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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Properties Carefully

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Properties Carefully

Buying a property or looking for rent is a hell of a task. A lot of work needs to be done which could be daunting for many, thus from the decision to invest in property to actual buying your rental property, a lot of work needs to be done.

Since buying a house or being on rent is an emotional process, as there is always a dream of making a place a home where one will have moments they have dreamed of. So many people fall prey because of these emotions and make hasty decisions while selecting any property.

The common mistakes people make are falling in love with the place they can’t afford, assuming there is nothing better out in the market, being desperate, overlooking important flaws, rushing to put in an offer, offering too much if you like property and dragging your feet if you like a property.

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Since buying property has a number of implications so it is important to keep emotions in check and make the rational decisions. So while considering any property, make sure to follow the following things:

  • Know what you can pay.
  • Think of features you are looking for.
  • Choose rental type.

No doubt it is true that you can complete this daunting task on your own and market your property through an owner website like assetcolumn, but only if one has time to do this as a part-time job. Thus, an agent might be of great help to match your property requirement with the perfect match at a faster rate as they are aware of the market with a wider scope. The following are some reasons why you should hire real estate agents:

1. More convenience

It’s the job of a real estate agent to act as an intermediate person between sellers and buyers. Thus, he or she will have access to all properties listed by the other agents. For example, if one is looking to buy property, a real estate agent will hunt down all that will meet your criteria, get in touch with sellers and make appointments to view the property.

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So this will ease your work as they will do all the things regarding appointment and finding you just need to view. Similarly, if you are selling a home yourself, then you have to set up the calls with interested parties make appointments and answer questions yourself. And one has to keep in mind all the potential buyers and respond them quickly.

2. Negotiation is tricky

Many people don’t like the idea of doing a real estate deal through agents as they feel direct negotiation between sellers and buyers is much more transparent and it lets the involved parties to look after their own interests which is true as it results in transparency.

But, this is not true in all cases because as a buyer, you cannot express all the concerns to the owner but it’s easy to explain those to a real estate agent so they can act as a messenger as they are in a better position to negotiate.

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Always keep in mind that the owner can reject a buyer’s offer for any reason, even their attitude for example, so the agent can help by speaking on your behalf and handle the situation in a better way. The same goes for the seller, who can be benefited by a real estate agent who will convey their interests to buyers without turning them off about price or because of some other concern.

3. Handling of contracts

One should always draft the contract during buying and selling of property so as to ensure that what you are getting is a part of the deal or you can back out of the deal at any time if certain conditions are not met.

Thus, a real estate agent deals with the conditions and contracts on a regular basis and they are familiar with clauses which need to be drafted as part of the contract – what can be removed and how to use the contract for your interests, whether one is selling or buying property.

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4. Neighborhood awareness

The agents have complete knowledge about the neighborhood as well. They can collect information and hand it over to you and also inform you where you can find schools, supermarkets, and other demographics. All these details are highly beneficial while looking for property, particularly in an unfamiliar place. So one needs someone reliable and a person who is aware of the neighborhood.

5. Guidance of price

Agents don’t bind you to a particular price of a property but can guide you to settling on a price. Agents can guide clients to make the right choices for themselves. And at the same time, they will provide all the data for the buyers to make a choice based on price and amenities provided. Thus, based on demand and conditions, market supply real estate agents will devise a negotiation strategy.

Everything has its own pros and cons so it’s totally dependent on the individual to decide. As far as my experience goes, is it is always better to hire some real estate agent while looking for a new property if you are new in place as they have a number of referrals. Since the agents have great capabilities to make clients satisfied and happy, many agents will mail you periodically all the updates about the market to keep you posted so your commission will be fruitful.

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How to Pay off Debt Fast Using the Stack Method (A Step-By-Step Guide)

How to Pay off Debt Fast Using the Stack Method (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Whether it’s consumer debt on credit cards, student loans[1], or a mortgage, most people find themselves weighed down by debt at some point in their lives. This can keep us working jobs we hate just to pay the bills and keep our heads above water. By learning how to pay off debt fast, you can release this burden and remove some of the stress from your life.

The Stack Method is one way to do this. Once you understand it, you too can learn how to pay off debt fast.

What Is the Stack Method?

The Stack Method, often referred to as “debt stacking,” requires making a list of all your sources of debt, starting with the debts that incur the highest interest. Then, you make the minimum payments for each source of debt, but when any extra money comes your way, you throw it at the debt at the top of the list. This way, you eliminate the debts with the most interest first, dropping extra costs to a manageable level in a fairly short amount of time.

To get started with the Stack Method, go through these steps and overcome those mountains of debt today.

1. Stop Creating New Debt

Most people do not receive training in handling money and how to live within their means. If you’re in debt, then you’re probably one of these people, and it’s time to bite the reality bullet.

