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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson is an appraiser, real estate investor and property valuation specialist who teaches others to get more out of their real estate investing business. In 1999, Mark founded an appraisal company and soon found his true gift was analyzing property values for real estate investors. Since 2000, has closed millions of dollars’ worth of his own domestic and international real estate transactions. Mark’s passions are: faith, family, golf and real estate.

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Your Real Estate Foundation
By Mark Jackson on October 1, 2017

Real estate investing has always been one of the ways that the determined investor can excel to great heights regardless of one's educational, financial, or credit level.

I like to say there’s always time to do it right the first time.  And in that spirit, I want to prevent you from making some of the same business mistakes I’ve made by sharing some foundational nuggets I’ve learned along the way. 

The first and most paramount tool an investor can have is a solid real estate investing education.  I cannot stress this point enough.  Investing now is made up of so many different venues, options and techniques, you have to be prepared for any and every thing you may come across.  If you aren’t prepared, that could mean leaving money on the table.  I would challenge you to have at least a general idea of the different RE investing techniques.  REIAComps is an avenue to help you see which areas are most profitable.  This will assist you in deciding what area you enjoy and in which you work well.  Read More >>


The Successful Deal
By Mark Jackson on September 10, 2017

Many business owners try their hand at various business deals before stepping into their sweet spot.  Real estate investing is the avenue that many people have used to make their mark in the business world.  Ready to dive into the real estate market by investing in a rental property? The opportunities are ripe, but I certainly don’t want you to make any mistakes so follow these tips and you'll be on your way to securing a successful deal.

First, the only numbers you should trust are yours.  Use REIAComps to do your due diligence which should involve determining the best purchase price and After Repair Value (ARV), along with potential expenses, maintenance fees, and any other costs associated with a given property. Double check any information provided by the broker or seller.  One of the easier avenues to check is REIAComps.  Confirm all of your numbers so you know exactly what kind of expenses to factor into the deal.  Read More >>


Making Any Market Work For You
By Mark Jackson on August 7, 2017

When we are always confident that real estate comps are solid, we feel comfortable stepping out into any real estate deal. Using REIA Comps will give you a feeling of confidence and complete sense of control of the value for any deal you are doing.  Because things can be so busy these days, it is important to take the steps to make money on any project you pursue.  Learning to work with the highs and lows of any real estate market means longevity for you.

Most realtors do a good job but in a sellers’ market you can probably sell the property yourself.  Remember, nothing beats a failure but a try. If it doesn't sell then you can always call the pros in later. The internet has been a blessing to the average person.  There are multitudes of websites which could be used to market a property. Thousands of people visit those sites looking for a new home.  Even inexpensive ads on the internet are beneficial when trying to get a property in the sold column.   Read More >>


Knowing the Value of Your Property
By Mark Jackson on July 10, 2017

Making money investing in real estate begins with determining the actual value of the property. This is the most important out of the many factors in real estate. The price of the property is determined with real estate comparables or comps.  Being that this is the maximum amount a seller could expect to receive for a given property, it becomes the starting point for negotiations. This is where you, as a real estate investor, make your profit when you buy the property.  Mess up here and it could become difficult to make money on the deal or at the very least the ideal profit you had hoped for.

When researching a property, you begin by comparing your target property with those in the surrounding area.   Be sure you know the details of your property.  The square footage, beds/baths, year built and location of your property are important criteria for determining how closely these other properties match or compare to your subject property.  Read More >>


Foreclosures on the Move?
By Mark Jackson on June 4, 2017

There has never been a foreclosed house which didn’t have potential profit written all over it. Today, several indicators including the firm RealtyTrac have released 1st Quarter 2017 data which shows foreclosure filings and default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions are down over 5% from the prior Qtr, over 2016 and are the lowest since 2007.

Knowing the true value of real estate is critical, try to do a deal without it and see. The guidance and data within REIAComps has consistently shown investors how to determine both solid acquisition value and after repair value to earn lasting profits.

Some of the most stubborn foreclosure cases are finally being flushed out of the foreclosure pipeline, and we all can expect to see more noise in the numbers over the next few months as national foreclosure activity makes its way back to more stable patterns by the end of this year. Thus, while foreclosures are down, they will always be with us. As investors, this s a good thing!  Read More >>


Staying Relevant in Real Estate
By Mark Jackson on April 30, 2017

Some say the best real estate investors achieve the title and results through years of experience. I would have to agree, however in saying that I would also add that the experience these people have is only a part of their success equation in real estate.

