Unfortunately, building codes are often overly restrictive and make it difficult to build with alternative materials such as earthbags, straw bales, etc. But the good news is some counties have very few code barriers. As explained in previous posts, these counties are typically in remote, rural areas. One possibility is for each person to take one state, contact the regional building authority in each county and then compile a list of counties with few or no building codes.
In I received my real estate license and then a broker license in in Hawaii. Each day of those 34 years, I awake looking for a job. I am terminally unemployed.
Does this bother me? Not in the least. My future and income, together with the future of my children and wife, depends on whether I want to go out and find a job that day. Maui is a very tough place to find a job that pays enough to own a home, buy and insure a car, and pay tuition for private schools and college.
Very few jobs pay enough to do these things. I see doctors, lawyers, engineers, dentists, all struggling to do these things on their earnings. Often their spouses have to work as well to ensure that they are able to provide for their families.
During the peaks in the Maui real estate market, andyou could make a lot of money just having a real estate license and being busy sitting open houses, sitting in real estate offices, and waiting for buyers and sellers to walk in the door, and by running glossy ads in magazines touting either your pretty face or your Million Dollar Club credentials.
Agents now face competition we have never seen before. Print advertising makes up a very small percentage of our budgets because buyers want current, up to date information that is hard to get in print.
Open houses still work well, but almost every buyer now has an agent they have met on the internet representing them. Buyers that choose an agent, now call the agent and give them the Multiple Listing MLS numbers they want to see.
On top of all of this, national sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and many other 3rd party sites are taking real estate MLS data, repackaging it and re-selling it to the public in order generate income from their services.
How has all of this changed the real estate business? We now use a 13 page contract, sometimes more, prepare it and sign it electronically and send it via e-mail.
Faxes are now technically obsolete and when did you last use a pay phone? Interestingly enough though, the business is still the same, it is just how you deliver it. Real estate is and has always been a people business. The real estate part is usually easy; you take a listing, check permits and title, get a survey, check covenants and zoning and you usually know what you have to sell or represent your buyer to purchase.
People are the tough part. Some just want numbers and data. Others want to know about all the neighbors and fun things to do.
Some want all of the information, right now. You have to be able to understand what their needs are; after all, they are writing your pay check today if you can get them what they want and need. Speaking of delivery, be sure to check our initial launch of our new website.
It has been very tough some years, I have to admit. In and 83, I painted over condos and houses and sold time shares 3 days a week.
InI had a sawmill on the Big Island for a year, then sold it and started a video store inthen finally came to the realization that I really liked real estate more than anything else. Why is All of This Important? It illustrates how a lack of full-time commitment in the tough times in real estate sets you back when the market starts to take off.
I had no base to start with in and only a handful of prior clients to work with. The best agents bear down the hardest, work the hardest, when the market is tough.Yahoo Lifestyle is your source for style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.
Mar 08, · Four sites—Redfin and Zillow, based in Seattle, and Trulia and timberdesignmag.com, based in the San Francisco Bay Area—attract 61 million of the 67 million visitors to real estate . Download-Theses Mercredi 10 juin Tips for New Real Estate Agents after the Zillow/Trulia Merger.
As a newly licensed agent, building a brand and growing your leads list are two of your most critical activities. Your success depends on getting the word out about your business, and that often costs money.
Aug 23, · Another less sexy innovation in real-estate investing is the simple evolution of lending. “The financing options available to investors have expanded dramatically,” Cisterna said. Yahoo Lifestyle is your source for style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.