How to Become a Jamaica Real Estate Agent – The Licence to Sell Jamaica Properties Legally

If you are looking to sell real estate in Jamaica, you can do so by attending the Real Estate Salesman’s Course #100H that is offered at the University of Technology, Jamaica. After passing the course, you are required to go through a few background checks to ensure you don’t have any skeletons in your closet. The final step is an interview with the Jamaica Real Estate Board to get final approval for you to become a Sales Agent.

Salesman’s Course #100H

This course is four weeks full time at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Jamaica. It offers material that is necessary for you to become an efficient agent in the local market, because what you don’t know can hurt you. You will be trained to handle transactions for Jamaica Properties such as Sales, Rentals and Leases.

Background Checks

The nature of the industry involves huge monetary transactions and in such a field you might find persons of a dishonest nature. In order to protect persons and their assets from thing like fraud, a background check is done on each applicant for a license approval, one of these checks is a police report.

The Interview With The Board

After gathering all the documents from your background check, you should submit these documents and attend an interview with an officer from the real estate board that puts the final stamp of approval on you application to become a sales agent in Jamaica.

Start Selling

After you have passed the exams and checks to practice in Jamaica legally, in most cases you must be employed to a licensed Dealer in Jamaica. There are some exceptions where persons can sell properties without being licensed but you should check the Jamaica real estate Act for the conditions.

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What Does CMA Stand For And Why Is It Important?

In real estate we use a Comparative Market Analysis, commonly referred to as a CMA report, as a tool to help a home owner more accurately price their home in a given market. The CMA report is created by a Realtor providing information to you by comparing your property to properties similar to yours. This is a service that we offer to our clients at no cost to them.

In order for your agent to provide a precise report, it is important that your Realtor personally visit your home to get an idea of the condition of your property. This meeting is not intended to be a property inspection; your agent will not climb up on your roof looking for leaks, or crawl under your home to check out the foundation. This initial viewing is intended for the agent to get an idea of to how your property will show compared to others in the neighborhood. The condition of your home will have value. If your property is in better condition than others in the area, recently painted or has more upgrades for example, this could be added value in your CMA report. Remember to let your agent know what improvements, if any, you plan to make before you put your home on the market. They will consider the location of your property in your neighborhood too. Do you have a better view than your neighbor? Or, do you have better location in the neighborhood? This could also add value. These are some of the factors taken into consideration when putting together your CMA and will give you and your agent an idea of how much your property is worth in the current market.

Next your agent will gather data provided by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to compare homes similar to yours in your neighborhood that have recently sold. This will give you an idea of what buyers are spending on properties in your area. Some of the other things that we take into consideration are, the age of the structure, the size of your home, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the size of your lot if it is a single family home. Your agent will also look at other properties in your neighborhood that are currently listed for sale, „the competition“. You will want to be competitive in your pricing to get your home sold in a reasonable amount of time.

To clarify, a CMA is not intended to be an appraisal. The CMA is simply a guide to help you price your home for sale. An appraisal is always performed by a licensed appraiser. The appraisal is typically ordered by the buyer’s lender to determine value. Is the home worth the price that is asked? The lender is considering the risk of the loan. As a home owner, you can also order an appraisal to put a value on your home but there would be a fee involved.

The CMA report is also useful to a buyer. As a buyer, you can ask your real estate agent to run a CMA report before they write up an offer on a property. Your agent should discuss the results of the report with you to help advise you on a fair purchase price for the property. The final decision on how much to offer for a property is always the buyer’s.

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Bangkok Real Estate for Sale or Rent

Undoubtedly, Bangkok’s real estate for sale offers some of the best accommodations in Thailand. In this major economic and financial center, one can find exclusive apartments in lavish high-rise edifices, with stunning, breathtaking views over Thailand’s capital. There are many real estate companies in Bangkok which can offer the best accommodations they have. However, because the city is so vast and the options are so many, it is imperative for anyone interested in buying or renting in this area to use the professional advice of a property consultant and broker. Forbest Properties is the solution. It provides its clients with a Bangkok property listing database which contains well selected real estate according to multiple criterions.

Bangkok occupies the 22nd place in the world regarding the number of people living in this amazing city. Its population doesn’t consist solely of local persons. The reasons are that a thriving, prosperous and modern city always attracts new people. Because Bangkok is constantly growing, the prices are affordable to foreigners as well. According to Thai law, foreigners can purchase housing units in more than one area of the city. So, even if you are a foreigner, Forbest Properties can still be of help through its Bangkok property listing. They can assist you in choosing valuable real estate and invest your money in more than one housing unit.

