Real Estate Broker, To Be OR Not to BE!

A real estate broker is a word in the joint States which describes a party who acts as an intermediary between realtor and buyers of real estate (or real property as it known elsewhere) and attempts to find sellers who wish to sell and purchaser who wish to buy. In the United States, the association was originally established by reference to the English common law of agency with the broker having a fiduciary relationship with his customers.

Real Estate agent is the term used in the United States to explain a person or organization whose business is to market real estate on behalf of clients, but there are important differences between the trial and liabilities of brokers and estate agents in each country.

Beyond the US, other countries take clearly different approaches to the marketing and selling of real property. In the US, real estate brokers and their salespersons (commonly called “real estate agents” or, in some states, “brokers”) assist sellers in marketing their property and selling it for the uppermost possible price under the best terms. When acting as a Buyer’s agent with a symbol agreement (or, in many cases, verbal agreement, although a broker may not be lawfully entitled to his commission unless the agreement is in writing), they assist buyers by helping them acquire property for the best possible price under the best terms. Without a signed agreement, brokers may assist buyers in the attainment of property but still represent the seller and the seller’s benefit.

In most jurisdictions in the United States, a person is required to have a license in order to receive salary for services rendered as a real estate broker. Unlicensed activity can be illegal, but buyers and sellers performing as basic in the sale or purchase of real estate are not required to be licensed. In some states, lawyers are allowed to handle real estate sales for compensation without being licensed as brokers or agents.

Real Estate Consultants also know as wholesalers also assist sellers in selling their property at the best possible price and the best terms; however since they are not licensed; the contract they have with the seller reflects they will be paid a “consulting fee”. In many many case property owners are seeking to work with Real Estate Consultants in order to save money on the cost for selling the property based on the expensive fluctuation in the commissions real estate agents and brokers charge.

As a Real Estate Consultant I have closed real estate transactions in all 50 states and have never had any issues collecting the consulting fees for my help in selling both residential and commercial property. The real estate consulting transactions that I have closed; my consulting fee is paid at closing or “up front”.

There are many cases where clients are also seeking to work with real estate consultants and wholesalers as a way to “sell” their property and close faster than working with real estate brokers and real estate agents since we are seeking to find already established investors to close on these deals instead of looking to sell retail through the mls; which is a lot of cases can take more than 90-180 days. The swiftness that wholesalers can find buyers is very much tied to his “network” So in in the case of both Real estate brokers and Real Estate Consultants networking is the “name of the game”.

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A Short History Lesson on Real Estate!!

Why is the business relating to real estate so popular? Before you had the buying and selling of properties. Now, with the widespread use of the Internet, we have real estate trading which is basically “I buy yours you buy mine” kind of arrangement.

The term real estate is used to refer to any property, which is permanently attached to land such as buildings and houses. Most people refer to it as real property but there are situations wherein the term real estate is used for the land and the building together while real property refers to the ownership rights of the land itself. On the other hand, the word real is used to categorize these properties as “things” as opposed to “people”.

Records show that the idea of real estate; can be traced as far back as 1666. With the idea of personal property becoming more widespread, real estate has become a major area of business in the United States. In fact, economists claim that economic slumps are directly related when there is lower revenue generated by this industry. In order for the USA to get back on track and stay there; Americans need to view land and buildings as an investment.

There are many types of real estate: residential, commercial or industrial property. The most common transactions involve the buying and selling of residential properties such as apartments, condominiums and multi-family homes. Sometimes families who want to move to a different state finds it difficult to find dwellings on their own so they usually do a map search of the area they’re moving to so as to find any houses which are either for sale or for rent. This way, they get to pick the properties they want without having to travel yet, thereby saving time, effort and money. In some cases, people contact a real estate agent who can then give them a tour of the area so that they get to see the houses and to possibly bargain for the price of the property.

In US and Canada, finding property is easy because of the existence of the multiple listing system or MLS – a data base where real estate brokers can share information about the properties their clients are planning to sell, or in some cases, planning to buy. Most people who want to buy a house usually have no idea where to start so they call a real estate agent. When you do so, the agent searches the MLS to find details about the property. At present, there are about 700 different MLS in the US with new competitors like Hubzu.

But now there is a new way to get into the game. Wholesaling and a lot of retail buyers are turning to wholesalers and house-flippers to buy their dream homes. As an investor you must keep your eyes open for these opportunities because it is an exit strategy in real estate investing with the highest amount of return; as it relates to single family residential properties. The tip here.. Buy low, rehab well (quality and not quantity) and sell retail for more bang to the buck!

