Phoenix has been experiencing a rapidly growing real estate market and the prices of properties here have soared in recent months. Investors are flocking to Phoenix to view listings, shortlist properties, negotiate prices and buy condos and luxury waterfront property. Golfers want to retire in Phoenix. Baby boomers are booking properties for spending their retirement days. This flurry of activity has motivated a number of people to seek careers as real estate brokers and agents. They are granted their licenses to work in the profession from various real estate schools.One of the leading real estate schools in Phoenix, Scottsdale Real Estate School offers real estate courses online and on CD-ROM. It’s never been so convenient to pass your real estate exams and achieve a license. The real estate courses offered include: real estate license, sales associate and broker?s pre-license, post license continuing education, and prep courses for students to prepare for real estate exams and state exams. They offer fully accredited real estate courses that meet the license qualification and continuing education requirements for real estate professionals in Phoenix. These courses can be done from anywhere around the world. Scottsdale Real Estate School is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They believe in serving the student around the clock to better meet their needs.Scottsdale Real Estate School has introduced the most convenient way available to fulfill the professional license educational requirement. Their CD-ROM and online real estate classes allows the aspirant to begin courses at any time. Upon passing the online exams, they receive a certificate of completion and full course credits. Additionally they offer a new and exciting way to obtain the required real estate education credits. They noticed that many students simply don’t have the time or desire to attend a class. For them, an online training course has been created.There are a few criterions that need to be fulfilled before applying for a real estate broker license. It is required for the applicant to be at least 18 years of age when applying for a real estate license. Additionally he may not have had a real estate license denied within one year, or revoked within two years immediately before applying. Scottsdale Real Estate School helps the applicants with the license procedure and makes it as easy as it can be.
Given the recent closure of 2013, which incidentally was a critical transformation year into 2014 in terms of essentially finally getting over the real estate hump, the next 12 months promise to be an encore performance at the very least. That is why, it may be declared the year of the Idiot. If the Chinese name their respective years’ by ID’ing animals, then there’s no reason not to focus on a sub-set of professionals within the real estate mortgage finance industry that make everyone’s job a bit more challenging. Hence, failure is their daily business. And to those savants, it is those real estate naysayers within that industry that will impede and facilitate some of the positive predications that may come to fruition in 2014.More particularly, here is the punch list: access to residential home loans, user friendly home buying experiences, crowdfunding will be on the rise by financiers, more technology to execute transactions (i.e., expect Glass Google to integrate itself into real estate deals), and robo real estate brokers that will be self-securitized. All of the latter predictions and prophecy from those that have the ability to read the New York Times without moving their lips.Better Apps for Real Estate Professionals and ConsumersAccording to Marty Frame, President of Realtors Property Resource, there will be “Better mobile apps for the professional. For all of the elegant, even beautiful, mobile apps for the consumer, there are very few utilities for the real estate practitioner that are anywhere nearly as nice. Our devices have capabilities that professionals need to do their jobs – really good GPS, cameras, microphones, accelerometers – and our industry has a lot of room to grow in terms of design and usability as well.”The Monetization of InformationTo be clear, the monetization of information is nothing new. In fact, it’s likely the second oldest profession in the world. Yet, for the real estate industry, an accelerated pace has occurred in monetizing information, since the advent of manipulating information more smoothly into technology is starting to reach a crescendo. A handful of real estate thought leaders are on the cutting edge of this financial windfall.Saul Klein, an industry principal, who sells information, believes it is his mission to “Work to give every MLS and association that so desires an opportunity to have a consumer portal their brokers, agents and the public will love, and that will generate revenue for the organizations. [And to] Continue to socialize the concept of protecting, controlling and monetizing MLS data.”As Klein sees it, the following informational categories will not only generate more income that had not existed before, but will be the hot ticket issues in 2014: Syndication/distribution of MLS data, MLS data licensing, MLS and association public search portals, Off-MLS offerings, Agent ratings, and the public display of sold data.”Google GlassCasino moguls hate them, real estate brokers love them. And just when you thought Google Glass might become even more potentially ubiquitous, expect to see the migration of this strange new technology morph its way into real estate transactions. It’s even rumored that the makers of Google Glass are trying to hardwire the spectacles with a ‘BS odometer’, in order to weed out unctuous, greed ridden/self-absorbed real estate agents that constantly Google themselves.As Dick Greenberg, a principal with Elevation Real Estate noted, “Google Glass of course, is a computer you wear like glasses, with an optical display, a smartphone-type interface and voice commands. IBeacon is a Bluetooth Low Energy system that allows small transmitters to send push notifications to iOS or Android devices, such as Google Glass, in their vicinity.”As Mr. Greenberg further stated “… when you think about pairing the two of these in an information-sharing environment, very powerful capabilities emerge, and the potential is enormous. As a minor example… a simple transmitter placed on a yard sign could send a video tour of the home, along with full information on the property, all appropriately formatted, to a curious wearer of Google Glass who happened by. But that’s just one tiny tip of the iceberg. I think the efforts to implement something new will be widespread and far-reaching.”CrowdfundingHere’s the skinny on crowdfunding. It’s a new age term that beats up on an old age maxim — that you somehow need institutional money to fund real estate investor activity. Wrong.Crowdfunding for real estate has risen in popularity, because small, medium, to large investors have had the same type of access to capital issues that the everyday man has had. If you think you were pissed about not being able to refi your home, how do you think the owner or manager of a $5 million shopping center feels when he can’t shave $10,000 to $12,000 a month off his mortgage payment, all because Bank of America just denied his loan request.”Crowdfunding and online finance will be an increasingly important player in real estate, both for individual investors and for investment advisers who can use crowdfunding (online) sites to get their clients into opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had access to.” Jilliene Helman, CEO of RealtyMogul.comIn short, through crowdfunding, investors can pool money together and buy shares of real property like apartment buildings, office buildings and retail centers. From the borrowers’ perspective, they access that pooled money — which has near identical interest rates as the major banks, and refi their investment product and/or buy new product that they otherwise could not have done. With President Obama’s JOBS Act, passed in 2012, and with certain provisions clarified by the SEC in 2013 regarding real estate financing, crowdfunding is here to stay.Real Estate Brokers Self-Securitize Themselves?As an editorial point, one of the wildest predictions to be floated in 2014 comes from industry leader, Inman News Publisher Brad Inman, who stated, “An investment opportunity to buy equity in individual top-producing real estate agents will unfold, like what is being done with stock offerings for individual athletes. Buyer beware”.
