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Seven Signs You Should Turn Your Real Estate Investing Passion Into A Full-Time Job

4. If Your Have High Risk Tolerance – Risk tolerance is a key factor, as it takes a leap of faith to leave a “day job” with a guaranteed paycheck and enter the entrepreneurial field of full-time real estate investing. The investor will want to have significant capital reserves to go into the business full time, in order to weather the ups and downs in the market.

12 Client Relationship Tips That Will Help Your Real Estate Business Flourish

7. Pick Up The Phone – Call your clients rather than texting, and always answer the phone when clients call if possible. Working with thousands of investors, I notice many trying to “automate away” too much of their client engagement. Use good tools to ensure that follow-up occurs, but keep it personal. Clients don’t want to work with a real estate robot.

Seven Considerations New Homebuyers Should Take Care To Remember

Tip #4 – First-time homebuyers often have the idea of buying a “fixer upper” house and putting some “sweat equity” into it, perhaps with the hope of getting a bigger house in a better neighborhood. What they often discover is that a property that needs a lot of repairs will not pass the inspection required for their mortgage. That’s why most distressed properties are purchased by cash buyers (investors).

10 Ways To Evaluate A Local Real Estate Market Before Buying Or Selling

Tip #6 – Zillow isn’t perfectly accurate, but check the “Zestimate” for your home on Zillow. You can get a feel for whether the market is heating up or cooling down based upon the periodic updates to the Zestimate for a home. A website will never know enough to tell you the exact value of your home, but it can reveal whether home values are trending up or down. – Jeremy Brandt, We Buy Houses®

13 Ways Buyers Can Step Up Their Game When Buying A House

5. Evaluate Your Needs Vs. Wants – Homebuyers should separate their needs from wants. You might need bedrooms for each person, but want a game room. There is no “perfect” house, so understanding what you really need and communicating that clearly to your agent is very important. Agents will do a better job for you — and the process will move much more quickly — when they understand the things that you really need in a new home.

Nine Things To Keep In Mind About Blockchain In Real Estate

9. Blockchain Is Not Cryptocurrency – Our company is researching blockchain technology for use in real estate. The thing professionals need to understand is the difference between the blockchain and cryptocurrency. The blockchain is a public ledger. It will give us the opportunity to improve the home title process and perhaps even eliminate title insurance. Cryptocurrencies are based on blockchain and highly speculative.

The Real Estate Surprises Every Home Seller Should Be Aware Of

3. That Sentimental Feeling – Sellers who have lived in the home for many years develop a sentimental attachment. As a result, they often underestimate the need for, and cost of, repairs. This can lead them to have a price expectation that is far higher than the actual value of the home. Sellers often have to learn that it is the market that determines the best price for the property — not opinion or sentimental feelings.

Eight Real Estate Pros Share Practices They Want The Industry To Leave Behind

2. ‘Instant Offers’ – Various real estate companies have started offering “instant offers” on houses. Unfortunately, these “offers” aren’t based on an inspection of the home, knowledge of property condition, etc., so they aren’t really offers at all. The majority of the time, the offer is later completely changed once someone inspects the house. This is deceptive and frustrating to home sellers.

Seven Signs A “Fixer Upper” Is Not As Good As It Seems

Nine Mistakes To Avoid When Leasing Your First Commercial Space

13 Essential Sales Tips For Real Estate Agents

Before You Try To Flip A House, Make Sure You Know These Nine TV-Inspired Myths

How To Ensure Your First Investment Property Isn’t A Bust

10 Things All Landlords Should Remember To Ensure Good Tenant Relations

12 Home Renovations That Don’t Always Increase Your Property’s Value

When the Thrill Is Gone: 4 Ways to Bring Passion Back to Your Business

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