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When buying new realestate it is not uncommon to think of what the seller can do for you.  However, it isn't often that a homebuyer considers all of the ways they are causing problems for the seller.  The real estate agent takes you in, you wander around the property, decide if you like it or not, and make demands without considering how it could potentially cause problems with the seller.  There are many common ways that homebuyers unknowingly annoy the seller.

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The term bird dog may not be one you are familiar with in the real estate business. If you have ever had an interest in learning about how real estate investments work one way to do so is to start out as a bird dog. What exactly is a bird dog and how can you start out as one and benefit from doing so?


A bird dog, also referred to as a deal scout or real estate jobber and more commonly known as a property scout, is a person who locates properties for interested investors. ...continue reading

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Rental Rates

As much as moving into that new spacious apartment sounds exciting and an experience to look forward to, getting the perfect deal on an apartment can be quite challenging.

It is often hard to tell if the rental rate you are getting is reasonable for the kind of apartment you have selected or if the landlord is simply overcharging you.

However, outlined below are some of the factors that will help you understand the rental rates in your area and what to expect when choosing an apartment in your locality.

When you start looking for an apartment of course you have to look for something you can afford.

The rental rates vary depending on three things:

1) Size of the Apartments
2) Location of the Apartments
3) Neighborhood the Apartments are Located

Size of the Rental Apartments

Mostly, it is the size of your family that will determine the size of your apartment. Larger apartments will of course have higher rental rates compared to small bachelor pads.

However, apartments located far from public and social amenities and have been known to be cheaper despite their large sizes. Also, apartments located in crime areas have been known to be cheaper due to the ever present risk despite their large sizes.

Location of the Apartments

The location of an apartment has been known to greatly influence the rental rates. A conveniently located apartment where public utilities are easily accessible will often have high rental rates but one can still find a fairly priced apartment for rental in such places.

Often an apartment that is located in remote areas where it is clearly inconvenient to live due to lack of the public amenities is bound to be cheaper than the one located in a city.

So if you want to spend little on your apartment every month consider moving your place of work closer to your remote home if possible, because you might spend a lot on fuel while driving to and from work.

If you have no vehicle you might consider the hassles of having to use the public means of transportation and then make a wise decision.

Neighborhood that the Apartments are Located

If you are looking for that sprawling, rich and quiet neighborhood with the proverbial storybook look, then you will definitely have to dig deep into your pockets. However there are still some quiet neighborhoods with very reasonable rental rates.
Considering the level of crime in that particular neighborhood might be advisable, you don’t want to be a victim of a crime infested area just because the rental rates are cheap.

Checking with the police department by calling the crime analyst for an update might be an ideal way of finding out how the area is rated crime wise.go to http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/supplementary_welfare_schemes/rent_supplement.html for more information.


Getting a habitable and convenient apartment should be the main goal. You don’t want to spend money on an apartment where the roof is leaking and the electric wiring is an accident waiting to happen. The rental rate presented by the landlord should be worth the apartment. If the apartment is good but has several flaws, have the landlord do the repairs first before moving in.

No need to pay for low quality living quarters while you can get a better deal elsewhere.

Looking to buy real estate but are short on money to do so? There are many options to invest or buy real estate with no money down.



    Becoming the mortgage holder means that the title of the home is passed to you (the buyer) but the mortgage/deed of trust remains registered on the property. This is a private transaction so interest rates can be charged and other terms are negotiated and agreed upon by both parties. There is usually a three to five year repayment plan but can last as long as a full thirty years.

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If you are looking to get into the buyer’s market as you are interested in buying a residential property then you should be aware that there is more often than not bidding wars going on 52% of the time and that was for December alone.  The actual high point in the year was during April which it was at a staggering 73.3% these are great numbers for the sellers.  The sellers are certainly happy especially during the holiday time which they expect the offers on their properties to drop but in fact they did the complete opposite.  Some areas are outperforming others in this area; much to do with the location of the area and job opportunities.  In the list below are cities in the United States that are some of the most competitive on the market right now.  Hope this list will help give you an idea where the hottest real estate or the most sought after is in the USA.

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