Using the Bangkok property listing and the well documented comparison which Forbest Properties provides, you can easily find out the best offers regarding the accommodation which is more appropriate for you. You can choose between apartments and condominiums. Apartments are preferred because they offer advantages to both single persons and families. Better maintenance, security and a wide variety of facilities make apartments suitable for all types of lifestyles. The level of the services is the same for condominiums, but there is a slight difference: the condominiums imply individual ownership and you will have to settle all the deals with the proprietors directly. This is the main fact which influences the properties‘ prices. Other aspects which influence the buying or renting of a Bangkok real estate are: the surface of the home, whether it is furnished or unfurnished, the facilities and the condition of the property. The décor and the style of the accommodation can vary depending on the location in the city and it is often a decisive factor when renting.

Details can easily be missed when hunting for a home in Bangkok. The multitude of offers is sometimes overwhelming, but the sincere advice of professionals, like the ones at Forbest Properties, can guide you, the buyer in a search through the Bangkok property listing. Taking into consideration that newspaper ads can be vague, incomplete and sometimes untrue and being reminded of the priorities one should have when looking for a home, Bangkok real estate for sale can prove to be much easier to handle by a regular inexperienced client. A consultant will guide and direct the person interested in real estate by helping him consider the proximity to office, schools and services, the accessibility to the local means of transport, the traffic in the area, the distance between the Bangkok real estate for sale and the place of work and, in case of rental, the improvements of the property, the contract terms, the tenant rights and of course the prices.

Of course, one can find a good Bangkok real estate for sale or for rent by himself as well. In Bangkok, advertising notes placed on buildings or in their vicinity isn’t very unusual. They can be very helpful, just like asking friends or coworkers which live in condominiums to help you find out about available accommodations. Another way of searching for an accommodation in Bangkok would be to enter a building and to ask politely around. Either way, it’s impossible not to find something for sale or for rent. However, these methods are risky, time consuming and offer no guaranteed results.

If you prefer to spare yourself the effort of searching for the needle in the haystack and if Bangkok is totally unfamiliar to you, you should turn to the very rich Bangkok property listing that Forbest Properties provides its clients with. Their aim is to help you touch your property goals. They will find that particular style or design or that particular type of housing you are searching for.

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Real Estate Agents, like anyone else in the sales profession, have their fair share of job related ‚pet hates‘. Due to the nature of the work where one is dealing with clients who, in most cases, are selling or purchasing the biggest investment of their lives, a lot of emotions are involved. These emotions are often portrayed as indecision, insecurity and ego. Of course an Agent would like their work to be as simple as listing and selling properties and while this is exactly what goes on most of the time, more than most professions, a large portion of an Agent’s best efforts are often wasted. Most Agents work on a commission basis only and can not really afford to waste resources in an effort to please awkward and unreasonable clients, but nevertheless they often do. As someone who has worked in the field for over a decade and from my own perspective I will try to cover some situations that I endured and that Agents continue to endure as a part of their daily work. I would say that the following would rate among some of the most annoying issues that Agents have to face on a daily basis.

Users – These are the home owners in an Agent’s canvassing area that the Agent has spent years building a professional relationship with and given a courtesy call at least once a month for years, who then list and sell their property through another Agency. The Agent may have been called upon to do property assessments (estimating a property’s value by means of market related statistics) for the home owner’s portfolio of properties. The Agent may have been called upon often to offer info and advice on property taxes or property law but then the seller goes and lists and sells through a rookie Agent, new to the area and who has done no more than drop a leaflet in the seller’s post box!

Time Wasters – I recall arriving home late one Sunday afternoon after a camping trip. I had just pulled into the driveway when my mobile phone rang. It was a chap in my neighbourhood who said that he wanted to sell his house urgently, it could not wait, I had to go see him immediately! I quickly unpacked the car, changed and went to see the seller. On arriving there, I saw that he was having a braai (barbeque) and a few beers with some friends. I had printed a valuation report which I presented to him and after a short discussion he signed a Mandate for me to proceed with the sale of his property, despite his girlfriend’s objections. The next morning he called to say that he wanted to change his mind about selling as he did not feel ready yet!

About five weeks later he called once more and with a beer in his left hand he signed a new mandate with me. I placed his property on the market, sat a show house and was able to get him an offer at a value that he originally said that he would agree to. He turned the offer down and said that he would like to take his property off the market until he could get even more for it. Once more I obliged.

When he called me around three months later to sell his house again, I referred him to an Agent in the area who I did not like. I realised that this seller only wanted to sell his house whenever he was drunk!

Staying on the same subject, I would say that buyers who are too relaxed can be very unreasonable. I would say that Agents are let down frequently by prospective buyers who do not make it to appointments to view properties. Often I would call a few sellers to set up the required times for when I could bring my prospective buyer through to view. I would then arrange to meet the buyer at a neutral spot such as at the local service station. After waiting in the hot sun for 15 or 20 minutes I would call the buyer to see where they were and often they had just left the office on the other side of town, in peak hour traffic or had totally ‚forgotten‘ that they had another appointment. A timeous courtesy call to an Agent would make a big difference, but often a relaxed buyer simply does not get around to it. Many a Friday afternoon I would call to see where the buyer was only to be told they had forgotten the appointment while the background noise clearly indicated that they were in a pub.

