Saturday, August 23, 2014

How To Find Out If A Detroit Property Has Back Taxes

Follow these 8 SIMPLE STEPS to determine if a Detroit property has delinquent property taxes.

Go to:
  1. On the home screen menu, select 'Tax Payment Options'.
  2. Select 'Pay Taxes Online' from the drop down menu.
  3. This will take you to the Property Tax Listing System page. You scroll down and select 'Enter Site' button.
  4. This will take you to the Property Tax Listing Disclaimer page. You will scroll down and select 'Accept Disclaimer'.
  5. This will take you to the Property Search page. You can search by address or Parcel ID #.
  6. To search by address, you enter the address and then under 'Municipality'  select 'Detroit' from the drop down menu.
  7. To search by Parcel ID#, simply enter the Parcel ID #.
  8. Click 'Search Database'

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

7 Realities That Investors Face When Investing In Detroit Real Estate!free-report-2/c14y0
Detroit real estate expert and author Anthony Legins shares his exclusive report titled '7 Realities That Investors Face When Investing In Detroit Real Estate'.

This special FREE REPORT contains valuable information for investors who are considering investing in Detroit real estate for the first time!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Understanding the Detroit Mentality - Lessons in Reality - Part 1

Despite all that you hear in the news about Detroit, the bankruptcy, the crime and such, there is a lot of positive momentum occurring in the city. Starting from the revival of downtown Detroit, like a booming quake, this revival is rippling throughout the city in a wave like pattern and residents are beginning to see the long awaited turn around they've been holding on to hope for.

If you are not from Detroit, it may be difficult for you to understand the unique and different mentalities that Detroiters have. There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of life long residents who have never forsaken the city, even in the worst of times. These residents have lived through the riots, lived through the rise and survived through the fall. These residents have raised children here and their children's children are born and raised here. They are tough. They are resilient. They are savvy. They are survivors. They are Detroiters.

Once you live in a city for decades, you get a real good feel for the city. You know where to go and where not to go. You know the places that are safe and the places to avoid. You know the good places to shop. You know where the good schools are. You know the good parts of your city. You know the bad parts of your city. You know where to go find a good deal. You know the places that will rip you off. You know your way around and you've explored most of the city. You probably have friends and even family that live in different parts of the city that you visit regularly. It's the same here for the people that live in Detroit. They know their city.

As an investor, from the outside looking in, it may be difficult to understand how one block can look beautiful and well preserved and the next block over looks war torn with vacant and burnt up houses and not a soul in site. However, to us Detroiters, this is a common phenomenon. This is called 'block for block'. Another common phenomenon is seeing a street that on one end is completely vacant with burnt up and abandoned houses and by the time you get to the other end of the same block, it looks beautiful and completely occupied. It may sound strange, but this is true. Detroiters have a knack for knowing the right blocks and right streets to live on. To an outsider, it may be hard to figure this out but for us Detroiters, it is common knowledge.

You know, what's interesting about Detroit is that even in some of the best kept neighborhoods, there are still certain blocks that you don't want to be caught on when the sun goes down. And then on the flip side, there are certain blocks in rough areas that are beautiful and completely occupied and it makes you wonder. Sometimes, you see big, beautiful brick homes that look great on the internet. Wow! You say, 'this is a nice looking neighborhood'. But depending on exactly where it is at, you might not want to invest over there.

For example, let's take the Joy Rd and Wyoming Rd area. This area has some nice homes. However, it is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city and people aren't really trying to live over there unless they have no other option. Yes, the houses are nice, but it's alot of criminal activity over there and people want to move somewhere else, almost as quickly as when they first move in. Now, if you didn't know this, you might wonder after you buy a house in this area, why people seem to keep moving out every few months and you can't keep a tenant. This is why. And there are many areas like this. You almost have to be a Detroiter to know these types of things.

This ends Part 1 of 'Understanding the Detroit Mentality - Lessons in Reality'.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The ULTIMATE Detroit Real Estate Market Research Resource!

