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  • January 23, 2021 10:07 PM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended through March 31

    On his first day in office, President Biden signed many executive orders, including one extending the CDC eviction moratorium until March 31. 

    Below is the media statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky:

    As a protective public health measure, I will extend the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to our nation’s health. It has also triggered a housing affordability crisis that disproportionately affects some communities.

    Despite extensive mitigation efforts, COVID-19 continues to spread in America at a concerning pace. We must act to get cases down and keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — where COVID-19 can take an even stronger foothold.

    Click here to view the original CDC press release.

    FHFA Extends Foreclosure and REO Eviction Moratoriums

    The FHFA foreclosure and REO eviction moratoriums were originally set to expire at the end of January, but have been extended an extra month through February. 

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will extend the moratoriums on single-family foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) evictions until February 28, 2021. The foreclosure moratorium applies to Enterprise-backed, single-family mortgages only. The REO eviction moratorium applies to properties that have been acquired by an Enterprise through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. 

    View the FHFA's full news release here.

     CIREIA is Central Indiana's ONLY professional trade association supporting real estate investors. Be sure to subscribe on our homepage so you never miss an event, networking or legislative update. 

  • January 22, 2021 5:29 PM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    4 Reasons to Invest in Indy Real Estate

    Article authored by Vickie Perry, Executive Director

    Information contributed by CIREIA Board Members - Sterling Davis and Dave Short, and Brian Snider of Simple Wholesaling on their Indy Investor Pod show.

    View the full episode and subscribe to Simple Wholesaling's Youtube channel for the latest episodes. 

    1. Stability & Affordability

    The Indianapolis real estate market is a very stable "Steady Eddie" market. 

    During the 2008 crisis, while many investors in markets like California and Texas were suffering massive losses (due to really high entry costs), Indy investors were  coasting.

    One of the big reasons why is because Indy's entry price is so affordable.

    You can get into a property for under $100,000, see steady appreciation over time (for your buy and holds), and expect a steady returns of ~10-20%. Who wouldn't love that?

    2. Variety of Exit Strategies

    Most Indy neighborhoods have all kinds of investor participants including:

    • rentals
    • flips
    • partial rehabs
    • notes on properties

    Indy is one of the few cities in the country where this is possible.

    This is a huge benefit because if a project doesn't work out they way you planned, you can always pivot strategies. In other areas, there is only one viable strategy, and if that strategy ends up not working out then you are out of luck.

    3. Favorable Legislation

    Indianapolis has some of the most favorable legislation for real estate investors in the country. And favorable legislation means that, it is easy for you to do business. 

    It doesn't mean that we don't have to fight for it at times... but that's why Indiana State REIA was established, to ensure that independent real estate investors have legislative representation.

    4. Build Your Team

    With CIREIA (Central Indiana Real Estate Investors Association) being such a large and well developed REIA, building your team, making connections and learning the ins and outs of investing is easy.

    The investor community here also looks out for, and supports one another. Your biggest competitors aren't like competitors, they are colleagues and teachers that help you grow, because at the end of the day we are all in this together.

    Click below to view the full video episode

  • January 21, 2021 9:59 PM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    Owning More Affordable Than Renting in Almost Two Thirds of Housing Markets

    ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRAD BECKETT ON JANUARY 11, 2021 via National REIA. Click here to view original article.

    Owning a home is more affordable than renting in nearly 2/3 of America’s housing markets, according to ATTOM Data’s 2021 Rental Affordability Report.  Breaking that down, the report says that owning a median-priced three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 572, or 63 percent of the 915 U.S. counties analyzed for the report.  In addition, they say while home prices are growing faster than rent in more than 80%, renting remains more affordable in most populous urban markets

    “Home-prices are rising faster than rents and wages in a majority of the country. Yet, home ownership is still more affordable, as amazingly low mortgage rates that dropped below 3 percent are helping to keep the cost of rising home prices in check,“ said Todd Teta chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions.

    Click here to read the full report at ATTOM Data.

