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If I call up a Listing Agent to show me the house they have listed I'm not signing crap with them. it's their job to show off the property they have under contract. Now, if I'm really serious and want my own agent then that's another story and I'll have to go find a good buyers agent.
Heck, just get yourself a real estate license! They're a couple three grand and you'll save that on the first house you buy!
Bold is mine:
This is absolutely shocking...

UBS is attempting to sell a Midtown Manhattan office building via an ONLINE AUCTION, signaling the excruciating challenges of commercial real estate in NYC...

The starting bid for the 920k SF building located at 135 W 50th St will be $7.5M, or $8 per SF

Ever hear anything like this before?

$500K Hawaiian home accidentally built on wrong plot overrun by pooping squatters — as developer sues owner​

AHawaiian property owner was left baffled when a half-million-dollar home was accidentally built on her plot — and the real estate developer slapped her with a lawsuit as the vacant home is being overrun by pooping squatters.

“You already make a mistake, and then you build on my land without my permission. And then now you’re suing me for it,” Annaleine “Anne” Reynolds told The Post about the nightmare ordeal.

“I was so mad. I was so mad that day … that’s a really big mistake to make.”

Now, the three-bedroom, two-bath home in Hawaii’s fastest-growing development zone is running rampant with squatters as Reynolds and the developers remain locked in a legal battle.

The bewildering saga began in 2018 when Reynolds bought the one-acre plot in Puna’s Hawaiian Paradise Park for just $22,500 at a county tax auction.



Judge Grants Order to Tear Down House Built on Wrong Lot​

Jun 25, 2024

Condo's are just getting crushed in Florida. Will they end up a negative value like Time-Shares? I'll bet some end up that way.

This one is an interesting story out of England.

Squatters take London’s housing crisis into their own hands​

Filed June 28, 2024, 07:00 a.m. GMT

In the shopping streets and housing estates of the south London town of Croydon, some once-derelict buildings are slowly coming back to life.

At a former school, peeling walls are getting a fresh coat of paint, and laundry hangs on a line to dry. Over at a disused youth centre, there is laughter in the gymnasium-turned-dormitory, and a vase of purple flowers decorates a scrubbed kitchen counter.

The Reclaim Croydon collective, a squatters’ group, has taken over disused commercial premises to provide beds for the homeless, saying it is providing a community-based solution to a broken housing market.

“The government is failing homeless people,” said one of the youth centre’s new occupants, who goes by the name Leaf.


This is insanity.

Homeowners enlist "Squatter Hunter" to get back their homes​

Jun 25, 2024

"Squatters' rights" laws often protect those who are illegally occupying a property. Carter Evans shows who some property owners are turning to when the law is no help.

You don't enforce "normal" ownership or common rights. This is what happens. Shit gets real.
I was thinking that If I were on a jury, a bullet would be just fine. Thieves and bullets go together like ivory and ebony. That sounds like a good song.
Not news, this one is an opinion piece I found interesting.

America’s Magical Thinking About Housing​

If you want to understand America’s strange relationship with housing in the 21st century, look at Austin, where no matter what happens to prices, someone’s always claiming that the sky is falling.

In the 2010s, the capital of Texas grew faster than any other major U.S. metro, pulling in movers from around the country. Initially, downtown and suburban areas struggled to build enough apartments and single-family homes to meet the influx of demand, and housing costs bloomed across the region. Since the beginning of the pandemic, even as rent inflation has gone berserk nationwide, no city has experienced anything like Austin’s growth in housing costs. In 2021, rents rose at the most furious annual rate in the city’s history. In 2022, rent growth exceeded every other large city in the country, as Austin’s median rent nearly doubled.

This might sound like the beginning of a familiar and depressing story—one that Americans have gotten used to over the past few decades, especially if they live in a coastal blue state. California and New York, anchored by “superstar” clusters in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street, have pulled in some of the nation’s most creative workers, who have pushed price levels up. But a combination of stifling construction regulations, eternal permitting processes, legal tools to block new development, and NIMBY neighbors restricted the addition of more housing units. Rent and ownership costs rose in America’s richest cities, until families started giving up and moving out. As the economics writer Noah Smith has argued, California and New York are practically driving people out of the state “by refusing to build enough housing."



They bought properties at Philadelphia sheriff sales ... but they never got the deed​

Last November, Dave Brown bought a rowhouse in Oxford Circle at a sheriff sale as a first-time renovation project.

Brown, 54, who works for a local utility company, borrowed some of the $143,429 needed for the purchase. The deed was supposed to have been transferred within 60 to 90 days.

It ended up taking seven months, because of unexplained delays in the Sheriff’s Office. He was still seeking to get a copy of the deed last week, which was finally recorded only recently. Meanwhile, he’s paying interest on the loan.

“A debacle,” said Brown, describing his experience buying a home through an auction run by Sheriff Rochelle Bilal’s office.

Buyers like Brown who sometimes drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on a foreclosed property at auction are left without a deed for many months, according to an Inquirer analysis of city records and interviews with bidders, real estate attorneys, and real estate agents. The buyers in limbo can’t access the properties, make repairs, or rent them out.

The deed-recording process, which historically took around six to eight weeks to conclude after a Philadelphia sheriff sale, can now take about seven months — or more.


