Real Estate Transaction Process: Pricing, Marketing, Selling, Sales, Closing

Being an effective, quality, real estate agent, requires several skills, abilities, experiences, expertise, judgment, and actions, used together, to make the process, easier, less stressful, and far more efficient / effective! This process begins with properly pricing a property, from the start, using a professionally designed, Competitive Market Analysis, valuable, properly designed marketing, well – considered, selling, bringing about a sale, and paying keen attention, until the closing. After more than a decade, as a Licensed Sales Representative, in New York, I have come to realize, the difference, the right agent, might offer, and, so, with that, in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the key considerations, to understand, during this process, and period of time.

1. Pricing: Often, the initial, listing price, sets the tone, for how well the process will go! The best approach is to price it right from the start . Statistics, and data, indicates, the best offers, come, in the vast number of instances, in the first few weeks, after a property is listed, so, does it make sense, to attract, the maximum number of qualified, potential buyers, from the start, by pricing it realistically, and in a well – considered manner. Sellers should demand, their agents, explain, their pricing rationale, and closely review a Competitive Market Analysis, and use it, to its best purposes.

2. Marketing: What is the best way, to market, a specific house, and property? Choose an agent, who prepares, a fully considered, well – designed, marketing plan, which includes, the reasoning behind, the best media, for your home, and how to get the most bang – for – the – buck. Included in this planning, should be: the proper combination of media use / usage; meaning; goals; the house's niche; niche – marketing, etc.

3. Selling: Selling must be proactive, and, clients and agents, must work together, as a team, in order to achieve the best possible results. How quickly an agent responds to leads, answers / addresses his client's concerns, and perceptions, and the quality of his advice, in a well – considered, timely manner, often, differentiates, the right representative, for you, and the rest – of – the – pack!

4. Sales: The process of selling, must close the deal, with the results, which make the most sense! Only when the sale, is completed, and, brough to fruition, has the agent, provided the service, his client needs, and deserves!

5. Closing: Some falsely believe, the process is over, when the offer is made and accepted. However, many things, might happen, between, that step, and the closing, and, thus, experience, expertise, foresight, and planning for contingencies, are essential qualities, needed to be a great real estate agent!

Homeowners should hire someone, to represent them, who will pay attention, to all these factors, and create a scenario, where his client, receives the highest, possible price, in the shortest time period, with the best terms, and the least hassle ! SInce, for most, their house, represents, their single – biggest, financial asset, doesn't that make sense?

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Making Real Estate A House – SOLD Word

We, often, discuss, the need, to hire, the best real estate agent, for your personal needs, priorities, circumstances, house, and personality! However, what is essential for a homeowner to recognize, and realize, while all these factors, are significant, and relevant, until/ unless, the house gets sold, the transaction is not completed, nor successful! An essential component, in this process, is, contemplating, and implementing, the best approach, and methods used, to transform, listing, marketing, and using the finest selling techniques, etc, to reaching the desirable point, of making it, a house – SOLD, word. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why, it’s such an essential consideration.

1. Strategy; system; selling; strengths: In order to get a house, sold, creative agents, create and implement a meaningful, relevant, strategy, focused on the particular house, neighborhood, and area. This must lead, to a system, for selling the target property, and clearly identify, its strengths, especially, related to the competition. Relevant, focused marketing, promotion, and advertising, combined with well – considered, pricing, prompt, timely, follow – up, and attracting substantial numbers of qualified, ready, buyers, makes one’s proactive selling, gain the necessary traction, to get the home, sold!

2. Options; opportunities; open – mind; opinion; organized: Avoid the My way, or the highway, approach to selling a house. Consider various options, and alternatives, and, carefully, evaluate, and weigh, which ones, make sense for the specific house! Does the house have any specific options, and/ or inclusions, which might make it, stand – out, from the crowd? Will the agent take advantage of every opportunity, in an open – minded, manner, and be organized, enough, to control the transaction, effectively? When you interview agents, seek someone, who will openly, voice his opinion, in a customized manner, which considers numerous details and considerations!

