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9 tips to success in real estate marketing
Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated October 02, 2019 2025 0 2 0 0 1
Being a real estate investor for a year now and positioning my first poorly built website to be number one on the first page of Google and all other search engines on all my major keywords with some closed deals and listings to show for it. I looked back and analyzed how I was able to achieve those fits within a year and this is what I came up with. I hope it will be of help most especially for those upcoming investor and would be investors 1. Choose your target market or niche and come up with a plan to capture it 2. Define how you are going to reach out and conquer your niche or market You can only conquer your market through the use of the following methods or use of both i) Traditional marketing: I can only recommend this method to somebody who is an extrovert and has a lot of friends and colleagues ii)...
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7 Tips for Buying a Home With Cash
Claire DrageClaire Drage   Updated September 27, 2019 4431 0 1 0 0 0
Cash is king. If you are flush with cash and ready to make a deal, sometimes it’s easier to get acceptance on a lower offer in a competitive situation. Because cash buyers get to skip over the treacherous loan qualification process, cash deals are considered a “sure thing” and therefore more attractive to sellers. Here are five tips for home buying with cash. 1. Leverage your position to the max. Because cash buyers get to skip over the loan qualification process, cash deals are more attractive to sellers in many cases. Take advantage of this position and ask for terms such as a closing timeline, home repairs, cash allowances, or a homeowner’s warranty. You can even ask sellers to cover closing costs as a cash deal contingency. 2. Work with a real estate broker or lawyer experienced in closing cash deals. This tip could save you money and prevent legal hassles down the line. You want someone on your...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated September 10, 2019 2379 0 1 0 0 0
Recently I had a client approach me for a mortgage. I first met her when I was filling my property with a Rent to Own strategy. At the time, she was looking in an area outside of where I am currently investing. She recently approached me to request a mortgage as her income is good and her beacon score is decent. She is in the mid 600’s. However, she had collections from the Ministry of Finance and a loan through a company, called Easy Financial that charges 42% annually. She also had previous collections that would not come off her bureau until for another 3 and 4 years respectively. With Easy Financial, she was making only the minimum payments and at that rate, it is simply too difficult to pay down and she was basically drowning! We sat down and looked over her situation and I recommended that she pay...
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How to Avoid Probate
Navtaj ChandhokeNavtaj Chandhoke   Updated September 05, 2019 1909 0 2 0 0 0
Probate or “probate administration,” is a legal process whereby the probate court oversees the settlement of your estate, ensuring that all interested parties are notified and have an opportunity to be part of the process. A thorough and accurate accounting of the estate is prepared and all final debts and tax obligations are satisfied. The probate process can take a fair amount of time to complete and can be expensive. Also, additionally, any property that must go through probate can be tied up for many months or may be a few years. How to avoid probate? There are a various number of ways you can pass your real estate to your inheritors without the hassle of probate. The strategies we are going to explain are fairly simple compared to others which are very time consuming and take a lot of effort. There is no cookie cutter method which fits. You...
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Are Rent To Own Deals Risky?
Terry HepditchTerry Hepditch   Updated September 04, 2019 4859 0 4 0 0 0
Rent to own is a great concept where a family wishing to buy a home is declined at the bank due to a number of reasons such as credit issues, employment, type of house or location. With no other options to buy besides coming up with a 25-35% down, they can enter into a rent to own agreement with as little as 2-5% down. They pay market rent plus an additional option credits to be applied to the initial down, and exit in a couple of years and be approved for a mortgage. The concept is simple, the investor holds onto the deposit as collateral, and they keep it when the tenant defaults. Simple right? Allow me to enlighten you on the other side of the fence. Financial lending in Canada has changed greatly over the last five years with the departure of major sub-prime lenders such as GMAC, Accredited, HSBC Financial, Citi Financial, Wells...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated August 13, 2019 363 0 1 0 0 1
The Art of Drafting Your Content You’re right, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Writing a letter to a prospect seller can be remarkably simple. After all, your bottom line message is this: I want to buy your house. How much simpler can you get, right? But then again, like a lot of things in business transaction – and in life, for that matter, it’s not really what you say that matters. It’s how you say it. So instead of conjuring up ways to write fancy letters with many words your possible sellers may not even know the meaning of, concentrate instead on having your letters read. While it doesn’t guarantee a successful deal, it does increase your chances of getting one. The latter is definitely bound to be a better take on things, don’t you think so? Your point is to clearly share the features and benefits of working with your company – things a homeowner will...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated August 13, 2019 3648 0 0 0 0 0
Selling a house in a slow real estate market can be difficult. In times like these, it's not enough to simply list your home and wait; you actually have to sell your home. No one really wants to sell anything when the market is bad, however, it's not impossible to sell your house in these conditions. It just takes a positive attitude and a different kind of game plan. Even though the market's not favourable to sellers and widespread economic recovery perhaps months, even years off, there are a number of tactics available to increase the likelihood of a sale. 1. Know your market One of the most important things you can do to get your house sold is to learn your market, the value of your property and your competition. Most sellers operate in the dark, simply offering the property for the price they want, without regard to what other homes have sold for...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated August 13, 2019 888 0 1 0 0 1
Talking with Sellers: How to Converse Properly If it boils down to one thing, remember this: you have to learn the art of handling a basic call. So what does a basic call mean? What does it sound like? Well, to give you a head start, let’s start with what it’s not. It does NOT go into a lot of information about the physical property. Not right away, anyway. Doing so can be overwhelming for the seller, and they’re pretty much interested in providing the basics to begin with. Basics usually include the following: bedrooms, bathrooms, garage, basement and/or attic if applicable, asking price, taxes, the least amount they amenable to accept, possession date, and, if the situation allows, can the buyer – you – come over to check the property immediately. The flow of conversation can be something like this: Seller (S): Hello? Buyer (B): Hi, may I speak with Tom, please? S:...