Trusting government - on ANYTHING - is never wise.

His loy-yeh should have stipulated, delivery of the deed at closure (or other timeframe).
Doesn't work that way buying Sherriff Deeds. This is just one of many reasons why doing so is more risky.
What, you can't stipulate that buying out of a foreclosure option includes paperwork to prove ownership?

That's insane. I'm going to arrange a mortgage secured by a property, and then pay the full amount with the borrowed funds, and then find, I have no document of ownership? So the bank can pursue me for fraud, and the county (corrupt, in Philly) takes the money and delivers nothing?
Even if you wait till the end of the whole process you Still don't get the same Deed. I bought a foreclosure from Fannie Mae back in like 2012. We never got a Warranty Deed. You get a Special Warranty Deed from the government. It's not the same and you get less protection (hence you can't have a Warranty). Does this matter much? Probably not until there was a problem from long ago.
Very evident collapse getting going in Florida. I even saw a big spike in listings here in my county the last 3 weeks. This thing is over. I think Real Estate will be a horrid investment for at least 10 years now.

Very evident collapse getting going in Florida. I even saw a big spike in listings here in my county the last 3 weeks. This thing is over. I think Real Estate will be a horrid investment for at least 10 years now.

I've been waiting for this.

It's not for nothing that we used to call Florida, "God's Waiting Room" (late 1970s, when we all were dismissive of Florida as a place to live). There's really not much work there, apart from retail customer-service jobs, hospitality, and medical/elder care work.

So young people don't go there. Plus, of course, the landscape, the scenery, is boring. I mean, apart from Spring Break at the beach, it's boring.

It's the dying-off Boomers who're down there, and the dying-off Boomers are dying off a lot faster. That's thanks to the miracle of Pfizer and Moderna. Eventually, the shortened life-expectancies of those True-Believer, Circle-D voting, Face-Diaper-wearing Boomers, are gonna translate into a glut of housing.

It may also translate into a rapid political shift down there. Red Florida, Florida Man, may not be so red or so manly in the near future. We tend to forget, before DeSantis, there was Gubbernor Jebster Shrub - a beta in an alpha job, a true squish where a spine should be a job requirement.

I'm watching. When I can buy my cinder-block pillbox beach house on what I have saved, I'm down there. Probably not until.

Flood victims' heartbreaking fight against insurance companies | 60 Minutes Australia​

Jul 3, 2024 #60MinutesAustralia

*Synopsis | High & Dry (2011)*Talk about kicking people when they're down. Flood victims go through absolute hell, and often all that keeps them going is the sure belief they could pick up the pieces and start again. But in the aftermath of the 2010-11 Queensland floods, the big insurance companies did everything they could to worm their way out of paying up. It's in the fine print, and it all comes down to the f-word - flooding.

Interesting interview with Steve Hamm. Ex military / EMT helicopter pilot, actor and real estate agent. Nothing to see, can listen in one tab, play around the forum in a different tab.

Steve Hamm (Realty Expert) Breaks Down The Market.​

Jul 8, 2024


Office vacancies hit an all-time high​

Jul 8, 2024 #office #yahoofinance #vacancy

According to a Moody's report, office sector vacancy rates have set a new record at over 20% in the second quarter. The author behind the report and Moody's head of CRE economics, Tom LaSalvia, joins Market Domination to give insight into the report and detail what's behind these record numbers.

LaSalvia elaborates on the shift of office space use: "The way we're thinking about this as obsolescence, that there is a good 10 to 20% of office buildings out there that really just will not be able to compete in this new era, this era of remote work, this era of new offices, this era of new, let's say, centers of power in terms of where office-centric locations are, right? You're getting migration into the Sunbelt. You're seeing even within metropolitan areas like New York, certain submarkets doing much better than others. And so what you're left with is 10 to 20% of obsolete offices that are going to have to find some new life in this new era."

Man where do they find these bozos. The problem is Clearly not that the offices are getting older, the DEMAND is gone, or rather shrinking rapidly. I guess Offices got the jab too and are experiencing Rapid aging, lol. Soon to be 30% vacancies plus.
Man where do they find these bozos. The problem is Clearly not that the offices are getting older, the DEMAND is gone, or rather shrinking rapidly. I guess Offices got the jab too and are experiencing Rapid aging, lol. Soon to be 30% vacancies plus.
Yahoo Nooze is appropriately named. It's the Party Line for yahoos - and clowns.

The point here is to SPIN things - delude the sheeple, a bit longer.

Breaking down Florida's new laws surrounding HOAs​

Jul 3, 2024
It's official: homeowners associations statewide now have tighter restrictions on some bans and fines in the state.

Yak talks insurance cost increases in this one.

Florida Housing Crisis just gets worse!​

Jul 12, 2024

Here is my opinion on house home insurance is hurting you!
The new buyers agent Agreement will change the way Real Estate works forever!


US Existing Home Sales Puked (Again) In July...​

US existing home sales slumped for the fourth straight month in June, plunging a worse than expected 5.4% MoM (the worst MoM drop since Nov 2022) and dragging sales down 5.4% YoY...

Source: Bloomberg

Notably, existing home sales have not risen on a YoY basis since July 2021, with the SAAR total back below 4mm, near COVID lockdown lows...
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