The most important components I would suggest you have in investing are solid real estate comps from REIA Comps to work with, diligence and focus on a daily personal marketing plan. That marketing plan should be developed, directed, and in tune to the local property market.

Goal setting is the primary reason for business success.  It goes without saying that a lack of proper planning is the number one reason for failure. Proper goal setting involves setting a business plan in place for your business goals. To many people this sounds tedious. On the contrary, goal setters have more time, freedom, more money, and more success in all areas of their lives than those who don't.  Well, it's no different with real estate investing.  Read More >>


Why REO’s?
By Mark Jackson on March 31, 2017

We all know that REO is an acronym for Real Estate Owned properties.  Basically, it is a property that has been foreclosed upon and now belongs to the bank or lender. Foreclosure properties have been front page news across America for some time.  I want to discuss REO properties and the best way to profit from these deals. REIAComps is a great way to expose yourself to the true market value of many REO homes in various stages of foreclosure around Atlanta, the state of Georgia and other market areas.

When banks supply foreclosure lists, they also provide the selling prices that they will accept for those properties. Generally, the banks or HUD have the property priced to move, therefore there aren’t a lot of negotiations necessary.  Each property investment is done on a bank-by-bank, house-by-house basis.  Read More >>


Analyzing the Markets
By Mark Jackson on March 6, 2017

When you are looking to make offers, remember your obligation is to the most important person in your company; the shareholder. Most often, the shareholder is you. Have your list of what a profitable deal looks like, armed with your REIA Comps information and some courage your list can be successful. 

The key to meeting your goals and having your success as an investor is a thorough understanding of VALUE.  Understanding the value of a potential investment property is the basis for profits.  Taking stock in the real estate market and learning how to properly analyze the market is paramount.  This enables you to make a maximum profit when buying real estate for flipping or reno and sale.  Read More >>


The Key to Your Profit
By Mark Jackson on February 6, 2017

People from all over the world have a common trait. No matter what the product, the word SALE always draws our attention.

When it comes to real estate, that same line of thinking stands.  The phrase "you make money when you buy, you realize that money when you sell" continues to ring true. The challenge is being able to spot that awesome deal amongst many poor or inadequate deals.  I cannot stress enough proper real estate investing education should be your goal. Using REIA comps to analyze every new deal you do is the avenue that will help you make such a distinction.

There are many people venturing out and searching for additional ways to make additional income.   Investing requires knowledge of different techniques which can be used when trying to buy, sell, negotiate or repair a house.  Having proper investing education to stand on can mean the difference between success and failure.  Read More >>


Making Foreclosures Your Choice
By Mark Jackson on January 9, 2017

When looking for an investment opportunity it is always worth considering buying foreclosure properties. You should absolutely take the time to explore all avenues to make this the most profitable. The best thing you can do for yourself is learn about ways to purchase a home any party lost. As they say, “their loss could be your gain”.  REIA Comps can help you navigate the twists and turns of the buying process. 

Unfortunately, homeowners being foreclosed on know that once the bank forecloses, their house with be up for auction. At that point, the property will be sold to the highest bidder. By working with homeowners before their foreclosure is finalized, you can pick up their home at a fraction of the price before it goes public. It's a common practice among real estate investors and brokers. I want you to keep reading and learn how to pick up these deals.  Read More >>


Real Estate Foreclosures and The Potential They Offer
By Mark Jackson on December 5, 2016

The chance to create new investments and take advantage of the real estate foreclosures in the market should be taken.  These are one of the most dependable long term investments you can make.  Buying properties after foreclosure using REIA comps is a method you can use to ensure you are given the best price for each and every property you review.

Buying real estate foreclosures is one of the main sources of income for many real estate investors. For starters, foreclosed properties have a high re-sale value that is guaranteed to earn you tremendous profits in the long run. Especially if you know you have made your profit when you buy.  Another benefit of buying foreclosed properties is they are sold at the lowest prices, and with affordable interest rates dominating the market, those factors combined, you're buying property at discounted prices.

