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Should Real Estate Agents Blog?

You’re a real estate agent. You have a professional web site provided by your Broker. Heck, you even paid big bucks for your own web site with a fancy design. Why in the world would you want to blog? And who really has the time to blog?
My turn to ask you a question. What distinguishes you from the army of real estate agents who are also online with the same cookie cutter websites and the exact same how-to articles? The answer is are afloat on a sea of mediocrity.
The solution is to distinguish yourself from everyone else. It is your job to show what separates you from the pack. You must demonstrate what makes you different.
People are judged by what they say and do. What distinguishes you from the others will be the advice you give on your blog. I can hear your complaints… “But I’m not a writer.” “But I don’t have the time.”
Yes, you are a writer. You write emails every day. You write listing descriptions every single day. You have opinions. You talk. You communicate. You convince. You share advice every single day. All you have to do is to find a way to talk to the screen. You make brochures and you type out emails, so you already know how to do that.
Type out your advice as an email to a prized client, a confidant, or a friend if that’s what it takes. But type it and post it as an article on your blog. A few words, no longer than this post, every day and you’ll have written a book online. What will that do for you?
It will demonstrate your knowledge, establish your expertise, but most importantly you will be taking action and that will separate you from the pack.…

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Yucatan Real Estate – Homes in a Mexico's Mayan Paradise

Those who portray Yucatan real estate as giving you a life in a Mayan paradise are not at all off track. The truth of the matter is that the city of Merida and the surrounding countryside and beachfront areas are still very Mayan, very traditionally Mexican and – at the same time – very appealing for expats. The following are some locations and styles of Yucatan homes for sale that you might consider.

Merida’s Colonial City Center

Merida real estate is one of the most attractive options out there for Americans and Canadians thinking of living abroad. It combines old charm with the conveniences of a modern metropolitan. Beautiful colonial homes can be found in the historic center (which is the second largest in Mexico!) surrounded by wonderful architecture, tree-lined streets, lush green city squares, old churches, museums, street musicians and a living, vibrant culture that keeps centuries-old traditions alive and well. At the same time, a short drive away in the newer areas there are modern supermarkets (Walmart and similar stores,) excellent hospitals, sports complexes and much more.

New Developments in Merida

Some buyers also consider the newer homes in upscale neighborhoods near the shopping centers in Merida, still living only a short drive from the charm of the old city, and a very short drive (20 minutes) to the beach.

Beachfront Villages

Starting about 20 minutes away, there is a series of small beachfront towns where life is quiet and relaxed. The handful of Americans and Canadians who live in these towns meet at a local bar, and most integrate with the locals. Basic services exist, and everything else can be found in the closest parts of Merida.

The Emerald Coast

Farther out along the beachfront there are more isolated communities in very natural settings. Expats who choose these areas enjoy a very quiet lifestyle really away from it all, and very low costs of living and real estate. Most have a home built on an affordable lot, but reasonable existing homes can also be found.

The Yucatan Countryside

Some Americans and Canadians enjoy the lifestyle of the quiet countryside where culture and history dating back to the Spanish Conquest and even before permeate the jungle and farmers’ fields. Ranches and hobby farms are a nice option in the countryside surrounding Merida. In some cases, an old Hacienda can even be found for an interesting investment.

Yucatan is truly a Mayan paradise, and owning a home here is the best way to emerge yourself in this paradise and enjoy it most fully!

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Understanding Regional Real Estate

Are you interested in real estate in the area around Mesa, AZ? If so, it will interest you to know that the city is not terribly old. In fact, it has only been established since the late 1800s when it was settled by a group of Mormons and simultaneously by the First Mesa Company. The residents re-established the fascinating canal system left behind by the Hohokam peoples, and the area’s history of agriculture began. Today, those interested in Mesa Arizona real estate will tend to hear more about the corporate influence of the Phoenix metropolitan area rather than the agricultural industries. This is because it is part of the massive region that plays home to these corporations, and includes other cities such as Scottsdale and Gilbert too.
What sorts of properties are available in Mesa AZ real estate? The city is known as a “bedroom community”, and will be similar in pricing and variety to nearby cities as well. For example, the median pricing for Mesa will be around $218k for a larger family home. Because the city serves as a base for those working in the aerospace, computer, and other Fortune 1000 corporations that settled in the area, there is likely to be a nice assortment of both affluent and affordable properties.
The great thing about the vast majority of real estate for sale in Mesa, AZ is the fact that prices are still holding at lower than normal levels. This is going to be of tremendous benefit to the buyers flooding the area. Consider that lenders are able to provide a Mesa, Arizona home loan mortgage at a rate that is close to levels available more than 30 years ago. This means that a buyer can get a lot more “house” for a lot less money.
This is great for second home buyers and retirees as well because there are so many wonderful things to do in Mesa, Arizona. Not only is the region full of world-class golf courses, but the area is also well above state average where recreation, culture, shopping, and education is concerned.
For example, in the city there is the Mesa Community College Arizona, but there are also facilities within easy reach for roughly two thousand college-level students as well. There are also incredible museums, massive libraries, and wonderful outdoor areas. All of this accounts for the many incredible restaurants, entertainment venues, resorts, and Mesa, Arizona hotels and motels too.…

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Exhausted of Investing Money in Bonds and Stocks? How About Real Estate?

