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

How to Start Investing in Real Estate with $10,000

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's valueReal estate investing is often looked at as something only for the wealthy or the rich. However, that is not necessarily the case. In fact, most people I know who have built their own path to independent wealth did so in real estate investing.

Of course, you still need some form of down payment to get started. In an era when housing prices grew far faster than wages and inflation, how could someone afford a down payment? In my hometown, the median home price is about $560,000, meaning a 25% down payment would require $140,000! But what if there is a better way to get started investing in real estate with less than six figures? Lucky for us, there are a few paths to get started. Continue reading

5 Tips to Pick the Perfect Home for Entertaining

If you love the feeling of a home full of life, fun, and friendship, your next home should be ideal for entertaining. If you are looking to buy a new home and have entertainment on the mind, don’t settle for anything less than a home that meets your needs. With the right agent, your dream entertainment venue is just around the corner. Continue reading

The Harmful Effects of the Colorado Condo Construction Defect Law

If you read any article about the top cities to live in or top growing cities in the United States, you are bound to find a Colorado city on the list. Denver is one of the fastest growing large metro areas in the country, with tens of thousands of new residents flocking to the city annually in search of sunshine and ski slopes, but that doesn’t come without growing pains.

Thanks to an old law often referred to as the “construction defect law,” if two condo owners in a building or development join forces, they could turn a lawsuit into an expensive class action complaint. The intent of the law is good, but the problems it causes have created ripples into the cost of housing in the growing metro area. Continue reading

Does Amazon Key Make Real Estate Less Secure?

Amazon recently announced a new service, Amazon Key, that allows delivery drivers to unlock your door and enter your home to drop off a package. The usefulness of this concept is clear to many homeowners. Package theft is a serious concern, and those who dwell in urban areas are at high risk of coming home expecting a box to find it mysteriously vanished. But is it a good idea to give delivery workers access to your property?

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Preparing for an Easy Move

Easy move: Possible with good planning and preparation

It doesn’t matter if you are moving 5 miles or 500 miles, moving is a big deal. You have to pack up your stuff, haul your furniture, and get yourself and your belongings from home A to home B. Having moved a few times recently, I picked up some great tips about packing and moving that can make your move an easy move. Follow these tips to ensure your easy move is as low stress as possible. Continue reading

Are Realtor Lockboxes Secure?

Realtor lockboxes are a staple in the real estate industry. These coded boxes give agents, photographers, inspectors, appraisers, and others access to a home’s keys by typing in a few numbers. But are Realtor lockboxes safe? Let’s take a look at the security provided by Realtor lockboxes and some exciting, recent developments that make them even more secure. Continue reading

Real Estate Agents Are No More … They Just Don’t Know It Yet

Real Estate Agents have lost their jobs, they just don’t know it yet. The real estate industry is on its last gasps.  The ramifications from the agreement made by NAR and the local MLS associations, making the choice to give listing information to Zillow, was the beginning of what will be a slow, painful, and inevitable death to the Real Estate Services industry. Continue reading

Personal Finance 101 for Realtors

Real estate agents, whether Realtors or otherwise, have a unique personal finance situation unknown to most Americans. While it feels like you are paying them a lot as a customer, real estate agents don’t get paid every other Friday like everyone else. A real estate agent is running a business with irregular cash flows and other unique challenges. If you are an agent, follow these basic tips to put yourself on the path to financial success. Continue reading

Realtor Fees: Are Realtor Fees Negotiable?

 

The standard rate in real estate is a 3 percent commission for the buyer’s agent and a 3 percent commission for the seller’s agent. But are those Realtor fees negotiable? Like almost anything else in life, the answer is a big yes. But if you want a break on fees, you need to bring something to the table yourself to show why you should get a cut. Continue reading

Should You Get a 15 or 30 Year Mortgage?

The world of mortgage loans can be complex. There are conforming loans and jumbo loans and VA loans and HUD loans and many more varieties, but within those categories you can choose between several mortgage lengths. Two of the most popular mortgages are 15-year and 30-year fixed rate mortgages. To find out which is best for you, follow along with this guide. Continue reading