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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Simple Backout Clause! And weekend education...

This is in response to the sassy young man (actually he is a 50+ loser from MN) that sent me an e-mail this morning after I posted this weeks article "LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO". The e-mail basically stated that the banks are the ones helping the country and that there is no way to truthfully take control of our own destiny. "To wrap up this idiots jarble"

So I wanted to respond publicly: #1 If you buy one of my homes and rehab it to new for under $30k anywhere in America, regardless of how bad the economy is you can rent it out for a profit all day long. Prime example this week there are 127 homes for sale from me for $900,000. These homes are worth over $10 Million dollars. Due the math!


Did You Know....

No Congress, no President has been strong enough to stand up to the foreign-controlled Federal Reserve Bank.

Yet there is a catch - one that President Kennedy recognized before he was slain - the original deal in 1913 creating the Federal Reserve Bank had a simple backout clause. The investors loaned the United States Government $1 billion. And the backout clause allows the United States to buy out the system for that $1 billion.
If the Federal Reserve Bank were demolished and the Congress of the United States took control of the currency, as required in the Constitution, the National Debt would virtually end overnight; the need for more taxes and even the income tax, itself would come to an end.

Thomas Jefferson was concise in his early warning to the American nation, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

Mr. J nailed it on the head, lets start taking bak americas land one house at a time. I can help starting at $8,000 per door.

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Banks Closing every week, Social Security is Underwater. The sky is falling what are we to do?

I will go over the News “Bad” as reporters always put it. But I will make humble “but sensible” suggestions for your review and hopefully call you to action.

Bank closures are making the news nearly every week with plenty more on the horizon.

Although very few people have ever lost money during a bank failure, extensive delays can still wreck havoc when attempting to close on a time sensitive purchase / or bulk transaction. Staying ahead of the bank closures is crucial. And fortunately, it's relatively simple to apply for a second account that serves as a "back-up" bank. Use these quick tips to implement this 15 minute resolution:

1. Select a Secondary Bank. Make sure it's not on the FDIC's list of questionable or failed banks by visiting
If you’re current bank is on the list...better open an account sooner rather than later to assure smooth processing of all transactions.

2. Rate the Bank. Just because a bank or lender isn't facing immediate failure doesn't mean they are healthy. Rate the bank by contacting one of the major bank rating entities below:

A.M. Best Company:
Bankrate, Inc.:
BauerFinancial, Inc.:
Institutional Risk Analytics:
Weiss Ratings Inc.:

3. Sign-Up. In most cases you can open and fund the account online. Simply collect your current banking information, driver’s license and other pertinent documentation and allow yourself 15 minutes to establish a new account and transfer funds. Remember to remain below the FDIC insurance limits especially if opening a new account with the same bank or a subsidiary of the same bank.

4. Set-Up Automated Features. Banking shouldn't be something you need to invest time toward so be sure to set-up automatic deposits and payment features to keep the account active and in good standing. Now you are not only prepared should a "worst case" situation arise with your own bank but it's a simple way to keep an emergency funds in place for unexpected repairs or other needs.

Social Security underwater “They have been talking about it for years, now it finally here”

Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Stephen C. Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, said that while the Congressional projection would probably be borne out, the change would have no effect on benefits in 2010 and retirees would keep receiving their checks as usual. The problem, he said, is that payments have risen more than expected during the downturn, because jobs disappeared and people applied for benefits sooner than they had planned. At the same time, the program’s revenue has fallen sharply, because there are fewer paychecks to tax. Analysts have long tried to predict the year when Social Security would pay out more than it took in because they view it as a tipping point — the first step of a long, slow march to insolvency, unless Congress strengthens the program’s finances. When the level of the trust fund gets to zero, you have to cut benefits,” Alan Greenspan, architect of the plan to rescue the Social Security program the last time it got into trouble, in the early 1980s, said yesterday.

Now that the banks that keep our money are failing and shutting there doors, the Federal Reserve that is suppose to pay us our retirement pension is underwater; what are we suppose to do? How will we ever survive?