Other buyers can simply not make up their minds on what they are looking for. An Agent will drive some buyers around to see all twenty of the listings on their books that seem to be within the category of what the buyer is looking for. The buyer will either dislike everything he sees or, even worse, love everything he sees but still not commit to making an offer. Often, after the Agent has spent around four full days driving the prospective buyer around, the buyer will go and buy a property through another Agency that is totally different to what he said he was looking for.

Cheapskates – Buyers who really like a property often want it for next to nothing even though there is value in the property. Despite any advice to make a decent offer, they will make a ridiculous one which is hardly worth putting down in writing but that the Agent is obliged to present to the seller. When the predictable happens and the offer is rejected, then they will counter offer by such a small amount that it would hardly make a difference. When the counter offer is rejected, the average cheapskate (who can afford more) will often ask the Agent to call them if they get another offer and to tell them how much the other offer was for. A decent Agent should not disclose any figures but can say that they received a higher offer. This is usually not good enough for a cheapskate who only wants to offer ten cents more at most and so these buyers are usually not worth pursuing.

Complainers and Bulldozers – I group complainers and Bulldozers together as they are often one and the same. This group usually feels that everyone must jump because they are parting with their cash. They often request to see the property again and then complain about things that they were okay with at the time of signing the Offer to Purchase. All of a sudden they are no longer happy with the colour of the paint in the rooms that they want to use for their children and the rooms must be repainted before they move in because the kids cannot possibly breathe in paint fumes. The re-painting is something that the seller needs to do as they have already offered so much for the property that they could have bought the ten bedroom mansion two blocks down for the same price. Any opposition to such a request is usually met with a threat to cancel the whole deal.

I once had a buyer who wanted investment property, he looked over a small house that I had listed before completing an Offer to Purchase. He said that he would like the back wall by the kitchen repainted. I noted this under ’special conditions‘ on the Offer to Purchase document and thought that this would be covered once accepted by the seller. The seller repainted the back wall and then the buyer asked to see the vacant property once more. On seeing the property for the second time he said that he wanted the whole outside of the house repainted otherwise he would, surprise, surprise… cancel the whole deal. The seller refused to budge and instead of the deal being cancelled the buyer got his Attorney involved and threatened to sue everyone. After two weeks of haggling, the issue was finally resolved when the sellers reluctantly agreed to paint the whole outside of the property.

Nibblers – This is a group that I personally find most stressful. These are buyers that move in and then start to want additional repairs done to add value to their purchase. They go through the property like Sherlock Holmes with his magnifying glass and make four pages of bullet points about everything that is wrong with the house. Everything from the flaking paint on the back window ledge to the chip on the corner of the guest bathroom window pane is noted. They whine and complain about the seller needing to repair everything and if they are paying occupational rent before transfer then they also usually threaten to cancel the whole deal or to stop paying occupational rent.

Lazy Sellers – Some sellers agree to carry out repairs as part of the Sales Agreement. They never do despite numerous reminders. The buyer understandably becomes agitated and the Agent gets caught up in the middle of the whole mess. It often takes prolonged intervention from the Transfer Attorney to resolve the issue.

There you have it, so next time you query your Agent’s commission, bear in mind what they often have to endure. It is hard enough for Agents to get Mandates in the first place and then a lot of sales fall through and Mandates are lost due to issues such as a buyer not being able to secure a home loan.

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7 Cheap and Easy Ways to Generate Mortgage Leads

Need a few more loans but don’t have the cash to do some serious marketing? Have no fear. In this issue I am going to reveal 7 fantastic ways to generate leads almost for free. These methods are super cheap (most are free) and work like gangbusters.

How do I know? Because I shared them with my coaching clients and they had excellent results.

These 7 methods are just a few of the over 30 cheap marketing methods I share in one lesson of my 24 lesson Jump Start Your Mortgage Career E-Class. This new class is for any loan officer who is new and struggling or any verteran that just needs a little help with their marketing. It took me over 2 years to create the content for this 12 week, 24 lesson class, and I can honestly say there is nothing available out there that compares to this class.

