February 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Sunday morning in Phuket

I have to say, every day is such an adventure in Phuket. You really don't know what is going to happen from one day to the next. There is so much to see and do.



I was informed yesterday that one could eat in a new restaurant for 500 days and by the time they got to the end there would probably be 500 more to choose from.



Met a couple from France this morning. Interesting twosome. They work in Internet Marketing for a company out of New York called Webgains.



Little… Continue

Added by Matt Gerchow on February 27, 2010 at 8:25pm — No Comments

An Afternoon Cup of Inspiration - Feb. 26, 2010

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Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

-Margaret Lee Runbeck





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Get inspired...Visit our Cups of Inspiration Collection.…



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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 26, 2010 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Short Sales at Highest Peak in January

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Short sales jumped to 15.9 percent of home purchase transactions last month, according to a monthly survey by Washington, D.C.-based business research firm Campbell Surveys and mortgage industry publication Inside Mortgage Finance.



That's the highest percentage of short sales since the survey first launched in July of last… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 23, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Gaining profits in today’s market with bank-owned foreclosures and "rent-smart" lease options | 02.27.10 - Meriden, CT

CT REIA and Andy Heller presents:

Gaining Profits in today’s market with bank-owned foreclosures and "rent-smart" lease options



All Day Saturday Saturday Seminar

February 27th, 2010. 8:30am to 5:30pm



Four Points Sheraton

275 Research Parkway. Meriden, CT

$34 for CT REIA Members (Online registration)

$39 for not-yet-members… Continue

Added by CTREIA on February 23, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Real Estate Investor Natalie Pilkinton Owns Three Houses on the Same Block!

New video case study! Natalie Pilkinton owns 3 houses in the same neighborhood and cash flows $1,000 monthly! These three easy "bread and butter" deals have Natalie and her husband feeling like they "won the lottery."



Lifestyles Unlimited provides both single and multi-family investors… Continue

Added by Real Estate Investing/Mentoring on February 22, 2010 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Give Kids the Edge on Money - Ignite their Entrepreneurial Spirit

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  • The average high-school student thinks they will make $145,000 a year.
  • Only 34 percent of teens understand credit card fees.
  • The bankruptcy rate among 18- to 24-year-olds has increased by 96 percent over the last 10 years.
Shocking! You probably agree that we need to start teaching our kids about money. Why don’t parents teach this important subject to their kids? Could it be that they don’t want their children to know that they, too, are in… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 22, 2010 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Help! Fix my credit! (video)

Backyard Wealth Video on credit repair





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One of the most common requests we've been receiving recently is about fixing or repairing credit scores.







Check out more helpful videos. Visit the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 18, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Hump Wednesday Funnies

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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 17, 2010 at 3:29pm — No Comments

"Banks? We Don’t Need no Stinking Banks - Unconventional Financing Fundamentals"



Karen Davis and Jeff Smith, mentors at Lifestyles Unlimited, explain why fears of not having enough money or imperfect credit shouldn't stop you from investing in real estate. The pair breaks down unconventional financing sources such as mortgage brokers, private banks, hard money lenders, and partners- and evaluate the benefits of each. There is no excuse for not taking advantage of the spectacular- temporary, deals in today's market! With the help of this article, establish a financing… Continue

Added by Real Estate Investing/Mentoring on February 17, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Best to Buy Before New FHA Guidlelines Takes Into Effect

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Starting in early summer, the Federal Housing Administration is tightening lending standards in an effort to bolster its dwindling reserves. The new lending standards will make it tougher for some prospective buyers to purchase a home by requiring a higher down payment than the typical 3.5 percent for some borrowers, higher insurance premiums and reduced seller concessions.



Securing FHA-insured mortgages are attractive to borrowers because down… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 16, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

A Morning Cup of Inspiration - Feb. 12, 2010

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away.

- Original Author Unknown…





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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 12, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

CTREIA Monthly Meeting with Andy Heller | 02.15.10 - Cromwell, CT

CT REIA and Andy Heller presents:

Buy Low, Rent Smart, Sell High.



February 15, 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel

100 Berlin Road. Cromwell, CT

5:30 - 9:00 pm



What makes the... "Buy Low, Rent Smart, Sell High" strategy so attractive

today is that, unlike many models, the investor's profits are not

dependent on real estate appreciation. In fact, real estate

appreciation is just one of six profit sources in the "Buy Low, Rent

Smart, Sell High"… Continue

Added by CTREIA on February 12, 2010 at 6:51am — No Comments

How to find REO Properties (Video)

Backyard Wealth Video on REO Properties



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Tonja Demoff, founder of Backyard Wealth tells it simply.



Where to go to find REO Properties. And is it a better deal?



More helpful videos on our… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 11, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Hump Wednesday Funnies

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More laughs at the Backyard Wealth Funnies collection.





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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 10, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

What is a Deed-for-Lease?

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Deed-for-Lease(TM)



Fannie Mae’s Deed-for-Lease Program (D4L), allows qualified borrowers (or their tenants) to execute a lease of up to 12 months in conjunction with their deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, allowing them to remain in their home as a renter. Borrowers interested in exploring this option should discuss it with their mortgage… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 9, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

New Tax Breaks to Stimulate the Economy

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Taxes are more complicated than usual with all the new deductions and credits created last year to stimulate the economy. And in some instances, Congress went back to revise and expand the tax breaks. The popular home buyer credit, for instance, is on its third version.



“You can’t just sit down with last year’s return and make sure you fill in the… Continue

Added by Jennifer Griner on February 8, 2010 at 10:06am — No Comments

Working on Opposite Hours from the rest of the world...BENEFITS

When most people hear that I am 12 hours opposite of them they initially lump me in with the Philipinnes and the other virtual employees they find on Elance.



Then they learn that I'm from the United States and their whole tone changes.



Living in Thailand has opened my mind to experiences and a way of life I only thought was possible. As I write this I'm sitting on a cushiony wicker couch in the 20 ft tall open lobby of my hotel / apartment.



Right now it is 2:46pm… Continue

Added by Matt Gerchow on February 8, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

A Morning Cup of Inspiration - Feb. 5, 2010

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So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains...And we never even know that we have the key.

- Lyrics from Already Gone, performed by The Eagles…



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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 5, 2010 at 11:58am — No Comments

The 1031 Tax Exchange - Quick and Simple (Video)

Backyard Wealth Video



> Click the screen above to watch the quick video.





Tonja Demoff, founder of Backyard Wealth quickly explains:

  • the 1031 Tax Exchange strategy
  • the difference between the Capital Gains Exclusion vs. the 1031 Tax…
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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 4, 2010 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Hump Wednesday Funnies

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Smile more! Check out the Backyard Wealth Funnies collection.





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Added by Jennifer Griner on February 3, 2010 at 11:26am — No Comments

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