Posts Tagged real estate

Do’s and dont’s when choosing the best real estate agent for you

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

questionable-agentChoosing the right real estate to work with you has a big impact on the home buying process. Here are some practical tips on how you can get the best real estate agent to represent your home:

Do’s

  • You need to make sure that you are comfortable talking with the real estate agent. There should be that rapport to ensure that the business will go smoothly.
  • List down your expectations and discuss this with them so goals can be set and achieved.
  • Interview the potential agent very well. Ask for their plans and how they will execute them so you can get the property that you want.
  • Get the right agent. You want to get someone who specializes in buying a $200K property to get your $200K house and not a $2 million worth of real estate.
  • Research very well. Make most of the internet and local listings to find the best real estate agent that you can work with.
  • Ask your friends and relatives if they have worked with an agent that they can recommend to you. Remember though that it does not follow that if the agent worked well for their set up, that the same agent will be a perfect fit for you situation too.

Dont’s

  • Never get a loved on or friend to be your real estate agent. You do not want to put your relationship with them in danger in case the deal does not go well. You need to find someone that you can be professional with, someone you can speak your mind to without worrying about relationships.
  • If you have not picked the agent for you, do not engage with someone until you have made up your mind.
  • Do not get someone who represents both seller and buyer. You have to be wary of transparency issues in these situations.
  • When it is not working for you, you have to be honest with your agent and break it off with him or her. Be respectful and tell them your reasons why you have to let them go.

Real Estate Investing — Look At The Neighborhood: 2

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

16249817_1While the location is going to be very, very important, the types of people that are in the neighborhood is going to be important as well.  You want to make sure that you are purchasing a home that you are going to sell in a neighborhood that not only looks good but has trust-worthy people there.

Crime should be very, very low and overall, what does the neighborhood look like?  This can be very important to any potential buyers.  I know that when I was looking to rent a place, I looked at the neighborhoods to see exactly what they looked like before I rented.

The overall appearance should look good and the types of people should be nice – which is not all that hard to find.

Real Estate Investing — Look At The Neighborhood: 1

Friday, April 9th, 2010

REOSignFeaturedInvesting in real estate is something that is great if you are looking to make a little extra money or even make it your main source of income, however you want to make sure that you know what you are doing whenever you start investing.  Firstly, you want to make sure that you analyze the neighborhood and the market that you might be purchasing a house in.

You want to make sure that you choose a place that is around everything and that is overall, a good location.  To be honest, this is a deal breaker for people.  Even if you fix up the house and it looks great, if it is not in a good location, people will not buy it.

In the next blog, we will explore some things to watch out for whenever you are investing in a property!

Negotiate With Home Owners — How To Do It: 2

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Negotiation-main_FullNow that we have talked a little bit about the fear that is associated with negotiating the price of your dream home down, let’s get to the root of the fear.  Do you think that the home owners are going to turn you down?  So what if they do?   At least you asked.

There is an old saying that you can not get the answer of no unless you try and that is all you are doing, is trying.  Now, if you really want to make an impact on the price of the home, you have to ready to walk away.

This is a huge step.  If you are serious about the sale and the price that you want, you want to make sure that you are ready to walk away from the sale if the home buyers do not cave.

Outdoor Lighting Trends: 1

Friday, February 26th, 2010

outdoorlightingImproving your curb appeal of your home is something that many people do not even think about when they are looking to sell their home, however it is important.  Curb appeal is what will actually attract the consumers to your home and honestly, it is something that will get their foot in the door so that you can sell them on everything that your home has to offer.

Outdoor lighting is by far one of the best ways to improve the curb appeal of your home and in the next few blogs; we are going to talk about some of the trends in outdoor lighting that seems to be popping up.

Solar lights are certainly something that are popping up everywhere but by far, the color lights and orbs are something that are very popular in the way of outdoor lighting right now.  More in the next blog people!

Renters Without Insurance — Risky Business: 1

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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In this blog, we have talked a lot about real estate and the market itself and we have also given you tips and tricks as a real estate agent as well as a buyer or renter.  With that being said, we are now going to talk about something very, very important … home insurance.

If you are a landlord and you are renting out to someone either a room or even an entire apartment, you might want to ensure that they do have renter’s insurance.  This can actually really harm you if they do not have renter’s insurance.

Recently … as of Sunday actually, I fell down the stairs of my rental home.  Now – I personally do not have renter’s insurance.  If I wanted to, because I am not covered and the landlords are – I can actually sue them because I fell down the stairs.  Now … I am not going to do that because I am fine, but what would happen if you weren’t fine?  More on this in the next blog!

Finding Great Tenants — How To Do It: 2

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

tenants1Now that we have talked a little bit about what you should be doing with your tenants and how you should be meeting them face-to-face whenever possible, let’s move onto the rental application.  This is a piece of paper similar to a resume for the prospective renter and I can promise that if you evaluate it right, you are going to find the ideal tenant.

One of the first things that you need to do once you get the application is call of the past landlords that the tenant has had.  That way, you can make sure that the tenant has a good rental history, as that is what is going to be key whenever you are trying to get someone to rent something that belongs to you.

You always want to make sure that they are going to take care of it and you want to ensure that they are going to respect it.  Next, check their credit – do they pay their bills on time?  These are key things here.

Finding Great Tenants — How To Do It: 1

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

tenantIf you are a brand new landlord, I can promise that you are going to have not only a lot of questions but you truly lack the experience that a lot of other landlords might have, therefore you might not know what a good tenant looks like versus a bad one.  Well, that is what we are here for and I can promise that there are a lot of different tenants out there for you to choose from.

Firstly, you always want to make sure that you meet the tenants in person.  You never want to rent to someone that you have not met or at the very least talked to do an extended period of time on the phone.  It is hard to find people to just come in and look at your space, but truly, you want to try to get as many people in as possible to see the place that you are trying to rent.

In the next blog, we will talk about how you can evaluate your rental applications and what the process is to truly find the right tenants for you!

How To Get Over Cold Calling Fear: 2

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

CBR001292One of the very first things that you want to make sure that you do when you are trying to overcome your fear of cold calling is taking stock of yourself and your skills.  You want to list all of the things that you can do for the person that you are calling, list all of the qualities that make up you, as a person and make you the person the prospect should work with.

Next, you want to make sure that you list all of the benefits of working with you.  You always want to make sure that you keep these lists right by the phone so that way you can tell any prospects them without hesitating at all.

Finally, you want to make sure that you take the first step and pick up the phone – it is the hardest step but once you pick up the phone, you will feel better.

How To Get Over Cold Calling Fear: 1

Friday, January 1st, 2010

cold-callingWith the way that the economy is right now, in the real estate business, we are all going to face some sort of fear when it comes to cold calling.  When you are real estate agents, you are in the sales business and while not all sales businesses are about dealing with making call daily, this particular business is.

In the game of real estate, you need to make sure that you are generating brand new business and you are gaining more and more prospects in order to meet your quarterly quota.  Well, you do that by calling on prospects and that can be difficult.

In the next couple blogs, we are going to talk about how you can overcome the fear of cold calling and how you can generate more and more business for yourself.