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Municipal Tax Liens Afforded Protection By Court

Municipal Tax Liens Afforded Protection By Court - June 25, 2014

Earlier this week, on June 25, 2014, a decision from the NJ Supreme Court has bolstered the position of tax sale certificate holders throughout New Jersey -- particularly those seeking to enforce their rights and foreclose upon a property where the property owner has sought bankruptcy protection.  It is a landmark decision and it helps to solidify and…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on June 27, 2014 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

Deal Cultivation - Nuture Your Relationships!

It’s finally spring (A snowstorm here or there notwithstanding) and its time to shake off the slow pace of winter and get active. Watching things come alive and grow got me thinking about gardens…planting seeds…cultivation.

You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with real estate?” Stay with me here, there are a few parallels.


This is a relationship business. Don’t underestimate the importance of creating a strong…


Added by Christopher Urso on May 20, 2014 at 4:37pm — No Comments

What does a Cat have in common with Real Estate?

I wanted to write a quick blog entry to all the newbies out there who are just getting started as a Real Estate Investor. I am not claiming to be an expert. Educating yourself as a Real Estate Investor is on-going and you can always learn something from somebody. I started out taking online courses and reading a lot of books, then joined a couple REI groups. If you have any doubts about how effective or rich you can become, please just absorb the following.

Always think…


Added by Jason Levy on July 8, 2013 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Private Money is the key to scaling your Real Estate business – want to know how to start?

With the economy still on shaky ground and lenders requiring that your deal fit neatly into their guideline box, the ability to raise private money has never been more important. You frequently hear people discussing this topic but you might be wondering – where do I begin?

Having raised roughly 10 million dollars over the last 5 years I’ve gotten very familiar with the process but I am by no means an attorney.  When raising private money please be sure to seek out a qualified real…


Added by Christopher Urso on July 31, 2013 at 2:59pm — 3 Comments

Section 8- The Good,Bad and Ugly?

Urban landlord investing combines elements of crime, drugs, boarded up assets, and low income tenants. Within all this uncertainty comes a unique risk adjusted opportunity. This post is going to look at one major tenant type that you will come across: The Section 8 Tenant.

Section 8 ?

Section 8 is a Government housing voucher program that is managed by the…


Added by Ankit Duggal on August 1, 2013 at 8:02pm — 2 Comments

NJ Home Improvement Contractors Must Be Registered

August 7, 2013

It is summertime, and that means many homeowners are taking advantage of the good weather and doing improvements on their homes.  Some are landscaping; others are getting a new roof installed; still others are taking care of that long-awaiting new driveway and walkway.  Whatever your project, you should avail yourself of the consumer protection laws that exist for you as a…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on August 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Reaching out to a New Broker in a Propective Market

In this day of e-mail, it’s easy to have your VA (Virtual Assistant) send out form e-mails to prospective commercial brokers.

While I’m a big believer in automation and systems, the broker who receives your impersonal e-mail is probably not going to have you at the top of their list when that perfect deal crosses their desk.

As you know, your level of success in Real Estate Investing is the equals the quality of the relationships you cultivate. Brokers are an amazing resource,…


Added by Christopher Urso on November 8, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Homeowners beware: take care to insure your property and provide timely notice of extended absences

On December 27, 2013, the NJ Superior Court, Appellate Division, issued an unpublished decision denying a homeowner from insurance recovery for vandalism caused to his home, despite homeowner’s insurance, where the owner failed to make necessary changes to the insurance policy and provide notice that he had vacated the property.  In Bulusu v. Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company, A-3694-12 (decided Dec. 27, 2013), the Court found that the owner had moved from the property and left it…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on January 6, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Planning for Retirement? Investing in Apartments can put YOU in control!

Many of us are guilty of it. We all know how it goes…we’ve been hearing all about the volatility in the market and once a month that retirement statement arrives with a seemingly endless amount of pages.

How many of us do the quick once over and the file it away?

How many of us would rather not look at all knowing full well that our day might be ruined in an instant!

I like to call this traditional way of retirement saving the “Park and Pray”…


Added by Christopher Urso on January 29, 2014 at 3:14pm — No Comments

NJ Tax Foreclosure Judgments May Be Subject to Fraudulent Conveyance Claw Back Actions Brought By Former Owners

 By Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq.

On January 29, 2014, the Honorable Gloria Burns, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey, issued a decision in the case In re Oyster Bay Inn, Inc., D.N.J. Bkr. Case No. 13-22624 (GMB) which may have wide spread implications for property acquisitions that have occurred by way of a tax foreclosure within New Jersey.  Specifically, the Court held that a New Jersey tax foreclosure judgment resulting in a grant…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on February 5, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Questions to Ask Your Potential Property Manager

Property management encompasses all aspects of running an income property. From finding and screening tenants, to maintaining the property, collecting rent, and handling any issues that might arise.

