Have you ever considered a career in Real Estate? by Harley Greninger

I must say, that after more than 20 years in this profession, I still love it! That’s difficult to say of most professions, usually people burn out or get tired of ‘working for the man’. There are certain benefits that the Real Estate profession offers you that no other field really does. Among these benefits are:

Freedom- Probably the greatest benefit of the Real Estate profession is freedom– not freedom to ‘goof off’ or stay at home and watch Soaps all day—rather it’s freedom to work, that’s exciting! I remember working for Pacific Veneer (a subsidiary of Weyerhauser), punching in and punching out. Family would come to town- ‘sorry, I can’t meet with you- I have to work’… my son would have a baseball game, ‘Oh sorry son I can’t go, I have to work’. Once I got into Real Estate, I was able to go to my son’s baseball games, my daughters’ basketball games… family would come to town and I was able to take an hour or two and enjoy their company. No other profession can really offer that. You’re in complete control of your time, and by being in control of your time, you gain better control of your life!
Virtually Unlimited Income Potential- Once your business really takes off, you’ll find yourself rivaling what some Doctors and Attorneys are making! In Real Estate, you get paid in direct proportion to your skill level, your enthusiasm and work ethic and your overall effectiveness. As you improve your overall effectiveness, your pay level increases as well! At the old ‘9 to 5 job’, when it was time for a promotion, it didn’t go to the hardest worker or the most skilled employee, rather it went to whomever was with the company the longest—hardly seemed fair to me. I could work twice as hard as the guy next to me and get paid the same amount. When it was time for a promotion, it didn’t go to me, it went to the guy next to me because he was with the company longer! In Real Estate, you eventually gain great control of your income!
Ease of Access- You may be wondering, ‘if I can have this kind of freedom and make really good money, how much schooling do I need? Do I have take 5 years of college, or maybe 7 years that some specialties require?’ I’m excited to say “absolutely not”! In Washington state, a simple 90 clock hour class makes you eligible to take the state exam. Imagine that, in under 2 ½ weeks you’ll be eligible to enter the field! I suppose this is because the people in authority realize that the Real Estate profession cannot really be mastered in a classroom. Only practicing the profession ‘on the job’ really gives you the practical knowledge needed to really do it well. Once you pass the state exam, then your real training begins. The nice thing is, while you’re training, you’re making money!

Of course the Real Estate field is not all peaches and cream, there are definitely challenges, however the benefits greatly outweigh the challenges! If you have interest in learning more about entering this great vocation, contact me (Harley Greninger) at 360-533-1900 or e-mail me at harleyg@prgraysharbor.com .

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How To Choose The Right Building Contractor By Janifer W Thompson

 

Expert Author Janifer W Thompson

When looking for a building contractor to handle the construction of your dream home, it is understandable that you would be nervous about making a decision – after all, what if you made the wrong one? It is important that you keep in mind the fact that you will be working closely with your contractor over the coming months and that you will want the project finished to schedule and within your budgetary constraints. Before you go off looking for someone in the local paper, however, these tips may be just what you’re looking for.

Whilst the yellow pages are great for finding many different people, they aren’t actually all that useful for finding a building contractor who is any good. The main reason for this is that the really good people, the ones who complete the highest quality work, don’t have to advertise – they rely on getting all of their business via word of mouth recommendations. If you would like an idea of how many businesses are in your area, then the yellow pages is a great place to start; it is not, however, recommended for making your final decision.

So, how else can you go about finding a contractor? We gave you the answer in the above paragraph – your best bet is to ask around. We’re sure that you know one or two people who have constructed a house before, so you should ask them about the contractor that they used, whether they were satisfied with their work or not and whether there were any issues. Make sure that you find out the contact details of the business (a phone number is generally enough) if you are interested in employing them for your upcoming project.

Another way to find a contractor is to jump online and do some research into the businesses in your area. You will probably find that those who do quite well for themselves will have quite modern looking websites that are very creative and easy to navigate. This does not mean that you should write off those contractors who have a very basic looking site that they may have put together themselves, as they could be very good at what they do and just not as popular. When reading the testimonials try and read between the lines.

You will need to choose at least three building contractors who you think would be able to handle your construction project with the kind of detail and finesse that you are looking for. Ask these contractors to meet with you to discuss the project and for them to provide you with a quote for the work. Make sure that they have outlined each of the steps that you will be charged for so that you can develop an understanding of what is and is not included. You can then compare the quotes and choose the best one.

Once you have found the building contractor that you would like to hire for the construction of your dream home, it is important that you check that they are available to meet the schedule that you have set yourself. If you are not too worried about when the home is completed, then you should be able to work around your chosen contractor’s availability. If you need it completed by a certain date, then you may have to compromise on the business that you have selected if they are not free.

If you planning to make a new house then it is necessary to choose a right building contractor to complete the project in time and correct manner, you can contact Premier Realty at www.prgraysharbor.com

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Is Investing in Real Estate For Me? By Christianne Child

Currently, housing prices are at rock bottom levels. This means that it is the perfect time get into the real estate market. Or is it? If you are considering getting into this market, you may want to continue reading.

The average person thinks that everyone who invests in real estate works full time in the field. That is not always the case. In fact, most people that have rental properties also have a job that they work during the day to pay the bills.

Only a handful of people in the field actually earn all of their money from their real estate business. Because of this, you may want to start out slowly to see if you really enjoying the thrills and the setbacks that go along with investing in the property market.

People who sell properties are called Realtors. These people need to take classes and pass an examination before getting licensed. Realtors come from all walks of life! Some work as teachers or office workers during the day and sell real estate in the evening to help with the bills.

In some cases, stay at home parents sell homes on the weekends and evenings instead of putting their children in day care. Of course, there are some Realtors that enjoy their job so much that they work full time in the field.

Even if you do not want to become a realtor, you may still be able to invest in this market. In order to do this, you will need to find low priced properties that you can renovate and re-sell for price that is higher than your investment. This is called “flipping houses”.

The best thing about this is that you can invest in a property that is inexpensive or in one that is very expensive, depending upon your budget. If you are handy or know people that are, you can remodel a home for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. Then, you can reap a handsome financial reward when the property is sold.

Of course, there are some downsides to renovating homes and re-selling them. If you are unable to sell your property, it can make things very difficult. This is why it is important to get the advice of a qualified realtor who can help you determine the re-sale value of the home that you want to purchase.

Some people decide to renovate a property and rent it out instead of selling it. Becoming a landlord can be a nerve wracking process if you have no idea what you are doing. Before venturing into this money making opportunity, you should talk to other landlords and find out the pitfalls of having renters in your property.

You should also take the time to look into the background of those people that wish to rent your property. Taking some time before the property is rented can save you a lot of hassles in the future.

While the economy may be taking a downturn, their will always be a demand for real estate. Why not use this fact to your advantage? You can take the plunge and get into the property market as many others have done before you.

To contact a qualified Agent, check out our website http://www.prgraysharbor.com

Christianne Child is a top sales representative and award winning real estate agent. For more tips on how to sell your house for top dollar, or for help buying a house, check out her website at http://www.chrischild.ca.

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