Single Family Homes Needed!!

I have a client with $50 million who needs to acquire as many single-family homes in the state of Pennsylvania as fast as possible!

We have already sold him 50+ homes but we are running out of inventory to make offers on and seeking some private portfolios.

The client is in a position to purchase as large of a portfolio as several hundred properties at once or as little as one or two properties at a time…we need as much as we can find.

We are only looking for single-family homes, no apartment buildings and no condominiums. Condition does not matter what we prefer is that the home needs someone work. The more work the better!!

We prefer the property to be vacant at time of settlement but we can get creative if we have to!

If you have any homes you would like to sell please contact me ASAP!!

Jim Onesti. 215.440.2052.
Preferred method of contact is email: jonesti@mccannteam.com

BHHS Fox & Roach –  Mike McCann Team  –  215.627.6005

Discount Brokers: The Real Deal

We have all heard the old saying, “If it sound like it is too good to be true, it probably is.” Unfortunately, this is typically the case with discount brokers. Whenever the real estate market reaches a high point, tons of new, discount brokers and startup companies seem to appear out of nowhere. They come promising dramatically decreased commission percentages in exchange for their discounted services. Now, we understand how appealing this may look but I want you to be informed and aware of the risk involved when you come in contact with these operations.

As an experience realtor, I have seen the poor service that these organizations provide on numerous occasions. Many of these companies require upfront payment in order to list the property in the MLS and then disappear, leaving clients baffled, confused and alone.  Eventually, the companies disappear completely, leaving a great deal of wreckage behind.

Be Forewarned! These individuals do not do the same job as legitimate, real estate professionals. They will not take the time to market your home, manage paperwork, host open houses or guide you through the negotiation process like genuine professionals. They will simply cash your check, list the property and disappear.

Bottom line, if your home is not a discount property, then do not list with a discount broker. Those flashy and appealing discounted rates could end up costing you more than you ever imagined. Be safe, be smart, and beware of the discount broker.

For a name you know and a Realtor you can trust, contact me today!
Jim Onesti – BHHS Fox & Roach – McCann Team – 215-627-6005 Main
215.440.2052 Direct or jonesti@mccannteam.com 

Good news for Home Flippers! FHA loosens Guidelines! www.PhillyRealEstateInvestorDeals.com

FHA says flip away — within limits

Temporary waiver of 90-day ‘anti-flipping’ rule extended through 2014

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Good news for single-family home investors, rehabbers and buyers seeking to use low down payment FHA financing: The temporary waiver of FHA’s 90-day “anti-flipping” rule was extended last week through 2014.

The waiver, which facilitates purchases of homes from sellers who have held title to their properties for less than 90 days, continues a policy first adopted by the Obama administration in 2010.

Starting in 2003, FHA had imposed the 90-day standard as part of an effort to rein in rampant quick-flips of houses where investors made minimal or no improvements to rundown, foreclosed or abandoned houses, then sold them days or weeks later at high price markups with the help of inflated appraisals to purchasers using FHA loans.

Those flips frequently involved collusion and fraud by teams of mortgage loan officers, realty agents and appraisers — even straw buyers who defaulted and disappeared without making a single payment — and racked up significant losses to FHA’s insurance fund. Neighborhoods suffered because the properties remained empty and in bad physical condition, depressing values of houses in the immediate vicinity.

Since 2011, FHA has made annual extensions of its waiver. This year, an FHA official told me Friday, the agency opted for a two-year term in order “to provide greater levels of certainty” for lenders and buyers, removing questions about whether, and for how long, the waiver would be continued. Since the first waiver in 2010, according to the official, FHA has successfully insured $11 billion worth of mortgages on 65,250 homes where the seller had held title for less than 90 days.

In a Federal Register notice Nov. 29 announcing the extension, Acting FHA Commissioner Carol J. Galante said the objective is to increase “the availability of affordable homes for first-time and other purchasers, helping stabilize real estate prices as well as neighborhoods and communities where foreclosureactivity has been high.”

Among the key requirements that will continue during the latest waiver:

  • All transactions must be arm’s-length, with no identity of interest between the buyer and seller or other participants. Lenders are required to ensure that the seller actually holds title to the property. (In earlier flipping schemes, buy-sell transactions sometimes moved so fast that the seller never acquired legal title.) There should be no “pattern” of previous flips of the property during the 12 months preceding the transaction.
  • In cases where the sales price of the resold property is more than 20 percent more than what the seller paid for it, there must be documentation showing the renovations and repairs that justify the markedly higher resale price. A second appraisal may be used to substantiate the increase in value, but the second appraiser must be selected from FHA’s roster. When no significant renovations occur and the price is 20 percent higher than acquisition, the appraiser must provide “appropriate explanation” for the sudden increase.
  • Inspections are required of all the key components of the building structure and systems when price jumps exceed 20 percent. The inspection report must be provided to the purchaser before closing. If the inspection reveals structural or “health and safety” defects, repairs must be completed before the closing and a final inspection performed to ensure that the repairs have been made.

Real estate professionals and others involved in single-family investment activities welcomed the latest extension and its two-year time span. Kevin Kim, an agent with Windermere Preferred Living in Brea, Calif., said “this definitely benefits my investors, but it’s also good for communities” where high rates of foreclosure have left properties sitting around in deteriorating conditions.

Kim said most of his investor clients do not exceed the 20 percent price-increase threshold — “typically it’s more like 10 to 12 percent” — but they virtually all try to acquire, renovate and resell in less than 90 days.

Cathy Bureau, broker-owner of Green Home Realty in San Antonio, Texas, who specializes in the central areas of the city, says FHA’s two-year extension assures investors that there will be takeout financing for buyers, thereby cutting costs on the “hard money” line of credit financing they use to acquire their houses. At interest rates of 14 to 16 percent, “every day costs money,” she said, so for investors the ability to sell quickly after completing repairs is crucial.

Ken Harney writes an award-winning, nationally syndicated column, “The Nation’s Housing,” and is the author of two books on real estate and mortgage finance.