Real Estate Software – An Agent’s Guide to Software

Each, day thousands of real estate professionals go online to
research real estate software. But what is real estate software, and how
can it help you improve your real estate business? These are the
questions we will address here.

What is Real Estate Software?

When
we talk about real estate software, we’re actually covering a wide
spectrum of software products. In general terms, real estate software is
any software that helps you manage some aspect of your real estate
business.

The “some aspect” part of that definition is important,
because to date there is no real estate software that will help you
manage all aspects of your business. Instead, most types of real estate
software are designed to help you manage a certain element of your
business, like contract preparation for example.

Various Types of Real Estate Software

Below,
we look at some of the most popular types of real estate software. As
you will see, each type of software is designed to help you perform a
certain part of your real estate business. Please note that this list is
not all-inclusive. There are more types of real estate software than I
could possibly cover in this one resource. So at the end of this guide,
I’ve listed some additional resources where you can find any type of
real estate-related software imaginable.

Content Management Systems

Some
types of real estate software are designed to help you manage property
listings on your website. Basically, these are content management
systems (CMS) that have been adapted for real estate purposes. A good
example of such a program would be Realty Manager by Interactive Tools.

Such
programs allow you to add, edit or remove property listings (including
house photos) within your real estate website — without any knowledge
of web coding. If you have listings on your website that require
constant management, you can see the convenience of this kind of real
estate software.

Real Estate Contract Software

As the
name implies, this type of real estate software helps agents prepare
real estate contracts. As you well know, contracts are a big (and often
time-consuming) part of the real estate business. So anything that can
streamline and simplify the process would be welcomed by real estate
agents. That’s what contract-management software strives to do.

One
of the best features of real estate contract software — a feature you
should look for when purchasing this type of software — is the ability
to create contract templates by pulling in required disclosures and
other commonly used items from your city and state. This way, once you
have the real estate contract software set up how you want, you would
simply enter new client details and listing prices to generate
contracts.

Real Estate CMA Software

Once again, the
name tells you what this type of real estate software does. CMA software
helps you prepare comparable listings / sales reports that you can show
to clients. The biggest benefits of this type of software are time
savings, professional appearance, and basic mathematical functions. CMA
software will help you produce an attractive and informative CMA report
in less time than doing it without software assistance.

Contact Management Software

Contact
management software is not to be confused with contract management
software. Though they only differ by one letter, these two types of
software have nothing in common. Contact management software helps you
manage your contacts, or client communications.

Most of these applications are built around databases.
You enter client information into the database (with details such as
name, phone number, neighborhood of interest, etc.), and then you can
easily search the data later.

When choosing a contact management
solution, look for one that allows customization of the data fields. You
want the ability to create whatever info fields for each contact that’s
important to you. All of these programs will let you enter the basics,
like name, phone number, address and the like. But what if you wanted to
also label people with buyer vs. seller? Or by price range? Or by the
neighborhoods they’re interested in? You’ll need this kind of
flexibility, and any good contact managements solution should offer it.

Real Estate Educational Software

This
is another popular type of real estate software. As the name implies,
this kind of software helps you advance your professional education. The
most common types of real estate educational software are the test
preparation programs. These programs help you prepare for state
licensing exams and other real estate-related professional exams. For
just about every real estate exam you can imagine, there’s a piece of
software that can help you prepare for it.

Virtual Tour Software

Virtual
tours are extremely popular among real estate professionals these days.
Home buyers love virtual tours, so when you add them to your real
estate website, you’ve increased your website’s value for your key
audience. The only problem is, virtual tours are not an easy thing to
put together. That’s where this type of real estate software comes in.

One
way to create virtual tours is to have a virtual tour company do it for
you. With this option, you shoot the photos or film footage yourself,
and send it to a virtual tour company who creates the finished product.
But for the more adventurous agents, there is also the virtual tour
software path. Using this software, the agent creates his or her own
virtual tours, using photos taken by the agents themselves.

Real Estate Website Software

This
software covers a pretty broad spectrum. Real estate website software
can help you with many aspects of your website, from creating graphics
to capturing leads. But one product rarely does it all. Most types of
real estate website software are highly specialized, performing a
certain aspect of website enhancement.

