Thinking of jumping in to the real estate market? Make your first stop at
a real estate investing seminar!
Home sales are still flat in the conventional markets. There's still a
lot of confusion as to what the market value of any given property might
be. Sure, it's a buyer's market, but determining what's a good buy is
difficult, to say the least. There are indications that a lot of rich
foreign investors are scooping up properties by the dozens. This factor
can skew the data on values as well. These are all good reasons for you
to sign up for a real estate investing seminar! Believe me, you need all
the savvy facts and real estate investing advice you can get your hands
You might also want to buy the most up to date real estate investment
book. By up to date, I mean one published in the last couple of months.
Take a good look at the author's credentials. For example, a book written
by a real estate consultant with 30 years in the field would probably be
a good bet. This will help you get up to speed on current trends and
buying strategies. You'll then get the most out of a good real estate
So how do you find a real estate investing seminar that delivers the
information you need? There are thousands, for sure. The best ones for a
home buyer would be hosted by a private real estate consultant, not
sponsored by a particular real estate company – avoiding any conflict of
interest, you know. You can check with your local Chamber of Commerce, or
do a Google search for 'real estate investing seminar your-area'. The
cost and length of such seminars vary, depending on the qualifications of
the consultant(s) and material covered. However, with a mortgage that
ranges from 15-30 years, you'll easily recoup the cost by the time you
sign on the dotted line.
So what sort of information can you expect to glean from a real estate
investing seminar? Just about everything you need to know to make a good
investment in the real estate market. Bring a list of questions
particular to your situation. Bring up any issues not addressed during
question and answer periods.
Here are some typical topics you can expect to hear about, without having
After the bank bailout, it's not likely the banks are going to be playing
any of their previous games with the buyers. The consultant can clue you
in on their latest practices and requirements for qualifying.
A recent news report indicated that potential home buyers are turning up
their noses at homes selling for $100,000 in areas which, a few years
ago, commanded twice that amount! Home values are a dicey proposition
now. It's hard to know if the lovely home you've got your eye on will
continue to hold its value, much less appreciate! A good real estate
consultant will discuss this at length.
How about foreclosed properties being sold at auction? This type of
transaction is not as simple as it might first appear. There are scammers
and lots of fine print involved. Attending a real estate investing
seminar can clear up all the ambiguities of buying property at auction.
In short, a real estate investing seminar may be the best investment
you'll ever make.