Those interested in investing in properties for the first time may find it difficult to make a decision on what is really right as an investment. You will want the best available in your most desired location, because purchasing properties is a big investment. That's why you want to work with REIA Comps for the most up to date information.  Read More >>


Using Real Estate Comps to Your Benefit
By Mark Jackson on November 7, 2016

Ok guys, I want to show you how to maximize your investment.  Here are some ways to figure out what price you should offer on your properties to get a deal, or to give someone else a deal.

Comps are of course, basically the true value of a house. You can look at the price of houses for sale, but that doesn't tell you the true value of a house. The true value of a house in an area is based on how much houses are SELLING for based on comps information from REIA Comps, not how much the houses are listed for.

So, if you look in a neighborhood, you may find houses listed at high prices. They don't sell at those high prices. They may get offers, they also come down before they sell. It's the selling price of the house you want to go by to make a decision on how much you want to get for your house, or how much you want to offer on your house. It's also known as ARV (Average Retail Value or After Repair Value). Working with REIA comps lets you figure out what the ARV is easily.  Read More >>


Launching Your Real Estate Career
By Mark Jackson on October 3, 2016

I want to discuss some basics for getting started in real estate investing.  Everything I’m about to share, can be applied to helping anyone get started in real estate investing. I am going to give you a few keys to getting started.  Of course, REIAComps is essential to making sound decisions for your real estate business.

Let’s talk about a desire to work in the real estate investing field.  Real estate investing may not be for everyone but real estate investing CAN offer anyone the financial freedom we all crave.  But most important is to always take a valuation first approach to every new deal you see. You must know the best purchase price and After Repair Value (ARV) first. Never let someone tell you the value, use REIAComps to know the value for yourself.

Now the people that make it in real estate investing all have a few things in common.  First, they run their real estate investing business like any other business out there.  Second, you cannot be afraid to fail. Everyone has failed at something but the most successful people out there learn from their failures. The third thing is that you have to put a good team together.  You do not want to be the person doing everything in your business. Doing everything is a recipe for failure. You have to put together good people who you can trust and rely on. The fourth thing is that you need a mentor.  Gaining from the knowledge and experience of others is invaluable.  Read More >>


Seven Touch-Ups to Help Sell Your House
By Mark Jackson on September 6, 2016

In the world of real estate investing, knowing the key elements to make your current or next deal ready to sell fast can add huge profits to your pocket. After all, time is money.

I have to stress real estate investing using REIA comps to see all the transactions in your market area is key. Quickly looking up prior sales, reviewing the previous listing can give you keys to the types of finishing touches that are most desirable for your market area. Here are the Seven Touch Ups which produce fast sales.  Read More >>


Why Now May Be the Best Time to Sell
By Mark Jackson on July 30, 2016

We know you have been thinking about Selling, Wholesaling or doing a Fix and Flip, but weren't sure when to do it, there may not be a better time than now.

To be sure, the decision to act greatly depends on your own personal circumstances. However, several factors have combined to make this a good time to think about taking action. The idea of jumping into the market, especially if you have been cautiously sitting on the sidelines, is now!

Over the past few years, the inventory of homes for sale has steadily shrunken, even as the demand from buyers has grown. Nationwide, total SFR inventory stands at just under 5 months’ supply. However, in some of our local markets, available inventory is even lower. Putting this into perspective, a balanced market should have approximately six to eight months supply. The time to use REIAComps to quickly and easily access the local markets around Hotlanta is frankly sizzling.  Read More >>


Benefits and Types of Passive Investing
By Mark Jackson on July 10, 2016

Some people avoid investing in properties due to the amount of time and energy it takes. REIA comps is a great resource to assist you in researching and deciding on a property. After your purchase of a potential property you need to actively care for your investment either by becoming a landlord or managing the property. Real estate investment can be time consuming yet rewarding, and the question is asked, how many properties can one person manage at one time? This is why investors who are looking at diversifying with real estate participate in passive real estate investing.

Passive real estate investing removes headaches for those who don't want to deal with the day to day issues of property management. There are several different ways you can do this, each with their own set of pros and cons.

