Real Estate Newbies – A Simple Way to Start Real Estate Investing Without Money Down

The popular notion that it is imperative to invest a great deal of money in order to make profits in real estate business is simply not true. The same goes for a credit or financing facility. There are many ways which can be applied for making real money in real estate business without investing your own money. The idea that I am going to put into words below is not an on-time quick-rich formula. It’s a genuine real estate activity. One, which can be adapted as a career. The idea is called bird-dogging.

Bird-Dogging defined

Bird-dogging simply means locating and selling a property to a potential customer. The bird-dog finds a suitable property, locates its owner and convinces him to sell. If the owner agrees to sell, the bird-dog finds an investor who is ready to buy that particular property. The investor buys the property and pays a certain amount to the bird-dog for the services rendered by him. The bird-dog does not need to invest a single penny of his own in the whole transaction. Yet he gets away with a hefty sum.

How to become a bird-dog

The first step in this regard is to find an investor who enjoys good reputation and with whom you will feel comfortable. You can also seek a company that specializes in buying and selling properties.

Ask the investor or the company to register you with them. They will usually assign you a certain area to work in. It is your job to look out for suitable properties in that area and make contact with the owner, and then inform the company or the investor about that property.

What do you need to become a successful bird dog?

There are many attributes that are necessary for you to become a successful bird-dog. Fortunately, you don’t have to be born with them. A little time and effort is needed to cultivate such properties. Some of them are noted below.

A knack for properties

You must train yourself to be on the constant look-out for available properties. You must keep your eyes open all the time even when you are driving in the neighborhood or going to the gym.

Moving in the right circle

If you want to be a bird-dog, you must move in the right circle. Your acquaintances must belong to the real estate community so that whenever a particular piece of property or an opportunity arrives; you are first one to hear about it.

Impeccable interpersonal skills

This is the key to success. The bird-dog is like a double agent. He has to convince the owner that the deal he is offering is good enough for him. At the same time he must convince his investor or principal that the deal is good for them too. The activity needs a cutting edge sharpness of mind and impeccable negotiating skills. Fortunately, this is something that you can achieve after spending some time in the field.

5 Reasons to Invest in Mexico

Following the initial influx of foreign real estate investors into the Mexican property market, the country has remained a steadily popular environment for both investment and re-location. The stable growth of Mexico’s political and economic environment has provided increased security as an emerging market investment location.

Buy-to-let investors are continuously on the increase, especially in coastal resort locations such as Cancun, largely in part due to the steady stream of holiday makers flocking to the tropical destination throughout the year from all around the world.

An extensive list of reasons can be created as to why ever increasing numbers of buyers are continuously looking towards Mexico to increase real estate portfolios, yet the main five reasons have been listed below.

Stable Economic and Political Environment

In recent years the Mexican government has strived to reform the political environment, creating a strengthened economy and encouraging direct foreign investment. Foreign investment into the Mexican economy is predominantly from the US and Spain, with construction being one of the smallest sectors. The avoidance of being heavily reliant upon the construction sector provides increased stability and ample room for growth in the real estate sector.

Unemployment is on the decrease, contributing to the economic growth of the nation over the past decade. Infrastructure reforms across the country have been a focus of a succession of political integration, creating continuously improving and modern telecommunication and transport networks.

Due to the country’s stable economic environment, the local currency holds strong. A strengthened currency can assist with determining the economic stability of an emerging market investment environment, displaying an ideal real estate investment location in Mexico’s sought after tourist regions.

Strong Real Estate Market Growth

The Mexican government has taken considerable effort to reform the country’s real estate sector for both the domestic market and foreign investors. The domestic market is continuously growing with the fast expanding middle class society and accessibility to mortgage financing.

Foreign investment was initiated predominantly by the North Americans for holiday and winter home purposes. The attraction of a second home along the stunning resorts of Mexico’s coastlines grew considerably due to the capital growth potential, strong yield returns, close proximity with easy access to major US cities and comparably low property prices to popular US coastal resorts.

Emerging Mortgage Market

Following the introduction of Mexico’s mortgage market in 2003, the market has grown at an exceptional rate. Decreasing interest rates also assisted with enabling accessible financing options to the domestic market and foreign investors.

Since the establishment of mortgage financing for Mexican real estate, the market has matured in regards to availability, security and accessibility to a wider market sector. Assisting with the growth of the mortgage market has been the country’s growing middle class society in a country becoming increasingly modern and attractive to foreign investment.

Ideal Re-location and Investment Environment

Mexican real estate investments soon became a popular choice for European buy-to-let investors for the pure, straightforward investment opportunities the region represents. High demand for properties in locations such as Cancun and exemptions for capital gains taxes for semi-permanent residents have assisted with exit strategies.

The low property taxes, double taxation treaties and free trade zones have helped to increase the numbers of foreign buyers consider living permanently and basing businesses in the country. Restrictions to foreign buyers relating to the location of the property being based within a restricted zone are easily and safely diverted through Mexican Real Estate Trust Agreements.

The growth of the country’s economy has assisted with the fast expanding middle class society, eager to enter the property market. As the Mexican government places priorities on creating access and financing to the domestic population to access housing, the extensive population of the country enable ideal exit strategy opportunities due to the increasing demand of properties against the supply.

Growing Tourism

An active tourism sector is highly important for buy-to-let investors, as the tourism market is directly linked to the yield return potential for investment properties. Located in the tropical Caribbean coastlines, areas such as Cancun feature year round tourism markets with exceptional returns during the high seasons.

Cancun receives around 3 million of Mexico’s 22 million visitors annually, attracted to not only the stunning beaches and warm weather, yet also the wealth of cultural attractions located in the surrounding area. The close proximity of Cancun to cities such as Florida enables convenient access for short stay visits.

Tourism continues to grow and equally important for Mexico’s tourism sector is that visitors are continuing to spend more money during their stay on an annual basis. Investors of buy-to-let properties in the resort town benefit from offering sought after private properties for groups of travelers and families being competitively priced in comparison to paying hotel prices for large groups.

The Revolution of Home Based Business 2010

Over the last ten years, the boom of the Internet has broadened our horizons beyond our imagination.Home business is high in demand and we as people have pushed the Internet to new heights making the possibilities endless. It sparked a dream for many around the world to have and own an online home based business. Many have made this dream come true while just as many have failed and gave up. But today that dream of owning a home business is more alive than ever.With more than 90% of the opportunities being scams there are real and profitable home based opportunities. It’s all about research.

In the midst of one of the biggest economic downturns in recorded history and millions losing their jobs. People have started to look for new opportunities online in hopes of getting their own “BAILOUT” package. But before you jump into the online business world and pursue your dream of having a home based business, here are a few pointers you need to clearly understand.

1) A home based business is a real business and needs to be treated like one. That means..Yes, you will have to do some work!
2) Don’t believe everything that you read out there. It’s possible to make $25,000 a month,but it will take a little time. Again…You will have to do some work!
3) You will have to invest some of your own capital. A home based business may not have the overhead costs of running a conventional business and yes can be a lot less costly. But you will have to invest a little more than just your time into it. There’s no Such thing as a business that requires no investment.
4) You must be organized, having a home based business consists of managing different accounts and files. Keep all records of your invoices and receipts. Remember, you are still a tax paying citizen and you can make this work to your advantage. See your local tax consultant for details and benefits of having a home based business.
5) You must be passionate and willing to learn in order to thrive in this industry.So many people have failed because they don’t take action and follow through. The Internet is always subject to change, so that means business can change. So thinking that once the money starts coming in,your work is done. THINK AGAIN! If you want to have longevity in this industry you will have to start thinking with a business mind.

As we start coming to the end of the year. A year that some will wish they could forget about I might add, people now look to 2010 for hope but there’s also the uncertainty that the new year may bring. What can the home based business industry see in 2010? Any bright opportunities on the horizon? Well a home business genius named Saj Purkayastha or Saj P as some may say well known for being a master of online home business and created revolutionary products such as The Site Rush. He is no joke, well respected and also disliked by some of the so called “Gurus” that he has exposed to help the average ordinary working man with little computer experience be successful online.His track record is undeniable and once again he has gone beyond the call of duty to deliver a stellar product that will raise the bar and take the online home based business world to a whole new level.