Real Estate - Selling It Quickly For More Money

posted on 15 Aug 2015 04:36 by morrisreynolds75
Selling real estate can be overwhelming at times and there will be obstacles that will have to be confronted. Putting on a brave face through this is good, but keeping your edge is going to be hard without having the right mental knowledge and attitude. Those selling real estate can always use a good tip or suggestion, and you will find lots of them here!

It's the cost! You have to bring in the buyers by putting it up for a price that all parties will be happy with.

When you have decided to sell your home, try adding a few energy efficient items to help entice buyers. Installing LED and solar-powered lighting systems, along with Energy Star appliances will increase interest in your property, as prospective buyers will see the potential energy savings they could realize by living in the house.

If it's possible, you should ensure you sell your home before having to move. It can be extremely difficult to meet your financial obligations for two residences while waiting to obtain a buyer for your previous home. Allow yourself plenty of time to list your house and sign a contract with the right buyer.

Negotiation will play a part in almost every real estate sale. You should accept fair offers and be flexible if you are serious about wanting to sell quickly. On the other hand, if you do not need to find a buyer immediately, wait until you receive an offer that you will have no regrets about accepting.

Use many methods to reach potential buyers or find the home you are looking for. You can use multiple sales tools like Internet websites, the classified ads in the local paper and contracting with a reputable real estate agent to sell your property. You will want to exercise every option available in order to achieve the fastest sale for the largest profit.

Choose your real estate agent carefully when purchasing or selling a home. You should know that your agent is experienced if you wan to buy or sell any real estate. The right real estate agent can smooth the wheels of a transaction that might otherwise be nerve bending.

Take away the stamp from your home if you just want people to go ahead and let themselves inside your house. This can be accomplished by taking away family photos and personal momentos. Buyers must be able to envision their own families living in your home, rather than yours. In addition, spend some time de-cluttering so that your belongings don't distract viewers from the space of the home.

Try to keep your clutter at a minimum so you can attract buyers. Closets should contain the least amount of items possible, arranged in an organized manner, and should also be free from dust. Kitchen cabinets should also be cleaned out, but consider adding a few gourmet items with fancy packaging to lend an air of sophistication.

Try selling your home before the end of winter or the onset of spring. Buyers generally want to be in a new home by botanique @ bartley showflat early or mid summer.

Paint rooms in neutral, eye-pleasing hues in order to better enable potential buyers to envision themselves in the home. Create an atmosphere by lighting a few scented candles. Baking cookies for the scent and to share is a welcoming gesture. Giving them a home they remember can turn them into your home's new occupants!

No matter if you are a novice or are a seasoned real estate professional, you will always be subject to the vagaries of an unpredictable market. Utilize the tips above to help you sell your property and become successful.

Real Estate :: Real Estate Property Agent Singapore

posted on 08 Aug 2015 13:23 by morrisreynolds75
With more than 5 years of experience in the real estate industry, Bernie serves both a local and an international client base.

Hardworking and astute to the changes in the real estate market, he is able to advise his clients accurately and profitably, be it timing the market to sell or to make price readjustments.

Other than assisting his clients in buying and selling properties in Singapore, Bernie is also experienced in providing housing solutions for professional expats and assisting them ease into the Singaporean culture and way of life. Having backpack-travelled around the world for 3 years, Bernie is very able to empathize with and understand the needs of clients who are relocating to Singapore for the first time.

Bernie also speaks the Japanese language.

He is a powerful negotiator, being able to do his best for his clients, usually surpassing their expectations of him. He goes beyond the duty of real estate agents by researching the market on behalf of his clients, and once even hired a van (and drove)!!! to personally help a client move-house simply because he promised to assist. Little did that client expect Bernie's promise of 'assistance' to be in such an involved way. Needless to say, such from-the-heart service has won him rave reviews and made many such clients into good friends who continually refer business to him years after their initial encounter, or simply call him up for dinner.