Conclusion

So
we’ve seen that for every type of real estate business function, there’s
a piece of software to help you do it more efficiently and (ideally)
more effectively. Does that mean you need all of the real estate
software on this list? Obviously not. My advice is to look at the
business functions where you spend the most time, and shop for a
software product that can simplify that process for you.

It’s also
a good idea to play around with different types of real estate software
before buying. Most software vendors have either a free trial or an
online demo through which you can judge the product for yourself. If you
come across a software vendor who offers neither of these trial
options, then keep shopping. When purchasing real estate software,
always follow the rule of “try before you buy.”

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How Real Estate Investors Wholesale Houses For Cash

Flipping houses usually refers to buying and selling houses. It really means wholesaling houses even though most people take it to mean buying, fixing and selling houses. Wholesaling houses involves buying houses below market value, rehabbing them if they need repairs, then selling them for a profit.

This is the definition we will stick to in this article.

Wholesaling houses is the quickest method to create cash in real estate investing. It also needs the least amount of cash invested in the deal. Occasionally you can wholesale houses without using your own cash.

So how do you do it?

1)Identify cheap houses
The best source of cheap houses is motivated sellers. People with legal issues and who own houses form the best source of cheap houses. These are people with inherited property, bad tenants, liens on their properties, divorcing and so on.

The easiest way is to send them letters or post cards. In my business, they get 2 mail pieces a month apart. Each letter or post card prominently displays my website URL as the main call to action. My phone number is less obvious. This way, I drive them to my real estate investor website which pre-sells for me.

Chances are the transactions I get are fully pre-screened and pre-negotiated so I need just a few minutes to tell whether it is a deal or not – then make an offer or move on.

Some people wholesale properties that have been foreclosed, but this is not the subject of this article.

2)Sign a contract to buy
As soon as you have identified a good deal whose figures look desirable, you must put it into contract. In each state, there are contracts regularly used by real estate agents, or you can get contracts that can be used countrywide. I prefer to use contracts mandated by our state real estate commission because they are more popular and most people, including title companies and sellers are more comfortable with them.

3)Begin title work.
The first thing I do is fax my contracts to my title company for title work to begin. You must ensure you buy and sell the house free of any liens. This is the job of the title company. As an investor, you do not need to get too concerned about the technicalities involved. I prefer to let professionals do their work.

4)Identify buyer with cash
Buyers with real cash in the bank are preferable. With cash transactions, you have few limitations in the transaction. Most real estate investors buying houses may have sold a house or have a line of credit for cash purchases.

Alternatively they have private money investors or get cash from hard money lenders.

Avoid buyers looking for traditional financing. Most loan companies will not lend on houses that need restoration and you could have seasoning issues, meaning you must hold the property for 6 months to 1 year before you can sell it.

5)Sign a contract to sell
The type of contract you sign depends on the amount of money in the deal. First, you must leave enough money in the deal for the real estate investor buyer. After all they will do rehab work.

I prefer to do a contract assignment if my potential profit is less than $10,000.

In contract assignment, you simply assign your contract to your real estate investor buyer. You assign the contract; you do not sell or assign the house. This is perfectly legal all over the country and you do not need a license for it. This contract is usually as little as 2 to 3 paragraphs.

In this case, the real estate investor buyer you wholesale the deal to closes the transaction, not you. You collect an assignment fee once the deal is closed.

If I am making more than $10,00 or my profits are near or the same as the real estate investor I sell to, then I prefer to do a simultaneous closing, also called double closing. This involves buying the house from my motivated seller, then selling it to my real estate investor buyer.

In a double closing, you buy and sell on the same table, so it involves 2 transactions. In this case, you own the property for a few minutes before you sell it. Of course, you have to incur closing costs that you do not incur in contract assignment.

He contract for simultaneous closing id just like the one to buy with a higher selling price and more favorable terms for you.

Whichever contract you sign, make sure to collect earnest money. I always make sure the earnest money is non-refundable if they do not buy the house. You must make sure the contract expires before your contract to buy and the property reverts back to you.

6)Collect your cash
You must make ensure follow the transaction process until the deal is closed. You collect your check from the title company when the transaction is completed. It is therefore in your best interest to make sure you close any loose ends and make sure the deal does not fall between your fingers.

How must cash must you have to flip houses?
When you sign your contract with the buyer, you may have to put up earnest money, usually between $100 to $500. There is no contract without earnest money. When I sign the contract to sell, I collect an earnest money check which is deposited with the title company.

