God Bless America

Is Kate Smith’s signature song, a patriotic prayer, an anthem to our country. And what a country it is! Sure, the Ugly American is alive and well throughout the world, yet most of the world wants to emulate America, our high standard of living, our culture, the freedom to thrive (we have more foreign-born millionaires than native-born!), the American optimism and spirit.  In Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, 1835, he compares living and social conditions in America’s New World with that of Europe; he found an optimism and “can-do” attitude that still prevails 180 years later. Sure, we make mistakes as we try to steer the world in “our” direction.  I count my blessings daily to have the opportunities and freedoms as we celebrate Independence Day, July 4, the adoption of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain nearly 240 years ago.  Happy Birthday, America!

HUD STEALS for you investors who are looking for out-of-state deals (this is just a sample of potential bargains available; click on link for more information; all at investor status; “IE” means FHA-lender repairs are under $5K, “IN” means insurable, OK, for FHA loan as is);who says there are no bargains out there? These HUDs may “go” quickly: 

Interesting: 5 ways to handle the eyesore next door before you sell:

  1. Ask your neighbor to fix the problem
  2. Be neighborly
  3. Notify your HOA
  4. Call the city
  5. Plant view-blocking trees or install a fence

Here’s 5 places where rising rents are deepening the rental crisis:

  1. Kansas City
  2. Boston
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Portland
  5. San Francisco

I know it’s a long list, but here’s America’s hottest housing markets as of June 2015:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Vallejo
  3. Denver
  4. Santa Rosa
  5. Dallas
  6. San Jose
  7. Ann Arbor
  8. Boston
  9. Detroit
  10. Santa Cruz
  11. Sacramento
  12. San Diego
  13. Fargo
  14. Billings
  15. Columbus
  16. Stockton
  17. Midland
  18. Austin
  19. San Antonio
  20. Fort Wayne

Interesting list: Billings? Fargo? Fort Wayne?

The latest Mortgage Rates: 30 Year fixed at 3.96% and 5/1 ARMS at 2.90%. Expect investor (non-owner occ) rates to run about ½ point higher on non-owner occ loans. (These are AOL/Zillow.com reported average rates as of Thursday) 


It’s Prime Selling Time. Get that house listed and sold, especially if it’s in a desirable school district.  Families move more in summertime to lessen school disruptions; some ‘hoods do not sell well after August.  We’re still seeing bidding wars and battles, not just among owner occ homeowners, but also among investors.  Be careful and don’t overinflate appreciation (is that redundant?).  Make sure your numbers work.  Any bump when you list/sell can be a bonus.  Money is relatively cheap because deals are harder to find. Two local successful lenders have opened up offices out of state: Pine Financial in Washington, DC and Merchants Mortgage in Kansas City.  They see opportunity and I am sure will do well.  Don’t let moss grow under your feet!  Meanwhile, think out of the box, expand your thought patterns, explore all possibilities; you may be surprised!  Have a Happy and Safe 4th!

We expect another sell-out to this popular course July 18: Out of State Investing. Registration/info HERE. We’ll provide lots of demographic sources and help you with a system or two. Bonus handout will be HOW TO VIDEO A PROPERTY IN 3 MINUTES (this document is suitable for immediate use!). More bonuses to come. 

We’re looking for people looking for us!  Our Invest Success Mentorship Program is ongoing.  We offer LOCAL webinars, house tours, and small, personalized classes as well as hands-on on-site experience.  You will learn where and how to look for deals!  Oh, and our flagship program requires you to REHAB A HOUSE! You’ll have our ear for a year! Amp up your business with custom systems and procedures. Go to our website for more information. Better yet, call us. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!  

Call us with tips, rumors, conjectures, deals, and cold cases (we’re thirsty!).  Our next Breakfast Club is July 11. If you’re not on our list and want to be, LET US KNOW. Write, Text, Tweet, Facebook (the verb), E-mail, drop by.  Thank you for helping us help you! 


INVENTORY: Inventory flows & goes: CHECK ‘EM OUT!!! More coming soon!!! NOTE: if you don’t reach us by phone, text us at 3035641680. Happy Hunting!

1285 W Chenango Way, Morrison. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2 car attached garage. Great neighborhood. Buy me for $210K.

8418 Allison Ct, Arvada. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car attached garage in popular Arvada! Buy for $260K.

14560 E 13th Ave, Aurora. Townhome. 2 beds, 1 bath, 1 car attached garage. Yours for $80K. Strong rental area.

1265 S Fairfax St, Denver. 3 beds, 1 bath, carport. Great location. Buy for $280K.

7058 S Chapparal Cir West, Centennial. Buy this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 4-car garage “mansion” for $540K. Great numbers. Great location on over 1 acre close to DTC! It’s luxurious, captivating, impeccable….


Bon Homepetit!


John Fisher


303 338-8000 


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. ~Alexis de Tocqueville

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