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RealtyTime: Why Rates Remain Deliciously Low

From the article: “The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.80 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week. Compare that to a year ago when the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 4.37 percent.” 

That’s close to what my mortgage rate was 3.5 years ago! 

From Bankrate.com, check out this chart that plots the last 3 years of fixed rate mortgages.  


BiggerPockets: What’s your why?

This is a great discussion of “What’s your why?”  Do you know your “why”?  Mine is my family and consumer advocacy.  What’s yours? 

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Family handman: you have more storage in your home than you think!

If your home is like ours, there’s never enough storage.  Here are a few ideas to maximize your space!

If you’re looking to buy or sell in Colorado Springs or Denver, give Rob a call at 719-440-6626!

Private Rental — 4113 Happy Jack Dr — D49, 3 Bed, 3 Bath, $1400

By request of the landlord:

Private Landlord — 4113 Happy Jack Dr — D49, 3 Bed, 3 Bath, $1400, pets ok w/deposit, call or text 719-271-3019 for information/showings!

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From the inbox: you mention “cash flow” investing in rentals a lot, what does that mean?

Good question! In our city, we have somewhere around a 96% occupancy rate for rentals (I have heard it quoted as -1% but haven’t been able to validate that yet). This represents a great opportunity to invest in ‘income’ property here (I hope to buy at least one quadplex personally soon).

When I mention “cash flow,” I am specifically talking about the difference between the mortgage on a home and the rent it brings in. For example, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Colorado Springs rents for – on average – $1100. What if you could buy that home with a mortgage of around $800 taxes and insurance included, then rent it out? The spread would be $300. Assuming a $20,000 downpayment, the ROI (Return on Investment) would be 5.5% a year gross. That’s MUCH better than a checking or savings account generates.

What if I don’t have $20K, you may be saying? That’s okay; there are other options from owner occupied quadplexes to partnerships and more.

Questions? Email me at robthompsonrealtor@gmail.com or call 719-440-6626.

Also, check out Bigger Pockets “Buying Rental Property.”

Certified Military Housing Specialist

I am now a “Certified Military Housing Specialist”! The main reason I’ve become an agent is to help people. I genuinely want to do so; if you are in need of any housing assistance, be it buying, selling, renting or facing a related dilemma, please do give me a ring (719.440.6626).

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