Hope For Those Looking to Get on the Property Ladder

You have to know what you are doing when you are considering rent to buy. The government has one option but it offers only shared ownership of the property.

All you need to do is simply register and begin looking through a long list of properties. Once you have found something that catches your eye, contact the company and they will arrange for you to view that particular property. Next you must agree on a purchase price for said property and decide how long you want to take the option over. Usually the deal is in the range of 3 to 5 years. At this point they will work out the deposit amount and how much you will pay on a monthly basis. Then it is up to the solicitors to draw up the relevant paperwork and once that is finished, you will move into the property!

As soon as you move in, you are considered to be the home owner and you are free to alter and improve the property as you please. You can buy the property for the agreed upon amount and any value you have added to the property belongs to you – the equity is yours.

Once the rental period as ended, you are under no obligation to purchase the property. On the other end, the seller is not allowed to change his or her mind and refuse to sell you the property.

Rent to buy may not be for everybody but it certainly is an attractive scheme for first time buyers. There are also other circumstances where people might be drawn to this scheme:

*People who are having trouble coming up with a large deposit that is usually needed in getting a mortgage;

*Anyone who is currently renting but wishes to be a homeowner;

*People with a poor credit rating that makes it difficult for them to get into a mortgage.

Here are the largest benefits for those looking at rent to buy:

*Getting into a property without having to come up with a large down payment *You are able to actually live in the property while growing your deposit

*The price you choose is the price it stays at so that if property values rise, you benefit;

*You do not have shared ownership, you have 100% ownership

*You are able to change your mind once the rental period is over, so that gives extra flexibility.

So, if you find yourself in any of these listed situations, you might seriously want to consider a rent to buy option. Don’t let the downturn in the economy box you in, try a creative scheme!

The Case For Full-Time Professionals

Buying or selling a home ranks in the top five most stressful events in a person’s life. On the emotional ladder, it sits right up there with divorce. As a Realtor you are responsible for one of the biggest decisions your clients will make now or over the next few years of their lives.

There is an emotional nature to the residential real estate business due to the stress levels of the Buyer, Seller, and the other agent. Often, sadly, agents can fuel negative emotions if they don’t have control of their clients, if they don’t have time to do the job right, or if they are motivated more by the need for a commission check to cover a past-due car payment than by the successful outcome of the real estate transaction.

Lack of training: I personally believe that lack of training is the cause of our industry’s low success numbers, low customer return rates, and low per agent income. Most companies offer only a couple of weeks of introductory training for new hires. After that, for the most part, it is, “Here’s your desk and here’s your phone…go get ’em!”

Agents look to their companies for success and motivation tools, while companies (somewhat rightfully) say, “Hey, you’re an independent contractor so it’s your obligation to build your strengths and pay for your training.”

I think the ball is in the agent’s court. It’s your business; you are the one who needs to invest to make it grow. The best money you can spend is on training to improve your skills, knowledge, attitude, philosophy, and business skills.

24/7 work hours: As a residential Realtor, you can count on having to work some nights and weekends. Some agents follow a round-the-clock schedule for the duration of their careers; a select few bring their night and weekend hours down to almost zero as their success takes hold.

By my third year in the business I was down to a four-day workweek. I was able to sell 150-plus homes annually while working Monday through Thursday and taking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday completely off, with no interruptions from the cell phone, pager, faxes, or e-mail. On Thursday, late afternoon to early evening, my wife, Joan, and I would get into our car and drive to our vacation home in Bend, Oregon, some three hours away, for three days of down time in a recreational paradise. On Sunday afternoon, we would head back to Portland refreshed, relaxed, and ready to go. I only worked one evening a week, on Tuesdays, when I met with clients or caught up on prospecting with people I couldn’t reach during the day.