If you can’t tell I am being sarcastic, it is times like these that really create true wealth.

“You can print money, manufacture diamonds, and people are a dime a dozen, but they'll always need land. It's the one thing they're not making any more of.”

I leave you with this "The failing bank systems and government organizations have never been the solution."

The solution comes in simple human needs. We as humans need necessities and those that provide these necessities are the Kings. Housing and shelter are at the top of the priority list.

And I have it starting at .20 cents on the dollar all across the United States. Just this week we have over 500 homes in inventory and more coming every day. But these homes are only for real cash buyers and financial partners.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

All of my frustration occurs when buyers puff out their chest and demand to dictate what the seller will give them and at what price point!

As a principal or DIRECT authorized principal representative, I will share this information with you. If you are an intermediary, don't bother to ask.

Principals, you've got to have and prove you've got deep pockets to play in this game. Take what you are given to start, then negotiate for what you want later.

I'm going to take a leap of faith and assume if you're here, you already know what the prchasing process is... BUT, if you don't or are foggy about the industry process and only way it will get done, I'll take a minute to give you some BG (BackGround) info.

Please bear in mind, I put this site together to educate. The instruments discussed should only be considered by those who have consulted with their financial advisor and fully understand these topics.

Right here, right now, let's dispell the internet myth that "...large REO tapes of up to $1b are readily available."

" me what you've got in a tape. And Show me the Seller or LOA" "People like this are not buyers they are oxygen theives trust me ask two of my account executives that just wasted a whole week with a big group that did nothing but shop suppliers."

Ask yourself this: If you were the owner of a valuable asset, would you throw it out on the internet to see if anyone would buy it? I didn't think so.
And neither will any bank or servicer.

There exists a process or "protocol" which must be adhered to. If you don't yet know the rules or think you're someone special to which such rules don't apply, have fun wasting your time. Unless you're "hooked up" to the source as direct as possible, you're going to be involved in the most hellalcious exercise in futility of your life known as..."the daisy chain".
Or as my partner refers to it (TSI) "Three Stooges Investing"

There are a number of ways or methods in which to use these instruments to make money. Lots of money. Each instrument is a complex but easy to comprehend maze of intricacies. As you read through this information, you will have questions. Questions that I invite you to ask after following protocol.

REO: "Real Estate Owned". The liquidation of "Bulk" REO assets is typically handled by an "Asset Manager". Most times internally to the institution or servicer.

They will typically deliver a pool ($10 Million to $100+ Million) of properties at 55% to 80% (depending on area, even steeper discounts) of the true value including fees. While the pricing has been about that percentage, getting to the list of properties is another story. The reason the pools are elusive, is simply because they are purchased by well positioned investors before anyone "sees" the list.

Buyers must be ready to pull the trigger at a moment's notice on REO packages (1-2 hours max for commitment of LOI,12 hours for deposit into escrow to hold inventory)That means we need to have our buyer's educated and well prepared.

The REO process is extremely competitive so "newbie" buyers/investors to the game will have great difficulties in securing packages if they don't know "how" the deals work and are structured which is where I come in.

The buyer/signatory MUST be identified upfront on the initial note order form or letter of intent. The seller's must know "who" they are potentially doing business with from the start because of the U.S. Patriot Act so if we cannot get past this key buyer ID disclosure issue with involved buyers we cannot move forward.

Buyer ID is crucial and the first step as the seller will be to check their "watch lists” for certain organizations, names and parties that they are prohibited from doing business with under law. Secondary to that critical item is the new "internal" watch lists the banks have in place due to the unbelievable level of fraud occurring in the arena so the involved parties requesting product for purchase “MUST” be disclosed.

Realistic buyers are a must. We need to ensure we are working with buyers who clearly understand the current market and price points.

Much of the frustration occurs when large buyers with deep pockets puff out their chest and demand to get to the front of the line to dictate what the seller will give them and at what price point. They want high-end everything for little or nothing.

Yes, we are in a correcting real estate market but buyer's must be realistic. This type of attitude and behavior will not fly with the banks and selling sources. These types of buyers/investors will never secure product and will likely get themselves blacklisted.

