How to Sell a Home with an Unusual History

July 12, 2015 by  
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How to Sell a Home with an Unusual HistoryDuring the course of one’s career, it’s likely a real estate agent is going to be confronted with how to sell a home with a less-than favorable history. Typically, agents encounter this early on in their careers which makes it even harder to sell because they lack experience. Those with experience sometimes run into trouble because they fail to prioritize the sale over other properties without a sordid past. These tips and ideas will help any agent look at a house with an unusual history in a different light.

Dealing With Crime

Some states have laws that require agents to disclose if a murder occurred, or if a meth lab was built. Not every state does, so it’s on the agent and buyer to sort this out. This casts the agent in a tricky role, because no one wants to kill a deal with a history lesson. The truth is, it’s best to just put it out there and let the client decide. If the information is disclosed later in the buying process, the client may feel betrayed. That reflects poorly on the agent, and the organization.

Dealing with Legends

Everyone has heard of the haunted house down the street, or somewhere in town, but who buys these properties? As it turns out, ghosts have a strange effect on the house. Some potential residents will find themselves attracted to the history of the supernatural event. This can drive the price even higher than originally listed. Unfortunately, if the house remains on the market the prices are likely to fall if the seller really wants to sell the home.

Bio: Kuba Jewgieniew is the data-driven sales professional behind one of America’s fastest growing real estate brokerages. As CEO of Realty ONE Group, Jewgieniew is committed to ensuring his agents have the support they need to close deals.

Investing and Learning from the Past – By Phin Upham

September 6, 2013 by  
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By Phin Upham

Why is the U.S. going through an economic slowdown? It can be said that the U.S. has been slowing down since 1980, regardless of the illusory gains in asset valuations. These gains were partly due to reduced volatility, the bubbles which gave the country false hope for productivity gains, and the leverage which compounded the issue. This scenario is very different than the one right after the Great Depression. After WWII, the country’s economy grew at an extremely fast rate.

Good investors often analyze the state of the world by looking into the past. They try to find similar circumstances from which to learn from. For example, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, has used lessons from the Great Depression to help bring the US out of this current problem, inferring that there is a similarity between both times.

A more appropriate question is: how can we use the past to understand today? The following three quotes help to understand the various views on the matter: a) “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” b) “Those who live in the past can never move forward.” c) “History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.”

Although good analogies are helpful, it’s important to select the right analogies and figure out the differences between them. They have their limitations.

So what is the most appropriate analogy from history? One example could be the technology bubble in 1999. Even though the bubble burst, the legacy still continues. Another analogy could be the Oil Crisis that led to the 1982 crisis. Or Japan in the 1980s. During that time Japan was able to come out of its crisis by evolving into an exporter to the US. Our crisis could also be compared to the Great Depression, although it might be a better analogy for China at this time.

There are two books that cover this topic perfectly, “The End of the History and the Last Man,” by Francis Fukuyama, and “The Clash of Civilizations,” by Samuel Huntington.  The first book says that democracies do not evolve, but that they are stable, and that the political development of the world was over because democracy was about to be the global rule. According to the first book, very soon democracy will reign worldwide. The second book states that globalization produced the first ever global struggle for power. The West, Islam, and Asia were all battling for the global crown. However, both agree that the current time is very different than anything that has happened in the past. Which author is right? It’s important to know whether we are living in a new age of history.

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Phin Upham About the Author: Phin Upham has attended Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has worked in macro and illiquid investing and currently works at a family office / hedge fund. For more info visit Phin Upham’s Website or Phin Upham’s Facebook page.

Now is the Time to Invest in Maui Real Estate

February 4, 2011 by  
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This month’s news that one of the top luxury resorts and golf courses in Hawaii has filed for bankruptcy protection might give potential Maui real estate investors reason to reconsider getting involved in the market. After all, if a high-profile resort such as the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa can’t stay afloat, what does this say about the overall real estate market in Hawaii?

However, potential residential real estate investors need to separate the home real estate market from commercial properties. While the declining tourism market is continuing to have a significant impact on the resort industry in Hawaii, things are starting to stabilize in the Hawaiian residential real estate market. In fact, now might be the best time for investors to get back into the home and condo sales in Maui and other islands in Hawaii.
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The Maui News has recently said that housing prices continue to be low on the island. This presents a potential investment opportunity for individuals or corporations who want to get in on the ground floor of the recovery of the Hawaiian real estate market. With the economy beginning to show signs of life, it’s very possible that real estate prices are beginning to reach their lowest point and will start climbing soon.

Low housing prices in Hawaii have been met with steadily increasing mortgage rates. Lenders like Coldwell Bankers have started to increase rates to reflect more people becoming buyers in the residential real estate market. This is just another reason why now is a great time to be involved in Maui real estate.

Benefits of Hiring a Financial Planner

May 6, 2010 by  
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After many years of working for a company, at the end of our working term, we will one day plan on retiring. And when that time comes, all you would want is a fruitful way ahead, which will go on for the rest of your life. There is a lot of work to do once we retire, and there are things that we need to plan for, especially those pertaining to our finances. In this light, you have two options: you can do all the planning yourself, or you can hire a financial planner. These people are the ones who arrange plans and objectives which will be of great help in our future.

Compared to doing it yourself, there are a lot of benefits that you can enjoy when you hire financial planners, and some of them are as follows:

You can save a lot of time

Financial planners are experts in many fields, especially those relating to money. When we retire, we want all our savings from our life’s work to be in good hands and these financial planners can be of great help. Compared to doing these things by yourself, you need to carefully study the risks and the benefits involved, and it could take you a lot of time to do this. With a financial planner, you will be sitting pretty while he does all the hard work.

Everything is explained the easy way

Because of the intricacies of investing money, you might find it hard to understand all the terminologies used in business, and it might lead to bad investments and the like. Another advantage of having a financial planner is that your planner would be able to explain everything you need to know in layman’s term.

Repairing Bad Credit

April 6, 2010 by  
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Bad credit is something that could be very troublesome on your part because of the many restrictions that you could suffer from. Aside from the hassle of getting calls from an agent, you might also have a shameful experience of getting visited by collectors who will tell you to pay your debts out loud. Aside from this, you will be banned from other credit institutions and you can’t have access to emergency money when you need it.

To repair bad credit, the first thing you need to do is to cut excessive and impulsive spending. This will help you in saving some money that you can use to pay up some debts in the future. After you have paid some of your cards, ask the bank that issued you the cards to close the accounts. Maintaining one credit card is easier for you to monitor and pay, unlike having a lot which will urge you to spend more.

Once you have drawn down your credit cards, and you still have some debts left, you can try and sell some of your properties that you do not really need, and use the proceeds to eradicate or lower your debt. After you have exhausted all your outstanding balances, you can re-apply for a secured credit card. You will now use this card to re-establish a good credit standing. Make sure you do not commit the same mistake for you to be able to get back on your feet with your finances and not to suffer again from credit woes.

Secured Loans UK,Cheap Secured Loans

March 7, 2009 by  
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