3. Listen; learn: One thing, a smart homeowner, should observe, during the hiring interview, process, is whether an agent, effectively listens, to learn, what you seek, and will respect your priorities, as a major component of the overall marketing plan!

4. Delve deeply; discover; deliver: Seek an agent, who will delve deeply, into the options and possibilities, and discover, the best paths, to achieve your finest objectives, and priorities. Don’t be overly impressed, by someone, who proposes a listing price, higher than all the others, because there’s a huge difference between listing and selling prices! Your agent must over – deliver, on his promises!

Make real estate, focused on, creating and developing, a house – SOLD, word, and experience! Until/ unless, the transaction is completed, it doesn’t really make a difference, for the best interest of the homeowner!

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An Introduction To Real Estate Property Management Software

The real estate market is a booming industry. The success of the industry is a result of competition and the intervention of modern technology. Most people in the business prefer to use real estate property management software to stay ahead in the race. This software has been designed to cater to commercial and residential property, office buildings and apartments.

Real estate property management software is an effective and easy-to-use tool. This software helps people understand the real estate business. It is a quick response application that can store each detail of every transaction. This helps study non-payments and full-payments of rent, and maintains a detailed report of rent receipts and invoices.

Property owners are able to key inputs as and when required. The secured system is intelligent and allows changes from authorized personnel. Real estate property management software can evaluate an unlimited number of properties and units simultaneously. The software stores detailed data related to rent payments for all individual properties. This systematic approach eliminates any problems due to taxation.

Real estate property management software generates automated reports in cases of wrong payments and non-payments. The software does away with the practice of owners waiting for rent payments. All maintenance expenses or any extra revenue statements are regularly updated. The software also stores tenant information.

Residential property managers must select property management software that is most suited for their work. These applications are available with one-month money-back guarantees.

The residential property management system is considered to be time- and cost-effective for a manager and resident. The application can create a personalized website for an individual company in a relatively short time. This allows prospective and existing customers to visit the web site. This is a convenient method to view pictures of property, pay rent and submit maintenance requests.

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Real Estate and the AMT: Rental Or Investment Property

The Alternative Minimum Tax is a very important consideration for taxpayers who own real estate because just about every tax rule applying to real estate is different for the AMT than it is for the Regular Tax. This article on Real Estate and the AMT will address those situations where the individual holds the real estate as an investment, typically as rental property. The differences in tax treatment between the Regular Tax and the AMT can be significant.

Interest expense

Interest paid on the mortgage taken out to acquire the property is fully deductible, both for the Regular Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. Unlike itemized deductions that allow a tax benefit for what amounts to personal expenses, the tax law generally allows all deductions a taxpayer has to make in the pursuit of business income. Thus, the limitations discussed in the previous article on home mortgage interest do not apply.

If, however, the equity in the rental property is used as security for an additional loan – a second mortgage, for example – then the taxpayer must look to how the proceeds of that loan are used to determine interest deductibility. If the proceeds are used for a car loan or to finance a child’s education, for example, then the interest is nondeductible personal interest. If the proceeds are used to improve the rental property, the interest is deductible.

Suggestion – it is best that taxpayers keep personal borrowings separate from business borrowings. Mixing the two creates recordkeeping challenges and can result in disputes with the IRS.

Property taxes

Property taxes paid on rental or investment property are allowed in full both for Regular Tax purposes as well as for the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Planning idea – if you have an opportunity to pay your property tax bill either this year or next, pay it in a year when you have enough income from the property so as not to generate a rental loss. This strategy can help avoid triggering the passive activity loss limitations described below.

Example – in Florida property tax bills are mailed in October, and are payable under the following discount schedule: November – 4%, December – 3%, January – 2%, February – 1%. If you have a loss from the property in 2010 but expect to generate income in 2011, do not pay your bill in November or December – forgoing that small discount could help you avoid the loss-limitation rules.

Depreciation

Depreciation is allowed for property held for investment. The portion of the cost allocable to land is not depreciable, but for the building itself and the furniture, appliances, carpeting, etc. a depreciation deduction may be taken.

