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Nov

05

2016
Advice from my Lender?

Advice from my Lender?

Earning a living buying and selling real estate is very rewarding… but can also be risky business. This is a key reason why many people opt not to pursue real estate investing. It’s also a key reason why those that do, often seek out a key partner like Veristone. If you can leverage the learnings of those that have gone before you and follow in…

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Sep

28

2016
Networking in style – what hard working real estate professionals deserve

Networking in style – what hard working real estate professionals deserve

Being a Hard Money lender isn’t only about making and managing loans. Like most businesses involving real estate, there is tremendous value in knowing your market and knowing your clients. The quote “If your business comes from relationships, relationships should be your business” is a great reflection of Veristone’s commitment to this philosophy. Everyone on the team recognizes that the more you know about each client, the…

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Sep

25

2016
A Glossary of Hard Money Lending Terms

A Glossary of Hard Money Lending Terms

Getting involved in real estate investing can present a whole new vocabulary. We’ve compiled the following list of terms which you are likely to hear if you venture into hard money real estate investing. The Terms: After Rehab Value (ARV): The amount that the investment property is expected to be worth after all of the planned renovations are completed. Appraisal: A professional assessment of how…

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Sep

19

2016
Veristone Expanding Auction Services to Thurston, County WA

Veristone Expanding Auction Services to Thurston, County WA

Veristone is excited to announce the addition of Thurston County to its list of counties where auction funds are available on weekly basis. Starting Sept. 30th, 2016 Veristone will have an experienced representative attending the Thurston County Foreclosure Auction. This means that we will have funds in-hand at the auction for our preapproved clients to buy properties on the spot. We are confident that Thurston…

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Sep

06

2016
Builders can find spec loans with hard money lenders

Builders can find spec loans with hard money lenders

Still wary of past shaky lending practices and encumbered with regulations (like the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act), traditional lenders are not willing or able to provide speculative construction loans. Unlike the banks, hard money lenders like Veristone are eager to fund such deals. With loan periods that are much shorter than traditional banks, hard money lenders like Veristone are able to adjust to market conditions and…

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Aug

07

2016
Appreciation in the Northwest – Setting a Red Hot Pace

Appreciation in the Northwest – Setting a Red Hot Pace

In spite of easing a bit from prior months, home prices are continuing to experience positive appreciation. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Composite index for May (as reported at the end of July) rose 5.2 percent year over year. This accounts for slight slowdown from April’s 5.4 percent increase. The Case-Schiller index tracks changes in the value of residential real estate nationally as well as in…

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Jul

23

2016
Smart and Fast = Success

Smart and Fast = Success

Every deal is about knowing the numbers! And it’s been said that the most important number is the After-Repair-Value (ARV). Knowing this number before you acquire a property can be the difference between making a great deal versus making a deal you wish you could forget. The majority of discounted properties are usually junk properties, vacant properties and/or fixer-uppers. They’re often in need of many…

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Jul

19

2016
“Social Savvy” Investors go beyond Facebook

“Social Savvy” Investors go beyond Facebook

It’s no secret that in order to gain a competitive edge in sourcing or selling a house you should learn to utilize social media. If you’ve begun using Facebook you’re on the right track. But you should also be considering other social media sites. Especially those that are primarily visual. • 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. • Visuals are processed 60,000…

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Jul

16

2016
Should investors be using Facebook ?

Should investors be using Facebook ?

For real estate investors, Facebook is arguably the best social media platform to use as a resource for self-branding, marketing all aspects of your business, gaining leads and referrals (sourcing and selling). Why is Facebook arguably the best? … as of March 2016: • The average Facebook user connects to 80 community pages, groups and events. • More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook….

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Jul

09

2016
High-end Fix and Flip

High-end Fix and Flip

It takes keen knowledge of the neighborhood and confidence in your contractor resources to achieve the type of success recently enjoyed by Kris Conover. When investors think of flipping houses, they usually think about foreclosures and short sales. They also have a stereotype in their heads about the kinds of people who get foreclosed on and the kinds of properties they own. As a result,…

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