If you could use more loans, then do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself. http://www.mortgagebrokertraining.com/jumpstart.html

Here we go…

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip # 1. Join an Association

People join associations for one of three reasons:

Social – they want to build or maintain friendships and influences that may have taken years to build;

Promotional – they want to offer their own products or services to others in in a cost effective and positive way;

Educational – they want to see what their competition is up to, and find out about the latest developments within their industry

Grow your network and your database by joining groups of already established people. By socializing with people who have something in common with, it makes it easier to generate business. People like to do business with people they like and trust. Most people like others who have the same interests as they do.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip #2: Use Book Stores

One of the questions I keep asking all my coaching clients is „How can you tell if someone is getting ready to need a mortgage? What do they do? How do they act?“

This is the million dollar question. If you can answer this question, you can easily be rich in the mortgage business. By being able to identify that they want a mortgage before they start looking for one, you can get a jump on all the other loan companies. This is one area of our business that still annoys me. Most other businesses, have a way to identify when someone will need their service and can market to them accordingly. Like when someone buys a new home, they most likely will be buying furniture, blinds, home accessories, etc. So if we were selling any of these items, all we need is a list of new homeowners to market to. And that list is easily available. But how the heck do we figure out who is „thinking“ of getting a mortgage?

The answer one of my coaching clients came up with was that they might go to the bookstore or library to read books on home buying, or mortgages, or real estate in general. And that’s true. Every bookstore has a real estate section. And most of the books are for consumers who are buying and selling real estate.

So my next question is, „Now that we have identified what they do, how do we get our message in front of them?“

And my client came up with this simple method: Go to the bookstores and libraries and insert a business card into each book.

After doing it for a couple months, he came up with some simple observations:

First, he learned that the best place to put the card was somewhere in the front. Try for the first chapter because not everyone reads the whole book.

Second, pick the books with the best covers and graphics inside- they sell the best.

Third, not all books sell and some are sent back to the publishers.

Fourth, having a USP on the card helps boost response.

Fifth, it takes about 10 minutes per bookstore.

Sixth, he averages 3-4 calls a month, and one loan per month.

Seventh, he now has his assistant do it. And she goes once a week.

Eight, the people who call are in search of more information, so offering them unbiased advice and more resources really turns them on.

If you have the time, and are brave enough to be seen doing it, try it and see what results you get. I wanted to test it in my market. So I went to three bookstores and put in about 120 cards. I got 2 calls, and one of them is a very serious prospect. If I do it more often, I have no doubt that it would work for me as well.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tp #3: Orphan Files

When a loan officer leaves a company the clients he/she brought to the company are called orphans. These clients now belong to the company. Ask your manager to see if you can contact any orphan files in your office to see if they need any mortgage or real estate help. Be nice enough, and they will allow you to add them to your database.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip #4: Tradeshows

Another coaching client of mine goes to tradeshows. But not the ones related to our business. He goes to unrelated trade shows: electronic shows, design shows, car shows, and his favorite: women’s trade shows.

Most of the time, he is the only mortgage company there. And he is averaging 2-3 loan applications per show. The trick is to tie in your business with the show. If it is a car show, you can advertise that you can help anyone buy any car in the place.

If you can pre-approve someone at a car show for a cash out refinance, they can go and buy that hot car they have been salivating on for the last 2 hours. Instant gratification.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip #5: Join A Local Real Estate Investment Group.

Every major city has one. And they are full of people buying and selling houses. They need money to buy houses, and they need money to help others buy their houses.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip #6: Realtor Open Houses

Stop by at realtor open houses on the weekends. Offer to leave some financing materials.

When you get to know a realtor, you can offer to do open houses for her where you sit in the house instead of her. It is not a fun way to spend an afternoon, but you might get some good leads out of it.

If you decide to go this route, make sure the house is in a well trafficked area and easy to get to. And make sure the agent does some advertising and lends you signs and balloons. You do not want to sit in a house, where no one shows up because it is hard to find or no one knew about the open house.

Another tip is to meet the neighbors of the home you are holding open. See if they know anyone wanting to move or buy. Chances are someone will know of a family wanting to move into the neighborhood.

Cheap Mortgage Lead Generation Tip #7: Realtor MLS

Want a source of thousands of people who will be getting a mortgage within the next couple months?

It’s sellers. And the Multiple Listing Service used by Realtors is full of them. Do a search of homes for sale, get the owners‘ name from the tax records and you have yourself a good prospect list.

Mail them something about you or an offer for free information. Call them if you can get their phone number and they are not on the Do Not Call list, or just drop by their house if you have the guts.

This is exactly what one of my coaching clients does. He calls Realtors who have listings and asks them if he can market his services to the home sellers. Many Realtors say yes. When they do, he contacts the sellers, and tells them that their realtor said it was OK to call on them.

He tells me the majority of home sellers he talks to are willing to talk to him and he gets several loans a month using this trick.

If you liked the above lead generation tips and would like more, check out my Jump Start Your Mortgage Career E-Class today. As I said these are just a few of the dozens of cheap lead generation techniques I share in one lesson of the course. The other lessons cover every aspect of mortgage marketing that you need to succeed in this business.

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Is Buying a House a Good Investment?