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Wise Real Estate Investing

Knowledge is King!

You have probably heard it before, investing in real-estate is among the best investments you could make. Usually, the value of real estate properties increases. It may sound easy, but beginners would usually find out that it is not that easy. It would require knowledge which could be achieved through research, planning and hard work. There are common mistakes in real-estate investing which could lead to serious pitfalls.


Before you buy any kind of investment, you would have to be familiar with the laws covering the property. Different states would usually have different laws covering property acquisition. There are legal procedures that you would have to undergo or complete to fully claim your right to the property.

Your investment could also provide passive income which would require you to look into houses or properties that could house a number of families. We generally call them Multi-Family Unit Properties; however they can be Single Family Properties converted to Multi-Family Units. These houses could be rented out. This kind of investment may have drawbacks since the property may end up with a bad tenant or without any tenant at all. If directly managing the homes or rental units is not your cup of tea, then you could try getting a real estate investment group or bring on a JV Partner that has the network to help you get tenants and manage the property. They would be building or managing the property for you in exchange of a percentage of tenants’ monthly payments. A WIN-WIN!!

If it is your first time to venture in real-estate investing, then you would have to be aware of common beginner’s mistakes. One common mistake is speculation. Beginners would usually follow the media, buy a property and wait for its value to increase. This could be risky. As mentioned earlier, real-estate investing requires research. Aside from that, you would also have to be prepared for the worst. If nobody buys the property, then you would have to think of other methods on how you could generate income from it. You could lease it, rent it and think about other exit strategies.

Another common mistake is developing emotions for your first investment. Emotions may cause problems when making business decisions like qualified prospective buyers being cut-off even though they are offering the best deal. Before you start looking for properties, make sure that you have developed some king of real estate team and they are ready.

Most people think that they could start investing on their own, big mistake. A good real-estate investment team and mentor would surely help you move quickly towards your goal. Who do you need in your team? You would need a mentor, real-estate agent, funding partner or loan office, tax adviser, contractor and even a lawyer.

When property hunting, keep two things in mind: location and value.

I am going to be repetitive here LOCATION and VALUE. There are newly-developing places where real-estate could provide you with greater financial returns in the future. Usually, you would find a great property in a great location, it may need some updating; but it could be addressed inexpensively. You may also want to think twice about buying a good property or residential house when it is located in areas with high foreclosures rates. Also, think about buying a property close to your home. This way you could focus and check on the property without being hassled with travelling for hours each week.

Real-estate investing would not make you a rich overnight. It would require you hard work and good marketing strategies. You would have to be mentally, emotionally and psychologically prepared for it. But when strummed in the right strings, it could definitely provide you financial stability. So think of each property has being one step closer to a nice retire package with residual income. “Better than what the bank will pay you, this I guarantee!”

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Joint Ventures in Real Estate?

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“Paul taught us that the love of money is the root of all evil, and I have discovered that often those who have it the least love It the most.”

Richard Foster


How many times have you heard the story about the guy who just lost his job, had no money, and his credit history was shot? Yet somehow he made fortunes by investing in real estate. Believe it or not this can happen. Many success stories happen because of join ventures in real estate.

The concept is not new. It is simply a matter of using someone else’s money for profit. There are many people who are very interested in becoming real estate investors; however they do not know the first thing about the real estate market. This is where someone like the guy mentioned above can profit.

If you have a feel and basic sense of real estate or finance and know what would make a good investment, but have no cash flow, then you are a good candidate for a joint venture in real estate. Your knowledge and someone else’s money can generate a profitable venture for both of you. It just takes some know how to get it all done.

There are many people who are willing to use their credit or finances to gain a profit in the real estate investment world. You will need to find these people, either by soliciting in the local papers, on the Internet, or by forming a local real estate investment group. This type of group is beneficial to everyone involved.

There are times when an investor has done nothing but buy and flip properties. He or she knows nothing about renting the properties. The typical investor also usually has one niche he or she sticks with. Someone who buys strictly commercial properties may know nothing about residential and vice versa. By forming a real estate investment group in your area, this knowledge from all the investors in the group can be shared.

This can also work to your advantage should you come across a property you may want to invest in but lack the information that comes with the type of property. There may be another investor in the group who will want to form a joint venture with you in order to take advantage of the deal. Many times there may be two or three investors who are willing to make the deal happen.

