Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Buyers - Why should you use a buyers agent?

What is an Accredited Buyers Representative?
The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation.

What is the difference between a Buyers Agent verses an Accredited Buyers Representative?
Any licenced real estate agent can represent a buyer, with the permission of his/her office Broker. However, if they have not taken the special classes on Buyers Agency, they may no know how to represent the buyer in the best way possible. An Accredited Buyers Rep has gone through special training to learn how to better represent the needs of a buyer to benefit the buyers best interests. The buyer's representative works for, and owes fiduciary responsibilities to, the buyer and has buyer's best interests in mind throughout the entire real estate process.

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Why should you use an Accredited Buyers Representative?
Unless you have a contract with the real estate agent to represent your best interests, they are automatically
working as a sub-agent for the seller. That means that the agent is negotiating for the benefit of the seller and, not YOU, the Buyer. Any confidential information that you share with that agent, may be passed onto the buyer. In turn, this my hurt your chances in getting the best deal on a purchase.

If you hire a Buyers Agent (preferably an Accredited Buyers Rep), she/he owes a fiduciary responsibilty to YOU, the Buyer. Your Buyers Agent will be negotiating for your benefit and not the seller's. Confidenital information cannot be passed onto the seller by the Buyers Agent.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Real Estate Rentals: A Passive Investment Technique

Real estate can be a great way to make a turn-key investment in property, but you need to go in with your eyes open. Otherwise, you could end up losing your nest egg.

To invest in real estate, you need to have a rainy day fund. Things happen - you're the landlord now, and you'll have to pay if something goes wrong. If you need to fix the walls, the plumbing, or pay for flea control, you'll want to have some money set aside. If you're handy, you can cut these costs down, but you can't eliminate them entirely.

You also need to make sure you're not paying too much. Don't buy in a super-expensive area - go for something in an "up and coming" place where you can get a good deal and watch property values rise in the future. If you get locked into a real estate bubble, you may not make your investment back. You need a place where your rental income will cover the mortgage with a cushion for emergencies.

Also, make sure to trust the company that is handling the property for you. Property management can be a great deal - it saves you from all of the hassle. But don't just go with any random, fly by night company. Call reputable realtors and ask their opinion about companies in your area. They can probably give you a good referral, and it'll be worth your time if you can find someone who will manage it well - after all, you're dependant on them to make sure your property is filled with tenants.

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sugar Springs Web Site

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Find out what Sugar Springs has to offer you!

A private community in the heart of Michigan. This planned community covers approximately 4000prime acres in the northern part of Gladwin County. This beautiful and active community boasts some of the nicest homes and lakes in the area. Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot cover approximately 1000 acres and have 15 private beach clubs for association members only.Sugar Springs is an active community with a host of activities and recreational events occuring thoughout the year. You'll find everything from golf events, Ice Cream Social, huge 4th of July Fire Works Display, Arts & Crafts Show, Pig Roast and many other activities. You'll never be bored in Sugar Springs unless you want to be!

Just some of the ammenities: * 18-Hole Championship Golf Course * Fully Staffed Pro-Shop * Club House & Lounge * Two Lakes (Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot) * Fifteen Beach Clubs * Activity Building * Olympic Size Indoor Swimming Pool * Tennis and Basketball Courts * Cross Country Skiing Trails * Sledding Hills * Campground & Chalet * Grass Air Strip