General InfoInvestment PropertyMarket ActivityMortgage informationReal Estate PropertiesTax information July 25, 2014

Forget Stocks. Millenials want their money in cold, hard cash.

Here's an article from CNN-Money about Millenials— 18-29 year olds are a recession-scarred generation and have a risk aversion to investing money in stocks and real estate. They want it in cash—all cash—. Is that an investment?  It is accessible and usable for immediate needs. Is that enough? Economists hope that this generation will return to stocks and other investments, as they have the largest retirement burden and it does take some sacrifice. Read more….here.

Investment Property April 9, 2012

Improve Your Bottom Line

Buying Investment property is one of the ways to improve your bottom line regarding your personal wealth. Numerous Americans are taking advantage of this historic Buyers market, and building their future wealth.

My 4-plex in Edmonds, WA, sold this week with numerous multiple offers, as a case in point. Buyers are recongnizing that this product is good and has value!  You can take a look at it here.  It reminds me of how great an investment these rental properties are. The rental market is strong and is expected to continue for some time. With lending practices tightening up the criteria for home mortgages, not just everyone can get a mortgage as they did in the more recent past, also precipitating the economic downturn that we have experienced. So, more people are needing rentals.

Couple of articles related to this:

1)  CNN Now It’s a Great Time to Invest!

2)  Seattle Times: Rent vs Own

The important aspects about investment property is to buy in the right location–close to amenities, bus lines, hospitals, shops, etc, as various renters are without cars and rely on bus connections. Real estate is often–almost always about location, location, location. The Loan to Value–amount to purchase and the amount of downpayment. The rent you charge should at least cover the mortgage payment and more if possible.

Homes and multiplexes are at an all time low, so if you are sitting on the fence, this might be the time to consider taking the plunge.


Uncategorized March 19, 2012

Gardner Econ Report


Overall sense of the US populace has an “improved tone”, the Gardner Report indicates, noted here.

Here are some significant stats you’ll find in the report: (This is referencing the last quarter of 2011 WA State.)

  • 3% expansion of economy
  • Haven’t seen this expansion since Qu2 of 2010
  • Local employment at 7.7% less than national average
  • Job increases:
  • Aerospace + 9,400
  • Ed and Health + 5,400
  • Professional & Business +3700
  • Construction +1000 (awesome!)