If you are like 99% of all the other investors in the US who wish they had their money in real estate and not stocks and bonds during the past few years, or you heard about a friend of your brother-in-law who is making a bunch on foreclosed property, remember there is no magic in finding these properties. It just takes work. Here’s where Uncle Sam keeps the bargains.
If you are starting a business with just yourself, that’s at least one job and you can apply to the government’s Certified Development Company 504 Program. You can also get millions if you create enough jobs. The money has to be used for real estate, equipment or other kinds of fixed assets. You can’t use it for working capital. Last year this program couldn’t give out all the money it had available. Don’t let that happen this year. Find your local 540 Program office at
All active, inactive, and retired members of the California Public Employees Retirement System, the Legislators’ Retirement System, the Judges’ Retirement System, and the Judges’ Retirement System II are eligible to participate in the CalPERS Conventional Home Loan program, one of several loan programs offered by the system. The conventional program offers 10 to 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage loans up to a maximum of 97% loan to value, or $1,334,800 (with certain restrictions). A CalPERS conventional or government home loan may be used for one to four-unit owner-occupied residences, condominiums, and Planned Unit Developments (PUD). Applicants can lock in an interest rate for 60 days. The program can also be used to refinance an existing mortgage, with certain restrictions.
Participants in the California State Teachers Retirement System can use the CalSTRS Home Loan Program to refinance their existing home loan or to buy a new home. Loans are made in amounts of up to $667,400 (or 95% loan to home value) and feature 15 to 30 year terms. Interest rates are typically below market. Eligible properties include single-family homes, cooperative apartments and condos, as well as two to four-unit dwellings
Every state has offices that will help you buy or fix up real estate.Look for your state housing office for information about all their programs.