10 questions I asked when choosing an Agent Recently, my wife got the bug to move just because her brother was (I quickly killed that bug – we are NOT moving). I did however have a chance to interview 4 Real Estate agents. I quickly learned that they are not all created equal. I took some notes specifically for Dumb Little Man. Here are the questions I asked, the answers I got, and the answers I wanted to hear.
A collection of Videos, eBooks and more exclusively for our members to build their investing business upon. The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing Over the many years that we've been serving real estate investors, one of the most asked questions on our site has been "How Do I Get Started in Real Estate Investing?" People from all over the world have been coming to BiggerPockets to find the answers to that question. While some might lead you to believe that there is a simple answer that works for everyone, that simply isn't the case. 3 Dividend Stocks That Are Now Too Cheap To Ignore The European debt crisis has been an ongoing threat to the market for many months, and now a slowing economy in China and the U.S. is adding to market stress. If that wasn't enough, the "Fiscal Cliff" islooming as we get closer to the end of the year. If Congress and the President don't find a solution, automatic budget cuts will kick in, along with tax increases, which could create a very big blow to this already fragile economy. Investors are in a tough spot because staying in cash or money market type accounts will pay almost nothing, and yet the stock market can be too volatile at times. This means the best strategy for many investors is to stick with what has been working, and that means select dividend stocks. Investors are desperate for relatively stable stocks that pay a dividend because the low interest rate environment is not going away anytime soon.
Post Rental Listings & Manage Applications for Free - Zumper Pro Post from anywhere It's easy! Create your first listing in under a minute Real estate prospecting fundamentals An issue with social media is that it doesn’t require social skills — maybe just some typing skills — to get started. You don’t have to smile, laugh or get teary-eyed, unless you want to leverage the appearance of a feeling. With technology, we can appear to be very busy in prospecting, but real prospecting is becoming a lost skill.
Why Do People Become Redfin Agents? Big news! Redfin just published a video about why people become Redfin agents. I make a corny appearance at the beginning and the end, but mostly we just ask Redfin agents what they like about it here. And they respond in very genuine, and sometimes surprising, ways: Redfin has already published how much a Redfin agent really earns compared to other folks in the industry, but never delved into the real reasons Redfin agents love it here: 6 Ways Newbies Can “Dress Up” as Seasoned Investors for Halloween Since we are right around the corner from Halloween, I thought we should talk about “dressing up” this week! As real estate investors, we dress up all the time. Some wholesalers dress up as a buyer to get a great deal on a property and then sell that contract to someone else. Sometimes a landlord will dress up as a salesperson to sell that vacant unit or as a CFO when running their numbers. Even a flipper dresses up as everything from a project manager in one moment to a purchasing agent in the next. We all have to switch roles and sometimes take on characteristics that are not our strongest to get things done.
10 "Cheap" Stocks Yielding Up To 12.2% You've likely heard of this valuation method countless times: The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio that analysts use to compare a stock's current share price to its per-share earnings. By this measure, stocks may appear "cheap." The benchmark S&P 500 now trades at a P/E of 14 times 2013's estimated earnings -- well below a long-term average of about 15. But a low P/E doesn't always spell opportunity. Consider Capital Products Partners (Nasdaq: CPLP) and Ship Finance International (NYSE: SFL), both in the oil-shipping industry. These stocks pay dividends and carry yields between 9 and 12%. HomeSnap Is Not A Boring Real Estate App Sawbuck Realty, an online real estate broker, has just launched a new app called HomeSnap which lets you discover information about any home nationwide just by taking a photo of it. Using a combination of mobile phone sensors to determine location and orientation as well as MLS and public records data, HomeSnap can tell you everything about a home, including how many square feet it has, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, estimated price and more. And it can do so even if the house is not on the market. More importantly, the app is actually fun to use. The company is also announcing the close of an additional $2 million angel round today, which adds to its previous $2 million round from 2009. Sawbuck CEO Guy Wolcott tells us that the company currently has MLS data for 13 of the largest metro areas across the U.S.
MLS 5.0 MLS Today “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” and MLS Tomorrow The MLS of the Future What will be required to build on the current solid foundation of today’s MLS?