  • January 20, 2021 2:08 PM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    The Power of Clearly Set Goals in Real Estate

    “Your goals today will largely determine what your portfolio looks like 20 years from now, and thus your lifestyle.”

    By Lou Gimbutis, Chief Homebuyer, Property Solutions, LLC with National REIA. View original post here.

    Goal setting is integral to success in any field of endeavor, but particularly in Real Estate Investing.  While differing strategies can certainly pay off very quickly, the greatest benefits come to those who buy property and hold on to it for a long, long time.  Rents tend to rise over time, co-relating roughly with inflation, but your mortgage payment will stay the same.  Then, after years of watching rents rise, on one glorious day you will find that your tenant has fully paid off the house.  It is very hard to find someone who has owned income real estate for over 20 years who is not doing extremely well financially.  Your goals today will largely determine what your portfolio looks like 20 years from now, and thus your lifestyle.

    Let’s take Mary, for example.

    Mary knew exactly what she wanted in life.

    She had an abiding conviction that she would marry a man who would one day become President of the United States (who that man might be, she had no idea).

    Now, just between you, me, and the fence post; Mary didn’t have a very good shot.  Even her friends described her as follows: “She was possessed of a high and haughty manner, and an exalted opinion of her own superiority.” Her neighbor of 16 years had this to say: “[Mary] had the devil in her.”

    Despite the formidable handicap of being born into this world with the permanent demeanor of a badger with a sore tooth, Mary stuck to her goal. Townsfolk laughed at and teased her, but nothing could stop her from telling everyone who would listen that she would one day be First Lady. However, as masters of goal setting like Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill can attest, clearly set and defined goals, long held in the mind and emotionalized with belief in their attainment, often work miracles.

    Mary moved to Springfield, Illinois after storming out of her stepmother’s house in a fit of rage.  She had chosen fertile ground upon which to hunt for a husband hewn of Presidential timber.  In 1839 the town had a population of only 1,500 people, and out of this meager lot came the two primary candidates for the 1860 Presidential race.

    Mary dated both of them in 1839 and the years afterwards.

    Her first suitor, the eminent and ultimately wealthy Stephen A. Douglas, seemed to all parties concerned the most likely to be President.  And indeed, Mary courted him as such, until he eventually cast her aside and refused to further the relationship.

    To get him back via jealousy, Mary immediately began courting an awkward, ungainly, and indigent young man without a very bright future.  In fact, all the way through most of the 1850s, the few among the American people who knew of him, knew him as “that young man who once debated the great Stephen A. Douglas”.  Mary eventually browbeat this man into marrying her.  He never wanted to, and was miserable the entire rest of his life (her temperment worsened rather than improved).

    As my fellow students of history will doubtless have guessed by now, Mary’s name after the marriage became Mary Todd Lincoln, and her husband was the great Abraham Lincoln.

    Truth really is stranger than fiction.  Make sure your goals are firmly in place for the coming year.  Great and worthy accomplishments rarely happen by accident.

    Lou Gimbutis, owner of Property Solutions, LLC, and, has been buying and selling houses full-time since 2004, first in Michigan, then after moving to NC in 2007.

  • January 15, 2021 12:45 AM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    How To Protect Your House w/o Electricity

    Article authored by Vickie Perry, Executive Director

    View the original FB post & video here.

    Have you ever been in the dead of winter, with a project that looked like this.....

    As Patrick points out, there's thousands of dollars of electrical work, expensive appliances upstairs, and other building materials (eg flooring etc) that all need to be kept protected while the property is vacant. 

    Well Patrick provides a nifty solution that goes like this...

    1. Buy a high amp hour rated marine battery (or deep cycle battery), the highest amp hour rating you can find. 
    2. Hook it up to an inverter (get at home depot or autoparts store)
    3. And plug your security system/other stuff into it

    These batteries are rechargeable, and a single charge should last you ~4-5 days. This allows you to continue to monitor your properties when they are vacant but without fully functional electricity. 

