Cheaper home insurance plans offer security to the home and its valuables at affordable price. A home is the most valuable property and its contents are of great personal value.Studies show that in the UK, there are frequent thefts in three out of four houses. However, a quarter of the total houses are not insured. There are other unfortunate events such as floods, storm, fire, riots that can lead to damage of property, and eventually financial loss. Read more
This weeks home finance tip deals with saving. For more than 25% of Americans, a savings account is non-existent in their lives. Although saving for a rainy day isn’t something we like to do, it is one of the most essential financial activities to safeguard our future.Financial advisors differ on how much money we need in our emergency funds but they seem to agree on a 6 to 10 month range. How do you calculate that? First you have to know how much you spend each month. You will always estimate low so get your bank and credit card statements out and add it all up. Take that number and multiply it by 8 months (or somewhere in that 6 to 10 range) and that’s your goal. Read more
Whether you are talking about hotels such as the Tadoba hotels, or airlines, rental cars, restaurants, you are dealing with the hospitality industry. Travel agencies are at the very center of this industry, providing links to each of the facets of the hospitality industry. It is because of their cohesive action that most travelers prefer them as a means to have all their travel needs consolidated in one place by a single group of people. Read more
Buying home insurance in the state of Texas has never been easier. The reason for this is that more people now know about the insights of the homeowner insurance industry. However, there are a few things that you should need to know if you want to purchase homeowners insurance in the state of Texas. Below you will find the three most important things to know before you buy a Texas homeowners insurance policy. Read more
The Beginning Of The Real Estate Rebate: Society as a whole has been significantly impacted by the emergence of the Internet. It has made the world a smaller place and has intern changed the way we communicate and conduct business. It has helped companies target their clients through avenues such as Google & Yahoo, and has subsequently put the products and information that consumers looking for, at their finger tips.
Social Networks such as Myspace and Facebook have made it possible to stay in contact with friends and family around the world via the Internet. As time passes these changes and effects will become more wide spread and alarmingly self evident. One such industry that stands to be dramatically affected is Real Estate.For decades, the real estate industry has been defined by traditional representation in which an agent charges the seller a commission to market and sell their home or represents buyers through the entire home buying process. In the past, the traditional model was the staple of the real estate profession and it faced little to no opposition. This has begun to change. With the dependency that society and has developed on Internet, creative minds have begun to develop new models that cater to every type of consumer. As a result, consumers no longer have to settle for the “One Size Fits All” traditional model, but have a choice in choosing the type of service that fits their real estate needs.New Models: Consumers may now choose between a variety of real estate products and services.
These services are characterized by enabling buyers or sellers to seek specific real estate assistance as opposed to the whole package. In the case of sellers, real estate agents will charge a fee only for the services they provide. For example, a seller may only want to list their home on MLS (Multiple Listing Service Used By Real Estate Professionals around the Country) for the added exposure, and require some assistance drafting a purchase and sale agreement. Listing a home and receiving assistance with a P&S will cost you hundreds of dollars as opposed to paying a 5%-6% commission that would cost thousands of dollars. Buyers who are interested in finding a home on their own or willing to participate in the initial house hunting work, can receive a rebate at closing. This model gives buyers the professional assistance of a realtor and rewards them for their efforts with a portion of the commission at closing. One company that gives buyers a rebate is SharpBuyers. They are a national real estate rebate company based out of Boston Massachusetts. They have agents all throughout the country that will help buyers find a home and give them a rebate at closing. Another emerging model is real estate consultants. These are licensed real estate professionals that exclusively charge flat fee’s for specific services.
The brokerages that offer these innovative real estate services are referred to as Discount Brokers, Rebate Agents, and Real Estate Consultants. It can clearly be seen, that all of these new models engage the buyers and sellers in the home buying or selling process. Subsequently, these models are ideal for the home buyers of tomorrow, generation X and Y. These are tech-savvy home buyers and they are not afraid to delve into the process if it means they will save thousands of dollars. Ten years from now, generation X will collectively be in their early and mid 30’s. Many will use the traditional method to buy their first home, while others will seek out innovative brokers. How will the market share shake out in 2017? Only time will tell. It is anticipated that many traditional brokerages will be forced to adapt to a mixed service model, meaning they will offer both traditional and discount services to buyers, rather than one or the other. This may prove to be a necessary strategy if traditional brokerages would like to remain competitive after 2020. The new real estate business models enable consumers to have the best of both worlds, professional assistance and more money in their pockets.
