Gerald’s Article Insights: Real Estate Matters | “Why You Need a Home Inspection Contingency”

You should always have a home inspection contingency in a real estate contract you sign to protect yourself from unforeseen problems with a property like termites, a leaky underground oil tank or major structural defects. In a hot real estate market where there is lots of competition between buyers, people often get frustrated are often tempted to cut corners just to win a bid and make a home purchase–this is a huge mistake that may come back to haunt you later. You have the most control in a transaction when you buy, if you waive the inspection contingency in real estate contract you sign, you may end up stuck purchasing a property with major problems that make the property uninhabitable […]

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Gerald’s Article Insights: “Why Real Estate Could Be the Next Hot Investment, Even Now”

Real estate is always a good investment if you know what you are doing regardless of whether the writer of this article says it’s the next hottest investment or not. Also, you should not use averages and macro trends like # of housing starts or # of new permits to make an individual real estate buying decision. There are people who make money and people who lose money in EVERY real estate market–you just want to make sure you are one of the former. The writer does give two good pieces of advice: 1) “Investors should should filter opportunities based on the project partner and project’s ability to generate yield & 2) investors should come in with an understanding that […]

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A Short Sale On My Credit Report: How Many Points Will Drop From My Credit Score?

By Gerald Lucas What impact will a short sale have on your credit score? The correct answer is that it depends. Your credit score is calculated based on a complex formula that tries to figure out the likelihood that you will not pay back your debts. The term ‘short sale’ is unlikely to appear on your credit report. The number of points you’ll lose on your credit score after a short sale will be based on how your mortgage loan was closed and on how that closed account was reported to credit reporting agencies. Normally, a short sale is reported as ‘settled debt’.

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