This is one of the "hot" topics with bankers and private sellers right now. They are sick and tired of arrogant buyers, uneducated brokers and consultants.

Financial performance - last but not least is necessary. The buyer's MUST have their finances in order and be able to prove it.

Cash is king and cash buyer's trump buyer's that use credit. Hard money loans from shakey lending sources for newbie buyer's will not impress the sellers and will likely lessen the buyer's chance of securing a REO or notepool.

We all must remember at the end of the day the Seller decides "who" they will do business with period. They are trading trust deeds for cash and they choose who they will conduct business with. Unfortunately, the buyer's and involved parties are not in the driver's seat on this one as there are more buyer's than seller's right now. So let's all be clear on that...the seller's are in control.

NPN: "Non Performing Notes".

Very simply, these are individual or "pools" of residential or commercial mortgages. Once the borrower fails to meet the promise to pay on the note, the note becomes "non-performing". These instruments can be accessed via similar channels as REO portfolios.

Now for the "Catch 22"..."The" Protocol.

That's just it...there isn't just ONE protocol.

Each seller has their own.

Then the paperwork starts flying all over the place - everybody wants "to be protected".

My advice? Forewarn your clients ahead of time that each seller has their own legal department which means their own set of protocol. Which means thier own "Buyer Profile" form and their own "LOI". In addition, your buyer will need to "proof up".
Typically called a "POF" or proof of funds. A simple statement from the buyers financial institution indicating they do in fact have the required liquid funds to close the transaction. No account numbers necessary. If your deal gets this far, it will then be buyer and seller on the phone hammering out thier deal. So, just relax.

And speaking of the seller...
if you're trying to get next to them...It's like this... you have an exotic Italian car. The best mechanic in town is the only person you let service your car. In fact, every exotic car owner in town wants him to service their car.
This many clients keep him extremely busy. So busy in fact, they don't speak directly with him. They make an appointment with his assistant. The work gets done. Everybody's happy.

That's the game.

CA Partnership is filled all CA properties sold!
Nationwide partners being sought: Available 300+ Properties mixed states available / 300+ Non performing notes available

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Sunday, March 7, 2010


Number of bank failures this year: 22 and counting

Last week, regulators closed 2 banks, bringing the number of bank failures to 22 so far this year. The banks which were shut down are Carson River Community Bank, based in Nevada, with $51.1 million in assets and $50 million in deposits as of Dec. 31 and Rainier Pacific Bank with $717.8 million in assets and $446.2 million in deposits as of Dec. 31. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which insures up to $250,000 per account at member institutions, will take a hit of over $100 million on account of the 2 failures. FDIC says the number of troubled banks jumped to 702 in the fourth quarter from 552 in the earlier quarter. Nearly one in every three banks reported a loss in the latest quarter. Amid recession and a rise in delinquent loans, the pace of bank failures has been rising, from 25 in 2008, to 140 in 2009, and to 22 in just the first 2 months this year. Banks are likely to incur as much as $300 billion in losses on Commercial property loans in the near-term, according to a recent report by the Congressional Oversight Panel, the watchdog that monitors financial bailout. With the economy not showing any signs of sustained recovery, the FDIC’s insurance fund is expected to take a hit of over $100 billion in the next four years.

Construction spending falls 0.6%

According to the Commerce Department, construction spending in the U.S. fell for a third straight month by 0.6% to $884.13 billion in January; construction spending dropped 1.2% in December. Nonresidential buildings in the private sector dropped 0.9% in January, while state and local government construction dropped 0.7%. Federal construction spending rose 1.9% to a high of $30.68 billion in January, increasing for the fifth straight month. Spending on private home buildings rose 1.3%. While housing starts rose 2.8% in January from December, construction permits, an indicator of future projects, dropped 4.9%. New home construction which rebounded strongly in the third quarter of 2009 seems to have lost some momentum. The economy was pushed into its worst slump since 1930s on account of the housing collapse. “We haven’t really seen much improvement in housing,” said Michael Englund, chief economist at Action Economics. “Residential construction is still weak. On the non
-residential side, builders are hesitant to go along on new projects and banks are reluctant to provide the capital.”

