What We’re Reading: August 22-26

Technology, science, sportsmanship, um, baseball, unique homes, paint, travel, www, and trade secrets.

We dream of a world in which we have a strong WiFi signal in each room of the house.

Have you updated your iPhone recently? You might want to.

Pokemon Go is causing concern among some conservationists.

Prepare ship for Ludicrous Speed!

Scientists have determined the best way to hold a coffee cup to avoid spillage. Good job, Science. kate mccarthy 2008 kate mccarthy/flickr/2008

Who said being nice doesn’t get you anything?

We will reserve comment and just leave this here for you.

The good news is that a baseball player hit a grand slam, the bad news is where the ball landed.

You’ll have a yabba dabba doo time in this house! If you are short on square footage, take inspiration from these Japanese micro houses!

Whatever house you choose, just stay away from these four colors.

Rising sea levels threatening your home? There’s a solution for that.

The Olympics are over, and all these tired athletes want to do is go home, but first

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web, without which we would not be able to share these great articles!

Could this be the secret recipe for KFC chicken?



What We’re Reading: August 15-19

Harry Potter, RE investment, environmental change, names, careers, apps, TV, health, and Middle Earth.

We were told no more Harry Potter stories, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get more from the Potter universe!

If only we had had the money to invest in real estate as 11 year olds

The Playboy Mansion has finally sold, with at least one contingency — Hefner stays through his lifetime.

Rising sea levels are threatening the future of this Alaskan village. What will it take to save it? While we’re on the topic, supraglacial lakes are appearing in Greenland, and while beautiful, they are not a good signNASA Earth Observatory

NASA Earth Observatory

Simones were huge winners at the Olympics, and there might be more of them in the future!

Olympic athletes hold all kinds of jobs to support their training and their families — this one happens to be a REALTOR®!

Looking to switch up your video calling software? Google has a new app for you.

Need suggestions on something to read/watch/listen to now that you’ve binged your way through a favorite show? This guide is for you!

Is your employer considering relocating from ‘burbs to the city? You can employ healthy habits once you get there!

Do you know the way to Mordor?

What We’re Reading: August 8-12

Olympics, mortgages, castles, design, tedium, cookies, autonomous growth, reviews, and tech!

Train for citius, altius, fortius, but don’t count on making a profit. Rule 40 prevents athletes from cashing in during the games. If a gold medal winner wants cash, they could sell their medal for $564.

One (profiting) athlete just tied an Olympic record held by an ancient competitor.

 Patrick Hoesly 2010

Patrick Hoesly/flickr/2010

There are age requirements now, but in the very beginning of the nineteenth century, the Olympics had a very young, mysterious participant.

How many hours per week do you need to work in order to afford a home in your state?

A man’s home is his castle, but this castle could be your home for the right price in September.

Now you can create customized color palettes using Pantone’s new app.

First it was Slow Food, then Slow TV, now it is Slow-Game Apps.  Plant a few seeds and see what slowly happens.

Girl Scout cookie flavors come and go — will this one stick around or flame out?

How would you like to live in a house that could repair itself after a fire? It could be in our future.

For those of us lacking a green thumb, maybe this grow box is a solution. For legal plant life, obvs.

So, a company known for its performance review software is getting rid of its own performance reviews because they are too time-consuming and expensive? Really?

Only a few more weeks until the newest iPhone is revealed!

What You Need To Do To Invest In Real Estate

Does getting involved with real estate look like something you want to do? Have you see others profit from it? It really is possible to generate profits by getting involved with real estate deals. All you need is a little knowledge. Apply this advice to get your market adventures underway.

Before investing in any form of real estate, make sure you analyze the market and go out and do some research. Select a location, pick out a number of properties, and then go inspect and compare them. Know things such as current prices, cost of repairs and what you can expect to get in rent. This will help you figure out which deals are the best.

If you want to invest in real estate, you have to be committed to the process. This might mean that you will be cutting back on certain activities in order to make more cash. Stop playing softball or poker to focus on becoming better.

Be certain to choose regions that have good reputations and where lots of people want to live. This will maximize the value that you get when selling. Try looking for properties that you can be kept up easily.

Make sure that you devote a lot of time to your investment. Dealing with your tenants can be very time consuming. Before it becomes overwhelming, it can be a smart choice to get the help of a company who can handle property management for you.

Do not make the assumption that your property will go up in value. This assumption is risky in the real estate market and for any one piece of property. Only invest in those that give you an almost immediate cash flow. If the property value increases, that will be an added benefit.

Don’t assume that any property values always rise. This is not how the market works, and you should definitely not count on this happening. Invest in properties which are almost certain to rise in value. If the property appreciates in value, it will be beneficial to your bottom line.