Intended Audience

Individuals looking to purchase a home for personal use or as an investment. As well, looking into conventional wisdom’s statement that buying a house is one of the best investments someone can make.

Summary Points to Take Away

  • Why a House is good investment: (1) Forced Savings Plan (2) Leverage (3) Inflation Resistant (4) Tax Free Capital Gain (5) Control over Asset.
  • Points against a House as an investment: (1) Lack of Diversification (2) Maintenance Costs (3) Historically lower returns than equities (4) Unavailable to take advantage of other opportunities (5) Limited Scope.
  • Additional points to consider if planning on purchasing property for personal use: (1) Doesn’t provide any cash flow (2) No tax shelter from interest expense (3) Can get personal joy out of investment.

Analysis

Conventional wisdom states that buying a house is one of the smartest and best investments an individual can make. This article is geared towards challenging this conclusion to see whether this statement rears any truth to it.

Why a House is a Good Investment?

Forced Savings Plan

Most individuals claim that the purchase of their personal home was the best investment they’ve ever made, which is true in most cases because it is the only investment they’ve ever made. The general public struggles with saving for retirement; thus, purchasing a house assists in that problem as it forces individuals to continuously pay down the mortgage (or lose the house in a foreclosure to the bank); therefore, allows the storing of equity for the owners. This built up equity (i.e. market value of home minus remaining mortgage) can be borrowed against during their retirement years or they can downgrad into a less expensive house in order to provide some retirement funds to the owner. If individuals take a disciplined approach to saving, then the benefit of being forced to save in order to pay for a house diminishes

Leverage

Typical real estate purchase require only a 5% deposit, while the remaining amount can be borrowed through bank debt. Few alternative investments outside of real estate can the acquirer obtain such significant leverage, which can enhance investment returns.

Example, suppose that you purchased a home for $200k, for which you made a 5% deposit down ($10k). During the next few years the house appreciates in value and you sell it for $220k (10% higher than the level you purchased it). Though the return on the house is only 10%, the return to the investor based on invested funds sunk into the home ($10k) is 200% ($20k earned over $10k investment) –  that is the power of leverage. On the negative side, more debt means higher fixed monthly mortgage payments; thus, higher risk of being able to make the monthly mortgage payments. As long as cash flow is not a concern and the mortgage payments can be met – investments should be leveraged to maximize returns to the investor. Could you imagine walking into a bank and asking for $100k to invest in equities while only putting 5% down – likely to never happen, this is a major benefit of real estate ownership.

Inflation Resistant

Real estate holds its value during inflationary periods; thus, acts as a hedge against the investors other assets that aren’t protective against inflation (ex. Currency). The asset will continue to hold its buying power (store of value), which is difficult to get outside of investing in precious metals. The reason real estate holds its value is there is the same number of houses that the increased monetary supply of dollars are chasing; thus, it’ll take more dollars to purchase the houses as the supply of houses stays stagnate while the demand rises (due to the increase in the number of dollars in everyone’s hands). This can become critical given the current economic times and numerous expansions of monetary supply across many nations, which will have the aftermath affect of higher inflation.

Capital Gain is Tax Free

In Canada, every home owner is provided with a capital gain exemption on amounts earned in excess of cost for their principal residence. Only one piece of real estate can be claimed as the principal residence per individual. For example, if you owned a home and a cottage, only one of those houses upon selling could take advantage of the principal residence exemption. No other asset class has such advantageous tax reduction characteristics. Unfortunately this is a onetime event; thus, those holding numerous pieces of real estate can only apply it to one property.

Allows for Control over the Asset

Real estate is typically an investment an individual has control over (assuming you’re the majority owner – which is typically the case) by the means of the owner has the ability to increase the value of the asset, which may not be the case in most other investment opportunities. When purchasing real estate, owners can make capital improvements to the home (ex. Finished basement, new porch, etc.), which will increase the value of the property (capital appreciation) as compared to purchasing stocks or mutual funds as assets where the owner can’t take action to increase the value of those assets (unless they’re a significant owner, greater than 20% – which is typically unlikely). The ability to control an asset adds value to the owner through what is known as a control premium, as a real estate asset may be more valuable in the hands of some individuals over others.

Why a House is a Bad Investment

Lack of Diversification

Average individual thinks the stock market is very risky while investing in real estate is more of a certainty. Purchasing equities allows the owner to conveniently hedge their risk amongst various companies in numerous industries, countries, etc. The purchase of real estate doesn’t provide the ability to diversify risk away as easily unless an investor plans on owning numerous pieces of different types of properties (ex. residential, commercial, resorts, etc) across various markets (North America, Europe, etc) – which is probably very unlikely for the average investor. Purchasing real estate prevents the diversification of risk because it’s dependent on the economic, migration, and regulation trends of the local area.