In simultaneous closing, you can use the cash from your investor buyer to close the first transaction so you may not need to use your own money. If your buyer source of funds does not allow you to use his money to close the first transaction, then you might need to get transactional funding to a few points to close the first transaction before you can sell.

When all is said and done, the checks you collect from flipping houses will be easy and fast. You can buy and sell a few houses a month.

Chennai Real Estate Market Boom And Investing Advantages

There are been a fast growth in the real estate in India, that has uplifted many part of the country such as Bengaluru, Cochin, Hyderabad, and Chennai. The value of the properties in these areas has touched a far unimaginable price. Out of all these cities, Chennai is the one not to be missed.

In Chennai, every real estate sector such as residential, retail, and commercial has a huge demand. In residential sector, both individual houses as well as apartments are preferred. And in commercial sector, SEZ’s are on the rise. And due to this factor, it is emerging fast in laying a strong real estate market, in the whole country and facing an upward trend.

The prices of Chennai Real estate varies depending on the factors like building construction type, location, amenities, accessibility, and so on.

Reasons for Phenomenal Growth:

With this uptrend scale, everyone might be left wondering why the Chennai property is worth. Listed below are some of the few reasons.

1.The city is properly connected to the other countries and satellite cities

2.The city has some of the credible educational institutions in its kitty

3.The city offers a world class healthcare and other medical services and facilities

4.The city has some high-tech communication channels equipped well, for e.g. High speed internet

5.Growth of SEZ’s, IT, and ITES

6.High level income from the IT and ITES division

7.Non residing Indians, who turn back to Chennai for an enhanced opportunities both personally and
professionally

8.The home loan options which are flexible

During the recession period, there was a small downfall in the Chennai’s real estate market. With the situation getting better, the demand has risen again. The expensive areas for getting residential apartments in Chennai are Mylapore, Adayar, RA Puram, Besant Nagar, Annamalaipuram, and Egmore. These are considerably closer to the city area. Apart from this, the other farther from city places such as Perungalathur, vanderloo, and Shozinganalur are also growing rapidly. GST road and OMR road is coming with a lot of residential projects with lots amenities.

In Parallel the commercial real estate market is showing an equal growth. A lot of new projects are under construction, due to the space demand created by the IT companies. The evergreen place preferences for the commercial properties in Chennai are Cathedral Road, Lloyds Road, Nungambakkam, and Anna Salai. If you are a factory or a heavy duty factory owner then you will be ideally looking for places in Ambattur and Guindy. The IT sector has its offices mostly in Old Mahabalipuram, Tharamani, and Tambaram.

Chennai real estate marketers are looking out for every avenue to attract the companies. They segregate the companies in different levels and offer intricate designs and other amenity which is suits the specific sector.Those differences are:

.Grade A – Specifically for Multinational ITES and IT firms.

.Grade B and C – Specifically for domestic and local companies.

People, who invest in Chennai real estate market, can expect a great amount of return, as it has grown in 200 %.

Fort Laudedale Real Estate Prices Rise But Fort Lauderdale Realtor Sees Bumps Ahead

Fort Lauderdale area real estate prices are on a huge upswing and you can see the news just about everywhere you look. From the Real Estate section of the local Fort Lauderdale newspaper that for year has spent many pages on gloom and doom, to the signs in front of local real estate offices that are covered with positive accolades about the local real estate market. It appears that on many levels the bottom has passed and happy days are here again for the sellers of Ft Lauderdale Real Estate… but maybe, not so fast!

Just like there was a perfect storm of events that burst the bubble on the real estate boom. There appears to be some events that have fueled a quick reversal in prices that simply may not last. I want to get to the point of this Fort Lauderdale Real Estate article before I even explain my theory further.

I don’t expect the exuberant price increases to continue, I expect to see a leveling off and a return to a stable market!

It’s a great time to be a buyer of South Florida Real Estate, and if you are a buyer its time to come to grips with the fact that you missed the bottom. Now maybe the time to start working closely with a Fort Lauderdale Realtor to find a great deal before the next rise in prices, prices you out of your dream home.

