OUT OF HOUSE & HOME
By Jim Macklin
Secure Document Research
Well, it has become official, Wall St. is now actively orchestrating the coup d’état. Major firms like Blackrock are setting up shop throughout major metropolitan areas of the U.S. with boots on the ground in an attempt to own and rent/lease properties back to the very souls from whom they stole in the last several years.
Pouring cash assets into the Net Lease Real Estate Investment Trusts seems like a sound business idea, except for one thing…the concept of owning real estate at this time for long term investment purposes does not align with the 20 year long term run-up of property values.
Remember this fact, the investment firms that are playing God with other people’s money don’t really care about the ROI for their investors, all they care about is selling positions or shares or certificates to the investment de jour. So if you invest $100 million in REIT’s but the long term projections for increased valuations of your portfolio have already reached the anticipated high, you are literally putting your money into a pool that pays you back for the use of the money, minus the fees in and out. Not to mention the fact that there is no possible way to project what a given administration’s policies will be in even 5 years. Tax treatments can, and often do, change.
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By Daniel Edstrom
DTC Systems, Inc.
If you thought this was a foreclosure crisis brought about by the Mortgage Meltdown, you would be wrong. If this were a foreclosure crisis only those in foreclosure would be the ones having problems. And only those loans in foreclosure would be the ones having title issues and “robo-signer” issues. I cannot say this loud enough: FORECLOSURE IS NOT THE PROBLEM. Homeowners not making payments is not the problem. “Freeing up” credit to stimulate lending is not the problem. If you didn’t get a subprime loan, and yours is a 30 year fixed, you are at risk of a clouded title almost as much as anyone in foreclosure. In fact, if you have refinanced or purchased your house from 2000 or later, you could easily have a defect in title. Since I am not a lawyer and can only give myself legal advice, I will only discuss my own case. And of course these are only my opinions based on my knowledge, education, training and research. Apparently my title company thinks my title is good. I know because somebody asked them and they said it was good. At the end of the article I will explain why they would say that. What they meant to say was “Everything is great because we, as a title company, are not at risk at all based on our review of your title”. Continue reading “Title Crisis”