Work with other real estate investors. Try to lose the image of them as competitors. This way you can share your resources with each other, such as client lists, and you can pool collections of properties. When you help out one another, you can get more satisfied clientele. This will surely enhance your reputation.

Know the value of your time. Though you might enjoy fixing up a property, is it the best use of your time? Would you be better off finding an alternative property? Whenever it is possible to delegate tasks, do not hesitate. It’s definitely worth it to give you more time for the important things.

Look over the entire neighborhood before buying a property. The right neighborhoods hold value, but bad neighborhoods are not going to provide you with a solid return. Buyers look closely at location, and you should too.

Think about employing a professional property manager. While you will have to spend some profit on doing this, it will be worth it most of the time. A good property management business screens your prospective renters and even handles repair issues. This gives you more time to concentrate on finding other properties in which to invest.

You’ll go through bad and good times in real estate investing. It’s smart that you don’t allow these lows to make you give up. Persistence is key to finding success in the real estate market. Keep learning, keep trying and you will accomplish great things.

Start investing immediately if you are thinking of making real estate a career or side business. Get in as soon as you can to reap the benefits. You may miss out on investment opportunities if you wait too long.

It is easier to invest in more than one property if they are all located in the same area. This will allow you to avoid major expenses in gas or time as you travel to your properties. You will also enhance your expertise in that region.

Begin with purchasing a single property. Though you may be tempted to purchase multiple listings at once, this can be extremely risky for a newcomer. Instead, begin with a single property and allow yourself to learn an investment strategy over time. You will benefit in the end.

Stay away from houses that need tons of repairs. You should buy a place that requires little work if you want to make money. As often happens though, most homes like this drain money and time quickly. In addition to doing research, add the numbers up.

Begin with one investment. If you’re just getting started with real estate investing, it can be a tempting mistake to purchase several properties at once. Focus on quality at first with only one property. This will benefit you in the long run.

Remember that making an investment in real estate will be a big responsibility. Though you should make investments when you are younger, it is important that you are stable, as well. Put down roots within your community, save money and form relationships. There simply is not a better way to make the most of your real estate venture.

Think about purchasing in locales with lots of foreclosures if you are able to keep hold of properties for a fair amount of time before you need to sell. These properties are going to increase in value eventually, and you will make significant money if you are able to be patient. Keep in mind that it might be some time before you can cash in and get your money back, however.

Plenty of folks you know will try and dissuade you from investing in real estate. Learn how to block out pessimism so you can instead focus on learning and making wise decisions. An exception to this is an experienced investor who is rich.

Know the marketplace’s lingo. You should have good idea what you are talking about at all times. If you come across as someone new to the business, the seller might try to take advantage of you. You want to use your lingo and your knowledge to your advantage. If you sound professional, negotiations become easier.

Try to steer clear of adversity with real estate investing. Think over the options you have and consider what the benefits will be for those involved with this. Real estate investments often prove to be a good idea, so don’t skip out on the potential of this.

What We’re Reading: August 1-5

Silicon Valley, history, fashion, MTV, Netflix, architecture, business, the future, and the Olympics.

Housing inventory and prices in Silicon Valley have been increasingly discussed issues. Facebook has made a proposal to address these. Like?

Vrooom vroom…he’s the leader of the pack! What influence has Elon Musk had this time?

Among 90s fashion, cargo shorts weren’t the worst offenders. The fact that many haven’t left them in the 90s is another issue entirelyMcArthurGlen Designer Outlet 2013 McArthurGlen Designer Outlet/flickr/2013

Video killed the radio star. MTV celebrates 35 years.

Netflix has bestowed us with many binge-worthy gifts: House of Cards, Stranger Things, and Slow TV?

This makes us rethink the times our parents told us the creakings of the house was just it settling.

Is it just us, or does the design of this home alone make you feel more relaxed?

What trend is corporate America following now?

What sorcery is this?!

The Summer Olympics is finally here! In 20 years or so, it might all look like this, but for now find out the ways you can tune incarlbob 2012 carlbob/flickr/2012

Top Field Guides for July 2016

Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from Information Central for the month of July 2016 was released today:

  1. Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics
  2. Field Guide to Being a New REALTOR®
  3. Field Guide to 1031 Exchanges
  4. Field Guide to Opening a Real Estate Brokerage
  5. Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale
  6. Field Guide to Farming & Prospecting
  7. Field Guide to Facebook for REALTORS®
  8. Field Guide to the Best Places to Live
  9. Field Guide to Compensation Plans for Real Estate Agents
  10. Field Guide to Marketing Tips for REALTORS®

Have an idea for a new field guide? Let us know!