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Earth Day is Today! April 22, 2013

Today, Monday, April 22, 2013 is Earth Day!

Please, do something special for the planet... plant a tree, recycle, clean up the beach, use florescent or LED light bulbs, replace your downspout with rain barrels to water your outdoor plants, help an elderly friend green up... it's so easy, inexpensive, and necessary.

Make Everyday Earth Day! Not Only April 22nd

B&B, Inn, and Hotel Property

We get a lot of interest from customers looking to start their own bed and breakfast (B&B), which is very popular right now around the country. Many of the people we talk to are looking to build from the ground up and design their B&B to fit their needs.

Easy Steps to Accessing Landlocked Property

Occasionally, when searching for investment property you come across a parcel of land that is landlocked. Landlocked is a term used when a property actually has no legal easement or recorded document that describes in writing the way to access land that does not front a public road or street. It is usually a parcel of land that is surrounded by land owned by others on all sides and cannot be reached without a dedicated access road. One of the most common questions asked about landlocked land is how did it become landlocked in the first place and what are the remedies to fix the problem?

Title History of Landlocked property

As important, if not more so, than the physical features of the land is the title history. Here the inquiry is analogous to a genealogy that one might do on a particular person. Instead of tracing back ancestors, one traces back the conveyances that brought the property to its current ownership. Generally speaking most modern day parcels resulted from the subdividing of larger parcels over the years.

How does property become landlocked

One way a property can become landlocked is when the original owner divides off a smaller tract at the back of the property to give to a family member from the larger parcel. The original owner does not know, or forgot, to include an easement over the property leading to the back forty acres that was conveyed. By not seeking the advice and assistance of an attorney to draft an easement or by not having the property surveyed, whereby the surveyor would have provided an easement, the parcel was simply deeded to a family member as a gift or inheritance.

Using Due Diligence to Find Your Perfect Property

Decide on a location that is appropriate for you and your needs. Many smart investors buy land to diversify their investment portfolios. Land is a tangible asset that will always have “real” value, it can be used to live on, rent, lease, barter/trade, loan, or sell; it is not just a piece of paper that could be worthless the next day like a stock certificate (do they still make those?). Land is a safe investment that you can hold on to for a rainy day, use for retirement, flipping, and/or passing on to loved ones.

FREE Land Drawing Update - Only 2-Days Left!

This is your last chance to signup for our FREE LAND Drawing being held on May 1, 2012 for a property in Texas. Be sure both you and your friends signup before 2pm on May 1, 2012 to get your chance to WIN the FREE Property.

You can signup using the WIN A PROPERTY link above. Good to luck everyone!

April 22 is Earth Day! Check Out this Neat Infographic on Earth Day

Today, Sunday, April 22, 2012 is Earth Day!

Do something special for the planet... plant a tree, clean up the beach, use florescent or LED light bulbs, replace your downspout with rain barrels to water your outdoor plants, help an elderly friend green up... it's so easy, inexpensive, and necessary.

How to Read an Assessor's County Plat or Parcel Map

The map below shows a easy to read legend with some great information on how to read an assessor's plat or parcel map from the Coconino, Arizona Assessor’s office. If you have further questions about how to read a parcel map, please feel free to give us a call.

Article Review: If You Can’t Find Real Estate Financing, Find a Partner

This is a good article on purchasing real estate with a partner. Although we offer financing to anyone with no credit check, it can be a good idea to bring in a partner. This will allow you to split your monthly payment until you can sell the property or you may want to pay in full and split the purchase price to save money. Using a partner will also allow smaller investors to utilize leverage and invest in our more expensive investment properties such as our buildable lots in Mahopac, New York or Putnam, Connecticut. Enjoy the article.


Gold vs Land: Which is the Safer Investment?

Right now gold is at an all time high; $1,600 per ounce. Just 10 years ago in 2001, gold was at $265. You might be saying to yourself that's a HUGE return and I would be a fool to say otherwise. Investing in gold at that point would've been a very good investment and most precious metals have expereinced similar exponential gain. Silver went from $4 an ounce in 2001 to $36 an ounce today. Platinum hasn't had quite the extreme growth in value as the others going from $600 an ounce in 2001 to $1,800 an ounce today. Those investors who took advantage then are selling now and enjoying huge capital gains.

