Real Estate Rebate – Can The Traditional Model Survive?

The Beginning Of The Real Estate Rebate: Society as a whole has been significantly impacted by the emergence of the Internet. It has made the world a smaller place and has intern changed the way we communicate and conduct business. It has helped companies target their clients through avenues such as Google & Yahoo, and has subsequently put the products and information that consumers looking for, at their finger tips. Social Networks such as Myspace and Facebook have made it possible to stay in contact with friends and family around the world via the Internet. As time passes these changes and effects will become more wide spread and alarmingly self evident. One such industry that stands to be dramatically affected is Real Estate.

For decades, the real estate industry has been defined by traditional representation in which an agent charges the seller a commission to market and sell their home or represents buyers through the entire home buying process. In the past, the traditional model was the staple of the real estate profession and it faced little to no opposition. This has begun to change. With the dependency that society and has developed on Internet, creative minds have begun to develop new models that cater to every type of consumer. As a result, consumers no longer have to settle for the “One Size Fits All” traditional model, but have a choice in choosing the type of service that fits their real estate needs.

New Models: Consumers may now choose between a variety of real estate products and services. These services are characterized by enabling buyers or sellers to seek specific real estate assistance as opposed to the whole package. In the case of sellers, real estate agents will charge a fee only for the services they provide. For example, a seller may only want to list their home on MLS (Multiple Listing Service Used By Real Estate Professionals around the Country) for the added exposure, and require some assistance drafting a purchase and sale agreement. Listing a home and receiving assistance with a P&S will cost you hundreds of dollars as opposed to paying a 5%-6% commission that would cost thousands of dollars. Buyers who are interested in finding a home on their own or willing to participate in the initial house hunting work, can receive a rebate at closing. This model gives buyers the professional assistance of a realtor and rewards them for their efforts with a portion of the commission at closing. One company that gives buyers a rebate is SharpBuyers. They are a national real estate rebate company based out of Boston Massachusetts. They have agents all throughout the country that will help buyers find a home and give them a rebate at closing. Another emerging model is real estate consultants. These are licensed real estate professionals that exclusively charge flat fee’s for specific services.

The brokerages that offer these innovative real estate services are referred to as Discount Brokers, Rebate Agents, and Real Estate Consultants. It can clearly be seen, that all of these new models engage the buyers and sellers in the home buying or selling process. Subsequently, these models are ideal for the home buyers of tomorrow, generation X and Y. These are tech-savvy home buyers and they are not afraid to delve into the process if it means they will save thousands of dollars. Ten years from now, generation X will collectively be in their early and mid 30’s. Many will use the traditional method to buy their first home, while others will seek out innovative brokers. How will the market share shake out in 2017? Only time will tell. It is anticipated that many traditional brokerages will be forced to adapt to a mixed service model, meaning they will offer both traditional and discount services to buyers, rather than one or the other. This may prove to be a necessary strategy if traditional brokerages would like to remain competitive after 2020. The new real estate business models enable consumers to have the best of both worlds, professional assistance and more money in their pockets.

Real Estate and The Internet Today: In today’s world, the effect that the Internet has had on the real estate profession is extremely apparent. As the popularity of the Internet initially grew, many agents were concerned that consumers would cut them right out of the deal. To date, this has not been the case. The real estate industry has come to embrace the Internet and all of the great marketing tools that it has given birth to. It has also helped real estate professionals have better access to listing information, recent sales history and various statistical data reports. Leonard Nomura of Bentley Real Estate Group says he could not imagine life as a broker without the Internet. The numbers are astounding. According to the National Association of Realtors, 77% of home buyers used the Internet to find their homes in 2005. This has steadily grown from 2% of buyers using the Internet to find their homes in 1995 and is speculated to be over 85% today. According to clickz.com, 50% of all consumers who surf the web, do so with the intent to purchase consumer goods and services. This includes Real Estate, automobiles, clothing, music and anything else imaginable.

As a result of the emerging mixed service models, consumers can now choose from a range of real estate services that did not previously exist. It is believed that many real estate professionals see these new models as a threat because of their ability to significantly impact the traditional real estate brokerage’s market share. According to Real Trends an industry newsletter, alternative Real Estate Models currently make up 2% of the market, but could grow to 12% by 2010. The transformation of the real estate industry has only just begun. Time will tell the true story of how the market will shake out, but the bottom line is this; alternative real estate models are putting money back into consumer’s pockets and you will always put a smile on someone’s face when you show them how to save thousands of dollars.

Real Estate License Required

Looking for a very lucrative business opportunity? Real estate brokering is the top choice for a lot of people. Real Estate Brokers and real estate agents are working throughout the nation. Not only are they making excellent incomes, they are also contributing to the economy in direct, as well as, indirect ways. By helping the sellers in selling their property and at the same time helping the buyers in buying a property these agents help satisfy their need for shelter. Creating this transaction often entails many other services to be ordered. So, can anyone start real estate brokering? Well, not really.