For example, assume you purchased a home in Oshawa, Ontario – which is a town extremely reliant on the large manufacturing facility of General Motors (GM). Should GM cut back on production or move their facility housing prices would fall sharply as it is the biggest employer in the area; thus, demand from individuals will decline as unemployment rises and real incomes fall. With a decline in demand and supply staying stagnate (as you typically can’t “un-build” a house once it’s constructed) the price will have to shift towards in order to align demand with supply.

Real estate doesn’t allow the investor to diversify away the specific risks in the local area as compared to purchasing equities, which allows the investor to spread risk amongst investments that perform differently during different points along the business cycle. Most individuals when purchasing real estate have all their eggs in one basket.

Maintenance Costs

Transaction and maintenance costs are significantly higher for real estate investments than stocks, mutual funds, etc. When purchasing stocks costs are typically broker commissions ($20 per transaction if using an online discount broker), while when purchasing a home it is typically 2% commission on the transaction value, significantly higher than purchasing equities.

Once you purchase shares, no further cash is required from the investor unlike real estate, which requires constant annual expenditures that continue to increase the investors cash committed towards the property, such as property taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance and repairs of the asset, etc. These are costs that real estate investors or home purchasers don’t factor into their expected return, but play a significant role as the payment of property taxes (etc.) doesn’t contribute to the value of the property for eventual sale in the hopes of capital appreciation.

Historical Lower Returns Compared to Equities

During any 20 year period throughout history, no other asset class has outperformed equities, which includes real estate. This is from the perspective of asset vs. asset without consideration of leverage and how that may enhance returns (as discussed earlier). While it is true that over the long run real estate prices go up in value, this is typically due to inflation incurred. Recent spikes in housing prices seen in the past 10 to 15 years has been due to changing demographics, specifically the baby boomer generation (who makes up largest segment of the population in North America) go through life stages at the same time (same goes for starting a family and purchasing a home and real estate investment property). The result was a large influx in demand without a corresponding increase in supply as construction requires lead time; thus, leading to rising real estate prices.

Will this high demand continue? That’s where the argument lies. Likely there will be softness felt in overall real estate demand as baby boomers already have their homes and they’re likely to either stay put, move to retirement homes or downgrade into a smaller place in order to obtain some retirement income. Immigration will continue into North America that will prop up demand, but likely not the extent to fulfill the whole in demand left by the baby boomer generation; therefore, the future appreciation in real estate properties is likely to flatten out.

Can’t Take Advantage of Available Opportunities

The purchase of a home or real estate property requires the individual to tie up a significant portion of their net worth into the property (in a lot of cases, all of it). Having all your net worth in real estate is a risky strategy as you’ll be severely impacted by movements in real estate prices as compared to having your cash tied up into several asset classes; thus, less vulnerable to swings in any one asset class. Similar to the discussion had under the “diversification” section of this article.

With the majority of an investors net worth tied up in a real estate property, there isn’t available cash to take advantage of other opportunities that come along; thus, significant opportunity costs are involved in venturing into real estate. This should be considered before purchasing an expensive personal home or making a real estate investment.

Limited Scope

Real estate is a local good, unlike gold for example – which can be bought and sold throughout the year for the same market price. An individual looking to buy a personal home or make a real estate investment doesn’t have access to all available properties as there are physical limitations to contend with. It comes down to wanting to live where you grew up or currently work or not wanting to buy a rental property far from your home in order to reduce logistical issues. For example, if you live in Toronto, Ontario and are looking to make an investment in a rental property, you’re unlikely to consider properties in Paris, France though the opportunities may be better than those surrounding Toronto due to language and logistic issues. Equities (and etc.) are globally traded and available; thus, users can take advantage of opportunities around the world; thus, their scope is not limited to the local area of their current surroundings like real estate is.

Additional Points to consider if you’re purchasing a Home for Personal Use.

Doesn’t Provide Any Cash Flow

An asset typically provides you with cash flow, i.e. puts cash in your pocket. When purchasing a home, cash only flows out (property taxes, repairs, etc.); some would argue that if it appreciates in value then it is an asset. In this instance it is only an asset when converted into cash and if that is the case, where will you live? Likely end up buying a new house, which has also gone up in value similar to your house.  This makes it difficult to realize the value of your personal home appreciation, which acts more like a liability than an asset since it takes cash out of your pocket instead of putting some in there.

Tax Deductibility of Interest

Interest expense paid due to bank loans taken to finance investment properties is deductable against income because the investor is pursuing income and tax legislation allows deduction of any expenses incurred in the pursuit of income. This is not the case for a mortgage taken out to purchase a house for personal use as the individual is not in the pursuit of income; thus, interest expense is paid with after tax dollars, with no tax shelter provided. If those funds had been borrowed to invest in equities or mutual funds, the interest would be deductable because again that would count towards the theme of pursuing income.