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  • Instant access to the 2013 sales prices, # of sold and sales volume for all active Detroit zip codes
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  • Instant access to zip code demographics and pertinent housing statistics and more!

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With quick reference bookmarks for fast and easy data review, this will remove the guesswork for you and makes it easy for you to determine the best areas to invest your money.

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Every serious Detroit real estate investor must have this report as a mandatory reference and research resource.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

To Detroit Real Estate Investors who live out of state...

Hi Friend,

You deserve to know the truth about the Detroit properties that you will be investing in.You deserve to know all you can find out about the area, the neighborhood, the neighbors, the residents. You deserve to know how the locals feel about the areas and neighborhoods that the properties are located in. You deserve to know these things before you invest your hard earned money in a city that you are not familiar with.

You need to be made aware of not only the great rewards but also the great risks involved in investing in Detroit real estate. You need to have the inside track and boots on the ground. You need to have somebody that is watching out for you and your best interests. You need somebody who was born and raised in Detroit and who knows the city like the back of their hand. You need somebody who will tell you the unbiased truth about your properties, the neighborhoods, the areas, the local market conditions and the true market values. You need not only someone who is licensed, experienced and professional but also someone who has direct knowledge of the neighborhoods and direct access to the pertinent information that you need to make a well informed buying decision.
My name is Anthony Legins, Detroit Real Estate Expert and Author of 'The Detroit Real Estate Handbook - Everything You Need To Know Before Investing In Detroit Real Estate'.I am also the CEO and Principle Associate Broker for RBS Real Estate located in Detroit, MI.

As a lifelong Detroit area resident and licensed real estate professional for the past 10 years, I am in a unique position to offer you incredible and knowledgable insight into the Detroit real estate market. Not only can I provide you property analysis, reports, and videos, I can provide you inside direct knowledge about your properties and the neighborhoods they are in.

I have lived in the city and own and manage properties through out the city. I still have good friends and family that live in the city. In most cases, if an area is questionable, I can easily make a phone call for you to few different people I know who will tell me the 'real deal' inside scoop on the area. And of course, I do all of these things to serve you.

While there are great areas of opportunity and the numbers look good on paper and the Google Earth photos look OK, there are many areas that are known by local residents as undesirable to live. It may be because of safety, theft, drugs or heavy blight.You name it. But you need and deserve to know this type of inside knowledge because you will be renting to local residents. If you buy in the wrong area or on the wrong block, you will face difficult vacancies and your property may sit unoccupied and open to neighborhood thieves and squatters. Then your money is down the drain.

The good news is that this doesn't have to happen with you. I provide a wide variety of services to assist you. You deserve first rate, quality service provided by an experienced and local professional who will consult you. I provide this and much more. You will feel safe and secure that you are making a good investment decision. You will know that you are not investing in a 'war zone' area or a property with a crumbling foundation surrounded by vacant and abandoned properties.

What I would like to do is talk to you, one-on-one, or with a group of your friends and discuss with you briefly about the realities of the Detroit real estate market. I would like to share with you the rewards and the risks and how to best safeguard your investment. I would like to talk with you, discuss your investment goals, your ideas and your strategies and share my knowledge and insight with you. I would like to discuss with you the services I provide and why they make sense and can potentially save you $1000s.

Until then, good luck and I sincerely wish you success in your investing endeavors!

Anthony Legins

Skype: thedetroitexpress
Office: 313-757-2375
P.S. If you need immediate service and would like to action now, you can review the services I offer here.

Why Fix Up A House In Detroit? 15 People Answer That Question

This is an excellent article by writer Terry Parris Jr. from WDET 101.9 with stories from Detroit real estate investors sharing their personal experiences.

Why Fix Up A House In Detroit? 15 People Answer That Question

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why Investing in Detroit Real Estate Makes Sense for International Investors

While you can't dismiss the fact that the city of Detroit is in a financial crisis due to the recent high profile bankruptcy and highly publicized mismanagement of funds from past city officials, the wise investor knows that in every crisis is opportunity.

