Risks of Buying Foreclosed Properties Includes Prison

This is a departure from my normal fare, but I found it interesting. A close friend and colleague was buying foreclosed properties at auction a few years ago and found it difficult to compete with a clique of buyers at the auction who seemed to be (gasp) colluding with each other. It turns out he...

Vampire Foreclosures Sucking Life Out of Castle Market

OK, maybe they are just sucking the life out of the housing market.  But that sounds so much less exotic, and doesn’t fit in so neatly with our Halloween week theme. I thought you might enjoy this article from The Capitol Report via Marketwatch.com.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel...

What Experts Are Doing About Real Estate

If you are shopping for a home right now, are you enjoying the feeding frenzy?  (At least here in Silicon Valley…) We’ve all heard that investors were snapping up homes left and right, paying all cash, and pushing regular home buyers out of the market. Some of this money came from outside the country, but...

Win the bidding war without overpaying

5 Keys to Making a Successful Offer Buying a home in Silicon Valley right now is not easy.  Listings are scarce and buyers are plentiful.  Most homes are selling very quickly with multiple offers.  Winning the bidding war can be hell…unless you know the keys to the most attractive offer.  Here they are: Be Qualified...