Americans Most Preferred Way to Invest Money: Real Estate

Despite all the political and social upheaval of the last few years, some things in our culture remain consistent. One of the more unwavering rules of thumb: real estate is one of the best ways to invest money and become financially secure. According to a recent survey by bankrate.com, real estate remains the most preferred way to invest the money that won’t be needed for at least a decade. In fact, this is the third year in a row that real estate topped the list. The second preference: no-risk cash investments, followed by stocks. By the numbers: 28 percent ...

Mortgage Rate Outlook for 2018

The stock market entered 2018 on a wild roller coaster. But here’s the slightly more stable story for mortgages thus far: According to the mortgage agency Freddie Mac, mortgage rates held below 4 percent for 26 straight weeks in 2017. Freddie predicts that 2018 will be a year of rising rates again. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased from 3.95 percent during the first week of January 2018 to 4.15 percent by month’s end. This marks only the second time in the past year that rates have increased 20 basis points (read as 0.20 percent) within a four-week period. There is a consensus among ...

Is the 6% Commission Fee Still the Norm?

Technology, demographics and the economy are changing the way the real estate industry does business, and the changes keep coming at a dizzying pace. This evolution is causing home seekers to question how real estate transactions have been done for decades, and this includes the formerly traditional six-percent commission fee. Also now being freshly debated: splits between a buyer’s agent and a listing agent. Of course, the six-percent commission has always been considered standard, but it was never the law, and it was not always universally applied. With barriers coming down and middlemen being eliminated, commissions are dropping and brokers are reconfiguring. The ...

How Tax Reform Could Affect REALTORS®

It’s far from clear that any major reforms to the tax system are coming anytime soon. There is plenty of disagreement in Congress over who should receive tax cuts (individuals, businesses etc.) and how those cuts can be achieved without substantially increasing the federal budget deficit. Tax policy plays an important role in the real estate industry. That’s why the National REALTORS® Association and other groups involved in the housing business are paying close attention to various proposals under consideration. Here are a number of ways that potential changes could affect real estate agents. Mortgage Interest ...

How to Get a Commission Advance On Your Active Listings

Commission advances provide you an opportunity to maintain steady cash flow and continue to invest in your business in the weeks or months before your client closes on a property. However, sometimes you might want an advance even before you get an offer in order to help with marketing and promotion expenses. In such situations, a listing advance can help. Two listings can get you up to $4,000 If you have two active listings, you could be eligible for an advance of up to a maximum of $4,000. That money can help you cover expenses like ...

7 Ways Commission Advances Help Agents Grow Their Business

You need thick skin and a tough mind to make it as a real estate agent. The first few years can be a mighty test of your will. You have to constantly hustle to build a network and a reputation that is large enough to provide you a steady stream of clients. Dry spells are unavoidable, particularly as sales slow down in the winter months. During that time, however, you want to keep the momentum going by continuing to invest in your business. Here are a number of ways that commission advances can help. Advertising You know it might be ...

Five things that take longer than an eCommission advance application

Applying for a commission advance is simple and quick. Here at eCommission we want to make sure you can apply for and receive your hard-earned advance in under an hour. While you may not realize it, many things that are part of your routine can actually take longer than getting an eCommission advance. Here are five examples: Waiting in line at the DMV It’s everyone’s least favorite activity. Ranks right up there with getting a root canal. Well, okay, it’s not that bad, but pretty close! Come to think of ...

Commission Advance 101: what happens if my sale falls through?

Commission advance is a service tailored exclusively to real estate professionals Salaried employees enjoy the benefit of knowing exactly what they’ll earn on their next paycheck, and when they’ll receive it. Selling real estate is a different story. Some months you may close two or three sales and earn thousands of dollars. Other months… nothing. Riding this “cash flow roller coaster” as described by Barbara Corcoran, is the #1 reason why agents leave real estate. Solving this challenge is crucial for sustaining long term business growth.  A commission advance is designed just for agents and takes the nature ...

Seven tax filing mistakes realtors should avoid

As the dreaded tax filing deadline comes ever closer, real estate agents find themselves in a familiar position: how to pay as little tax as possible to Uncle Sam while staying off the radar of the ever-watchful IRS. We decided to make a list of seven tax mistakes that real estate professionals may accidentally make so that you’ll be able to avoid them when it’s time to do your own taxes! Forgetting little (deductible) expenses It takes a lot of discipline to keep track of the variety of business expenses you make during the year, especially if many are ...

Six personal finance books for real estate agents

Not many of us were born with the instincts of a Wall Street bond trader. Investing for yourself — either on your own or with the help of a professional — takes time to learn.   But even if you’re not a billionaire like Warren Buffett, you can still learn how to become a better manager of your financial portfolio thanks to many helpful books written on the topic. To help you start figuring out how to grow your own personal wealth, we have included a brief description of six personal finance books: Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki had two ...