Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'strategy'

How to Effectively Shop For A Listing Agent (Part I)

This is the final article in this series, and the most difficult. The reason is very simple: Unlike shopping for buyer's agents or shopping for loans, you have to make a binding choice - it is in your best interest...

How to Succeed at Low Balling on Real Estate

A while ago now, I spent several hours showing properties I had found to a couple of investors. One was a lender owned fixer, fairly priced at $440k. It needed carpet, paint, landscaping, and some facade work. The last comparable...

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster?

I have to admit to being conflicted. The numbers say no. The psychology says yes. Let's examine both. Most first mortgages out there are between six and seven percent, and tax deductible at a marginal rate of about 28%. If...

How to Effectively Shop for a Buyer's Agent

This is easy. Much easier than effectively shopping for a loan or a listing agent. So easy that a congresscritter can do it. So easy that congressional leadership can do it. The only thing possibly moderately difficult to understand is...

Listing Agreements: Exclusive Right to Sell Versus Exclusive Agency

There are actually several different kinds of listing agreements. They get their names from the rights conferred when you sign the contract. The vast majority of agreements concluded are either Exclusive Right to Sell or Exclusive Agency. Exclusive Right To...

Negotiation Requires More Than Dueling Ultimatums

Not too long ago, I started negotiating for a property. I did extensive research online, and and I and my clients visited several competing properties. We made an offer that was a little under 90% of the asking price, and...

Pocket Listings: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Every so often, you will see references to a "pocket" listing. These are usually bad for owners, and usually bad for buyers, but good for agents. A "pocket listing" is one where there agent keeps the listing "in his pocket"...

"All of the Good Properties Get Offers So Fast!"

That's way up there on the list of complaints buyer's agents get. Probably number one, definitely no lower than number three, and it's only going to get worse when the markets recover. There's really only one honest response: "Well,...

Desperation Mining: How a Buyer Hits Paydirt (and How Sellers Can Avoid it)

One of my favorite blogs ran a picture of a listing sign that included the caption "REDUCED But Not Stupid or Desperate". I beg to differ on the former. On the latter, time will tell. Most successful real estate investors...

The High Cost of Waiting To Buy A Home

(Note: This is a repeat and 100% financing is not currently available unless you are one of those with a VA loan available to you - but the article is still valid for those who have the required down payment...

Save For A Down Payment or Buy Now? (Part 1 of 2)

An email asked a question I should have thought to answer a long time ago, and the answer may surprise a lot of folks. I've been vaguely aware of this for a couple of years, but I was amazed how...

Buy Now vs. Wait: Some Practical Hypotheticals

The original appeared in April 2006, but has been updated for changes I am hoping to buy in the (city) area and am reviewing the possibilities. While I fear that the local market may be peaking, I intend to live...

Top Ten Reasons You Bought The Wrong House

A while ago, I wrote Top Ten Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling. It was well received so I thought I'd take it from the buyer's perspective. Once again, I'll try to inject as much humor as I can. And...

Agents "Buying" Listings: Promising the Undeliverable and Hurting Their Clients

Quite a lot of the time when I view a property, I get requests for feedback. Usually it's an automated email. Other times, it's some office assistant who wants to fax me a form which will "only take a...

Unsustainable Loans You Should Not Use to Purchase a Property

You've probably heard the horror stories, and I've mentioned the possibility more than once. Some unsuspecting person is looking at properties beyond their price range, and it therefore has all kinds of attractive features that properties which are in their...

Why Buyers and Refinancers Should Think About a 5/1 ARM

Right now, due to the problems we had with unsustainable loans, nobody wants to consider anything but a thirty year fixed rate loan. I understand why, especially as I've been preaching the dangers of things like short term adjustable...

How to Use Internet Based Real Estate and House Hunting Sites

As with anything you find on the internet, the critical thing to keep in mind with internet real estate is that it is subject to input control. In plain English, you only see what they want you to see....

Shop Loans By The Bottom Line To You, Not By What the Provider Makes

When it comes to mortgage loans, people get distracted by the darnedest things. Let's look at Wal-Mart. You think they got to be the largest retailer in the world by making less money than their competition? I assure you...

A Good Listing Agent's Most Difficult Task

The general public may not understand this, but the most critical parts of a listing agent's job all take place before the property hits the market. The most difficult task of an agent who wants to successfully list property is...

Ill-Considered Real Estate Offers and Contracts

There's an old literary tradition that cautions the reader to "Be careful what you ask for. You may get it." Many real estate purchase offers are good illustrations of that principle. The rule followed by good agents is, "Never...