Can Get Personal Joy Out of It

Unlike equities and other alternative investments, the investor can’t personally use or get joy out of it as compared to purchasing a home, which the individual can live in and enjoy during the investment process. An investor who purchases shares in General Motors (GM) can’t exactly borrow and test drive cars whenever they please simply because they’re a part owner. This is a qualitative benefit that is difficult to quantify, but should be considered.

Where to go from here?

The main reason to purchase a house is to have somewhere to live and enjoy their life, don’t think of it as an investment. Buying a home isn’t a bad decision; it is the investor’s perception that may be tainted because it is important to realize that there are many arguments against a home as an investment to be considered. Don’t buy real estate property with the mindset that an individual can’t lose and that there is no better investment opportunity than to purchase a home, etc. Beware of conventional wisdom that states there is no better investment than purchasing a house.

THANKS,

SIMON GIANNAKIS

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What Does REO Mean When Buying Real Estate For Sale?

As a property investor, I am often asked what does REO mean when buying real estate for sale? An acronym for ‚real estate owned‘, REO refers to foreclosure property repossessed by mortgage lenders. When foreclosure real estate does not sell through public auction it returned to the lender, who in turn lists the property for sale through an assigned realtor.

A second question buyers ask is what does REO mean in terms of buying houses at discounted prices? Most bank owned homes are sold slightly below market value. Since properties are sold in „as-is“ condition, banks consider home repair costs and adjust prices accordingly.

Although REO homes are typically more expensive than houses sold through public auctions, overall they are actually cheaper. Most foreclosure properties require multiple repairs because foreclosed homeowners are financially incapable of properly maintaining the home.

Many properties sold through auctions have liens and judgments attached. In some cases, foreclosed homeowners continue residing in the home until evicted through the court system. All of these issues are resolved once the bank takes possession of the home. Buyers are able to purchase REO homes with a clean title and quickly take possession.

Real estate owned properties are sold through each bank’s loss mitigation division or designated realtor. Since banks have incurred foreclosure legal costs and fees associated with lien, judgment or tenant removal, there is little room for negotiating the asking price.

Bank owned homes can be a great option for first time home buyers, real estate investors, or individuals looking for an affordable vacation home. REO houses are perfect for use as rental houses or lease-to-own properties. Since bank owned foreclosures are priced below market value, investors can reap profits by rehabbing and flipping the house or offering seller carry back financing.

Buying bank REO properties can save investors and home buyers time and money. There is no need to spend time attempting to remove creditor and tax liens or commence with eviction action when tenants refuse to vacate foreclosure properties.

Time-consuming details are taken care of by the bank; allowing buyers to purchase the property at a discounted rate and quickly take possession of the property. Closing on a foreclosure home can take several months, while REO purchases can be expedited in a matter of weeks.

Many resources are available for locating real estate owned properties. Countrywide, Remax, Prudential and Bank of America publish bank owned foreclosure homes for sale directly on their company websites.

Many mortgage lender and realtor websites include additional resources to help borrowers further reduce the cost of buying houses through first time house buyer programs and government grants.

These are just a few options available for buying REO homes at reduced prices. The Internet offers an abundance of information to help home buyers and investors locate distressed properties. Local realtors often offer foreclosure seminars to help buyers understand the process of buying foreclosure homes through auction or bank loss mitigators.

Take time to conduct research, attend seminars or talk with real estate professionals to learn the ins and outs of buying REO real estate. Doing so can help you obtain exceptional real estate at significantly reduced prices.

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Will a Real Estate Agent Sell My House For Top Dollar?

Some of the benefits of selling your property to a real estate agent are that they can tell you how much your property is worth (retail value) and sell it close to that price. Unfortunately for most sellers, their houses are typically worth a lot less today than they would like. Neither an investor nor a real estate agent will be able to be help much with this aspect of home selling because a seller’s house is worth what the market is willing to pay. To find out what the market is willing to pay for your house a real estate agent uses comparable sales. „Comparable sales“ is a real estate term for nearby, similar houses that have sold recently. Anyone can now check the value of their house based on comparable sales with websites such as CyberHomes.com and Eppraisal.com. You can find the value of your property through an agent but now through the internet, you can also figure out the value yourself.

Can a real estate agent sell your house close to your house’s actual value or greater? In my local area most houses are selling for about 90% of their value. Subtract the 6% real estate fee and most home sellers are getting 84% of the value for their house. On RealEstate.AOL.com you can check the average house value and average house sale prices for your local market – right now you will find a discrepancy with the sale price being a lot lower than the value.

