6 Tips for Saving Money on Real Estate

January 22nd, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Tips for Saving Money on Real Estate |

saving money on real estateReal estate is often one of the biggest investments that you’ll make in your lifetime. But what if you’ve never purchased property before? How can you be sure that you’ve found a good home and gotten a fair deal? Here are just a few tips for saving some cash when you’re in the market for real estate.

1. Know Your Down Payment Options

The standard down payment for buying a house is 20 percent. However, there are mortgage plans that will let you whittle that number down to as little as 3.5 percent. It often comes with higher interest rates and more money spent overall, but if you’re desperate to get out of that one-bedroom apartment, it’s an option for saving money right now.

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The Steps To Becoming A Real Estate Agent

January 12th, 2018 | Comments Off on The Steps To Becoming A Real Estate Agent |

real estate agentThe world of real estate can be exciting and dynamic, but it can also have those moments where it seems frustrating. A professional real estate agent is trained to handle both sides of the industry, but there are steps each person has to take before they can become a licensed real estate agent. If you take your real estate career seriously, then you will want to take the right path to success.

General Education

In most states, it only takes a high school diploma or the equivalent to be able to take the real estate licensing test. But most successful agents will tell you that a college degree is essential to long-term success in the industry. You can get a four-year degree in business, or there are colleges that offer degrees in real estate sales. A strong educational background means a durable foundation for success.

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It’s a Sellers Market

November 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s a Sellers Market |

sellers marketAlmost a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. home prices have climbed well out of negative territory. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that median home prices nationwide fell nearly 32 percent from a peak of $229,000 in July 2007 to $156,100 in February 2011. That’s a frightening drop. Today looks much different, with Zillow reporting an August 31 U.S. median list price of $254,900.

When is it a seller’s market?

A seller’s market has a lot of indicators, including low home inventory, a growing median list price, and good economic conditions with low unemployment. A good way to determine market status is to find the absorption rate, which is the rate at which available homes will sell over a time period. This simple calculation is used in the real estate industry to predict home prices and future sales. To calculate the absorption rate for a given area, first gather the following:

1. Time Frame (in months)
2. Number of Homes Sold During Time Frame
3. Current Number of Active Homes On Market

First, divide Number of Homes Sold During Time Frame by Time Frame. This equals the Rate of Home Sales. Then, divide Current Number of Active Homes on Market by Rate of Home Sales. This will give the months it takes to sell active homes on the market. An answer of five months or less means home are selling quickly and the absorption rate is high; a seller’s market. Over six months means homes are selling slowly and the absorption rate is low; a buyer’s market. Six months is considered a balanced market.

For example, let’s say in Smallville, 130 homes were sold in 12 months and the current number of active homes on the market is 50. Divide 130 by 12 to get 10.8. Next, divide 50 by 10.8 to get 4.6. Therefore, it will take 4.6 months to sell the active homes on the market in Smallville.

What should a seller do in a seller’s market?

Listing a home during a seller’s market has a lot of benefits, namely, a fast sale. Often, one can get at or above the home’s list price. A seller should be prepared for competitive offers, frequent showings, and a fast move if the home is a primary residence.

What should a buyer do in a seller’s market?

It’s not impossible to buy in a seller’s market, but it can get discouraging. A buyer should consider a number of things. One is a loan pre-approval from a lender. The seller and seller’s agent will not want to waste time showing a property to someone ineligible for a loan. Also, a buyer should be prepared to pay the list price or slightly above. There isn’t much wiggle room in a seller’s market, and low-balling could put a potential buyer right out of contention. Finally, choose a knowledgeable real estate agent in the area. Someone with years of experience across market environments will be a good negotiator and will generally keep his or her buyer’s best interests in mind.

What’s ahead for the market?

Although it’s possible another downturn is ahead, many experts predict a healthy real estate market in upcoming years. In fact, a recent CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI™) Forecast™ indicates that home prices will continue to climb, with a 5 percent year-over-year price rise anticipated from July 2017 to August 2018. All things considered, both home buyers and sellers can benefit by learning the dynamics behind market conditions and applying that knowledge to their individual real estate transactions.

Eugene Realty Group has some of the most experienced and caring professionals in the Eugene area. Get more information about the latest market trends, the newest listings, and real estate advice at http://www.eugenerealtygroup.com

ARC Prepares Young People for the Workforce

September 20th, 2017 | Comments Off on ARC Prepares Young People for the Workforce |

ARCToday’s youth deserve the best job training skills available. ARC currently offers an exemplary youth jobs path program. This valuable training offer is offered through ARC’s prestigious Registered Training Organization. Since 2001, ARC has been helping young people prepare for the workplace with individually focused job preparation and further job training classes. ARC has been operating successfully in QLD and NSW and counts many rave reviews from satisfied students. ARC is now expanding its reach to include SA and VIC. Students can take customized classes conveniently online. The program teaches necessary communication skills and job preparation techniques.

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3 Things You Absolutely MUST do to Increase Your Online Sales

July 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on 3 Things You Absolutely MUST do to Increase Your Online Sales |

I can’t tell you how much time I’ve invested in researching ways to increase my sales online, and I’m sure the day that I stop is very distant in the future. With the way the internet has evolved and the ways it’s being used and viewed, you have to invest the time to stay informed, otherwise you’ll fall behind and someone else will make the sales.Increase online sales

Sales isn’t a difficult thing to master. It’s all about capturing the attention of the potential buyer, at the right place and the right time, with the right product. In today’s market, most of those moments happen on a mobile device and don’t last very long…but if your ducks are in a row, you’ll come out on top. For more information, you can Read more about micro-moments.

With that said, on with the show.

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Important Things a Small Business Owner Can Learn From Corporations

December 5th, 2016 | Comments Off on Important Things a Small Business Owner Can Learn From Corporations |

small business corporation educationAs a small business owner, you may think that larger businesses have nothing to offer you. After all, how can they understand the trials of trying to make it as a small business? The reality is they have a lot to offer. Many large corporations started out as small businesses. Furthermore, the business lessons they have to offer are relevant to other businesses regardless of size. Paying attention to corporations can be very beneficial to your small business.

Listen to Your Employees

This may actually be a lesson a small business owner really needs to hear. It is so common for an owner to take on that leadership, alpha role where they steamroll over everyone. They know it all, and employees are just there to keep things running. What large corporations have learned, though, is that employees often have great ideas and are willing to be innovated. Top executives may be too stuck in their ways, but once employees jump onto something, they can’t help but notice, and it often pays off.

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