Fixer uppers: How to find that foreclosure ‘diamond in the rough’

Look for the shabbiest house on the nicest block in town. Spruce it up. Sell for profit.

That’s a real estate investing recipe for success more often than not, especially if you can discern between money pits and money makers. When it comes to flipping foreclosures, or even purchasing a discounted distressed property as a primary residence, it’s critical to spot the “diamond in the rough” before someone else beats you to it.

Distressed properties are often in less than tip-top shape, but it’s that shabby exterior that is concealing the massive opportunity for riches for those investors who know how to take advantage of great deals when they see them.

Spotting a diamond in the rough isn’t difficult, but it does take the right knowledge and an open mind. You need to be able to see past the unsightly condition of a home that has turned off other investors to determine if it is really worth your while.

The September 2011 edition of Foreclosure.com’s free educational newsletter, “Investment Exchange,” is now available, which shows you how to find and capitalize on those diamond-in-the-rough properties that are just waiting for an investor like you

Learn how to hone your detective skills to uncover these amazing deals before your competition does. The potential financial rewards will be well worth your time.

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How to rehab houses for profit

Buying distressed real estate isn’t just for savvy investors — it’s also for smart homeowners.

If you’re in the market for a new home for your family, it just makes sense to shop smart. Why pay full price for a property when you can pay pennies on the dollar?

The secret lies in distressed real estate. The condition of these properties tends to depress the list price. If you can see past a bit of shabbiness to the home’s true hidden potential, you stand to earn a lot of instant equity.

The May 2011 edition of Foreclosure.com’s free educational newsletter, “Investment Exchange,” is now available, which focuses on helping you spot easy cosmetic fixes and other simple issues that are straightforward and inexpensive rehab projects.

Turn your hidden gem into a shining testament to your brilliant real estate investment decision!

Whether you plan to live in your new home, rent it out as an income property or sell it for top dollar, rehabbing distressed real estate is a fantastic option to realize your real estate goals at rock-bottom prices.

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How to calculate home repair costs and renovations

Whether you buy a flawless gem or a diamond in the rough, your new home is going to cost you extra after closing.

That amount, of course, depends on the condition of the home and your taste. Some improvements are often more practical than others, and in some cases, utterly essential.

Whatever the case may be, we can all agree that spending the least amount of money on the most fixes and/or renovations is always high on the priority list.

That’s where we come in.

The July 2010 edition of Foreclosure.com’s free educational newsletter, “Investment Exchange,” is now available, which answers these important questions and details everything you need to know about “Calculate rehab costs.”

It’s all about priming you for rehabbing your distressed property. You’ll learn how to find great contractors, money-saving “Do it Yourself” (DIY) projects, which problems to look out for and much more.

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