Possessing a Real estate license is a pre-requisite for becoming a real estate agent. However, obtaining a real estate license is not difficult. In most states, the qualifications for getting a real estate license are very minimal. So you should first check the eligibility criteria for obtaining a real estate license (rather pre-license) in your state. The real estate license eligibility criterion includes things like the minimum age limit (which is mostly 19 years) and educational qualifications (which is mostly high school). Most states do require a clean criminal record, sorry. Once you know that you satisfy those real estate license (pre-license) eligibility criteria, you can go ahead and enroll for a pre-license training.

There a number of real estate schools that offer real estate license training. Some real estate schools offer online training for a real estate license. Choose a course that is spread over a sufficient duration of time e.g. 1 year so that you are able to grasp the concepts properly (after all you want to become a successful real estate agent and not just another real estate agent). You will be taught a number of topics as part of your real estate license training. All this will help you develop a basic understanding of real estate and various aspects related to real estate (e.g. real estate law, deeds, contracts, ownership transfer, etc)

Once you have undergone this real estate license training, you will be required to undergo a state exam. After you pass this exam, you will generally need to undergo additional training on state approved courses. That’s it, you can now get a real estate license which is worth that effort (as you will find in a couple of years of starting real state brokering). Most states also require you to go for continuous education after you have received your real estate license. However, this is a just a few hours every few years.

So a real estate license is what you need to start your career as a real estate agent. But your success after that will be dependent on how seriously, ethically and effectively you carry out your job. Unfortunately, eighty percent of new agents will have left the business within five years. Remember, this is a very competitive business and you will find that the top twenty percent of agents earn nearly eighty per cent of the money. Being average in the sales business will leave you hurting financially.

Real Estate Investing – Using Options to Purchase Property

Did you know that by using real estate options you can legally take control of valuable properties to generate quick income with only a small amount of money. Learning to understand and use this valuable technique can be extremely valuable to the success of a new or seasoned real estate investor.

In order to take full advantage of this great technique, you only need to understand how the technique works and become familiar with, and follow, your local state laws. Having learned how to use this technique and the law, you will soon be on your way to a great return on your investing efforts.

Here are some very important questions concerning real estate options…

What is a real estate option? Is that the same as a Lease Option? I thought real estate options were illegal! What are the steps in a real estate option transaction? And – How are options used to purchase real estate at discounted prices?

What is a real estate option?

A real estate option is a unilateral agreement:

Between an optionor (The Seller) and an optionee (The Buyer, for the rest of this article I will refer to them only as the Buyer and Seller)

Binding only on the Seller

Where the exclusive, unrestricted, and irrevocable option to purchase is exchanged with the Buyer for valuable consideration

The purchase of the option does not impose any obligation upon the Buyer to exercise the option and or purchase the property

However, the Seller is bound by the agreement to sell the property at the agreed price to the Buyer should the Buyer choose to purchase the property within the option time period

The elements that must be spelled out in an option agreement are:

o Price (consideration) to be paid for the option

o Time-when will the option start and when will it expire

o Strike Price-the mutually agreed purchase price or property during the option period

o Other terms and conditions of the option agreement

Is a real estate option the same as a Lease Option?

Yes and No! The option part of a lease option agreement could be exactly the same as the option agreement we are discussing but the lease option includes a lease for the property.
I thought real estate options were illegal!

Real Estate Options of some kind are legal in most free countries in the world. It is the lease part that may cause some legal problems in certain American States. In order to avoid any problems, be sure to consult with a real estate attorney before entering into any real estate agreement.
What are the steps in a real estate option transaction?

Here is a step by step overview of an option transaction:

1. The Buyer and the Seller enter into an agreement

And the Buyer pays an option consideration to the Seller The Seller grants the Buyer the exclusive, unrestricted, and irrevocable option to purchase property at a fixed purchase price
during a specified period of time.

2. The Buyer either

Sets up a closing and purchases the real estate during the option perio sells the option to another investor or Lets the option expire by not purchasing the property during the option period
How are options used to purchase real estate at discounted prices?

Investors may use options to gain control of a property for short time. During that time, the investor can seek out another buyer to sell to for a higher price than the option amount. The profit is the amount of difference in the amount of the option and the sale price.

But a more creative use of an option would be to locate a seller having a hard time selling their property. Then convince that seller to sell you an option to purchase but with the right to sublease it immediately. The investor may then rent out the property on a rent to own agreement. This will allow the investor to generate some income while helping their renter get into the position to purchase the property from them at a substantial profit.

Options are a great way to tie up property for a small amount of money. Some of the benefits of using options to purchase property are:

Saving the closing costs of purchasing and selling the property

Saving the holding costs involved in purchasing a property

Saving the maintenance and many other holding costs of owning a property

Saving time by avoiding the loan process–setting up and going to closings

Putting time to use on more productive efforts like finding more options

One other thing to keep in mind is that a real estate option will expire when a Buyer fails to exercise the real estate option within the option period of the agreement. At that point the Buyer will not only lose their control of the property but also their original option payment.