However, the higher the price your house sells for, the more money your agent will make, so therefore an agent has more motivation to sell your house quickly, right? Consider this, the average home sale price (in my local market) is about $180,000. Your agent will make 6% of the sell price or $10,800. This commission is shared between the listing agent and the selling agent. So now, your agent will get $5,400 for your house. However, the real estate agent needs an agency since it is illegal for a real estate agent to represent buyers or sellers in a real estate transaction without first signing with a broker’s agency. Each agency requires different commission splits from a 50/50 split with a novice agent to an 80/20 split with an experienced agent. So now the agent has $2,700. The agent is taxed on their income rate plus 15.3% in „self-employment income.“ That may be 30% + 15.3% taxes on the $2,700. $2,700 – 45.3% is about $1,500 leftover. So for your $180,000 house a real estate agent will make probably a little more than $1,500. Let’s say that he or she works very hard to market your property and gets you an extra $5,000. The agent will only earn $41 ($5,000 x.06 – 50% (list agent and buyers agent) – 50%+ (agency) – 45.3% (taxes)). How likely is it than an agent will do the work required to bring you $5,000 and then get paid $41 for their efforts? The chance of this happening is nil.

However, if a real estate agent lists your house lower, it will sell quicker. If your house sells quicker the agent can sell more properties and earn money faster then they can by negotiating a high sale price on fewer properties.

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Real Estate Sales – Sale Listings of Cheap Real Estate

Real Estate world has always known for its return of successful investments. While many people have made substantial amounts of money in every aspect of real estate, commercial real estate is where the money is today. In the current real estate market, the people who are making the big money in real estate own commercial buildings. What does commercial real estate have to offer an investor?

Real Estate Sale Listings – Residential or Commercial

We can start by considerig the fact about the big difference between commercial buildings and homes. When you lease out a commercial building you can expect to get several thousand dollars per month in rent. When you lease out a home, you might get one or two thousand dollars at the most. This means that you will get a vastly higher amount of cash flow from a commercial property.Another advantage of commercial property is that the firm or company always maintain the property well, as they lease for long period of time.

Now chek if you want to sell your home. A couple of basic facts from this: First, make sure to factor in all costs of a transaction. Second, understand the difference between the aggregate home value and the equity you have invested in the home, which is what impacts your true economic return. Third, appreciate the impact sales-related costs can have on your return. While a $6,000 commission difference seems relatively insignificant in the context of a $650,000 home sale, it is very significant in relation to the equity investment in your home, which is the basis of determining your return on your home investment.

Find Cheap Real Estate for Sale Here – Residential or Commercial

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Real Estate Expired And For Sale By Owner Letters

One of the most difficult things for real estate agents to do would be to put a pen to paper and create a letter that they can mail to homeowners that have an expired listing, or perhaps are selling on their own. Expired listings and for sale by owner (FSBO) is an essential part of becoming a successful real estate agent. So exactly what do you say within your letter which will spark the interest with the homeowner. Would it be the old worn-out line saying you have buyers for their house.

With that being said, would there be some additional interesting information for them? If not your letter goes into that famous circular file. All of your hard work, crumpled up and gone. Not only that, it is a well-known fact that one letter on its own will not produce any results. Homeowners are certainly not running for their phone to call you pleading, that you should come over and list their property.

Here Are Some Topic Ideas Of What Can Be Sent

  • So your house didn’t sell, but here’s how I can help you
  • I specialize in getting homes that have failed to sell
  • You shouldn’t Give Up
  • Pinpoint the reasons your house didn’t sell
  • I can put MORE money in your pocket than you could Selling on your own
  • Have many real estate agents been calling you?

It generally requires a number of letters in sequential order so you can get yourself recognized. Which means that now it’s more than one letter that you have to compose, it becomes a number of letters. This also means a number of good ideas that have to come together becoming a well thought out marketing campaign. Writing one letter is without a doubt hard enough, writing a series of letters is a struggle.

Try sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and begin a letter. Do you find yourself just staring at that blank sheet searching your mind for an idea? Just one good idea! Not so easy is it? Just how much time and effort are you going to have to put into getting all those letters written? Another task is proof reading all those letters. Possibly the worst thing you can do is send out a letter that is full of spelling and grammar errors. This is best done by another person or perhaps by a computer program. Do you have the time for all of this.

As soon as you start the composing process you will quickly conclude that the amount of time spent can cost you more money than actually buying letters. Well there’s some good news, you can buy letters by a professional and ready to go. There is a big advantage to purchasing real estate letters, they can cost a dollar or less per letter. A tremendous bargain if I may say so.

When you finish your letters you will have to do the mailing. It is best that you send them out systematically so that your name is frequently viewed by the homeowner. You will have to keep track of what letters you mailed out to who. You don’t want to send the same letter to someone twice. There are contact management programs available that can do that for you. All you have to do is to search contact management programs using the web to find them. I would recommend a follow-up phone call to the owners or perhaps a face-to-face visit to further form a relationship. What you want is to create the opportunity for a consideration to list their property. Good luck!

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