If it is your intention to make money, real estate is definitely the answer to your prayers.One has to face the fact that nearly every ambitious person out there, is looking for a good way to invest his money profitably. Nevertheless, it is going to take a little bit of time to make sure that you can get excellent turns especially if you have invested in real estate.When you’re trying to learn how to make money real estate is something which can take you down many different paths. Likewise, the more you think about how you can make money from it, and how it can improve the standard of your life, the more opportunities you’ll discover.When it comes to discovering how to make money real estate also provides you with an abundance of options, although of course some options carry more risk than others, just as some options will require more work than others. However, you need to remember that real estate as an industry has been around for hundreds of years already, and it’s safe to assume that it will still be around many years from now.Real estate investment can look at a really lucrative option like say, property flipping. This is where you are going to invest some money in buying property, which has been damaged. You will need to carry out some repairs, and then. So that same property at a really good profit. This way of making money through real estate is a good idea for all those people who know how to sell as well as buy homes. This is also a good idea implemented by people who have technical skills. House flipping is definitely a long-term industry, which can be followed profitably.You have just one priority when you decide to buy a property and going for real estate investment. Your property has to give you a good return in the future. That is why you could invest some money in a home or in an apartment which could then be rented out. From starting with a modest apartment, you would end up with a whole apartment block. However, there are people who like restricting themselves to just a limited number of apartments, which can be managed by them easily.If you really want to make money, real estate could also end up seeing you enter the developers market. Many investors nowadays choose to buy land in the hope that its value will increase over time. For example, these investors often choose to buy land in an area where a number of new buildings are being constructed. If done correctly, the return on investment can be phenomenal, although you should bear in mind that this approach carries with it, a considerable amount of risk. Here are some great tips for anyone that wants to know how to make money from real estate:* Investment properties are essentially properties which you would probably not want to personally occupy. Additionally, an investor should not be put off by the appearance of a neighborhood, or even if the property appears to be run down and neglected. The bottom line is; if you want to see a return on investment then you need to look at the numbers. In other words you need to look at how much you will be paying for a property, and how much you’ll be able to rent that property out for.* It is not advisable to buy property in areas which have a large number of foreclosures. This is because reselling the property is going to be difficult thanks to the competition generated by the foreclosures.* Real estate investment is calculated on just one basis – how much is the rent that you can get on that property? For example, you have bought a property for say$200,000. You would need to charge anywhere between $2000-$2500 every month, to get a reasonable return of 12%. This is quite a good return, especially when you may have to face the costs of repairs on that property.* One thing to remember if you decide to purchase a property via a courthouse auction is that you should never bid more than the original mortgage. In other words, you should not be willing to pay for any other loans or credit which was taken out against the property. Remember, the first lender who applied for the foreclosure is simply trying to recover some of their money, and if you want to take ownership, you simply need to pay his price.* When you do your calculations you should always include costs such as any back taxes which you may need to pay once you become the new owner.* Another $20,000 has to be added to this calculated sum. This money is going to cover the cost of renovation. Totally rundown property is going to be a drain on your budget. A little bit of research like going to the county records or talking to people in the neighborhood can give you a rough idea of the property, before you buy it. This research, done now, is going to save you a lot of trouble later.If you ever sit down and compare different ways to make money, real estate is by far one of the most lucrative options available to investors. This is largely because it can provide wealth which his not only very real, but also tangible. Furthermore, irrespective of what the property market is like, it simply as a way of recovering. It always has, and it always will, which makes it an extremely profitable niche providing you do you’re your calculations correctly.?