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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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  As a real estate Agent/Investor/Consultant I have a lot of exposure to several markets across the country.  One thing that I see in every US housing market is low equity for homeowners due to the recent market correction and difficulty qualifying for homebuyers due to the same.  In my career it has never been harder for Sellers to sell or for Buyers to buy and it will not change until markets have recovered and banks have less foreclosures and more liquidity for borrowers. If you are one of these Buyers you don’t have to continue moving from rental to rental and uprooting your family.  If you’re one of these Sellers you don’t have to just keep making payments on a house you don’t want/need.  REsolutions Real Estate Services can help you reach your real estate goals in ways other companies simply cannot. Not only are we helping individuals, we …

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    We find that even though many Roanoke Buyers are interested in Rent To Own transactions most do not fully understand the transactions at first, not to mention how to tell if it is structured properly.  Here we will discuss the basic structures of a Rent To Own / Lease Option transaction so you know what to look for when buying your next home. Definitions: Lease – A contractual agreement between the Lessor/”landlord” and a Lessee/”Tenant” Option — An option is the right to convey a piece of property.  The person granting the Option is called the optionor (or more usually, the grantor) and the person who has the benefit of the option is called the optionee (or more usually, the beneficiary). Lease With Option To Purchase — This type of transaction consists of a Lease for a specific time as well as a SEPARATE Option for the same …

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    Unfortunately, there are many stories about how Roanoke Tenant-Buyers have invested a lot of time and money into what they thought was a Rent To Own transaction but lost everything at the end of the lease because they didn’t structure the transaction properly and had no interest in the property even though they spent 12 months and a considerable amount of money on repairs and improvements. When used responsibly Rent To Own / Lease Option transactions are a wonderful way for families who cannot qualify for a mortgage at the time to purchase a home that they can live in, love in and grow in even before they officially own the home. If your family decides that Rent To Own / Lease Option is the right fit it is very important to work with professionals who are transparent and explain every detail of the transaction before you sign …

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The 2nd Annual Roanoke MSA Real Estate Market Statistics Presentation is Here! In November 2011, after careful consideration of 6 Appalachian cities, I chose Roanoke, VA to be my new home and place of business.  I decided to start a real estate business just weeks after being dropped into a market I knew nothing about.  So, being the analytical guy I am I decided to pull all of the data I could get and quickly learn the market.  I pulled a list of closed transactions from RVAR MLS and Roanoke City GIS to get started.  After several hours of excel work I realized I had created a pretty good summary of the market that painted a clear picture. In January 2012 I was invited to present my findings to the Real Estate Investors Group of Roanoke so I pulled together a presentation to share what I had learned. Some of …

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Last week the New York Times featured an article “Speeding Up Short Sales”. In which they highlighted the positives of how expediting the short sale process will clear the glut of homes that are in default that will inevitably foreclose. “With rules that take effect next month, federal regulators have hopes of greatly streamlining the short-sale process. Starting June 15, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will require both agencies to give short-sale buyers a final decision within 60 days.” Typically a short sale takes from 4 — 8 months with the vast majority of them falling apart after the buyer and the seller have invested a considerable amount of emotion and energy into the process.  Speeding up the process may force the lenders to become more efficient and process more which will result in more that actually close but I still don’t recommend …

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