Article Review: Why My Biggest Mistake Was My Most Profitable Mistake

I stumbled across this article and I thought it was fantastic. The fact of the matter is the people who make the most in Real Estate are those who apply the age old concept of buy low and sell high. Right now, the real estate market is low. There's no denying that fact. This makes this the perfect time to buy and that's essentially what this article is outlining. Even though the first properties this person was getting at a fairly high price, they still grew in value. That's why it's called in investing. Hang on to any one of our properties and it will draw similar results. Alot of our lots are priced below tax assessed value. Buy now, profit later.


Tax Assessed Value Vs. Actual Value

A common question I have received in the past is, "The tax assessed value is this, why should I pay more than the tax assessed value?". It's very simple really. The tax assessed value is NOT the actual value.

Article Review: First-Time Buyers Competing With Investors For Homes

I was rather thrilled to read this real estate article; especially from such a reputable source as MSN. This should speak to each and every one of you considering buying land. If there is a piece of land we have that you want, you don't want to wait. With all of these investors buying up land and houses across the United States, you don't want to miss your opportunity to start investing today. Maybe you don't have alot of cash to start investing. Maybe you have your worries because the market hasn't fully recovered. Maybe your neighbor, co-worker or significant other is in your ear constantly saying, "it's too risky/expensive/insert objection here". I think after you read this you will hopefully realize the urgency of purchasing that lot you've been looking at. Also, please note that our purchasing team watches the market. When it bounces back the prices may not be this low.


Article Review: Growing Rental Market Benefits Landlords

So this article further reinforces the benefit of investing now instead of later in that right now, prices are low. It's very easy to purchase a property and construct a house to rent out to generate residual income. Right now, needless to say after you read this article, alot of people are renting right now. What does that mean for you as a real estate investor? Progressive generation of funds while your property value goes up and up and up. Basically, you get money for renting this house you built on the land you buy, that money keeps the taxes, bills etc. paid until the market turns around. When the market turns, who has an almost new house in a prime location that can be sold? That would be you. So you basically keep everything at bay until the time comes to sell and all of a sudden on the turn around, you pocket 5-7 figures or more. This market is truthfully perfect for investment and you shouldn't miss out on your chance to rake in the riches.

Article Review: Live Mortgage Free By Turning Your House Into a Billboard

Wow. I had a look at the link, this is for real! Your house can pay for itself. It may be ugly and your house will look very loud, however if they want to pay for my house? Sign me up!


What Is Joint Tenancy?

Joint Tenancy is an undivided interest in a property that is taken on by two or more joint tenants. The interest in said property has to be equal, accruing under the same conveyance and has to start at the same time. If one of the tenants should die, the interest passes on to the surviving joint tenants rather than the heirs of the deceased. This type of ownership is usually used by couples who want the surviving partner to receive ownership of the deceased's share of the property.

Types of Deeds for Conveying Real Property

Types of Property Deeds

Contract for Deed
Contract for deed which also can be referred to as Land Contract of Real Estate Installment Agreement is used in all 50 states. This is a contract between the owner of a property and a person who wishes to own the property for a price the two parties agree upon. Under this contract, the seller holds the legal title to the property until the purchaser has paid off his obligation in full through regular payments.

What is Real Estate Leverage

In this day and age, the residential housing market is very unpredictable. Because of this, it’s a very good idea to consider the more stable market of rural property. Rural property doesn’t experience the same shortcomings that poison the currently unstable residential housing market.

Real estate has made more millionaires than any other business in the market. How you may ask? A great many of them did it by using Real Estate Leverage.

Why YOU Should Invest in Land Soon!

There are many great reasons why you should invest in land, but the most important reason is also the most obvious one. It may seem all too evident to some, but the main reason investing in land is so profitable is due to the law of supply and demand. There is a limited supply of land on this earth and an ever growing demand for it by the rising population.