One could form a partnership, general or limited, and have the partner take the responsibility of managing the property(s) your partnership purchases. To move through the loophole of having financial backing, I suggest considering working with only one to two people you know and trust. Pooling resources in a partnership allows participants to purchase more expensive properties with less outside funding. However, as suggested you need to trust your partner to take care of the properties and your best interests, and if neither of you are experienced in real estate investing, working with the Support System via REIAComps provides the knowledge you need. Read More >>


Conquering the Fear of Investing
By Mark Jackson on June 5, 2016

Perhaps you're a new real estate investor who has thought about using real estate comps to dive into real estate investing but have been hesitant due to a feeling that the market will collapse once you get in and you will lose all your money.  Well rest assured; you are not alone.

Fear touches every new investor; and no one successfully investing in real estate today would tell you otherwise. So let's address some of the most common fears and see whether we can help calm you and urge you to take the plunge into real estate investing.

Having to feed a property won't cut it; no investor wants to feed a rental property.  Believe it or not, this fear might be the easiest to manage because it's straightforward: simply run the numbers before you buy, using real estate comps makes this a breeze. Obtain the property's last twelve months income and operating expenses, calculate a mortgage payment, and plug the results into a spreadsheet or real estate investment software program to determine cash flow. If the cash flow is negative, weigh the deal and decide.  If the numbers work then, move forward.   Read More >>


The HUD Superstore
By Mark Jackson on May 2, 2016

Checking information with REIA Comps will quickly tell you that HUD foreclosures are available all over the United States.  The thing to keep in mind is, the sales process for purchasing a HUD home isn't quite the same as you'll encounter when buying a home from an individual.  However, the no Deed Restrictions these homes have can significantly boost your wholesaling business adding real income to your RE business.

HUD properties are sold using a bidding process. HUD foreclosures are homes owned by the government as a result of repossession.  These types of foreclosures are sold online from former mortgage holders who defaulted on loans guaranteed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

HUD homes are appraised, then priced at fair market value for their location.  HUD employees do not work with buyers, but NAID approved Agents.  HUD will generally accept the highest bid.  The foreclosures are usually sold at or below REO prices. This is like finding shells on the beach, believe me.  HUD sells these homes through approved brokers who often times advertise in the local newspaper to gain additional potential buyers. Read More >>


Which Investment Strategy is Right for You?
By Mark Jackson on April 3, 2016

There are a few investment strategies you may want to take a look at if you are about to take the leap of investing in real estate. Especially since about forty percent of all homes in the first quarter of 2015 were sold to investors. 2016 is shaping up about the same. Truly, this is a huge portion of homes sold and having the right strategy can make a world of difference when it comes to the kind of profits you can earn.

First though, we have to take a valuation first approach to every transaction. Knowing the true value before you buy is huge. One of the most common investment strategies using real estate comps by REIAComps some investors are accustomed to is 'flipping'. This is a way you can make a very quick profit. If you see you can get a property rehabbed quickly and move on, flipping is ideal. Frankly, if quick profits are what you want, then flipping can be the way to go.

Another investment strategy many consider is renting property. Acquiring for long term hold can be a great way of making extra money.  The income can be used to fund other projects and deals.  This is because not only will you make some profit by being able to capture tax advantages and capital appreciation, but you will also gain profits from the monthly rent you are charging. However be sure you are very careful about the person or people you are renting to. Be certain to do your due diligence for all potential renters.  Read More >>


Private Money at Your Finger Tips
By Mark Jackson on March 6, 2016

In the world of real estate investing, private lenders and real estate comps generally go hand in hand. However, many may be unfamiliar with private lenders and what they bring to the real estate industry.

I have to stress real estate investing using REIAComps to see all the private money and cash buyers is invaluable. Every new deal you do is instantly easier knowing exactly who to call when you need funding. But there is more to this topic of private money.

Money makes the world go around and real estate deals don't get done without it. Forming relationships with private investors who will fund your real estate investment opportunities is a wise choice. So the question becomes what are private money lenders and how does the borrowing process work? Glad you asked. Read More >>


The Key to Your Profit
By Mark Jackson on January 31, 2016

People from all over the world have a common trait. No matter what the product, the word SALE always draws our attention.

When it comes to real estate, that same line of thinking stands.  The phrase "you make money when you buy, you realize that money when you sell" continues to ring true. The challenge is being able to spot that awesome deal amongst many poor or inadequate deals.  I cannot stress enough proper real estate investing education should be your goal. Using REIA comps to analyze every new deal you do is the avenue that will help you make such a distinction.

