Jim Esposito

The Highest Return on Your Real Estate Investment

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Obviously, serious investors care about which location will reap the highest returns on their real estate investments. When it comes to great returns Fort Lauderdale real estate is not much of a secret. Our market is legendary; fortunes are made here. Just look at the S&P / Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Going back to the 70s South Florida consistently out-performs the rest of the United States. When the Florida Association of Realtors released their annual year end statistics ...

Zombie Foreclosures Decline 20% in Fort Lauderdale

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Zombie Foreclosures dropped 19% in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County over the past year. 35% in Palm Beach County, according to a report from RealtyTrac covering the Third Quarter of 2014. “Zombies” is the term used to describe empty homes in the foreclosure process which have been abandoned by their owners. According to the 3Q 2014 Zombie Foreclosure Report from Realty Trac, Broward County had 3,437 owner vacated properties at some stage in the foreclosure process, which ...

Bubble? What Bubble?

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Some interesting numbers coming out lately.   First the U.S. Commerce Dept. released a report new homes sales fell 2.4% in July. Then the Standard & Poor’s / Case-Shiller Home Price Index for June decreased 13.2% from May and 14.7% from April.   Well, those were the headlines. But don’t lash yourself to the mast quite yet.   Delving a little deeper into the stats, it turns out according Commerce new home sales are actually up 12% in the past y...

Make Money in Real Estate Flipping Houses

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As a real estate agent in Fort Lauderdale with a prominent internet presence I get one or two calls every week from prospective investors who have heard about all the money they can make “flipping” houses. Some have gone to seminars (some even PAID) where so-called experts tell them about fortunes others are making buying homes, fixing them up, selling them again for huge profits. Other people have simply heard stories. Like they went to a party once, met a guy who had a cou...

Value Waterfront Homes in Fort Lauderdale

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Highly desirable real estate, the ocean access waterfront homes with no fixed bridges in neighborhoods around downtown Fort Lauderdale cost millions of dollars. Tear-downs and fixer-uppers in Las Olas start around seven hundred thousand dollars. One home which was on the market earlier this year in Seven Isles had such a bad mold problem anyone who went in to look at the property had to sign a health waiver, and it still sold for over $700,000. In Harbor Beach, even the tear downs, old Flori...

12 Things You Must Know Before Buying Foreclosures

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Much attention, in some ways too much attention, in today’s market is focused upon Foreclosures, also known as REOs (Real Estate Owned). You can find some good deals in REOs, and they make sense for certain investors, however, don’t limit yourself just to shopping Foreclosures. Buyers should not overlook straight old-fashioned sales. Distressed property sets the bar, with the level of distress factored in, but if a homeowner needs to sell his house they cannot List it appreciably higher than...