Experian recently released their list of the top 20 real estate related websites. Keep in mind that these sites deal mostly with the retail and traditional types of real estate. They are not necessarily investor oriented.
The sites are useful for real estate bird dogs because you can use them to learn your local geographic market, which is extremely important if you want to be a successful property locator. You must know your local market!
The table below shows the Top 20 websites in the ‘Business and Finance – Real Estate’ online industry for the month of February, 2011 based on visits.
The Property category focuses on residential and commercial real estate and property services including agency websites, real estate databases, classifieds of properties to buy, sell, rent or lease as well as services specifically catering to home buyers, sellers or renters.
Some Realtors will consider working with real estate investors, bird dogs and property locators.
As a real estate investor, I can tell you 2 things. Working with investors can be rewarding and lucrative OR it can be frustrating, difficult, time consuming and involve unwanted surprises.
The difference between whether this niche can be rewarding and lucrative, or not worth your time and effort is education and training….of the investor.
1. Investors are in it for the money…of course. But I am sure anyone here who has worked with a real estate investor knows that they can be scattered, unethical, demanding, you name it. The reason is because they do not how to make good use of their time, how to search for the right properties, estimate costs to repair and fail to perform due diligence on the properties in question. They are not true entrepreneurs or business professionals and have no respect for your time, expertise and knowledge. Read the rest of this entry
I am looking to start an apartment locator business in the state of kansas and missouri. I was wondering, in order to show apartment properties and single/multiple family properties, wold I need to have any kind of real estate licensing?
The part of real estate i want to do is where i can stay home and locate the places for the people that work in real estate such as a property locator but i dont want to have to pay a start up fee if im going to be working with someone.