Tap into Your Inner Architect for fun and Profit: Introducing “Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era” — Just Released by Apress Media


New York, NY (PRWEB) January 16, 2013

Real estate investments that involve hanging onto properties for extended periods of time are a turn-off for many entrepreneurs. But buying a run-down piece of property, fixing it up and flipping it quickly is a totally different story.

“Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era” by Marty Boardman provides both experienced and newbie fix-and-flip real estate investors, working either full- or part-time, with the tools they need to strategize and complete this type of real-estate investment. The book underscores that fixing and flipping houses is a business with a solid formula. Following these steps can help serious investors sell as many as 20 properties a month and pocket as much as six figures worth of profit a year. And, with the housing market projected to bottom out at last, the time is ripe to showcase attractive real estate.

The book addresses how to find and buy suitable properties in targeted neighborhoods at a targeted price point. How to calculate rehab expenses and not under- or over-improve the properties. How to sell them with the greatest flip value in the shortest amount of time. And how to secure funding. Also included are instructions on how to buy bank-owned houses and also foreclosures at auction, and how to navigate short sales from underwater homeowners.

To learn more about “Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era,” visit http://www.apress.com/9781430246442.

For review copies, interview or curated article requests, please contact stephaniecarino@apress.com.


ISBN13: 978-1-4302-4644-2
*240 Pages

*User Level: Beginner to Advanced

*Publication Date: December 24, 2012

*Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

*Print Book Price: $ 19.99

*eBook Price: $ 13.99

About the Author

Marty Boardman is the owner and CFO of Rising Sun Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm in Gilbert, Arizona., which fixes and flips houses in the metropolitan Phoenix area. An accredited instructor for the Arizona Department of Real Estate, he also blogs at flippingphoenixhouses.com.

About Apress Media

Apress Media is a technical and business publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, programmers, and business leaders with more than 1,000 books in print and electronic formats. Apress provides high-quality, no-fluff content that helps serious technology professionals build a comprehensive pathway to career success. Since 2007, Apress has been part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world’s leading scientific, technical, and medical publishing houses, enabling global distribution of Apress publications.

For more information about the innovative approach Apress takes to publishing, please visit http://www.apress.com.







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HomeLight (http://www.homelight.com), the real estate technology company that expertly matches homebuyers and sellers with top real estate agents, today announced the companys official public launch. The HomeLight proprietary algorithm creates unbiased personalized agent recommendations for prospective homebuyers and sellers by analyzing transactional data and the licensing records of over two million real estate agents. The data can then be filtered by city, neighborhood, property type and price to match buyers and sellers with the best agents for their needs. HomeLight is currently live in 34 major U.S. markets including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Boston, amongst others. The company also announced it has raised $ 1.5 million in funding from Google Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Innovation Endeavors, and several undisclosed angel investors. HomeLight will leverage the new funds to bring its technology to additional markets and drive consumer adoption.

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Introducing Hard Money Financing

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Hard money financing is very often the port of last resort. It is a loan that is secured by a piece of property that is valued at its quick sale value.

Hard money financing is a specific type of financing that is most often made to the owner of a piece of property and is in some kind of financially difficulty. The reason this is true is that generally the loans are much more costly than conventional loans and the method of valuation used on the property that will serve as collateral for the loan is geared to the quick sale value of the property. This quick sale value is called a loan to value ratio, or LTV ratio, and it is usually going to be only about 60% of the actual value of the property.

The idea behind the LTV ratio is that, in the case of default, the property can be sold and the loan value recovered very quickly by offering the property for sale at greatly reduced price. This is what usually happens with a defaulted loan anyway, but with a normal loan the lending institution is going to take a loss on the quick sale. With hard money financing, the LTV ratio protects the lending institution from this loss to some degree.

This is why hard money financing is considered a last resort option. It is usually made to borrowers who are experiencing some type of financially difficulty such as an impending foreclosure anyway. To be brutally honest, these are loans that a borrower would laugh at given there terms. The fact the borrower is in such bad shape makes them seem viable.

Hard money financing is similar in concept to the Bridge Loan. A Bridge Loan is made on a property that is in a state of transition. This might be a property under construction and the construction costs have exceeded the original budget and cost projections. Now, additional funds are needed to complete the project to avoid a total loss. The Bridge loan will also have a generally higher rate and be based on a lower LTV ratio. This is logical since the risks would appear to be greater due to the fact that the project is in a “bridge” condition in the first place.

This is the key to understanding hard money financing. Lending institutions want to make loans. Lending money is their source of income and the purpose of their business. Many loan applicants come away from a loan approval process thinking just the opposite is true. It is all about risk management. If the risks are higher, the interest rates must be higher. If the risks are too great, the loan cannot be made. The Hard Money loan fills the niche where the risks appear to be higher, but not so much so as to not be worth taking.

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