Posts Tagged ‘first income property’

Importance of Education

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Jon Swire

If you have previously purchased your first home or even started looking at income properties, I am sure you remember when it first closed. I certainly do. It was a great feeling to sign those documents and truly own my first property, but many investors also feel unsure of what they are doing in terms of a long-term investment strategy. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know.

The key to success in any business is education and planning. The first step is to learn as much about your subject matter as possible, which will provide you with confidence when doing current and future deals. In this case, it’s learning to use 2-4 unit properties to make successful investments to secure your financial future.

I’m a big believer in education and that’s one of the reasons I teach at UCLA Extension and around the country, training folks on 2-4 unit properties. It is also why I launched my program and have now built the tools that every investor—no matter how experienced—needs to succeed in real estate investing.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with and train thousands of investors and real estate agents over the past few years and the most consistent feedback I hear is that the training they received provided them with the confidence they needed to work with income producing investment property. Remember, knowledge is power and the perfect first step to securing your future is to gain the knowledge so you can make the best investment decisions possible.
In addition to books, DVDs, webinars, and financial models to analyze investments, I also offer one-on-one coaching to help investors effectively sort through their real estate investment opportunities. Click here for more information on this proven real estate investment training program.

Finding a Real Estate Agent

Monday, May 11th, 2009

By Jon Swire

Are you ready to make your first income property purchase and not sure how to find an agent or what to expect? If so, you’ll want to read my tips on choosing the right agent for you!

If you’ve been thinking about investing in real estate, now is a great time. Interest rates are at historic lows, and prices around the country have fallen to 2002 levels in many places. The questions is how do you find a Real Estate agent, and what should you expect?

First, a great place to find an agent is through referrals. Either from friends, colleagues or other professionals, someone who has worked with the person in the past and can vouch for their integrity and responsiveness. After all, this person will be representing you in one of the biggest investments of your life, so you’ll want to make sure they are trustworthy and put your interests first. Another great option is to visit local Open Houses in your area, and speak with the agents working them. This will give you a feel of how busy they are based on the number of homes they have listed for sale, and it will also give you a chance to speak with the agent in an informal setting to find out how knowledgeable and personable they are.

Once you’ve identified a potential candidate, you’ll want to interview them either in person or on the phone. Ask them how long they’ve been in the business, what type of product they specialize in – SFR’s or income property – what areas they work and for the names of 2-3 satisfied clients you can speak with. And remember, first impressions go along way. Make sure they are on time and have strong follow up. After all, if they can’t get it right with you, how well will they do representing you to another agent?

Once you’ve selected an agent, you’ll want to give him clear parameters of what you’re looking for. Is this your first investment? How much do you have to invest? How far from your home are you willing to consider? And of course, what is a comfortable price range for you?

And remember, Real Estate is like most other service businesses, where the old adage holds true….”20% of the agents do 80% of the business”. So spend time before get you started finding the right agent for you.

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