This is also a great way to break into commercial investing. The more investors there are on a project the less out of pocket expense each one has. You may also find the odds slightly more in your favor with the lenders when you have a team of investors who want to purchase a large commercial property together as a joint venture.

Joint ventures in real estate can offer you the ability to obtain properties you once thought were not in your budget. You can gain knowledge from seasoned investors or you can profit from a new investor who is willing to back you financially in a real estate deal. The list is endless when it comes to the benefits of joint ventures in real estate.

By forming the real estate investment group in your area, you can open a whole new world of real estate investing.

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Let Address Issues in Real Estate?

When we speak of the real estate economy, we use national statistics but we are speaking locally. On the other hand the stock market is based on the national and even the world economy. The real estate markets are based on local or even micro-local economy. Meaning, what is happening in Chicago may not directly affect what is happening in Toledo.

What affects all real estate markets together are the interest rates, inventory, buying activity and social-economic events such as corporate headquarter relocation plans, unemployment and re-development plans. There is no single barometer to measure the entire housing industry in the USA.

So, while statistics calculations and economic factors are relevant, equally important is using one’s common sense. We must keep our eyes wide open and take a look around and see what is happening around us. Talking to real estate agents, investors and lenders in a particular area can be a big help to access and tap into new markets. Equally important are conversations with contractors, freight companies and looking at the money state governments are putting into attracting new companies and tourists.

These are issues one must consider while dealing in real estate.

One major issue facing corporate real estate managers is how to effectively manage the real estate assets in the current market environment. Now more than ever before it’s important to buy low and rent commercial properties competitively to decrease turnover and increase ROI.

Secondly, real estate agents and consultants provide information about utilities, zoning, schools etc. But two common issues a buyer faces while buying are:

i. Will the property provide the right environment we want for a home?

ii. Will the property have a good resale value when we are ready to sell?

These questions are especially important to anyone looking to use buy and hold as their investment strategy.

Another important issue that any buyer/investor faces are the legal issues. Real estate laws vary from state to state. Including properties that must be closed by an attorney in some states instead of a title company. One must consult an attorney licensed to practice real estate law in the state in which the property is located.

Third; there are times a property a buyer is interested in is available but not properly advertised. It may take you some time and effort to search for and locate the right property. Thinking outside of the box is going to be where you will earn your keep here! The value you bring to the table as a consultant to investors and sellers is outlining the ROI as investors outline their investment sweet spot.

The issue of finance. We must know our financial reserves plus our borrowing capacity. If we know about our current savings, income and debt, then we can take help from lenders; banks and mortgage companies, which offer some choices according to your financial capability. There are additional options to Real Estate Consultants; such as connected with private money lenders who lend based on the performance of the asset. This is a option that will help you to stay engaged and active in the marketplace until you develop a strong financial portfolio.

In America, some real estate associations and commissions have sponsored regulations that require all real estate brokers to provide a minimum level of services which forces sellers to buy services they do not want or need. This alone is what opened the door to a new way of selling real estate. Most sellers do not want to forgo 6% of the profit on their profit in addition to the additional service brokers sometimes ask for. Most seller prefer to work with Real Estate Consultants as a way to pay less fees; often only 3% consulting fee is added to the accepted offer price. Also in most cased, because of the network of most real estate consultants the deal can be closed in a fraction of the time.

Issue of rebates on transaction fees. Some states in America allow rebates of commissions or fees on real estate transactions but some states have legislated regulations which prohibit rebates. These regulations were very much needed especially after the 2008 real estate fall out. Understand contract law and if you don’t partner with someone who is. You do not want to sign an agreement for private funding that succeeds state legislation and caps on interest rates and fees.

Next is the issue of consumer participation. The consumer federation of America released a study that real estate boards and commissions are dominated by real estate practitioners and they recommended greater participation by consumers; which is opposed by practitioners – this works against the interest of ordinary buyers and sellers.

Last but not the least, a lot of hoopla has been floating around in the news media about the ‘bubble’ theory of real estate and that the real estate market is going to burst – this may have a psychological impact on the potential buyer or seller. What this means is there will be more investors and buyers that will be very conservative in their buying approach.