Real Estate and The Internet Today: In today’s world, the effect that the Internet has had on the real estate profession is extremely apparent. As the popularity of the Internet initially grew, many agents were concerned that consumers would cut them right out of the deal. To date, this has not been the case. The real estate industry has come to embrace the Internet and all of the great marketing tools that it has given birth to. It has also helped real estate professionals have better access to listing information, recent sales history and various statistical data reports. Leonard Nomura of Bentley Real Estate Group says he could not imagine life as a broker without the Internet. The numbers are astounding. According to the National Association of Realtors, 77% of home buyers used the Internet to find their homes in 2005. This has steadily grown from 2% of buyers using the Internet to find their homes in 1995 and is speculated to be over 85% today. According to clickz.com, 50% of all consumers who surf the web, do so with the intent to purchase consumer goods and services. This includes Real Estate, automobiles, clothing, music and anything else imaginable.As a result of the emerging mixed service models, consumers can now choose from a range of real estate services that did not previously exist. It is believed that many real estate professionals see these new models as a threat because of their ability to significantly impact the traditional real estate brokerage’s market share.
According to Real Trends an industry newsletter, alternative Real Estate Models currently make up 2% of the market, but could grow to 12% by 2010. The transformation of the real estate industry has only just begun. Time will tell the true story of how the market will shake out, but the bottom line is this; alternative real estate models are putting money back into consumer’s pockets and you will always put a smile on someone’s face when you show them how to save thousands of dollars.
When you have to secure an optimum UK home finance, make sure to do some research on your own. This is because the Internet can really be enormously advantageous in terms of very educational data once you’re going to need a first class UK home finance.You need to research all of the available mortgage product before making a decision because once your mortgage has been chosen you need to understand that it will stay with you for a long time. Read more
The major reason for the current financial and economic crisis in America is said to be a rash of Bank failures. And Bad Home Loans are said to be the major reason for the Bank failures in the United States.Quite simply, American Banks had been over financing home buyers. Suppose a potential home buyer approached his Banker for a home loan, and his credit rating and financial standing would entitle him to a home loan of, say, USD 100,000.00, his Banker would gleefully advance him say USD150,000.00! Naturally this borrower would not be in a position to repay the stipulated installments because of his lower repayment capacity. Read more
I recently had a long chat with one of the most successful real estate investors I’ve ever met. As I often do, I wanted to get a real understanding of the “Why?” he did real estate and what he wanted to accomplish for himself by reaching financial freedom.You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth that “If you have a big enough ‘Why?’ to do something, the ‘How?’ will reveal itself to you.
This gentleman had some good things to say about the concept and completely opened my mind up to even deeper levels of understanding about the terms “success” and “freedom”.Listen, if you’re serious about making real estate investing an ultra-successful career for you, you have to go even further than just having investing in real estate be what you do for a living.It has to become a lifestyle. He threw my questions right back at me and we had some great give-and-take and it was like you could really feel that chemistry that comes into play when entrepreneurs are talking about their passion of investing in real estate.
For him, it came down to asking this question, which fans of Tony Robbins should recognize its like:”If I had unlimited time, unlimited money, unlimited resources and encouragement, unlimited tools and teaching, unlimited support from friends and family, and unlimited belief in myself…what would I do? Who would I be?”
Most of us would do the things that are passionate about, right?He was able early on to answer that he wanted to be a real estate investor who helped people solve problems and made money by investing in real estate. What he shared with me, however, is that he didn’t self-identify as a “real estate investor” until many, many years later.Until that moment, years later, when he claimed and began now to internalize the belief that “I am a real estate investor”, he was a hobbyist, a dabbler, a dreamer.He had this experience of self-actualization at a real estate seminar where one of the participants asked the speaker “How do I really know that I’m a real estate investor?”
The speaker responded that “You know you’re a true investor when you can’t NOT invest!”He then went on to tell me that during the same seminar someone, obviously someone without a very strong “Why?” or motivation yet to become successful, asked the speaker “How can I find time in my busy schedule to do this business?”
The looked at this questioner with the same patience and understanding that showed that this was the hundredth time the speaker had fielded this question, and said in effect “If you’re a real estate investor, you do not find time to invest and do this business…if you’re serious about this business you make time to do it.”
