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Published on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gain From Real Estate and Rental Property Listings

You may have a property and sell it, but whether you will get the right price is a question. It needs skilled salesmanship to get the maximum out of any such transaction. If you want to do it alone and do not have any previous experience, it is suggested that you should not proceed at all without any expert help. Moreover, there is always a worry whether more people should know that you are selling a property. It is true that more the number of people knowing about the property the more are the chances of getting a better deal and better profit. So you need to advertise it and there is nothing better than the real estate listings to get into.

Real estate listings list your property along with many others and the prospective buyers can easily find it among others of similar category. The entire process is carried out over the internet and this development has changed the face of the property market altogether. Now people can simply log onto the website of a broker and find the property that suits his needs. Earlier this had to take place by personal interaction with the brokers and finding too many within ones reach was difficult. These days if the website of one broker does not prove fruitful then the other will.

After all this if you think that you should wait no more and immediately go for real estate listings then there is a word of caution, find the right place to list and carefully go through the agreement with the broker or brokers listing your property. It is a rule that you should enter into a written contract with the realtor for listing your property for sale. This is a binding agreement that should be gone through carefully before signing. If you do not understand the terms and conditions properly do not feel afraid to take legal advice, preferably your own attorney and not the one associated with the listing agency.

The first point of any agreement of real estate listings is the time for which the agreement remains in force. In a weak market you can go for a moderately long term but if the market is quite active then the agreement should not be of any prolonged period. This enables you to change the agent if you find that the effort they are putting is not satisfactory. Otherwise the term can be extended. Then comes the matter of the commission that you are willing to pay. The rates vary from state to state and location to location. Usually you will find that there is a rate going on in the area but this is not the rule and you an always negotiate on it. The rate so decided is technically not renegotiable but often the agent gives in some to make any deal acceptable to both the seller and the buyer to lengthen his list of successful transaction.

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Landlord Knowledge Base

If you’ve ever considered investing in a few rental properties in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA now might be a good time. Prices are still low in Philadelphia, but have been on the upswing. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of an existing home in a US metropolitan area grew 13.7% between July 2012 and July 2013, the latest in a 17-month streak of year-over-year price increases. 

New landlords can choose from properties that are likely to appreciate and a large pool of potential renters.Licensed realtor Pat Mueller cites a few reasons for this trend: “Many families have lost their homes to foreclosure and are entering the rentals market for the first time in years. Mortgages are also harder to get now, so fewer people are qualifying for a new one.”The more skills you bring to the table to get into Houses for Rent in Philadelphia Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA and the more time you have to devote to your properties, the faster you can make a return on your investment. 

But investing in rentals can also be disastrous (or too stressful to be worthwhile) without expertise. Here are three professionals you may consult about your new rental properties, and what you can do to mitigate how much they cost you:Handyman:  You may need to hire a specialist for some work on your rental. If you need new outlets or new pipes, for example, hire an electrician, plumber or licensed contractor. Handymen usually tackle smaller, more manageable tasks, like:

  • Painting and paint removal
  • Drywall repair
  • Minor appliance repairs (fixing a leaky toilet or faucet, among others)
  • Installing tiling or flooring, moldings, windows, doors
  • Refinishing decks, cabinets and other wood items

When You Could Skip It: You could do any (or all) of these projects yourself if you have the time and interest in learning. Of course, this only works if you live relatively close to your rentals and are flexible enough to service them on short notice. And if you’re willing to respond to the occasional 5 AM basement flooding.

Average Savings: Any base rates or costs-per-hour vary from location to location in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA , but nationally, you can expect to spend an average of $60 to $85 per hour for repair costs. It general costs less to hire an individual handyman than a handyman employed by a company. Expect an additional charge if your job requires a trip to the store for materials.

Resident Property Manager As the owner of a handful of rental properties, you may be able to manage them yourself, but if you want help, a single resident manager would probably be more cost efficient than a property management company. Resident managers may:

  • Serve as a handyman
  • Advertise vacancies in your units
  • Show apartments to prospective tenants
  • Review rental applications
  • Collect rents

When You Could Skip It: Again, the closer you live to your properties and the more spare time you have, the less likely you are to need a manager. The obligations of being a boss will also cut into the time you save on maintenance.

Average Savings: The national median wage for residential managers is just over $25 per hour. Research the wages in your community and adjust according to how much responsibility your manager will take on. 

Real Estate Agent: Once you’ve gotten your financials in order and done your own research on the neighborhood(s) you’re considering, you might contact a realtor to show you potential properties. You can also arrange for a realtor in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA to show rentals once they’re ready to rent.

When You Could Skip It: It depends. Even if you’re a local, or have thoroughly researched the neighborhood(s) you’re considering, a realtor is a great resource for a first-time rental buyer. Realtors have access to data and statistics not necessarily available to the general public and first-time buyers may not know all the right questions to ask. Using a realtor to fill your Houses for Rent vacancies is less of a no-brainer, depending on your other time commitments or whether you plan to hire a resident manager who could do the same thing.

Average Savings: As a buyer of rental properties, as when buying your own home, sellers typically pay most, if not all, of the buyer’s realtor fees. In this case, Mueller points out there’s little reason not to work with a realtor. For help in filling your units in Philadelphia or Bucks County, PA, the services of a realtor would set you back between 10-20% of the unit’s rent per month.  Mueller recommends interviewing with several brokers before making your final decision to invest into Houses for Rent .

The Bottom Line: As a new landlord, you can’t necessarily control the flexibility of your schedule or the amount (and cost) of unexpected repairs to your properties. Rentals are a long-term investment. However, to maximize profits from your Houses for Rent, new rentals, you can buy close to home and start small. It is best to begin with just one or two properties. This will allow you to maximize the time you spend on your properties’ needs, and minimize the amount you’ll have to pay anyone else.


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