Investment Properties: Market Recovery

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Investment Properties Market Recovery Strategy Tonight we'll be looking at two Fresno property investment opportunities for those interested in an initial buy and hold (rent vs flip) strategy. One fresh on the MLS, the other 68 days and counting.  I scouted them out yesterday for a repeat GEE investor (who gets first dibs). Both represent signs of market recovery and a realization by sellers that many investors are looking for rent ready homes for quick if not immediate occupancy. All the houses are 3x2ish, ranging from 1,040 to 1,254 sq ft.  Each have interesting improvements. None are in prime neighborhoods yet the expected rents...Continue Reading!

Large Scale Multi Property Investing

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Large Scale Investing 10-50 Property Renovation Tonight's another Open Forum.  We'll start by talking with Corey Kreidler and Kevin Hauber from San Luis Obispo, CA. With 30 years in the mortgage market, Kevin's looking to go big with Green Hearted renovation and investing, up to 50 houses at a time. Time permitting we're always happy to discuss any additional projects or questions you might have. A picture is worth a thousand words. You can use photos, diagrams, websites... to better communicate your topic. Just have them in a folder on your desktop or a link in your browser ready and you can show us...Continue Reading!

Which “Deals” are Deals?

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Consider Carefully Which "Deals" are Deals? With real estate inventory low and investor interest high it's getting more challenging to find and identify great deals. We took a look at a couple of  properties in the Fresno/Clovis CA residential market and came away with some concerns about things to avoid or at lest consider carefully when residential remodeling with either flipping or buy and hold in mind. As always looking forward to your comments and questions.  If you've got some property photos you'd like to discuss have them ready on your desktop and we'll take a look. Time permitting we'll also discuss  the...Continue Reading!

Open Forum: Hurricane Sandy, Investment Alert

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Open Forum Hurricane Sandy, Investment Alert Greetings PlanetSavers, As you may know, a couple of years ago longtime sunny California resident Dave Robinson followed the grand kids to Virginia.  Today they're huddled up at his house, the electrical power at his daughter's house one of the casualties of Hurricane Sandy. Unless preempted by the further effects of this 100 year storm, Dave will join us for another in our series of "Open Forum" webinars. Either way I'll host the webinar and get the ball rolling. If you've got a project (present or potential), topic or idea you'd care to share we'd love to hear it. ...Continue Reading!

CA Net-Zero Energy and Water Demonstration Home Project

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Citrus Heights CA Project Net-Zero Energy & Water Demonstration Home Greetings PlanetSavers, Tuesday night's webinar will feature our own Jack Frost's Net-Zero Energy and Water Demonstration Home Project. The plans include an Energy Wise Renovation of the primary structure with the addition of a smaller new constructed dwelling. Jack hopes this will be the 3rd GEE-Department of Energy test joint venture. Matt Piner, a LEED Architect has detailed several water conservation features and we also plan to include an electric car charging station. Phil Barnes will be adding a "scope of work" to cover the traditional GEE renovation including the shell seal, duct seal, extra insulation...Continue Reading!

NREL: Initial Data from 13 Cedar VA Hybrid Mini-Spit System

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NREL: Initial Data 13 Cedar Hybrid Mini-Split System (Hybrid = Partly Ducted, Partly Ductless) Greetings PlanetSavers, Tonight we will look at the initial results of 15 days of hot weather in the Cedar St. Lab House.  NREL is monitoring this project and has kindly provided us with loads (overloads, actually) of data. We have the mountain of data distilled down into some useful charts and graphs and for you "Bottom Liners" we have the total cost of cooling extrapolated. We  will analyze what installation factors affect the results we see. Like duct sizing to each room and how that shows up in temperature differentials. This...Continue Reading!

ACI Mid Atlantic Conference Review

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Affordable Comfort Institute Mid Atlantic Conference Review Greetings PlanetSavers, As some of you may recall I was a scheduled speaker at this week's Affordable Comfort Institute's Mid Atlantic Conference. After three presentations I've been enjoy attending other workshops, talking with industry leaders and basically getting the pulse of what's new and exciting in energy wise renovation and construction. I'll be on the road from Pittsburgh shortly and look forward to reviewing the conference with anyone who either attended or wished they had. To download this Webex presentation click here.  To watch this audio/video presentation you’ll need to install the FREE Webex .ARF Player for either Windows or...Continue Reading!

Purchasing Leads (List Source): Open Forum

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Open Forum Purchasing Leads Our  “Open Forum” focused on reviewing purchasing properties from homeowner data sites such as ListSource.com.  We reviewed search range criteria, sample letters and tracking spreadsheets. As usual this webinar  utilized the same WebEx site but with no prepared slides or agenda. Instead, providing an opportunity for participants to bring whatever Home Performance or Real Estate issues the may have. A picture is worth a thousand words… We suggest photos or diagrams to better communicate your issue. Just have them in a folder on your desktop and you can show us what we are talking about.  If you don’t have photos...Continue Reading!

Folsom CA Real Estate: Open Forum

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Open Forum Folsom CA Real Estate Our  "Open Forum" focused on reviewing listings for residential properties in Folsom CA demostrating several online sites and tools. As usual this webinar  utilized the same WebEx site but with no prepared slides or agenda. Instead, providing an opportunity for participants to bring whatever Home Performance or Real Estate issues the may have. A picture is worth a thousand words... We suggest photos or diagrams to better communicate your issue. Just have them in a folder on your desktop and you can show us what we are talking about.  If you don't have photos or aren't at a...Continue Reading!

Fresno Duplex: Flip or Buy and Hold?

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Fresno Duplex Flip or Buy and Hold? The current market is making lucrative energy efficient residential home flipping a challenge.  Not only are appraisal values sagging because of profiteers but appraisers and underwriters are hesitant to add value for energy efficiency. Another issue is low inventory. With properties scarce, investors are bidding up prices often above asking. In Central CA, as elsewhere, circumstances have created a buy and hold market often offering returns 6 to 10 times or more current banking interest rates. With this strategy in mind "plexs" from 2-4 units are looking increasingly attractive. Tuesday evening we'll take an in depth look at...Continue Reading!

 

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