Real property (this is the legal definition of the house or other building) held for rental/investment may only be depreciated for Regular Tax purposes under the “straight-line” method, over a useful life of 27.5 years. Thus, a property with $275,000 allocated to the building would be depreciated at the rate of $10,000 per year.

Personal property (this is the legal definition of things such as furniture, appliances, carpeting and the like) may be depreciated for Regular Tax purposes under an “accelerated” method over a useful life of five years. An accelerated method allows a larger depreciation deduction in the early years, in recognition of an obsolescence or decline-in-value factor that you see in new property (cars are a good example).

For purposes of the AMT, however, personal property may be depreciated only by using a straight-line method. Thus, an AMT item will be generated in the early years if the accelerated method is used.

Planning idea – for personal property consider electing the straight-line method for Regular Tax purposes. While giving up a little tax benefit from the greater depreciation in the early years, it could mean avoiding paying the AMT.

Active/passive investment rules and the “at-risk” rules

A taxpayer who is not “active” in managing investment property may not use losses from rental property to offset other income such as salaries and wages, dividends, interest, capital gains, etc. Instead, these losses are deferred until the taxpayer either sells the property or generates passive income from this or other passive investment sources.

The at-risk rules similarly deny using these types of losses to the extent the taxpayer has acquired the investment with borrowed money and does not have personal liability on the debt.

Planning idea

If these loss limitations apply, consider the planning ideas mentioned above to minimize the losses being generated each year. They are not doing you any good anyway.

Sale of the property

Several different AMT issues can arise on the sale of rental/investment property. One is that your gain or loss may be different for the AMT than it is for Regular Tax purposes. This would be caused if different depreciation methods were used. For example, if the personal property was depreciated using an accelerated method for Regular Tax purposes, then the basis in that property when calculating gain or loss on sale would be different because the straight-line method had to be used for Alternative Minimum Tax purposes.

Gain on the sale of investment property generally is capital gain, although a portion may be treated as ordinary income depending on the accelerated depreciation method was used. Capital gains in and of themselves are not an AMT item, but nonetheless they can result in AMT being paid. This is because the AMT exemption amount is phased out for taxpayers at certain income levels, so this additional income can have the result of reducing the exemption which in turn increases taxable income for purposes of the Alternative Minimum Tax.

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Sales Meeting Strategies in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Today

In commercial real estate brokerage, the weekly sales meeting can be a powerful tool when it comes to building the market share momentum for the real estate business and the sales team. The meeting can be well planned to achieve positive leverage and momentum across the agency.

With most agencies today, the weekly sales meeting is a good idea to keep the agents on focus and task. That being said, an agenda is required to achieve that. Minutes should also be created from the meeting to track and measure the efforts of individuals. Good salespeople thrive on positive recognition and individual performance tracking. They understand the benefits of the process.

Weekly sales meetings should occur in the mornings before the business day commences. They should also take no longer than 1 hour so that that the team can get back to the marketplace and the daily activities required.

So the goals of the sales meeting should be to achieve the following:

  • To encourage the team forward with activities in listings and commissions
  • To sustain the momentum and the focus across the group in a positive way
  • To track and measure the activities of individuals
  • To establish positive communication between the sales team and the administration team

It should be remembered that most salespeople dislike lengthy meetings. Any top agent or broker will prefer to have a firm agenda to stick to when it comes to weekly reporting and meeting attendance. The team leader or the sales manager should control the process.

Here are some tips to help you establish a positive process of meetings for your sales team:

  1. The location of the weekly meeting should be varied to encourage activity and attendance. You can move the meeting between different venues and times of day. Breakfast meetings are usually quite successful, and the same can be said for lunch meetings. You will however need an agenda for the process.
  2. Peer group praise will always be a useful tool within a successful sales team. The team leader or the sales manager for the agency should encourage that activity. When a salesperson has achieved great success or an extraordinary deal, share that information around the group at the right time and in the right circumstances.
  3. Once a month allow the full sales team and the administrative team to come together as part of social drinks. The interaction between both groups will be important for the success of the agency.
  4. Establish a points system between members of the sales team. The points system should be varied based on a number of different criteria. In that way you will be recognising and encouraging everyone, and not just the top agents with the best deals. Look at the different achievements of the week including the best deal of the week, the best marketing campaign, the greatest numbers of inbound calls, cold calling targets, exclusive listings, and new meetings.

