sell First:

Selling your home first means that you’ll have your equity free and on hand, ready to make an offer on the next house. In a competitive market, having cash on hand is a significant advantage.

You’ll also save money by not having to pay two mortgages and utilities at the same time. It can even seem pretty wasteful to pay double when in reality you are living only one home.

While avoiding paying double would be ideal, you should know that there may be some overlap. For example, you will likely have temporary housing in an apartment while you shop for your new home. In this case, you’ll probably pay a month or so of rent plus your mortgage.

But this is still a better scenario than paying for two mortgages for an indefinite amount of time. Remember that when you buy first, you are at the mercy of other homebuyers. If instead, you’re renting, the worst that can happen is that you pay a fine for breaking the lease early.

Plus there’s also the feeling of being rushed to find a home. When you sell first and are renting an apartment, there’s a sense of urgency to buy quickly and stop “throwing money away” towards rent. 

The Homebuying-and-Selling Alternative

We’ve given you the pros and cons of both selling-first and buying-first scenarios.

Now we want to share an alternative to both: make an offer that is dependent on selling your current home.

This is called a “contingent offer.”

The main benefit is that it bridges your current home to your future home so that you avoid double mortgage payments and the need to rent an apartment.

You may be wondering what to use as a down payment if it’s tied up in the equity of your current home. A possible solution is to take a home equity line of credit (HELOC), and use it to cover the down payment while still paying the mortgage on your current home.

Whether you buy or sell first, it requires quite a bit of coordination, especially when it comes to qualifying for a new home loan. Find out the expert advice you need and learn more about your options by contacting Tara Mortgage Services today!

 

 

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