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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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Published on May 7, 2019

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Will you spend more time with your family?
  • What does retirement mean to you?
  • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

2. Figure out When to Invest

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

Why?

Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

  1. Vanguard
  2. TD Ameritrade
  3. Charles Schwab

5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

Robo Advisors

Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

Bonds

Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

  1. Treasury bonds
  2. Government bonds
  3. Corporate bonds
  4. Foreign bonds
  5. Mortgage-backed bonds
  6. Municipal bonds

Mutual Funds

Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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Real Estate

Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

Savings Accounts

Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

So how can you master delayed gratification?

By building your discipline.

Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

But, how can you invest yourself?

Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

Retire Happy with Excess Money

The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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