Top agents and brokers like efficiency. They also like to get to the point quickly and effectively. Any sales meeting should take no longer than 1 hour, minutes should be created, and agendas should be circulated prior to the next meeting. Respect the time of your top agents, and they will respect the attendance requirements at your sales meetings.

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4 Factors Which Impact Real Estate’s Future

Since no one has a crystal ball, there will always be, a significant degree of uncertainty, when it comes to trying to predict, and forecast, the future, and trends, when it comes to the housing market, etc! Although, past trends, are significant, and important, to understand, we must, also recognize, we live in an evolving world, and, everything, from how, houses are marketed (especially, the digital/ Internet considerations), to the extended, nearly, historically low, mortgage interest rates, differ, from what has been witnessed, and experienced, in the past. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 factors, which might probably, impact real estate’s future.

1. Supply and demand: One item, which has always been relevant, and still is, is the idea and concept, of Supply and Demand. When there is more supply (available houses on market, than qualified buyers), than demand (buyers, proactively, seeking a home, to purchase), home prices are stressed, and, often, fall! On the other hand, when the converse, exists, prices, generally, move upward. Housing prices, and pricing, are, generally, fluid, and, either, Buyers Markets, or Sellers Markets, often, come and go, quickly, and regularly!

2. Available funds: There are times, when lending institutions, follow, more strict guidelines, and, others, when money is looser! This creates, times, when they require higher, or lower, credit requirements, in order to loan, and finance, a house. In addition, depending on overall conditions, there may be, either, more, or fewer, qualified buyers. When money is more – readily available, lenders may require lower downpayments, which, means individuals, often, apply for a greater amount of the loan principal.

3. Job security/ optimism: The more, secure, potential buyers, are, and feel, and whether, they believe, there will be a prolonged, positive job/ employment market, often, determines, how many people, consider themselves, potential buyers. When there are fewer buyers, this creates, lower house prices, etc.

4. Local, regional, and national economic conditions: Economic conditions, often, dictate, and determine, the behavior and performance of the housing market! Although, world – wide, and national, economic conditions, are significant, regional and local factors, strengths, weaknesses, trends, etc, are often, even more relevant! When consumer confidence is high, and potential buyers, believe, positive things, will continue, the real estate market benefits!

Both, professional real estate agents, as well as homeowners, and potential buyers, benefit, when they better understand, as many relevant factors, as possible. Smart buyers and sellers, hire, someone, who will help direct them, to understand, the best courses of action, and opportunities.

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Four Creative Ideas to Make Use of Urban Real Estate

Urban real estate can be difficult to develop without a lot of financial capital. Anyone with an empty lot, however, can use any of these techniques to improve the neighborhood and make use of the property.

Urban Gardening

Urban gardening is increasingly popular, and it’s impressive how many vegetables can be produced on a single lot. With a few raised beds, it’s easy to grow greens like lettuce and arugula, plus tomatoes and larger vegetables. A single lot can provide produce for your family and friends, or it can be used as valuable real estate for community gardening. Let people in the neighborhood plant and maintain individual plots, and everyone can have an opportunity to improve the diet in their household.

Tiny House Construction

Another popular movement in America is the shift toward smaller living spaces. A tiny house can be constructed on a trailer chassis and provide more than enough space for one or two adults. Zoning laws can be a complicating factor in many cities, and some areas may prevent people from residing in a tiny house on wheels. Even if the tiny house cannot be your legal residence, you can still use the space to construct two or three houses and display them for sale. Buyers can move the homes to a trailer park or suburb with less stringent zoning laws before living inside. Unlike the construction of more conventional homes, building a tiny house doesn’t require the same range of certifications and permits.

