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4 ways real estate can turbocharge your retirement income

It's not unusual: An investor five or 10 years from retirement worries the nest egg will come up short, wants a boost over the finish line but …

Real Estate

Four Strategies To Create More Referrals For Your Business

Every business owner wants to grow. At Spotlight Branding, we’ve grown our own business dramatically over the last seven years, and we’ve done it by helping our clients (primarily law firms) do the same. Over that time, though, I’ve noticed an interesting trend: As technology accelerates, more and …

Business Strategy

How to Write a Contingency Into Your Buyer's Offer to Purchase

Sellers write contingencies into counter offers more often in seller's markets than in buyer's markets. But it's not uncommon to see a seller ask a …

Compass real estate brokerage disrupts with high-tech, smart 'for sale' sign

It is the most visible, most effective and most mundane marketing tool in all of real estate. The "for sale" sign. And it hasn't changed in more than …

Real Estate

13 Insider Tips To Take Your Real Estate Game To Another Level

Real estate development and investing isn’t just about looking for a good deal from one day to the next. It’s also about keeping a close eye on the markets, identifying the relevant market trends and deciding when to make your next move with a subtle approach or an aggressive one.<p>So, how do you …

Which Is More Profitable: Foreclosures, Short Sales or REOs?

Distressed Home Sales: Foreclosures, Short Sales, REOs<p>Which is more profitable: foreclosures, short sales or REOs?<p>Updated April 06, 2018<p>Foreclosures, …

Tired of the hassle of selling your home? Try this all-cash alternative

It’s the oldest fix-and-flip pitch in American real estate: “We’ll buy your home, guaranteed, no matter what its condition, and we’ll pay you quick cash with no commissions, and close in seven days or less.”<p>You’ve probably encountered versions of this on TV or elsewhere. The only way such offers …

Real Estate

Allen Buchanan: Do cap rates matter?

Investors in commercial real estate — folks who rely on the rent paid by a tenant for their livelihood — use a number of different measures to …

Real Estate

13 Smart Ways to Sell Your Home as Fast as Possible

Here’s how to score the most money, close the sale, and get settled in your new home ASAP.<p>If you have been debating whether or not to sell your home, …

The 8 Best Real Estate Apps to Get in 2018

House hunting just got much easier<p>Updated April 06, 2018<p>Buying a home is likely the most expensive purchase you will ever make in your life. If you …

These startups make selling your house as easy as possible

Dubbed “iBuyers,” Opendoor and Offerpad will make an offer on your house within hours<p>Moving into a new home can be a time-consuming, costly, and chaotic process. Selling your current home can drag on and on as brokers field offers, negotiate, and finally close. The closing date may not line up with …

How to “hack” your way to mortgage-free housing

For the vast majority of homebuyers, the reality of taking out a mortgage and making monthly payments can be intimidating, particularly for …

How to clear up a faulty deed after purchasing a home

By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin<p><b>Q</b>: We purchased a house and have been going through a lawyer to get our deed from the previous owner. In the meantime, we’ve been living in the house for well over a year as well as paying the property taxes.<p>We finally got the deed and will be getting it …

Realtors go beyond a bottle of wine with personalized and elaborate closing gifts

TORONTO — Every time Toronto realtor Mike Donia helps a client close on a home, he drops some money of his own.<p>Sometimes he spends it on a trip to …

Real Estate

Sound Off: What should buyers know when waiving contingencies?

<b>A:</b> In today’s fast-paced, low-inventory, competitive market, buyers are doing everything they can to structure their offer to be the winning one. It is important that buyers remember to protect themselves by not getting caught up in the frenzy, and to understand how waiving any contingency impacts …

Real Estate

Insider Advice on Controlling the Sales Funnels for Your Service Businesses

The sales cycle for a service business is different from other consumer businesses. Learn the difference so you can profit.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Robert W. Bly’s book</i> The Digital Marketing Handbook. <i>Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & …

Small Business

What you can do now to prepare for the spring home-buying season

By Jon Coile<p>Home buyers familiar with the Washington region know that they will face stiff competition this spring.<p>Increasing prices and a very limited number of homes for sale mean that buyers need to be extremely well-prepared when the spring buying season begins.<p>Buyers should be taking the …

Real Estate

Myths and truths about buying a home

Buying a home isn’t easy.<p>Aisha Blake, 26, learned that when she decided to purchase and fix up a century-old house in Detroit — on her own. Her …

5 Professionals You Need to Consult When Buying a Home

Shares 21<p>—<br>If you are in the market to buy a new home, you have probably been drawn to it by its curb appeal. You may have driven by the home at …

15 top tips for buying or selling a home in 2018...from the people who know

With spring slowly emerging after a late winter blast the property market will start to step up a gear.<p>Potential buyers will be scouring Rightmove …

Selling

This startup just raised $5 million to automate the clunky real estate appraisal process

When Noah Isaacs and John Meadows were best friends growing up in Berkeley, Calif., they dreamed of remaining friends for life. What they didn’t imagine was living together in New York and starting a company together — yet they have. It’s called Bowery Valuation, and it’s aiming to bring commercial …

Using an SBA Loan in a Creative Way

Thinking about debt in a different way can help clear the way to growth.<p>Hypothetical example of the day: A client has a successful consulting business that's been growing slowly but steadily. She's well-respected in the field and has carved out a solid niche.<p>Her top-line revenue is about $2 million …

How to Stop Foreclosure and (Hopefully) Save Your Home

Wondering how to stop foreclosure? If you're more than 90 days behind on your mortgage payments, your lender is probably knocking (or putting a …

Real Estate

Investment return: Here's how much your home remodel will pay you back

As home prices and mortgage rates rise, more and more homeowners are choosing to stay put and remodel.<p>Yet, depending on the project, some of the returns are diminishing. Remodeling spending is expected to approach $340 billion in 2018, a 7.5% increase over last year, according to Harvard's Joint …

Real Estate

Self-Employment Tax in 2018: Here's How Much You'll Have to Pay

Find out what you'll owe the IRS if you work for yourself.<p>Employees understand how depressing it can be to have their paychecks get reduced due to …

Retirement

Don't Stop at the Close: Selling Across the Full Customer Lifecycle

Closing a sale doesn't guarantee a happy customer<p>Recently, I went through the process of choosing a new SaaS product for my agency (out of respect for all involved, I'm keeping the name of the company and the kind of product they sell confidential).<p>I researched several providers and talked to sales …

How Do You Become a Great Salesperson? (Most People Forget to Do This 1 Thing)

Becoming a great salesperson takes practice. Lots of it.<p>Dale Carnegie framed it best: to become a great salesperson, you have to remember that people want to do business with people they like and respect. At the end of the day, while you may be selling to a customer, what you're really doing is …

Report: The SEC Is Investigating Jared Kushner’s Family Over Its Use Of The EB-5 Visa Program

Following up on prior reports of investigations into the Kushner family’s real-estate company’s purported use of visa programs that exchange green cards for business investments, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> indicates the Securities and Exchange Commission is getting involved. Per the paper’s latest …

Eight real estate start-ups to watch in 2018

Both residential and commercial estate agents have been hit by a wave of proptech disruption since Purplebricks launched in Australia in late 2016, …

Real Estate

How to Sell a House to a Family Member: Tax Implications and Experts You Should Hire

If you're wondering how to sell a house to a family member, first, a bit of congratulations are in order. You've found a buyer! The most strenuous …