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92 and More Ways to Generate Real Estate Leads
Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated August 08, 2019 8081 0 6 0 0 2
How effective is your marketing? Until you start this important element of your business, your business will not really be started… The key fundamental element in the first level of your real estate investing business is creating systematic and consistent lead generation. Have you focused on that yet? If not, you do NOT have a business, you have a hobby or a dream. Your commitment to this area of your investing career is critical to your success. There are many different ways to create leads. Here are about 100: Accountants and CA Firms: They have clients with financial problems where an investor can be of help. Advertising: Never stop. Use simple ads with a USP, Unique Selling Proposition: Quick Closing, All Cash etc., Buy Houses Ads, Newspapers, Flyers. ...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated June 12, 2019 804 0 1 0 0 1
How to Leave a Good Impression When the Seller Finally Calls If you’re new in the business, you may be debating on whether to stick with trusty old voice mail or actually make the effort to invest in a reliable “Live Answer” paging service. On the chance that you haven’t made a decision, here’s a sound recommendation: opt for live answer In fact, you should make it a must. If you’re really determined to make a worthwhile investment, go for something that will help you have good returns on your business, and a quality answering service will definitely boost your marketing campaign. Unless you find yourself sitting at your desk in the office most days – in which case you don’t need a system to take the calls for you – it’s highly recommended that you go for a company that offers “live service” answer. After all, what’s the point of shelling out the extra cash if you’re just...
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Alberta Foreclosure and how it works
Navtaj ChandhokeNavtaj Chandhoke   Updated May 22, 2019 2434 0 1 0 0 0
No matter who you are, if you are in the process of a mortgage that has defaulted, you need to know the process of Foreclosure in Alberta. Alberta foreclosure is about the legal steps that a Bank or a lender takes to recover arrears and principal on a mortgage loan that is in default. If you need foreclosure help in Alberta please call 1-403 668 8666. In Alberta the Master in Chambers of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, which isn't the case in the rest of the provinces. They can also decide who the property is sold to and for what price. How does Alberta Foreclosure Process start? Canadians are most likely to default under a non-payment of mortgage payments. After one missed payment, the Alberta foreclosure process can legally begin. But other reasons can cause the Alberta foreclosure process to start as well. Acts of default under a...
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Foreclosures in Canada
Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated May 22, 2019 3515 0 2 0 0 0
Foreclosure Process in Canada, The word “foreclosure” is a nightmare for the property owner as well as for the Lender. It happens all the time, regardless which cycle the market is going through, although the numbers do tend to go up during the Real estate bust cycle. Foreclosure is a legal action that a money-lender can take if the person who borrowed money using a mortgage stops paying back that mortgage. Foreclosure allows the lender to take or sell that person’s house by first getting a Court’s permission to do so. When a property-owner misses a mortgage payment or makes a late payment, the property owner will not automatically lose their property. Lenders don’t want to foreclose if they don’t have to because it is expensive and is a lengthy process. A lender will probably not start to foreclose until two or three months after the borrower has stopped paying. Normally, a lender will first send...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated February 13, 2019 1141 0 1 0 0 0
The Property’s Value and the Seller’s Motivation Level At this stage, your best course of action is to take the seller’s word on the value of property with a pinch of salt, so to speak. You don’t have much to go on at this point, unless you know very well the area you’re trying to buy in, or you’ve already made your comparisons with neighboring properties. Consider what the seller is saying with a measure of credibility – they should at least have a fair idea because they live in the area. Plus, their motivation level and knowledge of prices – or lack thereof – should be a good clue to help you decide whether you’re going to be interested in the property or not. After all, what’s the use of continuing a transaction with a seller who’s not even highly motivated about the property he is selling? You may also want to check out sites like www.realtor.ca. It...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated December 12, 2018 4476 0 1 0 0 0
Remember that your Power Team is made up of people who profit when you succeed. This isn't a club with official membership; it's people, companies, and organizations with whom you have cultivated a relationship that benefits you both. Knowledge is power You can't be expected to know everything, which is why you need professional advisors on your Power Team. Put together a strong brain trust with these people: CPA who understands real estate. Choose an accountant who is experienced and knowledgeable about real estate investing so that you'll get good advice on record-keeping and tax issues. Attorney. There's room for more than one lawyer on your Power Team. For yourself, you need a real estate attorney to represent you as necessary in your transactions, to review contracts, and perhaps even to handle closings for you. You can also benefit from networking with attorneys whose practices focus on other...
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Jarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE InvestingJarek Bucholc ||Street Smart RE Investing   Updated August 08, 2019 1168 0 1 0 0 0
There are many reasons why Canadians are turning to the US market for investment opportunities: a lower capital outlay, competitive interest rates, capital growth potential and global diversification. However, like any investment strategy, investing in south real estate comes with a series of risks-- notably a lack of knowledge of the local property market, a foreign tax system and extra administrative costs. Understand the benefits and drawbacks of investing on US soil before you make a decision. Pros and cons of investing in US property Pros Accessibility. For young investors who have a small deposit, the US is an appealing market due to the perceived affordability of US property. The low entry cost has been achieved due to low demand in distressed markets such as Phoenix, Arizona. Lower interest. US mortgages generally come with interest rates that are lower by 1%-3% compared to those offered in the Canadian market....
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