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Should You Go For Real Estate Investment Clubs?

Aug 18, 2007
If you are new to the real estate market, you may be tempted to hire the services of a skilled real estate agent. However, you need to look into the pros and cons of going solo Vs having a team before doing so. Most people are aware of the benefits of managing property deals on their own. You save on the overhead costs of paying a broker that include high commissions. In addition, you save yourself from the potential threat of being associated with the wrong broker who may work in the interest of the other party. On the other hand, a good real estate agent has all the necessary skills and knowledge to get you the hottest deals in the real estate market.

An expert agent can be instrumental while negotiating the deal. Real estate agents have a strong network and are often the first to know to if any new property is being offered for sale. The services of an agent are also crucial while closing a deal, as there are several legal formalities involved. You agent may be affiliated to a good legal firm that can draw the property papers for you and conduct a property title check to ensure that there are no legal hassles. However, over the years, a new trend has emerged in the real estate industry. Investors now prefer to become a part of real estate investment clubs to be with people who share the same interests.

As a part of the real estate investment club, investors pool their resources to buy units in the same investment property at competitive rates. When a group of investors make bulk purchases, they are eligible for great discounts. Investors therefore get a chance to research for investment opportunities together with other like-minded investors from different parts of the world.

When investors come together through such clubs, they gain access to latest information about current trends in the real estate industry. Usually, you will find information about developers and properties in different regions. Since investors vary in their professional expertise and geographical locations, they can pool their experience to develop better investment strategies.

Before closing a real estate deal, investors can insist on added benefits and negotiate a better deal that would not have been possible through solo investing. In fact, Leverage is the main reason why investors are attracted to these kinds of investment clubs. In addition, when you go for solo investing, you face the risk of getting involved in a bad project or dealing with a bad developer. Your developer may not be interested in your individual grievances. However, when there is a mass booking, developers are compelled to look into these concerns and ensure that their customers are satisfied. Many developers offer great perks in the form of free hotel stay, free cruises, and sometimes, free airfare to lure such investment clubs.

This kind of networking is also crucial if your property gets involved in some legal hassle. Being a member of the real estate investment club, you naturally have more power to deal with such issues.
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