    If you find content like this useful, please subscribe to receive updates from us, and check out our events calendar

    Patrick Grayson is the owner/founder of StolCo Designs - your Indianapolis friendly contractor. 


  • January 12, 2021 7:18 PM | Angela Bainter (Administrator)

    One of America’s great strengths lies in the diversity of her people. 

    In fact, it is reflected in our country’s Latin motto, “E pluribus unum” – which means “out of many, one".  With that in mind, today’s infographic from Visual Capitalist uses Census data to visualize America’s population by race.


    “Charting the U.S. population by race is crucial for a number of reasons. This information can be used to better understand existing income and wealth gaps, track public health outcomes, and to aid in policy decision-making at higher levels.”

    Post borrowed from National REIA, courtesy of Brad Beckett

  • January 29, 2020 1:31 PM | Deleted user

    3 key technology

    Technology has transformed the face of real estate investing in the last decade, paving the way for a new generation of younger, tech-savvy clients. This has led many industry professionals wondering how such developments will affect their career advancement.

    Fortunately, there’s no need to worry, especially when you’re part of an established real estate association. You just need to stay informed about the latest real estate technology trends and use them your advantage. Stay ahead of the competition by incorporating major real estate technologies into your strategy.

    The Role of PropTech in Real Estate

    PropTech is short for Property Technology, which refers to technological applications in the real estate industry. It covers all tech innovations that help people research, sell, buy, and manage properties.

    The internet has infiltrated almost every aspect of life, and consumers now have endless information at their fingertips. In addition, most are no longer content with traditional ways of investing in real estate. Many buyers are keen to explore more advanced ways to find and invest in real estate. Knowing how to maximize PropTech can set real estate agents apart and help them stay relevant.

    3 Emerging Real Estate Technology

    The trick to incorporating technology into real estate ventures is separating the wheat from the chaff. Below are three examples of developing real estate technology that show great promise:

    1. Predictive Analytics and Big Data

    Incorporating analytics and data should now be a part of practical real estate education. Clients rarely know what they want until they see it. Therefore, their search criteria can be an unreliable way to find their dream home.

    Predictive analytics will allow you to optimize searches so that results are based on what clients truly need. Companies like Revaluate and RealAgile are starting to cull private and public data to help real estate agents fine-tune their marketing campaigns. Optimized searches will help you market to individuals who have a bigger chance of buying or selling.

    1. Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence

    When one missed inquiry can mean a lost sale, real estate agents should respond to every client with urgency. However, it’s not always possible to stay accessible 24/7, given your workload and schedule. Consider programming chatbots, also known as conversational AI, to answer inquiries even while you’re away.

    1. Augmented and Virtual Reality

    Websites and applications like IKEA Place and Home Design 3D have revolutionized the way customers interact with real estate properties. Through virtual reality, they can now go on virtual tours that showcase the interiors and exteriors of the property, complete with 360-degree views. This can save both agents and their clients a lot of time organizing in-person tours. It also allows both to show and check more options before proceeding with real estate investing.

    On top of that, real estate agents can also stage their listings using AR technology. You can customize the look and feel of a home according to the preferences of a buyer by superimposing images on a VR rendition of the place.

    Boost Your Real Estate Investing Strategies with CIREIA!

    Stay on top of the latest news and advancements in the real estate industry by joining CIREIA! We are the largest non-profit real estate association in Indiana for over 30 years, welcoming both novice and veteran individuals. Grow your network, expand your real estate education, and build your brand with the help of the industry’s finest talents. Call us at 317-670-8491 to learn more about becoming a CIREIA member today!

  • December 27, 2019 10:18 AM | Deleted user

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    2019 turned out to be a profitable year for the Indianapolis real estate investing market. Forbes ranked Indiana’s state capital as one of 2019’s Best Markets for Real Estate Investments. According to data from Roofstock, out-of-state capital invested in Indianapolis has consistently increased since 2016. With so many real investment opportunities plus a thriving market, the city is ripe with potential for both new and veteran investors alike.

