The real estate business is a vicious one. You have estate agents doing every thing they can to get as much clients as they can handle. Which is a good thing for the clients because the competition is keeping their fees down. However, not all people are comfortable in using a third-party in such transactions. So is it wise to use a real estate agent?In order to find the answer to that question, you have to know the good and bad things that come with using someone like this. If you don’t know what these are, then you will find the following very interesting.The Advantages Of Using A Third-Party1. They know how everything works.- Selling or buying a house is not as easy as selling or buying a car, or a TV. Excluding ones personal taste and safety requirements, there is a lot of paper work that needs doing. Since you are talking about ownership rights and properties, you need to know exactly where to go and what to do. As a private person, there is no way to know this, unless you sold or bought several houses so far. But if this is your first time, then such an individual will be very helpful to you as he knows which papers need doing.2. They get things done faster.- Properties get sold and bought a lot in every city, state or country. As a result, estate agents develop all sorts of relationships with a lot of the country officials and state workers. Thus they can get paper work done a lot faster as they know where to go and know people there who will assist them in doing things a lot faster.3. They can shield you from frauds and scams.- Since the real estate business is a very rich one, there are a lot of scams going on. The most targeted ones are the home owners who don’t use a third-party for their transactions or make a bad choice in picking an agent. Since the real estate agents know the ins and outs of a transaction, they will make it safe for the client and protect them from any fraud attempts.4. They give advice based on fact.- Since they don’t have any emotional link to a transaction, their advice will be based purely on fact and past experience. If you are selling a home, they will tell you what price you should ask in order to make a quick sale. If you are buying a property, they will tell you if you are making a good choice or not.The Disadvantages Of Using Realtors1. Double commission charging.As you might already know, realtors take a small percentage of the transaction for their services. But sometimes, if only one party is using an agent, then that agent will charge the commission for both parties.2. There are also bad agents.Not every person is a just one. The same goes for realtors. If you are not careful who you get to represent you, you might end up being the victim of some elaborate fraud. So make sure you check and double-check when picking an estate agency.Now you know the cold hard facts. It is up to you to decide whether to use an estate agent or not. Personally, I would accept using such agents as long as I know they will be of use to me.
Agreed that internet is THE most happening thing these days, but cannot overlook some of the most essential requirements of the human race. One of such needs is the need for shelter and protection – buildings/infrastructure/real estate or as you would like to call it. Increasing purchasing power has made it easier for people to build and own their dream. However, unless one is a contractor or a big-wig in the construction arena, it may get really difficult for them to build a home/property from scratch.The good part is that many youngsters and newbies are venturing in this real estate business, thanks to the generous funding support they receive from private investors; the most important of them being the angel investors. Real estate is one thing that investors are never shy of putting their money into because they know that with time, the investment is going to yield good monetary benefits. In fact, they might be shy of putting their money into a new technological idea (because they might not foresee the technical success of the project) but will surely do if the project deals with real estate.• It is the best source of funds: Angel investors as already mentioned, are investors who are looking for sources from where they believe that they will get their money back (along with a good investment decision). Land and property are always known to have given people, reasons to rejoice and unless there have been severe flaws in real estate investment decisions, people have profited hugely from such an investment.• Funds for infrastructure development are easy to secure: Property development is a forever on-going process. Even if you have an old piece of property and want to demolish and re-build it once again; know that you’re infusing a fresh lease of life in that and going by current market rates, that is surely to boom much more than you could think of!Even banks which have otherwise been shy of giving out loans are interested in real estate development because they believe that is a place which will get them their capital along with the returns, guaranteed! However here too, angel investors are the best because they will give you a buffer period to have settled down in the new business and return their money and interest earned over the decided period of time.• The Real Estate Business is booming again!: The recessional period was one of the darkest periods in the financial history of the world. Fortunately it is over for now and things have started to look up again. With the developing world’s population on a spending spree, it is time for the new business ventures to capitalize on the same and what can be more lucrative than developing real estate? Correspondingly, the property sector is heated up and people are pouring more money into it than before – as a secure and high-return investment.Naturally, you’ll not have to worry about funds as long as the angel investors are there. The job is to capitalize with the funds in hand!
Today, buyers need not look further than their desktop computers or laptop to search for real estate properties. That’s why real estate agents develop web sites on top of their traditional advertisements in the hopes of generating real estate leads online.After creating a real estate website, the next concern of a real estate agent is to come up with effective strategies that will make the site generate RE leads. Two of the challenges that most real estate agents face in developing a lead generating website is driving traffic into the site and converting these visitors into real estate leads. Although it may sound simple, it actually requires a lot of time and financial resources in planning and devising online marketing strategies that will work.How to Get More Visitors to Your WebsiteThere are many ways to drive traffic to your site. You can use Pay per Click advertising, which is hosted by Yahoo, MSN or Google. All you have to do is set up a PPC account, name the search terms or keywords that you want to direct to you (ex. RE, online real estate agent), and then come up with a short ad for your website.When someone searches using one of your search terms, you ad will then appear in the Sponsored Link area on the results page. If potential RE leads click on the link for your ad, you will be charged for it. But because of the cost involved, it’s not efficient to rely on this method alone in driving traffic to your site.The best way to get more traffic, and hopefully leads is to use SEO or search engine optimization to get a higher ranking in the search engine results page. If someone searches using one of your search terms, your website will be listed in the results page itself, and not just in the Sponsored Link area.How to Convert Visitors into Real – Estate LeadsYour website design should motivate the visitors to stay much longer in your site, and hopefully become realestate leads. To do so, your website should provide the necessary information and research tools that will help buyers search for homes and other properties. This increases the chances of converting your visitors into leads.First, come up with an effective website design. This means you take everything into consideration, from the layout, navigation, aesthetic appeal, optimization, and quality content, among others. A first-time visitor should feel welcome in your website and should want to stay much longer to explore. Your contact information should also be easy to find.To convert visitors into leads, provide value. Allow them access to estate information and search tools even without registering. Then, if they fully trust you and perceive the service you offer to be valuable, you can require them to register to access special features. You can then check on them and call them using the email address they provide or contact numbers. The rest depends on your marketing skills in converting real estate leads into clients.