While some professional property managers specialize in certain types of services, most are prepared to take full responsibility for your property, unless you’d prefer to handle certain things yourself.

Professional property management can make owning (and…


Added by Christopher Urso on March 31, 2014 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Buyers of properties with active tax foreclosures CANNOT simply pay the tax lien at closing; they MUST file a Court motion first in time or else their property rights will be subsequently stripped!

Buyers of properties with active tax foreclosures CANNOT simply pay the tax lien at closing; they MUST file a Court motion first in time or else their property rights will be subsequently stripped!

This article is intended to AGAIN provide investors and buyers with knowledge of the NJ Supreme Court’s ruling and directive in Simon v. Cronecker, 189 N.J. 304 (2007) where the High Court…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on March 31, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments

How to Analyze Cash Flow Real Estate

Have you ever heard of the 2-50 rule? Then you need to read this blog.

Why Should You Learn This Rule

Getting overwhelmed with “prospects” (potential deals) hitting your email on a daily basis. Is it starting to get overwhelming? It was for me as it is a lot to swift through. You need to develop a quick rules or shortcuts so that you can weed through the unwanted prospects quickly and efficiently. 

2-50 Rule To High Cap Rate…


Added by Ankit Duggal on February 18, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Avoid Toilet and Tenant Investments with Tax Liens

The Problem: Toilets and Tenants!

When I started looking into what sucked up a lot of time during the week I noticed a pattern. Toilets and Tenants sucked up a lot of my time and the resources of my company week to week.This week we talk about one of my favorite “No Toilet” asset class: Tax Liens.

Why Tax Liens?

I was searching for yield with minimal effort. One night I was digging around the internet for alternative investments within the real estate asset…


Added by Ankit Duggal on April 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

New Court Ruling On The Inspection Of Property Located Within Wetlands Areas

Here is an article I wrote a couple weeks ago that I thought might be interesting to the Tri-State group members.

Developers Take Note – Land Located Within Wetlands And Subject To The Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Can Be Searched Without A Warrant (by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq.)

The NJ Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling that permits warrantless searches of residential and commercial property subject to the Freshwater Wetlands…


Added by Anthony L. Velasquez, Esq. on April 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Syndicating your way to a deal!

You have spent hours seeking, structuring, placing offers, and contracting a real estate investment opportunity. Now you a deal locked up and may have gotten qualified for hard money or conventional debt financing but this is not the good old 100% financing days. So that means that you will need to bring cash to the deal to help complete the acquisition. What happens when you are overextended or do not have enough cash? Then understanding syndications can help you get into a…


Added by Ankit Duggal on August 17, 2012 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Deal Sourcing from your Chair!

 Today we will discuss using online search tools to help you find potential deals so that you can filter them down.


CAVEAT: The best deals are not usually found online since deals that wind up online usually deals that the realtors or their investors did not want to buy. So be careful but use online searches as a business tool to find potentials. You can make a potential into a deal by using your structuring and creative negotiating skill set.


I break apart…


Added by Ankit Duggal on December 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What are the different types of mortgage calculators to help you buy real estate property?

When you’re planning to invest in real estate property, you need to calculate the total amount you can afford to spend. Therefore, a mortgage calculator can help you estimate the total amount you can afford to spend to buy real estate property. Therefore, you’re required to acquire more information on mortgage calculator before you invest in real estate property.

The loan mortgage calculators are designed to help people to determine the amount they can afford to pay off. You’re…


Added by George Alford on October 18, 2012 at 6:29am — No Comments

Different Kinds Of Home Loans and their advantages

Are you looking for a house loan? There are a lot of aspects that need to be considered before purchasing a appropriate one. There are a lot of financial loans existing and choosing the one that meets your needs and specifications can be a complex job. Speaking with professionals or economical professionals can help you to get a better idea about the property home mortgages and their costs.Talking about the different kinds of home loans,…


Added by George Alford on October 12, 2012 at 6:58am — No Comments

Finding Deals through Auctions!

Recently I covered the topic of how to find potential deals from the comfort of your chair. Continuing along that theme; I will be talking about s how you can find deals at upcoming real estate auctions in the Northern New Jersey market.


What is a real estate auction?

A real estate auction is an innovative and effective method of selling real estate. It is an intense, accelerated real estate marketing process that involves the public sale of any property—most…


Added by Ankit Duggal on October 31, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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