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Jul

19

2016
Social Savvy Investors go beyond Facebbok

Social Savvy Investors go beyond Facebbok

It’s no secret that in order to gain a competitive edge in sourcing or selling a house you should learn to utilize social media. But have you? If you’ve begun using Facebook you’re on the right track. But you should also be considering other social media sites. Especially those that are primarily visual. • 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. • Visuals…

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Jul

16

2016
Should investors be using Facebook?

Should investors be using Facebook?

For real estate investors, Facebook is arguably the best social media platform to use as a resource for self-branding, marketing all aspects of your business, gaining leads and referrals (sourcing and selling). Why is Facebook arguably the best? … as of March 2016: • The average Facebook user connects to 80 community pages, groups and events. • More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook….

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Jul

09

2016
High-end Fix and Flip

High-end Fix and Flip

It takes keen knowledge of the neighborhood and confidence in your contractor resources to achieve the type of success recently enjoyed by Kris Conover. When investors think of flipping houses, they usually think about foreclosures and short sales. They also have a stereotype in their heads about the kinds of people who get foreclosed on and the kinds of properties they own. As a result,…

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Jun

18

2016
10 Keys to Getting Top Dollar for Your Next Flip

10 Keys to Getting Top Dollar for Your Next Flip

1. Set the price correctly on day one. Some believe that the price you set your home is 80% of your marketing. If you over-price, you simply help sell the competition. Carefully look at comparable sales data. Too high a price translates to more days on the market. More days on the market translates to buyer negotiating power. A house that has been on the…

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Jun

12

2016
Who do you target when you’re ready to sell?

Who do you target when you’re ready to sell?

Your Fix and Flip investment is likely to appeal to more than one generational demographic. With this in mind, knowing some of the criteria that appeal to each generation, may help you focus your sales strategy. The following information is based on the March 2016 National Association of Realtors, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report. The report breaks home buyers into 5 age groups….

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Jun

05

2016
North Everett New Construction Loan

North Everett New Construction Loan

Another successful venture for a Veristone client: PURCHASED VACANT LAND: $ 95,000 PERMITS & ENGINEERING: $ 20,000 TOTAL COST TO BUILD: $131,500 TOTAL INVESTED: $246,500 FINAL SALES PRICE: $349,995 LOAN DATE: May 2015 to October 2015 LOCATION: North Everett, Snohomish County TYPE: New Construction Loan DETAILS: Veristone Capital partners with experienced builders to finance ground up construction on a case-by-case basis. The subject property is…

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May

20

2016
Buyers Looking Beyond Old Boundaries

Buyers Looking Beyond Old Boundaries

A recent Seattle Times article pointed out that a growing number of first time home buyers are looking for their ideal home, farther outside central Puget Sound. The driving force behind this growing trend is scarce inventory and climbing prices in and around King county. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (April report delivered in May), inventory remains well below the supply needed for…

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May

16

2016
Neighborhood Fix and Flip

Neighborhood Fix and Flip

The recent housing data for the Northwest market has focused on low inventory and climbing prices. For investors this has meant having to get creative and work hard to find opportunities. Recommendations have included finding off-market properties or hitting the auctions. However, a recent fix & flip in Kirkland, is a reminder that a listing in the good old MLS can still present real potential…

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May

10

2016
Real Estate Radio NW – Part 2 – Focus on Team

Real Estate Radio NW – Part 2 – Focus on Team

In our previous look at the Real Estate Radio Northwest show, we reviewed the discussion on sourcing properties. In this look, we want to review the discussion on sourcing and utilizing a team of professionals. This airing of the program was hosted by Nick Neal from Graystone Mortgage, had guests Ian Morell and Zack Lazo from Caliber Real Estate and Travis Wandell from Veristone. The show…

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May

08

2016
Case-Schiller Reflects Increased Prices

Case-Schiller Reflects Increased Prices

As we mentioned in previous posts – if you set out your investment plan, find the right property to buy and work with a solid team of professionals – this is a strong market in which to be a real estate investor. Recent data from the S&P/Case-Schiller Home Price indices supports this point. The Case-Schiller index tracks changes in the value of residential real estate…

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