Bernie believes that in business, as in life, we should give our 100% or nothing at all. Above all, he believes that we should have integrity in all business transactions, treating our clients as we would like to be treated.

Bernie is currently with ERA Realty Network, the only real estate company in Singapore that operates from its own buildings as well as being listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) under its parent company, Hersing Corporation.

Within 1 year of initially being with ERA Realty Network, Bernie was already inducted as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Club for being a producer in the industry.

Bernie is a specialist on all types of residential as well as commercial properties in districts:

* 1 (City, Marina area, CDB),

* 4 (Sentosa Island),

* 9 (Orchard Road and surrounding),

* 10 (Balmoral, River Valley, Holland Road),

* 11 (Newton, Novena, Bukit Timah),

* 15 (East Coast, Katong)

That said, he also welcomes all enquiries and offering assistance on properties in other districts of Singapore as he heads a team of dedicated real estate agents who handles properties in all other areas of Singapore.

Together, Bernie and team handles:

* New Project Launches

* Condominiums

* Landed properties (Terrace houses, Semi-Detached, Bungalows)

* Land for rebuilding

* Commercial properties

* Industrial space

* Worker housing

Feel free to get in touch with Bernie at his mobile during business hours.

Below are 3 testimonials for Bernie:

Rick Aston:

Actually for several months, I have been coming to Singapore on business trips...with various agents looking for properties. We were under a time constraint to find a place... I was starting to get frustrated with the other agents. They weren't really listening to what we were looking for as a family. He found this place that no other agent was even aware of nor prepared to show us. He got us a great place... we've been very happy here and it (the home) suited the whole family. So he definitely delivered.

When we finally found it (the property), we actually went through quite a process of negotiation which Bernie helped out very much with.

After we signed the contract and moved in, Bernie helped with the repairs and/or general upkeep.

And then we just stayed in touch actually, just to discuss the general property market.

We'd recommend him and we have recommended him to friends. So definitely (happy). (Bernie is) Very good. (A) very good agent!

Susan Lau:

I asked for the electricity and water to be cut off (utilities). If I leave it on and sometimes when they go viewing (the property) and if they forget to switch it off, the bill might go sky-high. So I was afraid of that. But then he (Bernie) assured me to just leave it for 2 weeks, because someone might want to see (the property) at night, so I might miss the chance of (selling the property). Because of that, I gave him 2 weeks to see what were the results.

He was able to produce results in less than two weeks! I feel very relieved and very happy that I can have the entire episode closed up, because it has been dragging (for 4 months before Bernie assisted in the marketing of the property) and I became so tired of it (the selling process).

In fact, they (the buyers) gave me a certain amount (price to purchase) but Bernie said he will try to get some more (better price). He (successfully) did that.

Bernie is a very effective agent, has the human touch, and (is) humourous.

I am very very satisfied (with Bernie and his services).

Doreen Tan:

(Once) I told him (Bernie) that I have tried (for) quite some time to acquire my neighbour's land... but it wasn't successful. So, he put in effort to locate the owner(s) to approach the owner(s) a few times (to eventually convince them to sell the property), and to negotiate a very reasonable price for me and also for the owners(s). So we're very happy.

He really goes the extra mile to do research and to understand more of what his clients want.

I am very happy (with Bernie) because he is not a pushy person (agent). When he sees the house and feels that this is not what I want, he will not ask me to spend time to go and have a look. That is what I appreciate (of him). He knows very well what his clients want. And he knows what I want.

And he will follow up and ask 'How are you'. (Regarding) His service, I should say is EXCELLENT.

He will do (continous) research for the whole market (property), Asian and also the whole world's market (in general). He will give his ideas (views) to keep us updated (clients) on what is happening in the property market. I don't think there are many property agents (who are) willing to do extra work, extra research for his or her clients.

I did recommend someone to Bernie, and that is my partner, Dora.

I am very, very satisfied with his (Bernie's) service.

Now I am building my dream house. 'Thank you' to Bernie!

