Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area

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The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading

Protect Your Property with Key Tenant Metrics

agent ratingsOwning rental properties is a great way to supplement your income. Finding a great agent and buying the right property is only part of the formula, however. Once you own your property, you have to find and screen tenants to ensure your valuable investment is protected. Using tenant metrics is the best way to objectively know your property is safe.

Finding any tenant using Craigslist, Zillow, or other listing services may seem like a lot of work, but cleaning up after a bad situation can be much worse. Here are some metrics to screen new tenants before you sign a lease agreement. Continue reading

Are Condo HOA Fees Out of Control?

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When I bought my first home, I started looking only at single family homes. Why? Part of it was privacy and space. Even more, however, was a desire to avoid massive HOA fees in the downtown neighborhoods I was searching.

About 15% of all U.S. real estate belongs to an HOA, which equates to $2 trillion in property value. The majority of Americans claim to be on good terms with their HOA, and 78% believe that their HOA does enhance property value. 62 million Americans live in an HOA. That is big business, and an important issue for all property owners and investors to understand. Continue reading

Best Shows on Netflix for a Fix and Flip Investor

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Netflix recently added a massive library of shows from HGTV and DIY Network, and they are filled with great fun and inspiration for a fix and flip real estate investor. If you are a fix and flip investor, here are some shows you may enjoy. Continue reading

5 Ways to Earn Money Through Real Estate

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Multiple industries are built on the foundation of real estate, and there is no lack of opportunity for a hardworking, savvy person to make money through real estate. Whether you have millions to invest or only the change in your pocket, here are some ideas to get you started. Continue reading

Should I Invest in Real Estate or a 401(k)?

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In the old days, Americans would go work for a company for their entire career. Part of the perks, alongside a steady paycheck and job security, was a pension. However, pensions are now a thing of the past for most of us. Instead, we are responsible for our own retirement savings. What is the best way to manage that money? Continue reading

Is it the Right Time to Become a Real Estate Agent?

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Joining the ranks of America’s real estate agents can be a rewarding career. But becoming a top agent takes a lot of work, and can be a big risk if you have to leave another career to jump into real estate. If you are thinking of taking steps to become a real estate agent, is now the right time? Continue reading

Ideas for Your First Real Estate Investment

Property valueGetting started with real estate investing can be a daunting proposition for new investors. Like other investments, real estate comes with real risks, but the opportunities for success are great as well. If you’ve seen people invest with success and want to get started, here are three ideas for your first real estate investment. Continue reading

How to Get Started in a Real Estate Career

Young Real Estate AgentReal estate can be a fruitful career, exciting, and interesting career. If you learn real estate, you open up doors to earn money as an investor, real estate agent, or savvy homeowner looking to profit from each home you buy. Here are some places to get started in your new real estate career. Continue reading

Finding Real Estate Agents

Finding real estate agents is easy. A quick online search gives results for thousands of options. But if you want a good agent you can trust, finding real estate agents can be harder and takes a bit more work. Here are some key skills top real estate agents have, and how you can find one for your next real estate purchase or sale. Continue reading

Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)

Buying a vacation home is a major purchase, and while it is not a primary home, it should not be completed hastily. If you are looking to buy a second home, a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) is an agent specially trained on helping you find and purchase the perfect property for your needs. Continue reading

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

Nobody likes losing a loved one. The loss of a family member is a hard thing to experience in any circumstance, but dealing with the legal hassles of wills and estates makes the grieving process even worse. A Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES) designated agent has special training to deal with this very situation, and can help alleviate some of the difficulty of this unpleasant time. Continue reading