Every day we get emails from our listeners. Some like to tell us how awesome we are (oh, go on!), but most have questions. We’re working on some new ways to be able to be more responsive. So keep those emails coming!
For this week’s show, we decided to grab a few question out of the email in box and talk about them on the air. Joining host Robert Helms in studio are his trusty sidekick, Russell Gray and “The Godfather of Real Estate” Bob Helms.
We kicked off the show commenting on Ben Bernanke’s pronouncement that “technically speaking, the recession is over.” Yippee! Right?!?
After having fun with that, we reached into the mail bag and pulled out a question about which U.S. markets are “best” for appreciation right now. Our crystal ball wasn’t warmed up, so we chatted on this one awhile. It’s a question that comes up all the time and though easy to ask, it’s hard to answer. So we talked about the conditions we look for to cause appreciation, how today’s economic environment affect them, and some specific markets we’re watching.
Another question that is salient to the times was about the availability of financing in today’s market. There are certain product segments and demographics that can’t find financing, while others have abundant financing available. Obviously, when you know where the money is flowing and why, you can position yourself in its path and do well. Having just been at the Rich Dad Real Estate Summit with Ken McElroy, Robert Kiyosaki and several veterans of investing and finance, we had some fresh insights to share.
The next question was also all too common in today’s economy. “I have a property that is upside down with negative cash flow, what should I do?” As Kenny Rogers sang, “You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Lots of people are struggling with the issue of “strategic defaults” and its ramifications. (Side note: The Real Estate Guys wrote a free 18 page report What You MUST Know Before Attempting a Loan Workout to help people in this situation understand their options.
The discussion of what to do with an upside down negative cash flow property had us reflecting on the previous discussion of where’s the appreciation most likely. It also lead directly into another topic: The Price of Maintaining You Good Credit. Good credit has never been more important, but if you have lots of negative equity and negative cash flow, how much is it really costing you to maintain it? This is a very timely topic and we tossed around our thoughts on the subject.
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