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Sold! Rethinking the Dumbest Process in America

I attended the Super Tuesday auction in Atlanta this week. The video below shows four foreclosure auctions happening simultaneously. The "crier" comes out, states the property address, reads a three-minute disclaimer, spends one minute completing the auction and then five minutes collecting the cashier's checks. The tents you see are primarily from four major institutional investors who provide relief from the 88 degree heat for their staff. Each team probably had over $1 million in cashier's checks with them.

Here's a quick clip I was able to capture on my phone.

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Don't Stop Believing (or Building)

by David Kalosis

Nocatee is a case study of going against conventional wisdom during a downturn—and reaping big rewards afterward. The master-planned community was the fifth best-selling community in the country in 2013, with 838 net sales, up 65% over 2012.

by Rosemary deButts

Within an MSA, there are often submarkets where careful risk/reward analysis says you should:

  • buy land and build more homes in one submarket
  • sell your land holdings in another submarket, and
  • be more aggressive with price appreciation assumptions in a third submarket.

When identifying new opportunities, multiple metrics are needed to understand the entire picture of a submarket's health. Existing home activity can shed considerable light on market dynamics. Some of our favorites are: