Should You Pay to Get Real Estate Foreclosure Listings?

Are you looking to make money from real estate foreclosures, as a real estate investor? If you are, you may already know that you need a way that allows you to quickly find real estate foreclosures, as the competition for them is often high. The good news is that there are multiple ways that you go about finding real estate foreclosure listings. One way involves using an online foreclosure listing service. The only thing is that many of these services want you to pay to use their services. So, the question is should you?

When it comes to determining whether or not you should pay to get real estate foreclosure listings, there are a number of important factors that need to be taken into consideration. First, it is important to look at the real estate foreclosure listing service that is asking you to pay. Online, you can find a number of real estate foreclosure listing services, just with a standard internet search. After a quick examination, you will find that these services have different totals for the foreclosure properties listed on their online websites. The reason for that is because they don’t all contain the same information. This is where you need to proceed with caution.

Paying to get access to information on a real estate foreclosure listing service is a great way to get information, namely updated information, on pre-foreclosure properties, as well as those that have already reached the foreclosure stage. However, to be worth the money requested, you not only want to examine the number of real estate foreclosure listings that the service has, but you also want to examine how many listings they have in the area that you would like to invest in. For instance, if you are looking to invest in foreclosure properties in New York, you will want to make sure that the real estate foreclosure website has a large selection of real estate foreclosure listings for New York properties.

When it comes to examining the number of properties that a real estate foreclosure listing service has in a particular area, namely the area that you want to focus on, you may need to send a quick email to the administrator asking them for more information. You should get a response with the information you asked for, as they want your business. There are also many real estate foreclosure listing services that allow you to perform a free search. This will give you an idea as to the average number of listings found on the site in question. You will not be given the same information about the real estate foreclosures in question that you would if you were a paying member, but at least you would have a starting point.

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Green Real Estate Education Presents a New Era Coming to the Industry

Real Estate Investors can see a new era coming in the green revolution. It is no longer business as usual. Years ago, all professions in real estate were forced to become part of the information age, a new information revolution. Fifteen or so years ago, in many areas hard copy paper descriptions of homes for sale and lease and commercial properties were hand delivered. When the information highway came about, computers delivered property information and allowed people to access public records and tax information, providing up-to-date statistical property reports.

We now look to the next 20 or so years from a real estate investment standpoint. In an age where values are declining, it is time to know why green can cause a major shift in a buyer’s decision. A selling price is and always has been what a buyer is willing to pay. Well, thanks to the media — through newspapers, websites and TV, especially HGTV and other stations — education for consumers is being offered. The days of accepting a piece of real estate with the the risks of unhealthy indoor air quality are becoming fewer as consumers become educated.

Through our company, Green Real Estate Education, those in the industry have a green certification program that close to 5,000 now see as an excellent first step to understanding why green building is growing so quickly. Green Real Estate Education is educating those professions such as Real Estate Agents, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Professionals and even government professionals who are planning infrastructure for the future to spread the news that going green while considering renovations and upgrades can save money. If I think back to when I was practicing real estate, if you could give me a property to market that had special beauty, or an attribute to stand out in the marketplace, I was glad. If I showed a property that had “more to offer” than others in the neighborhood, it was exciting. A home that showed lower utility bills would not have stood out as it would today.

When we teach our certification classes, we hear agents say over and over that buyers are asking about more energy-efficient product and systems in properties. Energy Star from EPA and the Department of Energy initiatives are helping consumers realize the tax incentives available to them. Those in the industry are embracing our courses for many reasons. They want to know their part so they can become leaders in the Green Revolution.

The Realtor must understand what a green certification is. Agents and home inspectors must allow energy raters into their circle of influence. All in the real estate arena must begin to help building code officials offer fast-track permitting for those who want to renovate to become more energy efficient. Mortgage professionals, underwriters and loan processors must get in the game to understand green underwriting standards coming down the pike. Appraisers are scurrying to substantiate these green renovations and upgrades for higher value. Taking the actual direct savings in utility bills is a great start for the mortgage industry. There are special forms for energy-efficient mortgage loans for consumers.

We’ll keep training so those responsible for your real estate investment can offer suggestions that can only add to its value. Make sure you look for an agent, mortgage professionals or home inspector who displays our GREEN HOUSE LOGO as a Green Certified Real Estate Professional with our Green Leadership title to lead you in the right direction. Go green save money!

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