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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Investing In Real Estate versus Stock

Real Estate

The Benefits

1. Middle-Class Friendly

Real estate includes houses, apartments, hospitals, and other tangible things that middle-income and even lower- income groups are familiar with. This is in stark contrast to stocks, as the general population knows minimal about the latter. Hence, they prefer investing in property over stocks.

2. Safer Investment

Compared to stocks, which have a higher risk factor involved, property investments are relatively safer. While both real estate markets and stock markets are quite turbulent, the former has a bigger safety net. The reason being that with property investments, not much is left to chance.

The Drawbacks

1. More Research Involved

Stock investments are pretty straight forward and don’t require excessive research on the investor’s part. However, real estate investments involve a lot of hard work. From deciding on the property type to finalising on the mode of payment, there are a lot of tough calls to make.

2. Eligible For Tax Payment

Property investments are eligible for tax payments, which is not the case with stock investments. So, unless you rent out your property, you will stand to lose due to tax payments.

Stocks

The Benefits

1. Greater Profits

Most market analysts have agreed that stocks provide more profits as compared to property investments. Also, holding a stock for a long period of time has been one of the greatest wealth creators that puts stocks ahead of real estate in terms of the profit earning capacity.

2. Easier To Diversify

When you invest in the real estate market, you can only choose one property type at a time. This is not the case with the stock market, due to the availability of mutual funds. Mutual fund is a type of professionally managed investment fund that pools money from many investors to purchase securities. This gives investors a wide basket of stocks to invest in.

About Real Estate Signs

Coldwell Banker uses a white background sign with a blue logo that is easy to distinguish from most other signs. Over the years little has changed about this sign. A new 3D sign was released not too long ago but only the effect of the design is changed, the core elements remain the same. The only major real estate company that you could confuse a Coldwell Banker sign with is Windermere. Windermere signs also use a white background but the text is also displayed on that white background. What makes it easy to confuse for a Coldwell Banker sign is the blue backgrounded for sale label that runs across the top of the sign.

Sotheby’s sign is relatively close to both Coldwell Banker and Windermere’s sign but just in the fact that it uses white and blue. The Sotheby’s sign is blue with white text. In complete contrast Keller Williams uses an almost completely red background for some of its signs. Depending on the usage of the real estate sign it may also contain a partially white or black background. No other major reality companies use the distinctive red backgrounds but a few smaller ones do.

Century 21 signs have a black background and are the only major real estate company in the United States to do so. The design is finished off with a yellow house logo and white text. A few smaller companies such as Platinum Realty, Reece Nichols, and Semonin Realtors use black signs but they all lack the distinctive yellow house shape.

Each one of these signs you were probably able to recall in your head because chances are you have seen them before. All of these companies have created a brand image that allow someone to instantly identify who is selling a house. Realtors get a sense of authority from their signs, people know who they are and who they work for based off the real estate for sale sign sitting guard in the yard.

Finding Perfect Urban Condo

Do market research.

As previously noted, there are a plethora of high rise condos available across a wide gamut of price points. Once you figure out how much you want to spend, you can start investigating specific condos that fall within that range. By doing so, you can figure out where you’re going to get your best value.

You want to look at the obvious things like how much square footage you’ll get for your money with each condo, but there are other, less quantifiable metrics you should look at as well. For example, what is the pool like? Are there private tennis or racquetball courts? Is there a fitness center, and is it substantial enough to preclude the need for a regular gym membership?

Finally, HOA dues are a huge consideration. Two condos could have the same price point, but if one’s HOA is $150 per month more expensive than the other’s, you won’t actually end up paying an equal price.

Clearly, all this information can be difficult to analyze and digest on your own, which leads to this final tip.

Work with a qualified real estate agent.

In a hot, fast-paced real estate market, you don’t want to try to go at a condo purchase on your own. You need the most experienced agent on your side if you want the best deal and the most seamless transaction possible. Having the right agent can mean the difference between missing out on your dream home and getting in it at the best price possible.

Corporate Housing

There are different types of corporate housing option based on:

• Location it is situated
• Duration of stay
• Accessibility to essentials
• Transportation facilities

When a corporate housing is located in the heart of the city, it costs more than an accommodation in an interior facility. The cost of the facility also depends upon the utilities that accompany it. These utilities include cleaning services, parking, and furnishing. The housing may charge more in case of infant care being included.

The pricing of such housing arrangements is higher when compared to private lodging as it involves extra services. Furthermore, a long stay will be charged less when compared to a short term stay.

Advantages of this kind of housing:

The benefits of such corporate housing facilities are countless…

• It provides a more comfortable staying environment for the official and executives adding pleasure to the stay.
• After a busy and hectic day of work, the guests can relax in a home-like environment which enhances the experience.
• Saves the guests from detached and unhygienic hotel surroundings.
• Family stay can be accommodated with pleasure. Spouse and children can stay in a comfortable environment.
• Guests can be accommodated in such a kind of stay.
• Official meetings can be conducted with a personal touch away from office.
• Visitors can cook their own food in their own style without having to depend on hotels and restaurants. Guests need not suffer due to unfamiliar eating styles.