Archive for October, 2011

Investors Targeting Foreclosures

The U.S. government is reviewing a plan to make it easier for investors to buy up foreclosed homes by packaging them in bundles for large sales

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How to Rate Foreign Property Prospects

Property scout Ronan McMahon discusses his system for rating available properties in attractive foreign locations. The “PPD System” calls for first evaluating the places, or geographic locations, that spark the buyer’s interest.

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How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Experts from RealtyTrac.com believe home foreclosures can present great opportunities for prospective homebuyers, but people must be careful when shopping in the distressed-property market. Most foreclosed homes are sold “as is” and may have suffered from vandalism, homeowner damage or simple…

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West End Rental Demand Up in London

A new report from LDG real estate agency shows rental demand in London’s West End is being driven up by interest from foreign renters, particularly Greeks, Southeast Asians and students attending one of many nearby educational institutions.

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Homes Selling for $100 Down

The U.S.

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Buy to Let Boom Brings Some Happiness to the UK Property Market

If you ignore the irony and the glaring injustices the UK property market is a wonderful land of magic and dreams at the moment.

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Must tenants let landlord install equipment on their balcony?

Question: I rent an apartment in a large multistory building. There is a long balcony on my side of the building

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Factoring energy efficiency into a home’s value

Under the SAVE (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy) Act, estimated energy-consumption expenses for a house would be included as a mandatory new underwriting factor. When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the house when coming up with a value?

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Home of the Week: Mediterranean Revival in Altadena

The estate includes an elegant two-story, five-bedroom house, vegetable gardens, an orchard and an art studio. This gated Mediterranean Revival estate belies its multiple functions

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Did Donald Trump take a haircut on sale of mansion?

Donald Trump’s Rancho Palos Verdes mansion sells for $7.15 million. He listed it last year at $12 million

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