Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top 3 LVN Schools In California

lvn schools schools in California are undoubtedly among the best in the country, but obviously some are much better than others. You can't simply enroll yourself in any school, you've got to make sure that it's the right school for you. There are a few good schools that are known for their standards of excellence and consistently produce graduates of a high caliber, and this is reflected in the hiring policy of the health industry in general. At the end of this article, you'll be able to make an informed decision as to which LVN schools in California to apply for so as to have the best career prospects when you graduate.

Why LVN Schools In California?

Before we get into the best LVN schools in California, firstly you may want to know why choose to study in California at all? Well, they have some of the best nursing programs in the country for one, and it's a state where there's already a very high demand for nurses so the funding, infrastructure and standards of education to produce good nursing graduates are all there as well. You can be assured that you are getting the very best nursing education that money can buy when you choose to study in California.

Top 3 LVN Schools In California

There are three major LVNs in California that I would highly recommend: the University of San Diego, the University of California (San Francisco) and the University of California (Los Angeles). All of these schools offer top LVN programs for undergraduates, and you can opt to take up your BSN and beyond with them as well. The healthcare industry gives greater recognition to nursing graduates of these three schools in particular both locally and nationally, and there are many well respected experts in the field actually teaching in these schools so you'll definitely be on the cutting edge of nursing practice in the U.S. and beyond.

Apart from these top three LVN schools in California, you have a wide range of options available in terms of many public and private colleges all around the state. You may have certain budget constraints or perhaps you just prefer to study in a smaller institution. You don't have to attend one of these schools to get top results, in fact many top graduates have come from other schools as well. So not to worry, no matter what your needs are, there is a school that suits you and I will help you find it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Apartment Sales and Construction in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs investment properties The Colorado Springs apartment market is making a strong comeback, as shown by recent sales and new construction starts.

Major investors from out of the area have recently purchased large multifamily properties in Colorado Springs. In October, Sequoia Property Partners of New York closed on the South Circle Arms, a 112-unit apartment complex built in 1969. Many new upgrades were completed in the last five years, including new 30-year roofs on all the buildings. The $5.4 million purchase price produced a value of just over $48,000 a door.

Another October purchase was of the Rustic Hills Park Apartment, one of the last large distressed properties in Colorado Springs. The 243-unit property went for the bargain price of just over $17,000 per unit, or $4.2 million.

The new owners, Connexion Asset Group of Lakewood, CO, need to address a backlog of deferred maintenance and a low occupancy rate to stabilize the property. They have a successful track record of turning around failed assets, which is why they were selected from the 15 bidders on the offering.

This past summer Advenir, a Florida-based real estate company, bought the 220-unit Briarglen Apartments for $16.3 million, or $74,000 a door. They have announced plans to buy up to 2,000 units in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. Chief Acquisitions Manager Todd Linden says, ""We think, long-term, Colorado is a great state to invest in. There's going to be a lot of job growth there."

At the end of September they purchased the Cheyenne Crossings Apartments for $19.5 million, coming in at over $85,000 per unit for the 220 units.

Seagate Properties of California now has a Denver office and hopes to build their Front Range portfolio to 2-3,000 units. They already own a couple of smaller apartments in downtown Colorado Springs, and in 2010 purchased the 115-unit Fillmore Ridge Apartments for $2.8 million, or just over $24,000 a door.

After years of little or no multifamily development, several new projects are under way, or awaiting final approval.

Grading is already underway at the corner of Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard, where Denver-based Southwestern Investment Advisors and Utah-based Talos Holdings have teamed up to build a 230-unit luxury apartment complex.

Up north in Monument, local group Vision Development has begun a 177-unit complex and at the south end of town, long-time local developers, the Nor'wood Development Group, has broken ground on the 240-unit Mesa Ridge Apartments. This project is close to Fort Carson, which should continue to add troops coming back from tours in Afghanistan, as well as the aviation brigade, expected to arrive with their helicopters and support staff in 2013.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Secrets to Real Estate Investing - Strategies and Tools

Denver Real Estate Investment If you're going to invest in today's market or any market you must understand the conditions of the market you're in. My team has found, in the current market, the best results in bank owned foreclosures. Not to say this is the only way, or the best way to make money with real estate investing today. These foreclosures usually need fix up and therefore we get them at very low prices from the bank because no one else wants them.

I have not had good success in "short sales" or pre-foreclosures" due to what I refer to as "The Creature" or more commonly know as the Federal Reserve Bank. The reason I believe banks are not willing to short sale the notes very low before the foreclosure is because they are still leveraging those notes and profiting from the insurance and then the sale of the foreclosed properties. Yes, banks are are enabled by their Federal Reserve Charter to count their promissory notes as cash in their accounts and go borrow more money based on how many promissory notes they keep on their accounts. When you think about this and understand it, it's like a paradigm shift in your thinking and the light bulb comes on in your brain. If the banks make more money by borrowing against what we call a liability and they call an asset that explains a lot.

So, when you dealing with banks and foreclosures you want to make your offer after they have leveraged the heck out of that promissory note and now want to dump what we call the asset. You can get help finding these through your local MLS or start calling on banks and develop a relationship with their REO department. When you find these and start negotiating with the banks is when you will start getting major discounts of 50%-80% off the retail values of these properties. Like any business it does require work but it can be very profitable.

As an example, my team recently purchased an FHA foreclosure in the Denver, Colorado market for about 35% of it's retail value because the previous investor had started the remodeling then ran out of cash. So, this was a 3 bedroom home with a brand new furnace, new wiring, new pluming and a completely redesigned interior. All we had to do was finish was was already started. We sold that property for $115,000 a few months after purchasing it for $49,000 in a slow market. Very nice profit on that one.

However, if you want to succeed in this market you must have a good team, be very flexible and most importantly have "multiple exit strategies". Know and learn these strategies such as fix and flip, fix and hold, wrap around deeds, equity sharing, lease with option to buy, etc. If you don't know these terms then you either need to learn them or DON'T invest in real estate. Educate yourself first so you don't wind up with a horror story of your own like the ones we have all heard of.