Are you one of the many people that have invested a small or large sum of money to countless stocks, bonds, or mutual funds? Has this subsequently increased money in your wallet, or has it only increased levels of anxiety? When people think of investment, they automatically associate stock market, bonds, loss of money. However, there are a number of entities that one can invest in. You may be surprised how many people invest in Real Estate despite the recent market crash. In an ever changing economy where stock markets and bonds are dropping at over a hundred points a day, Real Estate might be a great opportunity for safe investment. Why you may ask? Simple. Real Estate is necessary. Population is always increasing, and with that, the housing market is always in demand.
If you may be one of the few or lucky that investing in stocks and bonds have proved successful, then why is investing in Real Estate a better opportunity? First and foremost, whether the economy is in a recession or in economic good standing, the stock market will always fluctuate. Unforeseen problems within a business can always arise, and thus money invested in stocks and bonds is unpredictable, risky, and sometimes unsuccessful. Real Estate on the other hand, has a number of benefits:
First, inflation does not hinder the housing market investing business, only enhances the potential money to be made.
Secondly, constant cash flow. Although a stock pays dividends, the stream of income coming in from a Real Estate Investment exceeds the dividend yields on average. Moreover, the investor in real estate has less to lose. If and when your investment properties encounter a downfall in homes being sold, typically, properties monthly rent will stay constant.
Thirdly, as history proves, profit will increase due to appreciation. Within the last sixty years, research shows the ever increasing amount of an average person’s home in the economy. As the property value keeps increasing, so will the appreciation, and so will your investment profit.
A fourth incentive: tax benefits. As an investor of real estate, you qualify for a number of tax incentives: depreciation with no-out of pocket costs, tax deductions such as property, mortgage interest, and repairs for those who qualify, and according to the IRS, investors can sell properties without paying capital gain taxes as long as they exchange them for others of like kind (section 1031). Investing with IRA.
Need another incentive? Return on Investments. Often with stocks and bonds, finding out your ROI can be challenging. On the contrary, with investments in real estate, there are more ways to realize a greater ROI. Often times, return on investments can be 8%-12%. The higher the return, the better!
We are Real Estate Solutions Group located in Jacksonville, Florida. And we are helping investors all over country to invest in the housing market. If you are looking for an opportunity to invest in property but not sure what property to buy and where to buy, call us! Investing in the industry in Jacksonville is easy and safe. We buy distress properties, such as Short Sales and Foreclosures, for 30-60 cent’s on the dollar. What does this mean for you? Your investment with us has equity from day one!
Real Real Estate company should offer a full line of services for Investors, such as:
• Find homes and potential properties
• Renovating the properties
• Finding management companies, landlords, and tenants to care for the properties
We will do everything! Just sit back, relax, and anticipate your secured monthly income
Spending time, money, and increasing your stress due to lack of success in the stock markets is not needed. Real Estate Investment has proved successful and has benefited countless people in terms of cash flow, tax deductions, and increasing appreciation. The investment opportunities for some people has proved to be so successful that there incoming cash flow is not their second income, but their only income. No longer do you have to anxiously check the stock market every day to see the rise or fall in stocks, invest in Real Estate!
LEARN MORE ABOUT REAL ESTATE INVESTING OPPORTUNITIES!…

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Military Spending in Hawaii is Saving Oahu’s Economy – Hawaii Commercial Real Estate

Last week I was at a presentation by Bank of Hawaii, and they got me thinking. The military and federal government combined in our state is holding up the entire economy on the Island of Oahu. Military construction has not receded, it continues. They are in the process of building housing on Oahu, 10,000 homes by Actus and an additional 4,500 homes over the next few years as replacements for military personnel. There are 102,000 people with the military, mostly based on the Island of Oahu. The military has 18,000 direct jobs that we know of and spending approximately $1 billion/year.
In addition to this, the Department of Defense spends $6.1 billion per year. There is quite a bit of high-tech investment and spending at the Barking Sands project. The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards account for a massive amount of spending on Oahu. The Navy has increased the number of jets that it houses and continues to upgrade its fleet here in Hawaii.
Today I noticed eight additional submarines are being repositioned to bases here in Hawaii over the current 24-month period. Military spending is 23% of our overall economy, while tourism, which we all think of as the leader, is just a little bit higher at 30%.
In addition to military spending, Hawaii has one of the highest spending per capita ratios of any state. This is courtesy of our senior senators, the committees, and the chair in congress. In 2007, the federal government spent a total of $14 billion in Hawaii. The State of Hawaii is getting the equivalent of $235 per person in federal earmarks as a result of Congress’ recent special hearings.These projects benefit primarily large government spending projects on Oahu. They include transportation, the University of Hawaii, and the telescopes atop Mauna Kea.
All of this spending is adding up and is the reason Oahu is weathering this economic storm better than most. This is why spending and economic activity on Oahu has stayed relatively similar to that of the previous years, while spending in the visitor economy overall is down in the range of 15%-20%.
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Top 5 Biggest Real Estate Website Myths That FOOL Realtors