It’s going to be impossible to get out of debt unless you retrain your financial habits right now.

You must make a stand against all the marketers trying to take your hard earned money or offering easy finance. You don’t need more stuff to make you happy. What you need is financial peace of mind.

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So cut up your credit cards or freeze them. I mean this literally. Put them in a container of water and stash them in your freezer. Then, when there’s an opportunity to spend, you have time to thaw out (you and the credit cards) and really decide if you need that purchase.

2. Rank Your Debt by Interest Rate

Make a list of all your debt with amounts and the interest rate. The highest interest rate should be at the top as this is what you’ll pay off first.

Paying off your high interest debt is the key to the Stack Method.

Interest is a powerful weapon, and right now the bank or other financial institutions are using it against you. Interest significantly increases the amount you need to pay back, and often we’re completely unaware of how much that is.

For example, if you have a $10,000 credit card debt at 20% interest where you pay a minimum payment of $200 a month, you will end up taking 9 years and 8 months to pay off the actual amount of $21,680 including $11,680 in interest!

3. Lower Your Interest Rates

You can often lower your credit card interest rates by doing a balance transfer. This means moving your credit card to another bank, where they will lower the interest rate to get your business[2].

Shop around and try to get the lowest interest rate for the longest duration (preferably until it’s paid off completely). Just make sure you’re reading the terms and conditions carefully so you don’t get stung by the new bank in other ways.

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Once you’ve done this, you can order your list of debt again if interest rates have shifted.

4. Create a Strategic Spending Plan

This is where we improve your financial control from Step 1. Take a piece of paper and write down your income after tax and all the expenses that you have. This will include the minimum payments on all your debt.

Look at your expenses, and then rank them in order of importance to you. Look at the items on the bottom of your list and decide whether you’d rather have them or be financially stable. The objective is to create a spending  plan where your expenses are lower than your income.

You also decide how much you are willing to spend on each area of your life. You can allocate amounts for rent, groceries, eating out, buying clothes, and other activities. However, realize that once you’ve spent your allocated money, there’s no dipping into other areas[3].

It also helps to have a “Fun Account” that you can spend on what you like, and an “Emergencies Account” in case your car breaks down or other unfortunate incidents come up.

You also want to include the extra amount you’re going to use to pay off debt in your spending plan.

Can you afford $20 a week? $50? $100? $200 or more? It’s important that you get a realistic number that you can commit to each week without fail, and this is your Stack Repayment.

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5. Create a Payment Schedule

The first part of the Stack Method is to cover the minimum payment on every single debt you have. Any time you miss a payment, you incur fees, and these add up quickly. This also includes making the minimum payment on the debt with the highest interest rate.

Then for the debt with the highest interest rate (your Target Debt), you’re going to add the Stack Repayment from your strategic spending plan. You apply this Stack Repayment and the minimum payment until that debt is paid off in full.

As your official minimum payment decreases, you add that extra amount to your Stack Repayment. So, as your minimum repayment drops, your Stack Repayment increases equally. This will compound how fast you pay off the Target Debt by adding even more to the payments you’re making.

6. Reward Your Progress

You want to track your Target Debt so you can see your progress along the way. You can also decide on milestones that you’re going to celebrate and reward yourself for.

A reward doesn’t have to cost money, but if it does then it comes from your previously allocated spending plan.

This is an important step as it will keep your motivation going when you feel your willpower fading.

Just like you’ve trained yourself to brush your teeth and shower, you can train yourself to manage your money. Feel great that you’re now entering the 10-20% of people who are actually responsible with money.

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7. Compound Your Results

Once you pay off your Target Debt, have a huge celebration and congratulate yourself. Then, you move the Stack Repayment (which includes the previous minimum payment now) to the next debt with the highest interest rate.

This becomes the new Target Debt, and you are using your Stack Repayment amount plus the minimum payment for the new debt.

This is why the Stack Method is so powerful. As you decrease a debt, you actually increase your Stack Repayment amount. This means the second debt will get paid off even faster, the third even faster than that, and so on and so on until you are completely debt free.

8. Be Kind to Yourself

During this process, your resolve is going to be tested multiple times. Maybe you’ll have an emergency like your car breaking down or the need to travel for a sick relative. The important thing is to not throw up your hands in despair and slipping back into your old habits.

Life will test your commitment to your new responsible money attitude, and it’s up to you how you respond. When things go wrong (and I guarantee they will), you need to shrug it off and get back on track.

Show compassion when you accidentally go over your target spending amount and decide to do better next week.

The Bottom Line

The Stack Method is a powerful tool, but it’s up to you whether you use it effectively. If you really want results, then bookmark this article immediately and start working through the steps.

It’s only by the decision you make right now that you will enjoy a debt-free future and live a financially responsible life.

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