    The Indiana Real Estate Market is on the Rise

    The PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate study gave Indiana’s major city, Indianapolis, an overall rank of 16th in real estate prospects and 20th in homebuilding prospects. The city is seeing a high investor demand with condos, apartments, and multi-family investment properties topping the list.

    This upward swing for the area’s real estate investing opportunities is due to its recognition as one of the best cities to live in the United States. Add the tech industry’s growth in Indianapolis plus an expanding downtown area, and there’s no better time than now to start investing in the city and Indiana as a whole.

    3 Upcoming Real Estate Trends for 2020

    As the Indy real estate market continues to grow, investors need to stay on top of key trends redefining the industry. Here are three trends to watch out for as you start planning out your investment strategies for 2020 and beyond:

    1. Secondary markets will witness accelerated investments.

    Investors are starting to look past the oversaturated primary markets —including Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco— and into secondary markets for fresh opportunities.

    Secondary markets, such as Indianapolis, typically have lower property prices plus less competition with foreign and institutional investment capital. However, a lot of the better properties are unlisted and may not be accessible to those just starting out. Joining a real estate association offers a unique advantage to individuals who want to break into secondary markets.

    1. More buyers are choosing suburbs over cities.

    Another major shift is the rising number of people who choose to migrate from the city to the suburbs. One reason is that locations like Indianapolis are starting to get more urbanized with 24/7 amenities and bustling entertainment, economy, and culture. Complementing these big-city perks are walkable environments and less congested communities where residents can work, live, and play. This outmigration trend can help individuals filter properties and neighborhoods they want to invest in.

    1. The real estate industry is increasingly adopting technology.

    While technology has been slow to disrupt the real estate industry, high-tech products and systems are steadily infiltrating the market. The following are some notable advancements:

    • Voice-activated technology in smart apartments
    • Complex security systems for residential homes
    • Integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) in designing and developing buildings

    For tech-savvy investors, this can be an excellent way to corner real estate investing niches with huge profit potential.

    Stay Ahead of Real Estate Trends with CIREIA

    The real estate landscape is constantly shifting, and staying updated on developments can be difficult. Simplify your real estate investment journey by joining CIREIA, Central Indiana’s leading real estate investors association! Call us today at (317) 670-8491 to learn more about membership benefits.

  • November 18, 2019 10:04 AM | Deleted user

    Knowledge is power, especially in a high-stakes industry like real estate investing. Once you know how to navigate trends and take calculated risks, nothing’s going to stop you from succeeding in your ventures. The best way to do this is by joining a property investment group and attending real estate education programs.

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    Why You Should Attend Property Educational Programs

    Joining a property investment organization gives you access to seminars about crucial trends, statistics, and developments. They are conducted and attended by industry experts, so expect professional discussions and in-depth commentaries. Here’s how attending organization-led educational meetings will bolster your transactions:

    1. Incur fewer risks.

    The more you know about real estate investing, the less likely you are to make mistakes. Industry experts can teach you how to prepare for investments to mitigate risks and place the odds of successful ventures in your favor.

    1. Learn from the best.

    Most seminars that are not conducted by an established investment group assume a classroom setup. Instructors focus on real estate concepts, barely touching on real-world applications.

    Seminars by a real estate association are conducted by some of the best minds in property management. Benefit from their expertise and experience. Feel free to raise questions and ask for advice during seminars.

    1. Get more opportunities.

    There is no shortage of great investment opportunities in every cycle. Maximizing them is just a matter of employing the right strategy based on your objectives. Getting the lowdown on industry trends from respected real estate names will give you a window of chances to profit from the market.

    1. Enjoy discounted rates for courses and workshops.

    Property investing education is more accessible to members of a real estate investment organization. Membership typically comes with discounted rates on seminars, courses, and workshops conducted by the group. Join an organization to spend less on classes and more on your real estate ventures.

    1. Improve your return on investment.

    Solid credentials acquired through real estate education will set you on a path with minimal roadblocks. You will be able to navigate transactions strategically with ease. The knowledge you’ll gain through seminars will also help you eliminate unnecessary and troublesome obstacles to achieving venture success.

