What is an investment? For most people, it’s buying stocks and shares. However, it’s quite intimidating, given the turbulent nature of current circumstances. So if you are looking to invest, real estate is always a smart choice. It’s a physical asset, a great passive income generator – overall, a reliable revenue source. You might not have known that there are several types of real estate investments, and you should think long and hard before you decide which is the best for you.
Passive real estate investments
As the word implies, this is the type of investment where you take a more passive role. There is no driving around in search of a suitable property. Instead, there are real estate investment platforms where you can browse through the options. These platforms often function as crowdfunding websites. You will find a specific project you want to invest in. The amount of money you will put in will depend on the project and the platform of your choice. Then, your money will be put together with other investors’ money, and you will receive dividends from the projects you have invested in. Dividends will, of course, be proportionate to the amount of money you have put in.
Realty Executives is proud to announce the completion of the Realty Executives Property Expert training series.
Realty Executives International partnered with RPR® (Realtors Property Resource), a market data and analytics platform offered through the National Association of REALTORS®, to provide comprehensive training, free of charge, focused on leveraging RPR tools.
The tools and strategies covered in the educational course are designed to better position Executives as the local experts in their markets. Each session featured different facets of the real estate journey. As a Realty Executives Property Expert, an agent is prepared to tap into neighborhood statistics, school information, and market activity, ensuring top quality service to home buyers and sellers. This data-driven approach is essential for keeping abreast of changes in the market.
Realty Executives International is committed to providing ongoing, timely opportunities for their agents and brokers to grow and expand their real estate knowledge, in order to provide unparalleled customer service.
A real estate agent that works for a property seller is called a listing agent or a seller’s agent. They have a number of functions, but they can all be summed up in the fact that they are supposed to represent the best interests of the seller in all they do.
Knowing what listing agents do is quite beneficial, especially if you’re at the point of making a decision on whether or not to hire an agent to help sell your property.
This article will explain the functions a listing agent performs for a property seller.
Set a List Price
It is only logical to set a price for your property, one that you believe is worth the value of the property. Your listing agent would typically use a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the list price of your house.
The list price would be based on an analysis of the local real estate market, its prevailing market dynamics and recent sales of the property in your area.
The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm this year, and it shows no signs of going away soon. It seems that, for the time being, we’ll have to get used to “the new normal”. But what does that look like for the real estate market? The virus and all attempts to stop it have already changed how we work, travel, even shop for groceries. Indeed, buying a house is going to look different in this new world too. It’s still hard to say precisely which changes are here to stay for good and which are just temporary. But one thing is for sure: the health crisis is affecting buyers in urban areas at the moment. In some ways, city dwellers looking for a real estate investment have an advantage because of this. In other ways, however, buying a home in the city right now is more challenging than ever.
There is less competition for urban properties at the moment
Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, experts predicted 2020 would be one of the best years for real estate in decades. While those predictions never quite came true, they also weren’t that far off: most real estate agents are reporting postponements rather than cancellations from potential buyers. This proves that people are still very much interested in investing in real estate even now.
Fall is full of beautiful colors, crisp air and bountiful tables, making it the perfect time to put together some fall table settings to enjoy the season.
We all know how pumpkins are the talk of the town when summer comes to an end. Not only are they great for cooking and carving, but they also make for great table decor. You can use real or fake pumpkins as a classic centerpiece that can also be made modern. Many people will buy small plastic pumpkins and paint them white, black or metallic, to match their own personality and give a unique twist on a traditional piece.
Crimson and Florals
We often see orange, red, brown or cream when it comes to fall, but the season is much more colorful than that! Try adding crimson floral pieces or crimson place settings to your table in order to give a richer feeling and stand out from the crowd. Crimson is also a great option because it can be paired with neutral and bright colors, depending on the atmosphere you are trying to create.
Like many other things, Halloween in the COVID-19 era will look a little different this year. Everything from virtual Halloween parties to kids socially-distanced trick-or-treating, this year’s holiday will feel a bit off. Many people might opt to celebrate Halloween from home this year or over video—which will certainly be a unique experience.
That doesn’t mean the show can’t go on however, there are still many ways to celebrate this year’s spooky night from the comfort of your couch. Here are some of our favorite ways to get in the Halloween spirit right from home!
1. Have a scary movie marathon
If there has ever been a year to have a movie marathon in your living room, it would be in 2020. Scary movies are classic staples of Halloween-time. With the weather getting cooler and more people staying inside, having a marathon of your favorite horror films can help revive some of the Halloween spirit.
There’s no question that smart homes are a trend that’s here to stay. One research group estimates that 28 percent of U.S. households will be smart homes by 2021. Although smart homes can surely make everyday activities a little more convenient, they can also put homeowners and property owners at risk if they aren’t secured properly. These devices are typically connected over a WiFi network, so it is important to make sure that your network is as secure as possible. Here are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your smart home devices give you maximum security.
Change Your Passwords
It might seem obvious that “pass12345” is not a great password, but it is important to take stock of your online accounts and ensure your login credentials are secure. Generic passwords, while easier to remember, are generally less secure. Typically, more secure passwords contain special characters and numbers and are also unique and different for every account.