HARP gets extension for 12 months

The Obama administration introduced the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) last year to help about 4 to 5 million borrowers who have little or no equity in their homes. The program, administered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, refinanced 190,180 mortgages in 2009 with loan-to-value between 80% and 125%. The program which was set to expire June this year has been extended by 12 months. Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said the program has been extended to June 2011 in order to "support and promote market stability and to encourage lenders and other mortgage market participants to fully adopt the HARP program, including the implementation of the October 2009 expansion of loan-to-value ratios to 125%." Analysts have been critical of the program and say it has had a limited impact so far. "The overall volume last year was an embarrassingly small amount. I don't think it will make a big difference" to have the program extended, said Thomas Lawler, a housing consultant.

Bankruptcies drop in the U.S. says only 5 public companies filed for Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in February, compared to 19 in the same period in 2009. In January, 12 public companies filed for bankruptcy while 11 public companies went under in December. Bankruptcies of large companies -- with more than $1 billion in assets -- have slowed down. In 2009 about 25% of the companies that filed for bankruptcy had assets over $1 billion while so far this year only 19% percent of the total 16 bankruptcy filings have had more than $1 billion in assets. The improved economic situation and buoyancy in capital markets are helping companies stay afloat. Analysts however warn that the scenario is not entirely rosy and more bankruptcies can be expected. "Last year was like a tsunami, but this next phase will be more like a rising tide; consistent and steady," said William Snyder, a managing partner with CRG Partners. Analysts feel capital restructuring can help companies only to a limited extent. In the long run, what really matters is operational efficiency. Alan Cohen, chairman of Abacus Advisors, a turnaround and restructuring firm, said: "You can correct a balance sheet by manipulating debt into equity, or reducing debt, but unless the entity focuses on improving operations, they're going to have a tough time."

Now after reviewing the short list of information I have provided you above, I will still point out what I feel is the obvious. People everyday waste my time with there buyers "brokers" all stating they can buy 100's of millions of dollars in real estate. Yet not one of them can follow simple instructions, proof up or come to the closing table.

So for Sundays discussion topic:

Parkinson's Law & REO Sales

Cyril Parkinson must have been an astute student of human behavior especially when it came to economic trends and traits; a British Civil service employee, Parkinson originally noted the tendency for bureaucracies to expand over observation sure to be noticed by short sale / REO buyers waiting for approval from big banks. In fact, many of the Parkinson's observations seem to apply especially well to short sale / REO investments including:

"The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the resource"

Think about "easy credit". Without easy credit and lax lending terms many people would not have bought homes they were unable to afford to begin with; it's also why modification programs simply won't work in the majority of situations. Despite decades of government intervention designed to make everyone a homeowner, the ratio of renters versus homeowners tends to remain the same over time. Essentially the current situation can be considered a correction back to the "mean."

"The amount of time in which one has to perform a task, is the amount of time it will take to complete that said task"

Again, how many last minute approvals have you encountered recently? While procrastination isn't limited to bankers or brokers, it's certainly alive and well in today's economic arena.

So, how can you use Parkinson's Law to your advantage? It's simple...

1. Expedite Deadlines...for yourself and others. Rather than wait until the last possible moment, start setting deadlines ahead of time for both yourself and others. This not only reduces stress but tends to put you back in control of sluggish situations and lagging negotiations.

2. Put a "product" back into productivity...rather than outline a "to-do" list, start measuring actual outcomes instead. For example, set a date to have all your social media marketing up and running then clearly define what it should consist of and look like. If you aren't able to get it done by a specified date, pull in the big guns and have it done for you; remember, the objective is to achieve a final outcome or goal rather than just "make busy work."

3. Calculate the value of your time...then hire out others to do at least the bottom 20% of the least profitable errands and chores. By consistently doing this on a regular basis it is possible to increase your personal productivity and hourly time value by well over 20 per annum.

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