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Education in Real Estate  Investing 101

by Valerie Robinson, REI & CME  on January 25,2019

In the days when real estate  was “Golden”, when investors, sellers and buyers across our vast country was looking for opportunities and generally found them!   But with the transitioning that occurred in both markets, real estate had and did withstand the up and down financial and economical rigors.  Lenders and Investors both learned quite abruptly where and what the dangers were let alone their expectations on how to avoid, or handle them.  If you are just beginning to consider the idea of Entrepreneurship or idea of investing in real estate you are new investor or “newbie”and you do need some instruction to avoid losing your shirt, and probably your pants, hat and sanity, as well.

First you  will need to determine what your strategy will be in real estate investing.  Do you want to buy a property, fix it up and sell it quickly or do you want to buy a property,hold it and wait for the market to increase?  Do you want to deal with renters? All of these questions are ones that you need to answer before you invest in any piece of real estate.

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Thinking Ahead 2019

Consider what to do when ballooning consumer debt finally pops

Article Published by : American Banker, January 2019.

Commentary by: Valerie Robinson, REI & CME  on January 25,2019

Bankers are getting more concerned and worried about the rising cost of consumer delinquencies. What does this mean?  While households are managing to keep up with their loan payments, many are taking on more debt than ever. According to the banks, “Total household debt hit an all time high of $13.5 Trillion in the third quarter.”[1] Credit card and auto loans  delinquencies are seen on a downward term as seen from the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC.

The Banks have factored in the slow wage growth of the economy, the high housing costs and even the low personal saving rates among us working -class families. Is mentions how the bans can imagine  many households falling behind on their monthly bill payments even if the economy sours , or it they are faced with a sudden financial shock,divorce,unexpected major medical expense. Some will even wind up in bankruptcy. The problem with this model/scenario is that some borrowers of real estate  can wind up in deeper debt than anticipated. I’m NOT saying this is how you, the real estate investor will end up or see yourself in the years to come.

This is from the banks view regarding finance and where the economy is today and reflective of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Jerry L Nemorin, a former Wall Street investment banker commented as he stated,”This was during the financial crisis, and many consumers were in distress. There was no solution out there that was a  fully comprehensive solution and help work through the problems at that time”. Investors should be more savvy with knowledgeable

Education in Real Estate Investing 101

by valerie Robinson, REI & CME  on January 22,2019

There are several online sights that are helpful resources for banking, rate of interests forums and information on how to investigate Finance for yourself.  Your next step is to learn how to investigate the value of real estate properties yourself. The question we receive most is” Should you use or a real estate agent and have them show you property after property while you try to look for a good real estate investment? This question we will address and offer our opinion in our next article.

LINKS TO THIS WEEK’S ARTICLES:

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

Let’s Talk Commercial Real Estate Shall We?

The difference Between Income Tax and Property Tax

The Benefits of Real Estate Investing!

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The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing!

Investing in real estate can be profitable if you know the correct ways to do business in this field. As real estate investment experts say there are several keys to making significant profits in real estate investment deals. And when the deals are profitable, you will certainly be well on your way to success. For real estate investment neophytes, don’t be afraid of the challenges and pitfalls you may encounter along the way.

There is definitely a lot to learn, but in the long run after you have gained some experience, you’ll hopefully become a master at closing profitable real estate deals. There are 5 core skills that are necessary for building a real estate investment business. These will be the key factors in creating a profitable real estate investment portfolio.

These are the 5 core skills of real estate investment:  
  1. You should totally understand the meaning and concept of investing in real estate, including all of the financial risks and benefits.
  2. You must learn when and where to find the right kind of sellers.
  3. You must become an expert in all areas of real estate investment and understand such terms as lease options, cash sales, wrap mortgages, short sales and other terminology common in the real estate investment trade.
  4. You must be able to quickly and accurately analyze each real estate investment deal so you’ll know exactly when to proceed and when to pull the plug.
  5. You must learn the art of being a master negotiator when it comes to closing your real estate investment deals.

After considering these five skills, it is time to consider investing in real estate. There are great potential rewards and the effort you put forth can yield enormous monetary returns on your investment. Your confidence level will grow when you’ve gained some experience and closed on your first few real estate deals. But, don’t stop there…

You should continue to learn about real estate investing and to develop your investment skills. In a short time you may find yourself managing a profitable and growing portfolio of investment properties. Moreover, you should also continue to follow your real estate investment “game plan” and always keep an eye out for the hidden investment opportunities. The opportunities are definitely out there and with a little knowledge and desire can be yours for the taking.

So, why not get started in what might be a new and exciting (and profitable) career today? For more information on starting a career in real estate investing contact me for an appointment to discuss. If this article was helpful please leave a comment below.

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