Domain Name Goldmines: Expired Traffic Investing In The 21st Century

I get pretty frustrated when thinking back to the days of seven-figure domain name sales. However, I was only a little kid, but still, I spent hours on the computer playing Descent II with my friends. Oh yes, those hours could have been spent convincing my parents to help me buy domain names like cd.com, tv.com, local.com, interact.net, isp.net, and other incredibly valuable domains. Sadly, other people got to them first, making millions very fast.

Some who fail say that the time to make money in domains is over. They are wrong indeed, as the wealthy domain investors are still buying those domains that will have permanent type-in traffic. Traffic equates to so much easy money that these people don’t even develop websites to maximize sales potential. The key concept is to buy the names with traffic, and redirect them to a Pay-Per-Click system that will display PPC ads and pay the owner a percentage of advertising earnings from visitor clicks.

I’ve picked up a few decent type-in traffic domains such as ecommerc.com, but I simply don’t have the money to invest in the names the big dogs are buying. If you have some extra money, I suggest that instead of risking it in something like gambling or trading on the foreign exchange, you should study up on domain speculation, and get started.

You’ll probably have to spend thousands of dollars on a wise domain investment, but the return on investment will last a lifetime; or else you can sell it in a couple years for a great profit!

Pre-Closing Steps to Create a Great Residential Investment

An investor can easily step back after placing a project under contract and feel that until closing that there is little or nothing to do. Unfortunately, this is a critical mistake. Nothing could be further from the truth. Investors have to look beyond the closing activity and focus on their reports, market studies, and other information to develop plans, budgets, capital improvements, schedules, staffing and service additions to boost earnings, reduce costs, and otherwise secure the investment.

Sometimes thousands of dollars per month can be cut with a program of leak repairs.

Developing plans to place units on individual meters can net $30 to $60 per unit in additional profitability.

Examining the current management’s operation and developing techniques to add value that converts to higher rents or higher occupancy can net huge results. In one case I’ve seen effective occupancy was 84%. By changing office hours effective occupancy increased 10% and increased the property value by more than 50% because of the marginal effect on profits.

Creating plans to accelerate changes to the property to reposition or to turn over underpaying residents can create huge increases in revenue, profitability and value. Couple this with a plan to sell the property quickly after taking over and very large gains can be netted to the investors in a very short period of time.

In another instance the property had several undeveloped unoccupied plots. Keeping these off the note actually increases the value of the property because in general value is based upon profitability for the rented units. In turn, the buyer can turn around and potentially sell plots to achieve an immediate gain.

Ideas like these are found by walking through the historical expenses, old utility statements, the appraisal, the engineering report and surveys. Next, you should examine the properties zoning and see what opportunities this may offer.

The thorough buyer will spend days investigating competing properties management and marketing. Often times, there are differences that can be exploited for real gains.

Finally, traffic studies should be reviewed and frontage compared. If a property can be acquired with strong traffic seeking signage permits often can creates significant revenue for investors.

In short, the pre-closing period is an opportunity to examine your asset and with imagination, dedication, study, and intense review profits can be increased, risks can be reduced, plans to make early gains developed and the general asset value heightened to the advantage of you and your investors. Good luck and great investing!

Property Investment – What Future For the Biggest Bubble of All Time?

The Economist magazine published a special report in this months issue entitled “House Prices … After The Fall”. Some might call it pessimistic, alarmist, nonsense or worse but only the foolish would choose to ignore the research that comes out of a think-tank with the kind of resources that this highly respected publication has. Though as a caveat I might add that I am living in Ireland, the country that a recent Economist study declared the best place in the world to live and I could find several dozen reasons to dispute this … but that’s another story!

What the Economist tells us is nothing that we don’t already know. An obsessive interest in property by investors, prompted by low interest rates and a loss of faith in equities, has fuelled a massive ‘bubble’ in the property market, the largest house price boom ever witnessed. Perhaps what we didn’t know is this bubble exceeds by 20%, the global stock market bubble of the 1990′s and we all know what happened there! It burst, as all bubbles do when under excess pressure.

So what are the predictions for the future and what implications might they have for those considering an investment in property now? Using information gathered from lending institutions, estate agents and national statistics, the Economist has compiled a set of global house prices indices covering 20 countries from 2002 to date. The figures indicate that house prices are seriously over valued in many countries including Spain, Ireland and France, fuelled mainly by speculative demand. America, though heating up a little later is following the same path. Using the current slow down in Australia as an example, and Japan and Germany’s negative house price growth, predictions are that with even a flattening off of the market rather than a total collapse, recession is inevitable since people will be far less inclined or unable to release capital on their homes for spending in the economy. So even a ‘soft-landing’ will cause significant economic pain! In addition, massively inflated prices that are disproportionate to income spells bad news, especially for landlords. In Ireland, for example, rental yields have fallen to below 3%, well below current mortgage rates.

Significantly, all the countries in the Economist’s house price index are well developed established economies. The report gives no mention to the emerging economies in Central and Eastern Europe. If, as indicated the housing market in Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands is starting to cool, this will have an immediate impact on the property market in these economies as investors chase better returns. Already EUR1 billion of Ireland’s anticipated EUR6 billion of real estate investment funds are expected to flow to countries outside the EU-15.

It seems the only option now left for the canny property investor is to play the cat and mouse game, chasing newer markets that are experiencing similar conditions for growth and expansion that led the older ‘burnt out’ markets to their success. But with this comes the element of risk. Economies are delicate, unpredictable systems that don’t always fulfil the expectations of players within them.

For those who prefer to shy away from the risks of property investment, preferring to sit it out while the bubble follows its course, there is another option. Chateaux Lafite 2003 will yield creative investors a 13% tax-free rise over 11 months and if the market crashes, you can always drink it!