There are 4 blog entries for April 2011.
Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 11:15am. 2,531 Views, 0 Comments.
We thought we would create a regular series about properties that our team has seen that we think are NICE. By flagging these properties as "cool" we are not making any judgement about the list price or the value. We just think they're inspired. Most of these "cool properties" are not our listings. If you see one you like, we'd love to show it to you, and represent your interests if you decide you just gotta have it.
To see the details of any of these listings, simply click the picture of the home you like.
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 11:13am. 1,844 Views, 0 Comments.
This month's reports from S&P and PMI both suggest that sellers could increase their net proceeds by bringing their home to market now instead of waiting for conditions to improve. Earlier this month when looking at the Portland Market Report, we observed increasing sales velocity and balanced levels of inventory in many neighborhood. We are advising many of our sellers to get their homes ready for market now instead of waiting until later in the Spring or early summer.
Eleven MSAs in S&P's 20 city composite are reporting new lows. Portland is one of these eleven markets. The 20 city composite is now withing 2% of the March '09 trough. If the current trend continues, the housing market will enter into a "double-dip recession."
In this month's PMI…
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:27am. 1,735 Views, 0 Comments.
The volatility of the stock market recently has many of us watching our retirement savings dwindle. Until we see some positive news, the stock market will continue to see some majors ups and downs. Many of us feel like we have no real control of our money that is invested in IRA’s, 401Ks and other retirement savings accounts. Take control of your investments.
An interesting, and mostly overlooked, vehicle is the use of a Self-Directed IRA to purchase real estate. Roll over your stagnate or declining accounts over to a custodian that allows you to invest in more than the institutional stocks and mutual funds. Control you own future, by making investments into real property that will produce income and appreciate over time.
The current Portland real…
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:22am. 40,818 Views, 0 Comments.
What is a Self-Directed IRA?
A self-directed IRA is really not that different from any other IRA. The term “self-directed” simply indicates that you choose your IRA’s investments. Most investment brokerages and banks that offer “self-directed” IRAs limit clients to the scope of their own investment products. Custodians without proprietary products do not need to impose the same restrictions. This means you have more choices and greater flexibility for your retirement savings plan.
What can a Self-Directed IRA invest in?
Almost anything making for virtually unlimited array of possible investment choices that are allowed.
The IRS only defines the following assets as excluded:
- Life insurance contracts (e.g., a life insurance policy on the life of the