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Podcasting Real Estate Properties – Property Casting

podcatingReal estate firms are always marketing their property listings. It started with text letters, and lead to brochures with pictures. Then websites were integrated and pictures along with 360 degree showings were available. Now full scale audio and video tours are able to be shown, through numerous mediums. In addition, propertycasting uses RSS subscriptions, which allows viewers to click a subscribe button once, and they will receive the new property listing updates from the agency, as soon as they make them public every time after. It is the exact opposite of spam, and it is perfect for brokers with lots of contacts. Here is an example of how propertycasting can benefit your firm to buy houses. This video example was shot at a commercial property in Miami. Propertycasting can be used in all areas of the real estate industry, Residential, Industrial , Commercial, etc..

Another great thing about propertycasting is its economic value. Whether you are a single agent or nationwide firm, you can have a propertycast produced cost effectively. If you’re unable to hire a professional firm to do your propertycasts, you can borrow or buy a digital video camera, spend a couple hundred dollars on some editing software, and use a $50 feed program to upload your podcasts to the web. While this may take some technical savvy, and the quality may not be that great, it can be done relatively inexpensively. This makes it accessible to all agencies, regardless of size. On the other hand, if you are a firm who has tens, hundreds or thousands of properties, it is not cost effective to do in house at all.

PS: You can read more about this at www.freedommentors.com and www.commercialpropertyadvisors.com

Why You Should Be Considering Real Estate Investment

The goal of any real estate investor is to earn as much as possible with minimal risk. This is only possible if you know how to make smart choices. The following three things make for an excellent real estate investment to help you get started.

Try to see rental properties like a stock market. The majority of us have at least a basic comprehension of the stock market, and know that you must spend money to make money. However, with stocks, all we can do is hope that they increase in value. It is comparable to retirement calculators, who make a guess in terms of when we die. The problem is that if there is a mistake in this estimation and you actually live longer, your final years will be spent in poverty.

On a personal level, you need to learn to manage and negotiate and you need to have people skills. Then, you also need to ensure you are able to do repair work, or know the people who can do it for you. Finally, you need a property inspector. In most cases, a real estate investor becomes a landlord. Hence, you will need to learn how to find good tenants and how to be a landlord too. To make it in real estate investing, you need money to spend so you an make more. It will be nearly impossible to get involved in this world without having some money of your own. Now that you are ready to get started, you need to look into the location. Go to the library and use the internet or even go to town board meetings. Find out not just about current situations, but also about future development plans.

If you want to make good real estate investments, these are the things you should look for. The ideal investment property is one that doesn’t require too much maintenance or management. Unfortunately, it can be quite hard to find properties like this. You need to be able to invest a lot of time in order to find these properties. You will need to take the time to analyze and research any and all options that come your way. Generally speaking, when someone wants to invest in real estate, they just want to get started straight away. You should never invest in something that isn’t as secure as it can be, even if you have been waiting for a long time. Make a wrong decision in the world of real estate, and you stand to loose a great deal of money that you may never be able to recover.

Choosing The Right Investment Property

The perfect real estate investment is one that has high returns and very low risks. This is only possible if you know how to make smart choices. This means you need to know the three things that make a great real estate investment.

First of all, you want to get a return on your investment. To invest in the illiquid asset that is real estate, you will have to take money out of your liquid assets. You need to strive to get a return rate that is the same as what it was on your liquid assets. In other words, you want a good cash flow property, and not a property that will only cost you more money.

In terms of real estate, therefore, you should look not for appreciation but rather for cash flow. Calculating your cash flow means you need to work out how much money from your rental is left after you have paid for all the necessary expenses. What you should do is leave your cash flow alone, and keep that as savings as much as possible. Additionally, as your rent goes up over time, so will your cash flow. Best of all, your mortgage payments should stay the same. A good cash flow is at least 20% of the money you get in overall. There are a number of free to use cash flow calculators available online and you should use these at much as possible.

In order to make a good real estate investment, these are the things you should be looking for. You want a property that requires minimal maintenance and management. Unfortunately, finding these properties can be quite difficult. You need to have the time available to actually find these properties. You will need to look into all your available options and research and analyze them properly. In many cases, someone who wants to invest in real estate is impatient to actually get started. Even if you have been searching the market for a long time, you should never invest in a property that you are not sure about. Unfortunately, if you choose the wrong property, you will struggle to ever earn your money back, let alone see a profitable return.