    1. Expand your network.

    Connections that you create as a real estate investor are very important. Being in an organization-led class will help you meet people and gain other insights. Interact with your lecturer and take part in class discussions beyond the material in the course. You can also get tips about flipping, property appraisal, and real estate transactions that you would otherwise not hear anywhere else.

    Stay Ahead of Your Competition with Real Estate Education!

    Get a solid footing in the property market from the get-go by joining the Central Indiana Real Estate Investors Association (CIREIA). We bring together top landlords, sellers, and flippers to give you access to a veritable network of experts.

    Let us help you achieve your real estate investing goals through regular meetings and seminars. We provide various educational opportunities, such as:

    • Monthly General Meetings
    • Small Sub-Group Workshops
    • Special Educational Events and Classes
    • And more

    Become a member now to enjoy numerous CIREIA benefits! Click here or call us at (317) 670 8491 to learn more about our membership options.

  • October 22, 2019 12:21 PM | Deleted user

    Achieving Continuous Growth 6 Smart Habits to Ensure Real Estate Investing Success

    Ensuring real estate investing success is one of the biggest concerns of investors. The stakes are high, and the competition is stiff. There are also various risks that come with each investment. Fortunately, cultivating the right habits will easily make you formidable in the market. Develop a sharp investment mindset and work your way toward success!

    6 Habits You Should Cultivate as a Real Estate Investor

    The real estate market is a lucrative one: 80% of financially secure people in the US obtained their wealth in this arena.  To do well in real estate buying and trading, you need to have a mix of foresight and perseverance.

    Be proactive and practice the following habits to succeed in real estate investing:

    1. Educate yourself.

    Have a solid understanding of how the property market works. Explore real estate information websites and pick up tips on setting up a housing business and preventing potential problems down the line.

    Joining a real estate association also gives you a significant advantage. Attend workshops and seminars. Expand your resources to books and look through newspapers for investing information. Don’t forget to keep yourself up-to-date with investing regulations and market conditions as well. 

    1. Plan ahead.

    Established investors always approach their ventures as an opportunity to plot their short- and long-term goals. Follow their mindset. Considering your investments as a part of a business plan will help you see the big picture. This will ensure that you are focused on your goals and are not slighted by missteps.

    1. Understand your market.

    Study and analyze everything that affects your real estate ventures. Learn how mortgage rates, unemployment statistics, consumer spending habits, and other demographic factors can affect market demand.  Staying up-to-date with the current industry trends will help keep you on top of the property market.

    1. Establish your niche.

    Once you’ve gathered enough experience, zero in on an aspect of your real estate investing market and establish yourself in that specific niche. Focus on where you excel. Get to know its every aspect and create strategies to ensure success in all related ventures. Master one part of the market, then move on to another using your unique approach.

    1. Hire an accountant.

    Financial laws and taxes are integral to the real estate market. Studying these aspects on your own can cost you significant time that you could have used to build your business. Hire an accountant or financial expert to help you understand these aspects of real estate investing. The cost of acquiring their services is minimal compared to what you can gain from their financial advice.

    1. Create a network.

    Go out and meet other investors to strengthen your business efforts. Alternatively, call them up and set a meeting. Talk about current real estate news, discuss strategies, and take note of valuable advice. These professionals can also learn from you, making this a mutually beneficial exercise. Creating a network will also help you establish an excellent reputation in the industry and enable you to grow your business through referrals.

    Go All Out in Your Real Estate Efforts!

    Recoup your expenses and create a profit-generating empire of your own. Master the habits of property investment to be successful in this field.

    As Central Indiana’s foremost real estate investors association, CIREIA will give you exceptional guidance in the real estate arena through numerous seminars, workshops, and talks. Network with property managers, landlords, flippers, and other experts. Learn trade secrets that will help you grow your business exponentially. Call (317) 670 8491 to sign up for a membership!

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