After my incredibly successful investor friend let that sink into him and he found that he could really grasp hold of those two simple concepts, he realized then and there that he’d always been trying to FIND the time to invest and take the necessary actions to get his business going. For all of his “career” to that point he had been finding and taking that time to do his “business” AFTER other things that his attention and time expenditures PROVED were MORE important to him than becoming successful with real estate.The difference, after he had let these two concepts sink into him and really started to understand it and, most importantly, APPLY his understanding to his thought patterns and daily routines……the difference was that he did not just IGNORE the real-world practical matters that NEED to be a part of someone’s life (like for example to the beginning real estate investor, a steady income from a stable source to provide bills’ money and put food on the table) but other than that, he ASSURED himself that he would always MAKE time to create the life he wanted that was in answer to his compelling “Why?” to become successful- and he did it by taking solid, CONSISTENT actions and gaining unstoppable momentum.
I think that these 2 concepts- of IDENTITY and claiming that you ARE what you want to be, and CONSISTENCY in finding the time necessary to DO what you ARE- applies to anyone wishing to turn a dream into a reality, whether it is to become a successful real estate investor or whatever, be it a published author, big ticket actress, or even just someone who wants to become the “World’s Best Dad”.Just substitute whatever it is that you’re passionate about for finding time to do “real estate investing” and knowing how you are really a “real estate investor?” and you’re on your way, if real estate investing is not your passion.I understand for many people it’s NOT. Many people want to USE the VEHICLE of real estate to take them to a place where you have the freedom and the luxury of time, and you have been able to achieve the financial security and independence to do what you want when you want.Now, with me, it’s writing.
I’m passionate about writing, and will write whether or not I get paid for it. It’s not just what I DO, but it’s who I AM.How would you answer my friend’s question…if you had everything you ever needed already ACCOMPLISHED by investing in real estate and building a positive and successful lifestyle with plenty of passive income coming in every week?What would YOU do? Who would you BE?What’s your dream? What’s YOUR true passion?What will you do with the extraordinary wealth you can accumulate in real estate?Now I want you to write down what you are passionate about. You are passionate about something besides money, right? I certainly hope so! If you aren’t, it’s time to ask yourself a good hard question and take a long look at yourself and find out why not!Maybe your answer is like mine, that wealth and income from real estate investing can give me the freedom to write whenever I want, to get paid or not get paid but to have the flexibility for it not to MATTER. Maybe you want to spend more time with your family. Maybe you want to escape the 9 to 5 grind and make sure that you never miss another Little League game. Maybe you want to spend time golfing, fishing, or sailing, or learning the intricacies of Thai cuisine.Maybe in financial freedom you’d want to travel all over the world (of course, you’d at least LOOK at real estate while you’re there right? That’s called taking a PAYcation instead of a VACATION and you need to ask your tax professional about THAT little gift from Uncle Sam).Whatever your “Why?” is take a moment now and write it down! Commit this to paper. It’s important!Now, here’s where my friend and I agree that most people stop. This is hard. In fact, it’s often a question that if you give it the thought and meditation time that it deserves just might make you cry or knock you flat on your backside. Asking this next question you’re about to ask yourself can be downright HUMBLING or even, in some cases, extremely UPSETTING. But, you GOTTA do it!
Now, write down your well-thought answers to this question:Why aren’t you living this life and doing all these things you desire NOW? If you’re not close, what would it take for you to be able to live your life of destiny and dreams?Think this is a silly exercise? Just ask yourself, “Am I getting the results right now that I want out of my life?” If you’re not, well…it might be wise to consider some opinions. 😉
Just remember, without a map there is no treasure! Your “Why?” is the map that will keep you on track towards gaining momentum to becoming the IDENTITY of a true entrepreneur and professional real estate investor. And it keeping this in mind will PUSH you into taking all the actions necessary, in a CONSISTENT manner, to achieving everything it is that, until you WRITE IT DOWN, you only SAY that you really want.
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Who Are They…Real estate agents are professionals instrumental in connecting the buyer with the seller.
Additionally, many real estate agents manage rentals wherein they introduce tenants to landlords and oversee the maintenance of the property on behalf of the landlords.
In most areas real estate agents are required to be highly educated, licensed and are regulated by a governing body.
Some real estate agents are also Realtors.
To use the title Realtor, a real estate agent must be a member of the National Association of Realtors which in addition to a number of other requirements, requires Realtors to adhere to a strict code of ethics and offers Realtors additional educational and designation opportunities.
Though not required by rule or law, it might be a wise decision to seek the services of a Realtor. Read more