Like other home-based industries, home inspection has its share of frauds and phonies. It’s safe to assume they represent the minority, but it still pays to ask about certification. A professional home inspector will be happy to tell you about his certifications.
Find other agents sale or lease boards in your area and market your own real estate services to the adjacent and nearby properties. It is remarkable how adjacent properties would like to compete with an existing listing.
Before you make a decision to become an agent, talk to licensed agents out in the field. Consider what they say about their earnings, brokers and how friendly or unfriendly the local market is to agents. Many areas simply cannot support the number of Brokers and Agents trying to eke out a living there. In California, for example, it’s said that there are more Real Estate Agents than Lawyers and less than a third of them actually see a profit.
Anyone can report on what is happening today or yesterday in any market. That’s poor journalism which fuels greed and fear and causes markets to boom and bust.
Trying to find the right way to invest in today’s real estate market is not easy. The real question is whether you want to turn the property over and sell it, or if you want to rent it out for a long time. That decision could influence what type of property you should buy. If you are looking to sell with in a time frame, you should buy a home. You can rent it out for a few years while the market value increases and then sell it for a nice profit. That’s the smart way to do it, and the longer you wait the more value the property would have in a potential sale. On the other hand there is a different approach when you are looking to purchase a commercial property.
Selecting a broker before you need one is a good idea. This will allow your broker to perform additional research for your property type and loan options before you are ready. Commercial mortgage closings sometimes need to happen quickly and the last thing you want to do is be caught without someone looking out for your best interests. Pay close attention to the last thing I said, someone looking out for your best interests. Ensure the broker you select is working for you and not serving the interests of a lender or themselves. You want to go into this process with your eyes open so be sure to ask about their process, the points they charge, fees, and how many lender relationships they maintain.
Only take on as many rental properties as you can afford. If the rental property mortgage is ,000, and your tenants move out, can you comfortably afford the ,000 payment?