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Nearly 30% of Roanoke, VA Homeowners are Underwater or Have Negative Equity in Their Home.  REsolutions Real Estate Services Can Help. In May 2012 I posted an article on the negative equity problem in our market.  Although the real estate activity has picked up since then prices have only increased slightly and only in certain areas.  Many Roanoke home owners and Sellers cannot sell their homes because they have no equity and cannot afford to pay REALTOR commissions or even to sell at market value. As you can see by the Zillow.com heat map and the summary table I’ve made below, some neighborhoods have been hit harder than others due to the high number of foreclosures and short sales in the market as a result of buying at the peak of the market and having a reduction in income, job loss or an increase in the mortgage payment that lead …

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        Rent To Own serves both Buyers and Sellers equally and provides a much-needed alternative to the conventional market when values are down and lending guidelines are strict.  Read on to see the benefits to Roanoke home Buyers and Sellers. Buyer Benefits You don’t need 10% – 20% to move into your new house.  Only a small amount of cash is required up front. Qualify with minimum credit requirements.  We realize bad things happen to good people and we have credit repair experts to help you build your credit while you’re in your home. Move into your new house NOW.  No more moving, changing schools, having yard sales, etc. until you can buy a home conventionally. Establish yourself in the community while you pay down debt, establish credit, build employment history, etc. to qualify for a loan and close. Lock in a fair market rent and price …

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Anyone who has known me for long knows that I’m a numbers guy.  When I decided to move to Roanoke, VA from Maui, HI I took a years worth of tax data and MLS data and boiled it all down to a simple table that told me exactly where the market was here.  Just a month after moving here I was speaking as “the expert” at my Real Estate Investors group because of the fresh data in my head.  I LOVE real estate and I believe it to be the safest investment of all if you know enough about it to stay in front of the trend.  A VERY intelligent investor here in Roanoke, VA who has studied and made money in all asset classes put it best: “I plan to put all of my eggs in one basket and just protect the hell out of my basket.”.  That basket …

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