Detroit real estate has recently been described in the media as a 'bargain basement bonanza' and a 'bargain hunters paradise' with houses for sale as low as $1.00. With prices this outrageously low, it is easy to see why Detroit real estate is attracting so much media and international attention. Where else in the US can you buy a house for the price of a 'pair of shoes'?

But did you know that sophisticated investors are not buying the cheap properties for $1.00 or $500.00? The smart and sophisticated investors are placing their money in renovated 'turn-key' properties that are generating significant and generous rates of return (as high as 42%). They are investing in quality properties located in quality neighborhoods with quality and qualified tenants and letting their hard earned money work even harder for them.

As a lifelong resident, licensed real estate broker and active real estate investor, I can attest to the fact that now is definitely the best time to buy and invest in Detroit real estate and other experts agree. According to recent article in Crains Detroit Business, home prices in Detroit have rose by 17.29% from a year ago with some market analysts predicting home prices to rise by as high as 33.1% by the end of 2014! This creates a fantastic opportunity for you to make money if you are ready to take action now!

However, one of the things you need to watch out for are scam artists in Detroit who consider international investors as 'easy prey'. This is where it pays to have 'boots on the ground'.

Successful international investors are employing the services of a licensed Detroit real estate expert to assist them in making wise investment decisions. Just as you wouldn't go fishing without a net, you shouldn't invest in Detroit real estate without having a local expert to consult you and represent your best interests. Not only will the right local expert help you save face, you will also save money, time and stress in the process.

You should have a local and trusted real estate expert who knows the market and will physically visit the properties on your behalf and provide you with a detailed photo report, property inspection and unbiased value opinion on your investment properties. This way, you will know for certain that you are buying a good property in a good neighborhood and not a vacant lot or burnt down house in a bad neighborhood.

While other new investors are struggling and scratching their head trying to figure out how to buy Detroit real estate on their own (and end up losing thousands of dollars in bad investment decisions), you will have it easy with a Detroit real estate expert on your side virtually assuring you that you are making a solid investment decision with your hard earned money.

It is important for you to know that Detroit is now under new leadership, crime is on the decline and the doors are wide open to Chinese investors who have the capital to invest. With entry level investment opportunities starting at only 14k (that are providing up to a whopping 42% return on your investment!) it makes sense to invest in Detroit real estate. Along with the huge demand for rental housing and home values steadily on the rise, now is the perfect time for you to take advantage and reap the financial rewards that await you.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How To Get Squatters To Move Out!!

Squatting is a common occurrence in the city of Detroit in particular and if you are an investor, you need to be aware of this problem. For those of you who are not familiar with the term 'squatters', a squatter is an unauthorized tenant that has taken adverse possession of a vacant or abandoned property.

It is not uncommon for an out-of-state investor to buy a block of investment properties from the City auction, only to discover that up to 30% - 50% of them are occupied by unauthorized tenants aka squatters. And trust me, they are more difficult to remove from your property than roaches. In most instances, the squatters refuse to move out willingly and will often attempt to scare, threaten or otherwise disway the new investor from pursuing the property any further. Many squatters will have 'paperwork', such as fake leases or deeds, that show that they are in the property 'legally'. They may have a good story to tell. And trust me, almost all of them know that there is nothing the police can do. So, many investors end up tucking their tail and let the squatter win out. They write the property off as a loss and end trying to sell it or 'dump it off' on another unaware investor. This is why I tell all of my clients to do their due diligence on any and every property they plan on buying in the city of Detroit and to visit the property personally before investing a dime.

So, you've bought an investment property and it has a squatter in it. You went to tell them that you are the new owner and want them to move out and they threatened you or otherwise scared the crap out of you. What do you do now?

 These solutions have worked for several investors:
  • Cash for Keys – Offer the squatters cash to move out peacefully by a certain, definite date
  • Convert into renter – Offer to rent property month to month for a low price in exchange for the squatter 'allowing you' to have access to make necessary repairs to the property
  • Hire a property manager – Seek out a qualified professional to assist you in properly and legally evicting the squatter
Contact Detroit Real Estate Expert and Author Anthony Legins - – for the answers you need to solve your Detroit real estate investment difficulties –