Petting Zoo

Visiting a petting zoo is a highlight for many children, and one of the biggest advantages of being a grownup is doing whatever you want. Adults who remember loving petting zoos as kids should consider starting something similar themselves. Goats produce a fair amount of milk and meat, but there are often regulations against raising livestock inside of city limits. A collection of pets, on the other hand, is distinct from livestock because they aren’t being raised for food. A petting zoo can teach neighborhood children about different types of animals that they wouldn’t normally see in the city.

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A BYOB party is a common way to limit the expense of hosting a get-together. A simple variation on that idea would be to have a place where people from the neighborhood could gather and socialize. Bars and other businesses can be expensive, but many people are happy to bring their own beverages to a park or other public space. Of course, it a lot of complicated liability issues attached to this kind of project. Owners of a particular piece of real estate often have a certain amount of liability for accidents which happen there.

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6 Keys To Real Estate Negotiations

While there are numerous reasons, it makes sense, to use the services of, a quality, licensed, real estate professional, perhaps, the most important one, is, to hire someone, with significant, negotiating skills, and abilities, in order to help you, get the best possible results. Many factors impact, whether one gets you the finest results, you seek and need/ want, including, getting the homeowner, the best possible price, in the shortest period of time, and with, a minimum of hassle/ stress. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, and discuss, 6 keys to quality, professional, real estate negotiations.

1. Know client’s needs/ priorities, etc: The Listing Presentation should not be, merely, about the agent, telling the homeowner, what services he provides, and why he would be the person, for them! Rather, the process, and discussion, should start, focused on the potential client, articulating his needs, goals, priorities, perceptions, time – frame, and reasons for selling. Then, there should be a discussion, which brings forth, the best possible marketing and sales plan, and positions the home, in a manner, which will focus on the finest, possible results. The better, client and agent, proceed, as a team, the better the potential results, and transaction period!

2. Understand other side: Quality negotiating necessitates, the ability, to put yourself, in the place, of others! This means, a professional should not, merely tell a homeowner, what he wants to hear, but, prepare him, to see things, from the perceptions of a potential, qualified buyer.

3. Listing price, offers, and counter – offers: Statistics indicate, in the vast majority of instances, the best offers are received, in the first few weeks, after a house, is listed on the real estate market. Therefore, an agent must explain, there might be a significant difference between listing, and selling prices, and, in order, to get the best offers, it’s smart, to price the house, correctly from the start, not based on emotions, but on the logic, of using, effectively and properly, a Competitive Market Analysis, of CMA. Smart, serious buyers, will make offers, which will not insult the seller, while attempting to make their best deal. Counter – offers, if serious, must seek, a meeting of the minds, and a win – win, negotiation.

4. Never weaken: Professionals must always negotiate in the best interests of their clients, and never weaken this position, by disclosing, non – material issues, which they should maintain the confidence. The key to effective negotiations is maintaining the best, possible, negotiating position!

5. Make offer: Offers and counter – offers, should be made strategically, and in, a focused manner!

6. Negotiate professionally, and make the best deal: Discipline, and focus, are necessities of quality real estate representation. You aren’t providing your client with the service, they need, and deserve, unless/ until, you provide professional negotiating skills, and make the best deal, available!

Effectively negotiating requires patience, skill, understanding, and knowledge. Clients should demand professional negotiations, from the person, they hire!

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Important Tips to Consider When Selecting a Real Estate Agent

The ample amount of online information regarding how to hire a real estate agent can be helpful for homebuyers and sellers, but finding the right one can still be a challenge. Professional agents should have the necessary skills and expertise to help find exactly what the client desires. These four qualities can clue in buyers and sellers that a real estate agent is a great choice.

Suggests Realistic Prices

When planning to sell a house, it is recommended to get listing presentations from several agencies. They will provide the market prices of comparable homes, as well as the amount of time it usually takes to sell similar properties. Working with professionals to ensure that a home is priced appropriately will make the process less time consuming and stressful.