Victims Lose Money, Risk Identity Theft in Rental Property Scams

posted on 25 Jul 2015 03:47 by morrisreynolds75
Conduct Rental Property Transactions in Person and Check the Property before Signing a LeaseRental properties don't come cheap. Period. And face it, there's no getting around paying extra bucks for processing the application, a pet deposit if you own an animal, a carpet cleaning fee (used when you move out) and a hefty security deposit. That said, consumers will want to take caution; watch out for rental property scams. Property scams begin with an attractive price and end with the victim losing a lot of money. But that's not all; rental property scams can also mean identity theft for victims.

How a Property Rental Scam Works

Rental property scams can target most anyone. Individuals planning to rent out-of-town are most vulnerable because there's distance involved. How does the scam work?

Dan Lawrence, President of the Pensacola Association of Realtors explains in a Pensacola News Journal article titled, "Beware of Rental Scam". To begin, the scammer copies a "property for sale" listing from an Internet site and then places it on Craig's list as a rental - at an attractive price.

You can probably guess what happens next:

An unsuspecting consumer sees the property rental ad on Craig's List (or similar list) and thinks he's found a great deal. The consumer wastes no time securing a rental application and hurriedly sends in the information and any fee required for processing. The applicant is accepted (of course), and is prompted to send in the first month's rent and a security deposit. He still doesn't suspect anything is wrong.Dan Lawrence offers the first red flag to watch out for before any information or money changes hands: "The individuals who run these scams are always out of town, and all correspondence and interaction is via email. They never show the property because they don't have access. They insist the deposit be sent via Western Union or Money Order so that it cannot be recovered, and is difficult to trace."

What happens next? The new tenant (and his family if he has one) tries to move into the rental home. There may very well be a home at the advertised address, but it's not for rent! It might belong to someone else (who by now has bought the place) - or it's still listed under a realtor as being for sale.

The situation gets worse.

Rental Scams Target Individuals for Easy Cash and Identity Theft

Remember the rental application that was sent (along with money) to secure the rental property? The chances are very good that the unassuming consumer filled in all the blanks, including (but not limited to), his name, address, phone number, driver's license number, employer and his Social Security number. Banking information might also have been included. The scammed consumer now becomes a victim of identity theft in addition to losing all the rent/deposit money he had wired.

There are ways to avoid becoming the victim of a rental property scam. Here are a few common guidelines for safely securing rental property, whether it's local or out of town:

It's always best to conduct business in person. If face-to-face is not an option, then at the very least conduct a background check of the property owner or management company. Consult the Better Business Bureau for a listing of the company. You can even search the Property Appraiser's website in the area where the property is being rented to make sure the owner/renting party is legit. Get the results before you fill out any application or send any money. Never wire funds for the purpose of securing rental property (or anything else for that matter, which could end up being a phony transaction). Check out the rental property in person. Even if the company is legit, the house shown in a curb-side photo may be less than appealing on the inside. Never give out any financial or banking information or personal information such as your Social Security number.Anyone can become a victim of a scam if he's not careful. The winter Olympics of 2010 started off on a dismal note for one athlete. His parents and friends from New York, who'd planned to stay together at the Vancouver games, were bilked out of $7,332 by someone who was to rent them a home in Whistler, British Columbia. Hearing of the misfortune, a number of residents came forward to save the day with donations of money and offers of a place to stay. Unfortunately, not everyone involved in a rental property scam is so lucky.

Use common sense when securing rental property, especially if it's not a local residence, and be sure to question anything that doesn't seem right. Suspicious property listings on Craigs List should be sent to "". Scams of all kinds are everywhere - are on the rise - the direct result of greed and desperate times. Do whatever it takes to avoid becoming a scam victim; it pays to not trust anyone when it comes to your hard-earned money. The effort may save a lot of heartache later on.

SourcesPensacola News Journal (HomeFinder Saturday Real Estate Guide) "Beware of Rental Scam" (Dan Lawrence, May 5, 2012, Page 1E).