There are many people venturing out and searching for additional ways to make additional income.   Investing requires knowledge of different techniques which can be used when trying to buy, sell, negotiate or repair a house.  Having proper investing education to stand on can mean the difference between success and failure.  Read More >>


Investing Principals
By Mark Jackson on January 4, 2016

Learning to make your mark in real estate takes discipline in following a set of principles. Using REIAComps to guide your deals is beneficial. These principles have guided many real estate investors to initial and repeated success. Ignoring them, on the other hand, is likely to either slow down or impede your success.

I’m sure you have heard the old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. This is definitely true in the arena of real estate investing. Many investors live by this motto. They have either developed this system themselves, often over a period of years of blood, sweat and tears. Or they have modeled it on the system of someone else they respect. Either way, they know that their system works, and they do not deviate from it.

Most properties tend to tell a story. The key to finding the right investment property is largely a matter of locating a good property and doing a bit of research to uncover the "full story" about it. This full story includes, among other things, the fair market value of the property, the existence of any liens or liabilities (in the case of pre-foreclosure properties) and the true condition of the property. Read More >>


Leveraging the Right Way
By Mark Jackson on December 6, 2015

Investing in real estate is one of the most advantageous and attractive avenues to use to build a business and ultimately wealth. I would say it has three times the potential of making money than most any other business. Using REIA comps to guide your investment choices protects against the turns made by market forces. I want to share with you some advantages that I believe will be most beneficial for you.

As a rule, there is more stability. Real estate investments are traditionally considered a stable and rich gainer, provided if one takes it seriously and becomes a student of the game. As a rule of thumb, if you have an area where there are plenty of resources available and low stable mortgage rates, you have good reason for investing in that real estate market. On the contrary, if you find a property in a place, which is under high inflation, it may not be a prime location.

With real estate, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Acquiring all the knowledge and skills through experience of selling and purchasing properties requires guidance and consistency. The support REIA comps provides gives you a leg up on property valuation and purchase. Take the time to gain education and hone your craft in order to have a formidable business. Doing market research, using or developing the right real estate strategies can make deals happen for you in the right manner. Read More >>


How to Calculate Comps the Right Way
By Mark Jackson on November 8, 2015

In these days of the real estate sites like Zillow and Trulia, the marketing and lead generation tools on these sites draw millions of page views every month. What you shouldn't be doing as an investor, home buyer or seller is using the value estimates on these sites to make decisions.

Truly good real estate investors know the valuation of their deals is key to insuring success and protecting projected profits. To effectively determine if a deal is a rental building wealth or flip to make some much needed cash, you have to analyze a deal fully. All the market areas covered by REIAComps, insure you easily know which way an investor should go.

Even Zillow will tell you that they aren't always on the money. They have a chart of median error percentages in estimates in major cities, and they run mostly between around 7% and 9%. That's around $16,000 on a $200,000 house, so you don't want that kind of number in your research for a wholesale or flip deal for sure. Feel free to use a Zestimate for a quick idea of approximate value, but what you want to do to arrive at an accurate market value is what real estate agents do; develop a CMA, Comparative Market Analysis. Read More >>


Banks are Hiding Properties You Can Profit From
By Mark Jackson on October 20, 2015

When you know the best pockets or market areas around the U.S. to find discounted real estate, you are half way home. All that is left is evaluating the inventory for maximum profit. For those of you connected to REIAComps , the control and feeling of confidence you have over your deals is priceless. Using REIAComps to investigate the value of “Shadow Inventory” houses as they come to market, against the recent sold comparables, will provide you a solid position to “make your profit when you buy”.

First, let’s define “Shadow Inventory”. The general definition goes like this; the current stock of properties in the shadow inventory, also known as pending supply, by calculating the number of properties that are seriously delinquent, in foreclosure or held as REO by mortgage servicers, but not currently listed on multiple listing services MLS’s.

CoreLogic has released its National Foreclosure Report with a supplement featuring quarterly shadow inventory data. According to CoreLogic analysis there were 46,000 completed foreclosures in the United States, down from 64,000, a year-over-year decrease of 29 percent. On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures decreased 8.3 percent, from 50,000 in one quarter. Read More >>


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