Works Full Time

Some real estate agents connect home buyers with sellers as a part-time job; however, it is wise to choose one who works in the industry full time to get the best results. Such professionals are in a better position to provide accurate recommendations and tips as they have more experience and a deeper understanding of the industry. A full-time agent will likely spend more time scouting for a home on various listings or showing prospective buyers the house to ensure that the clients acquire or sell a property quickly and at the right price.

Charges an Appropriate Commission

In most states, the commission ranges between five and seven percent and is split between the selling and buying agents. Ask agents about commission rates when putting a home on the market or beginning a new home search. This is an ideal method to ensure that all parties understand the agreement. Also, be sure to ask about any offered rate rebates, as some companies actually pass on a percentage of the commission to the seller or buyer.

Has Experience in the Area

A buyer who is interested in purchasing a full-time residence should pick an expert who specializes in selling such properties in the area. On the other hand, people who are looking for investment properties are better off working with someone who has been facilitating such deals with other investors for years. It is also important to note that most professionals in this industry have multiple specialties.

Even if a candidate meets these four qualities, organize a face-to-face meeting with the home expert to get a full picture of his or her skills and expertise. Most professionals are more than happy to speak with potential customers to answer questions. Finding a real estate agent by following these guidelines will make the entire process of buying or selling a home far simpler.

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How Can a Good Real Estate Agent Help?

Consider the option of going ahead with a real estate agent because he helps the buyer or the seller of the property in more ways than one. Key responsibilities of a good agent make the entire process smooth, transparent, and easy for clients. However, this proposition is fraught with risk because finding a good agent is often a momentous task. This should not discourage home buyers and property sellers from hiring a good real estate agent as he alone can make things hassle-free for you. Therefore, your focus should be to look for an agent instead of searching for properties listed on various sites. Once you have roped in a verified and accredited agent to work on your behalf, the process of buying or renting or selling a home becomes much easier for you.

Local market knowledge

Equipped with local real estate market knowledge, he provides information of relevant properties available in the area. He studies the options that suit your budget and forwards the shortlisted options to you. This saves your valuable time and money. If you are interested, he shows you the properties. He is familiar with the area you would like to live in and offers accurate information about local infrastructure, school systems, water and sewer charges, public transportation and other concerns that impact your decision to rent or buy a home.

Negotiation

He takes care of the tedious process of negotiating the best deal for you. With skill and expertise, he knows the trends prevailing within the local property market and the competitive prices for various properties. You can bank on him to ensure the best deal and save your hard-money. His commission is also negotiable in most of the cases, depending on the level of involvement and effort put in.

Representation

He acts as your representative throughout the entire buying or selling process and therefore you need a reliable person you can fully trust in matters of right price and the suitable property features you need. He follows your instructions, works tirelessly to minimise your daily involvement in the matter of sale or purchase and seeks your presence only when it is unavoidable – to screen the best options for closing the deal.

Legal assistance

His knowledge about local laws related to the buying and selling of property helps you avoid legal issues. It ensures a smooth deal without any potential conflicts. A legally binding contract is drawn up and he helps you with all the paperwork, referring you to the appropriate professionals for dealing with all the legal matters.

Network

As his up to date with current trends, he nurtures contacts and the professional network to flourish his business. This enables him to be aware of a wide range of available property in the area and suggest options to clients with the help of fellow professionals. Not having an intermediary will deprive you of this big advantage. There is a limit to searching properties online or seeking references through your contacts, but if you have an agent, then there is no limit to the options he can suggest with ease. Most of his suggestions come pretty close to what you look for.

Exposure

Having him on board ensures maximum exposure for your property. Years of experience built an exhaustive database of potential customers and he refers your listing or requirement to generate leads. Gives sound advice on the market value component to price it realistically so that it is sold faster. He provides a visual presentation of your property and suggestions to enhance its marketability and coordinates marketing and advertising of your property on various platforms. Besides, the previews and arranges a walk through each potential home, to show properties that match your requirements and answers all your queries at various stages of the engagement to keep you updated of the progress achieved and ensure your satisfaction.

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