Myth #1: There’s nothing wrong with my real estate website.
If I got a dollar for every time I heard this one, I’d be a very wealthy man right now. Unless you own one of the very few real estate websites online that gets visitors to contact you, your website is probably not producing the leads your real estate business needs.
Here’s the worst part: Many realtors won’t admit there is anything wrong with their websites.
They think their websites that were designed back in 1995 are sufficient enough – I’m talking about the marquee scrolling text, the cheesy tiled backgrounds and the confusing navigation. When things don’t work they way they want it to and no one is calling, they blame everything else…except their website!
There are many factors that affect how well a real estate website does, such as how the online marketing campaigns are managed and the quality of traffic that comes in – but when it comes down to it, if people are not thrilled about your website or can’t find a way to contact you, all the traffic in the world won’t matter!
Myth #2: Spending thousands on a gorgeous design will help me.
What breaks my heart is some realtors end up spending thousands of dollars and let the designer make the decisions. The problem with most freelance designers is that they only focus on making the website look good, instead of focusing on making the website function well.
Let me explain. Many freelance designers like to throw in too many Flash animations and Web 2.0 gimmicks, which is great in moderation and used correctly – but this is usually not the case. The typical results include sacrificing visitor usability and at the expense of search engine optimization. I’ve even seen beautiful-crafted designs completely miss a place for the realtor’s contact information.
Sure, a great design may help, but it only enhances your website and what you are planning to do for your visitors.
Myth #3: I just need an IDX/MLS solution to display thousands of listings on my website.
I hear this all the time. Every time I hear a realtor wanting their own website, the 1st question that comes out of their mouth almost always starts with:
“Does it have an IDX solution?” or “Can I have thousands of MLS listings on my site?”
An IDX/MLS solution can be a great tool to help buyers get an idea of what they like and allow realtors to map out a tour for their clients based on their criteria.
Instead, in most cases, it seems many realtors simply throw up thousands of computer-generated MLS listings and just leave it up as the main highlight of their website, hoping people start contacting them in droves.
I find this ironic. The realtor’s job is to personalize their client’s experience, right?
Myth #4: I don’t need to update my website often.
This myth hurts on so many levels.
First, search engines prefer websites that provide updated information and new pages on their website. It tells them that your website is relevant to today’s times and the content you provide would be useful to searchers. Failing to do so will likely lead to poor search engine rankings.
Second, visitors looking for real estate information don’t want to come to a website that doesn’t offer fresh, easy-to-read content. Realtors who follow this myth end up losing a lot of repeat visitors to their websites.
Third, realtors who do not regularly update their websites tend to have many website flaws, some of which are discussed in Myth #1.
I can go on and on, but basically, if you don’t update your website, you might as well not have one.
Myth #5: My webmaster will maintain my website for me.
Bad mistake. Unless your webmaster is a licensed real estate agent and knows what your prospective clients want, this is not a job you would want to pass onto an inexperienced contractor. It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many realtors actually allow this.
Your webmaster is there to make technical changes to your website and from a cost perspective, depending on the job and his hourly rates, it could get very expensive.…

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How to Convert an Ordinary Real Estate Investor Website Into a Successful One?

Many people are confused as to why only a handful of real estate investor websites can create tons of leads while most of the sites hardly ever do? Majority of the agents create a website only because their competitors have one. Many agents are confused as to how should a real estate investor website look like. Agents want their websites to have animation, graphics and look attractive.
The three basic elements for successful real estate investor website are as follows:
Try to attract potential prospects. Build a targeted list of prospects to follow up with and lastly, convert prospects to paying clients. If an agent provides information like their credentials, services on the website it may be boring for prospects. It may not attract qualified prospects. It won’t motivate them to provide you their contact information.
Always target on prospects problems? Find a solution to solve their problem. Content should be based on their problems. A prospect wants answer for his problem. He wants tips as to how he can get a mortgage, how to find that right home or sell his house at top price and what are the best schools in that area. They want to know if a single parent has the capacity to buy that house. Prospects would want to know whether the new house has any damages for which they have to pay to get it rectified. They want tips as to how they can negotiate the best price.
If there is good content in the site 50% of your problem is solved. The other 50% depends on the fact that the prospect should be able to find the information easily. If someone visits your site, you have only three seconds to attract his attention. Prospects don’t read pages. They just want information that interests them. If they don’t find anything that could benefit them, they just leave the site and start their search. Agents think that prospects can find information in the website easily. They think that prospects can easily learn the site navigation and browse through all their great content. The fact is, prospects will not do not anything like this. You have to guide them by telling them they should click this link to get the information that they need. You have to guide them that if they want free consultation they should fill a form etc. Your end goal should be to get their contact information and permission to follow up with them.
If you are not getting the desired result you should try something different. You have to keep working towards your site to attract more visitors. You can install Google Analytics on your site and find out who is visiting your site. You can find out various information as to which keywords do they type into the search engine to get into your site. Other information like what pages do they view, how many pages do they view and so on. You can find out more information about the website by analyzing statistics and making decisions on the data you collect. If you keep testing different things on your website you will know what works and how well it works.…