Buying a New Home Blog Series – Part Four – Types of Real Estate Professionals

There are many moving variables to consider when buying a new home. You will count on a team of different types of real estate professionals to make your home buying dream a reality. The types of real estate professionals you will need to have a relationship when buying a home include; a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, a property inspector, an insurance broker, a real estate lawyer and a contractor if you plan on doing work to your new home. When buying a new home, your real estate agent will take you to see prospect homes, will educate you about the neighbourhood, prices of sales in the area, will make an offer to the purchaser on your behalf once you find a home that you want to buy, negotiate the final purchase price of your home and manage the paper work between the purchaser and your real estate lawyer to process the purchase of your home. When buying a new home, your mortgage broker will work with you to obtain the best deal for mortgage financing that is available. Mortgage brokers are very useful because they have relationships with all of the banks so they are able to make you aware of all of the different banks interest rates. They are able to independently review your application for mortgage financing and identify any issues that could come up as it relates to your credit or income. If for some reason you do not qualify for mortgage financing at the bank, they can also access alternate sources of financing to get you a mortgage. This can include accessing financing at credit unions, trust companies, mortgage investment companies and more. Dealing with a mortgage broker will reduce your risk when buying a home and will ensure that you get the best deal. A property inspector will be relied upon to inspect the home to ensure that there are no problems that you are unaware of. The inspector will check the foundation, electrical, structure and other vital parts of the home for issues. If something comes up, you can ask that the seller correct the problem before you finalize on the purchase or if the issue is too severe, you can walk away from the deal entirely. Your insurance broker will help you to obtain homeowners insurance. He or she will obtain quotes from all of the different insurance companies to secure the best insurance rate with you at the maximum benefit. Like a mortgage broker, an insurance broker is knowledgeable about the products that all companies have to offer and can educate you through the process to ensure that you choose the right insurance, from the right company, at the right price. Finally, your real estate lawyer will represent you in the purchase of your home and with the arrangement of your mortgage financing. He or she will ensure that you are purchasing a home that contains a clear title and doesn’t have any property tax arrears or liens. He or she will prepare all of your legal documents and will also be the last real estate professional that you will work with before taking possession of your home. Knowing the types of real estate professionals you will need when buying a new home will enable you to research and establish relationships with the right people to make your home buying dream a reality.

Real Estate Marketing Online: How A Robot Can Help You Manage Your Blog

Are you a real estate agent or broker new to the online marketing scene? Have you thought about starting a blog for real estate marketing purposes? If so, the following tip will give you an endless source of content ideas, while saving you time and energy in the process. Blogs Need Quality Content: By posting original, relevant content to your blog on a regular basis, you’ll eventually increase your blog’s traffic and search engine visibility. But your blog needs to be “fed” regularly with content that readers can use and search engines can find. The challenge is coming up with quality content on a daily or weekly basis. Here’s a solution. Get a Robotic Research Assistant: Imagine having a robotic Web crawler working for you 24 hours a day, scouring the Internet for new content related to your local real estate scene (or any other topic of your choosing). Well, that’s exactly what you get with Google Alerts. Using Google Alerts, you can enter a key phrase (like “Texas real estate” or “Buying a home in Dallas”) and then be notified whenever Google indexes a new page containing that phrase. In other words, when Google sees something added to the Web that’s related to your topic, it will alert you via email. Many of the alerts you get will come from press releases distributed online. That makes Google Alerts a great way to stay informed about news and developments relevant to your chosen topic. What’s the benefit of all this? You get a steady stream of content ideas and information for your real estate marketing blog. You can then summarize this information in the form of a blog posting. You can attract and educate readers while positioning yourself as an authority in your field. Of course, it helps to have a lead-capturing system built into your blog or website, in order to capitalize on all that traffic. But that’s another article entirely. Make the Content Your Own: Take the information you find and summarize it in your own words. Don’t just copy and paste it directly into your blog. Put a personal touch on it. Filter it and explain it to your readers. Your readers will appreciate your efforts, and so will the search engines (they prefer original content). You’ll also avoid any reprint or copyright issues by making the content your own. There you have it, a robotic research assistant to help you with your real estate marketing efforts. Try it out for yourself. Just visit Google’s website and click on the “more” link. Then click on “Alerts” and fill in the requested information. Now you’ve got your own Internet watchdog … and he never sleeps!