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The Renter Nation: What’s Behind It?
“After going through what was the housing market's darkest hour, housing is now one of the most popular investments in America.” (StreetAuthority) During the recession, many homeowners found themselves facing some very tough decisions. Renting a home became a viable, albeit temporary, housing option. Or so Americans believed. However, some former homeowners have permanently embraced renting, along with those individuals who cannot yet purchase a home, or those who remain indecisive about home ownership. Along with these changing views of the rental lifestyle, real estate investors are loosening the strings on short sale and foreclosed homes in their portfolios, allowing more rental homes to flow into the market. Together, these forces have created a renter’s nation. Jeffrey Friedman, CEO of apartment REIT Associated Estates Realty, predicts that “of the 5.5 million new households (newlyweds, boomers, college grads) that will be formed between now and 2016, an estimated 3.8...
Mortgage Applications Continue to Fall
Business Insider reports that mortgage applications, for the week ending November 9, 2013, fell 1.8%, on the heels of a 2.8% decline the week before. Also, the purchase index was down 1% for the week ending Nov. 9, compared to a drop of 5% the week prior. A similar trend was seen in the refinance market with that index dropping 2% during the week ending Nov. 9, a noticeably smaller decline than the 8% drop the week before. According to Freddie Mac, an organization chartered by Congress in 1970 which is designed to provide liquidity in the mortgage markets by purchasing qualifying mortgages from lenders, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate remained relatively unchanged at 4.16% for the week ending, down from a recent two-year high of 4.58%. However, in the following week ending November 14, rates took a significant one-week jump to 4.35%. Rates across the...
Rolling Over Your 401K
One of our primary services at EquiAlt is handling rollover 401K accounts. The pension funds of your grandparents have given way to a newer type of workplace retirement account which is called a 401K. More formally, this is a defined-contribution pension account named after subsection 401K of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Code which establishes the tax rules on this type of accounts. Many employers offer a 401K retirement account. In most cases, you defer a portion of your current earnings until retirement and in return, your employer matches some portion of your contribution. Each year, a greater percentage of your retirement account becomes vested. This means that even if you separate from your employer, your contribution plus the vested amount of the employer’s contribution is yours to keep. You are allowed to move your account to another investment advisor, which is referred to as...
Looking for a Leader When it Come to Mortgages?
Taking a broad view of mortgage interest rates, one could easily argue that compared to interest rates of the past several decades, today’s rates are comparatively low. However, no one has the opportunity to finance a home with comparison rates from yesteryear. The reality is we are at the mercy of the interest rate markets at the time we are looking to finance a property.  The leading 30-year, fixed rate mortgage in September ascended to 4.53% from 3.35% last spring. That small 1.2% change in interest rates may not seem like much on the surface, but as we drill down, it plays a much larger role in easing pace of the U.S. economy. In late October, Bankrate.com reported that households earning the median income in only 8 of 25 major U.S. metropolitan areas could afford the median priced home in the same metro area. That is...
Back Again: Bubble-Like Markets
A lot of people are worried that stocks are headed for another crash. Stocks have been rising almost daily, but the missing component is the expected backtracking that comes along with health ascents. And so the questions loom, when is the crash going to occur? Why is this happening is and what can we do to prevent it? Larry D. Fink, whose company, BlackRock Inc., is the world’s largest money manager ($4.1 trillion in assets), has recently stated that the Federal Reserve Policy is contributing the “bubble-like markets”. Fink is quoted as saying, in October 2013, that “We’ve seen real bubble-like markets again. We’ve had a huge increase in the equity market. We’ve seen corporate-debt spreads narrow dramatically”. The most apparent danger for stocks is, in essence, the Federal Reserve; and, because of the contributing factors, it is now imperative that the Fed starts to reduce their heavy...
A Unique Credit Instrument Fueling an Equally Unique Trend in Home Ownership
From the time of the real estate pricing peak 2006, the average price or residential real estate across the United States fell 35%. This price drop precipitated the start of a quiet trend among private equity firms, hedge funds, and real estate investment trusts. Companies such as Blackstone Group LP have entered into transactions to purchase almost 200,000 residences, paying upwards of $20 billion for the properties. Many of these properties are in some of the hardest hit housing markets in states such as Florida, Nevada, California, and Arizona. These companies are looking to take the landlord/tenant relationship to a new level. When purchasing distressed properties, in bulk, from lenders that foreclosed on their original mortgagees, these companies gain several significant advantages. First, they are able to negotiate a better price.  A commercial lender is in the business of lending money, not managing real estate. ...
You Don’t Need to be a Weather Man to Know It’s Warm Outside
To simply make the declaration that “it is warm outside” can be a reckless statement, depending on your audience. A person from Orlando, FL will likely have a different definition of ‘warm’ than someone from Juneau, Alaska. You need more facts than just the air temperature to best assess the situation and make a comment that fits the scenario. Recently, RealtyTrac LLC. released its recap of U.S. foreclosures for the United States, during the 3rd quarter of 2013. The report found there were 131,232 properties indicating a default notice, scheduled auction, or bank repossession during September. On the surface, this may appear like a lot of properties, or referring back to our weather analogy, “warm”. In actuality, we need to view it in context of where the U.S. real estate and mortgage industries have been over the past few years. This number actually represents a...
Understanding Documents and Processes: Deed of Trust
In many cases the Deed of Trust is presented as an “offering” by a party that has an interest in presenting the investment in the best possible light through a sales department or Broker, both of which are commissioned on the dollars brought in.   In this quest to get the dollars from the investors to earn the fees, many times the documents and process are over-simplified to reduce objections and shorten the fund raising process.  Missing, inadequate documentation in Trust Deed investing carries a high potential for unnecessary litigation and or principle loss from the investor if the borrower defaults or the Mortgage Broker closes its doors. The documentation an investor needs generally falls under one of a two categories; Borrower and Property. Borrower documents include;
  1. Completed loan application,
  2. Credit reports, credit history verification or references,
  3. Income documents, financials, Tax Returns,
  4. Use of Funds plan (from the proposed Deed of Trust),
  5. Exit...
Second Trust Deeds
A second Trust Deed is also called a second mortgage and maybe referred to as mezzanine financing due to its subordination to a senior debt, but in the realm of private lending usually does not have an equity stake in the asset.  A second position Trust Deed is recorded after the first position Trust Deed and is second in all considerations such as payoff and payments to investors.  This significantly increases the risk of the investment for the investor. These loans are sometimes attractive due to the higher interest rate charged to the borrower and passed on the investor.  In many cases the second Trust Deed is offered as being ‘as secured’ as the first Trust Deed by the value of the asset with an opportunity to get a higher yield.  This is where PITFALL #4 becomes very important.  A potential investor in this type of...
The Pitfalls of Commercial Real Estate
This PITFALL is more of an existing myth in the market place than an action or inaction on anyone’s part.  A common theme among Real Estate Brokers, Mortgage Brokers, Salespersons and investors is the belief that commercial properties are more consistent, predictable, less volatile and generally safer than other types of Real Estate properties.  This is based on the core assumption that the players in the transaction are more sophisticated due to the size of the transactions and the financial qualifications. In recent history; the S&L crisis of the late 1980’s early 1990’s and the unfolding commercial collapse of the late 2000’s is clear proof that this irrational belief of a greater financial stability in commercial Real Estate is largely unfounded.  Indeed, commercial exposure is a major contributing factor in the collapse of hundreds of regional banks nationwide. Commercial is just as susceptible to all market conditions...