Now that we got right to the point, let’s talk about why the quick upswing in prices and somethings that could slow down the dramatic shift. To begin I need to quote Gary Keller, not sure of it was original but it was from him that I heard it, ” the pendulum swings fastest at the bottom”, and that has certainly happened. Large hedge fund investors in the Fort Lauderdale market have been buying property at a feverish pace, and often paying over market value driving prices up? The rumors are they are not renting these homes as quickly as they thought and are slowing down on these purchases. I do not think this will hurt the market in itself as there are many smaller investors ready to buy all the distressed homes that come to market and bidding wars will remain a norm.

Fort Lauderdale Real Estate force #2, the cranes are moving again over the City of Fort Lauderdale. You still can’t sell a condo or a home for what it will cost to build but the gap is closing quickly. In Fort Lauderdale where vacant land is in short supply we have seen the return of the individual home owners willing to build. There are people building their personal dream homes at all levels of the local real Estate market. In addition 1000’s of new rental properties are currently under construction in the city. These can slow down the market by causing a drop in rents, forcing smaller investors to drop their sale prices and creating a chain reaction to help level the playing field. Certainly this is not a good or bad thing; it is just another one of the forces facing our market.

Last but not least in Broward County we still have approximately 40,000 properties at some point of foreclosure. Based on some new laws the banks have had to regroup in order to be successful in their foreclosure actions. But as they do come back to court and these actions do start to move forward, and property does become available it will certainly cause some downward pressure on pricing.

As I see it, great days are ahead for the Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market, but at this point is was time for a little reality check! This is not the time to allow a market very short on inventory to cause you to become a reactive buyer. Its time to identify what you are looking for and wait for the perfect home to come your way.It is thetime to be diligent and watch prices and interest rates so you can make a decision that is right for you and your family.

Turkish Jewelry And Turkish Real Estate Make Good Investments

Buying Turkish jewelry or Turkish Real Estate is a wise investment. Turkey is noted for its naturally beautiful and historical landmarks. It is also famous for its gold deposits which outdistance the puny 19K in the U.S. or Canada; Turkish gold is 22K, 23K, and 24K. investing in either jewelry or Turkish real estate can double your investments.

Jewelry Industry

Turkey is fast becoming one of the worlds emerging leaders in the export of jewelry and precious metals, rivaling Italy. The country can produce 200 tons of silver and 400 tons of gold annually, but this capacity has not been fully exploited. The top producers of jewelry are in the Anatolia area, Ankara, and Izmir, but the center for jewelry production is found in Istanbul. The growth of the jewelry industry in Turkey has grown to employ some 250,000 people.

Turkish gold and silver jewelry are ornamented with precious and semi-precious stones. These are usually designed with Anatolian or Turkish influences, which make Turkish jewelry distinctive. Expect architectural and textile designs on bracelets, rings, and necklaces. But there are newer designs to cater to modern taste.

With a reputed jeweler, tourists can get the best gold jewelry with less the cost back home and a certificate will be provided for every purchase of jewelry to authenticate its value.

Turkey is also famous for its precious stonesblack amber and iridized opal. Black amber in the Turkish region and nearby areas dates back to 130 million years ago and is prized for the unusual color. Opal, another precious stone, is iridized to give it a shine.

A popular jewelry piece is the silver and gold gilded necklaces and bracelets highlighted with semi-precious stones in varying colors, earrings of black amber and opal set in gold, multi-colored opal bracelets, silver and gold double chokers and bracelets in lacy designs, handcrafted anklets, and Evil Eye bracelets.

Turkey’s Real Estate Industry

Purchase of real estate property is restricted to twenty-four countries; among these are U.S. and Canada. Other countries are mostly European countries and it takes one to two months before the title deed is given to the buyer.

There is an assortment of Turkish real estate properties on the market ranging from golf apartments or villas, hotels, vacation homes, apartments, and land. Prices vary according to upscale and provincial locations for 200,000 or 29,000. Buyers can choose any location and type of property in any part of Turkey.

Properties on sale can be viewed online but before a purchase is made, an ocular inspection is advised to ensure that the property is in good condition and the documents are in order. A reliable online broker can be trusted to handle the transaction. But when personally buying the property, a reservation has to be made. The customer’s passport will be submitted to the Land registry Office.

The papers of the property will be inspected by the Military Head Office to check if the property is not located in a military zone. Taxes and fees have to be paid to the tax office and the authorized bank. The payments are announced during the final transaction in the office of the land registry before the seller and buyer sign the land registry book.