Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seek an Adviser. Not an Agent.

If you are planning to transact through a third person, make sure he possess the qualities of an adviser but not of an agent. Sounds confusing? Well, lets see what makes the difference.

  • Agent tries to convince. He may convince you to compromise with your preferences and bend you towards the property.
  • Adviser concerns. Concerns about you, your money and your investment. He tries to blend your requirements with the property.
  • Agent looks at you as a reward - one time reward for making you compromise.
  • Adviser looks at you as a resource - resource which generates more sales by making you satisfied.
  • If you are dealing with a company agent, he may act partial towards the company. But an adviser always acts partial towards you.
  • An agent finds you as a business but an adviser finds you as a relation.
  • Sometimes adviser seems costlier than agent due to the value he gives to your transaction. After all, quality does matter.
  • Finally, remember that all advisers can act as agents but not all agents can act as advisers.
Now understood what makes sense in choosing a mediator? So, always go for an Adviser but not an Agent.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Stop Renting. Start Investing.

With all the stories of people making tremendous amounts of money in real estate it's no wonder why so many are looking at real estate as an investment vehicle. It offers more security than the stock market, provides great potential returns, offers tax benefits and let's not forget; it sounds cool to be 'in real estate'. Everybody can buy and sell stocks from their phone or computer these days. But real estate, now that's something else.

One of the challenges that many are faced with is putting up the money to acquire a piece of property. Although in reality this is usually not the biggest obstacle. You might say "Hey, what do you mean, not an obstacle. I would love to invest in real estate, but I just can't afford to!" The point is that hardly anyone who buys a piece of real estate has enough money in their account to pay for it. That's where your banker comes in. Let's face it. Do you know anyone that owns their own home? I mean truly own it? Probably not. Sure, you know a lot of people that have a house to their name, but wait until they get behind on their monthly mortgage payments and you will soon find out who really owns their house. That's right, the bank. So if these people can use the bank's money to buy a house, why can't you?

Now 'owning' your own home may sound like a somewhat obvious way to get started in real estate, but it is also a very good way to do so. You might say "Duh..." But apparently this little step is overlooked by a lot of people. Just take a look at how many people are still renting a property instead of buying one. Now of course the relation between rent and housing prices varies from country to country and even from area to area. But wherever you go you will still find people renting, because in their mind "they don't have enough money to buy a house." In reality it would be much cheaper for them to buy!

When you rent, you are pretty much flushing your money down the toilet. Of course you are getting the pleasure of living, but the point is you're not building anything long term. Every rupee you spend on rent is a rupee you will never see again. Whereas if you own your own home, instead of paying rent you would be paying for your mortgage. Even though there is a lot of variety in mortgages these days, the basics of practically all mortgages are more or less the same. Every month you make a payment which consists of two parts: interest and principle. The interest part can be compared to rent. Those rupees are gone with the wind and you will never hear from them again. However, the part of the payment that goes to the principle is money you keep. Every rupee that is used to pay off the principal is a rupee you put in your own pocket.

So if you're thinking about getting started in real estate and you don't 'own' your own house yet... Change it, and get some experience. It's a great first step towards building your capital and in many cases, it just makes more sense financially. It can also supply a range of opportunities for accelerating the process of building your net worth. When real estate prices go up, so does the value of your property. Whereas the money you owe the bank, your mortgage, remains the same. In other words this helps you build your net worth. Compare this to people that are paying rent... Their net worth does nothing. However their landlord's net worth is doing very nicely in this scenario and he or she will probably love you for it. So if you get a warm fuzzy feeling about making somebody else rich at your own expense... Keep renting. If you would rather build your own capital instead... Buy your own house!

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