Friday, December 11, 2015

How to become Realtor 101

Are you fed up with your boring job and annoying boss?  
Do you want to have more independence and make your own rules?  If you think have what it takes to be an awesome real estate agent then it’s time to take action.  But wait; do you know what you need to do to get started? 
Being a Realtor can be lucrative, fun, and super rewarding.  Meeting people, helping them find their dream homes, making your own schedule, and not being stuck sitting at a desk all day are just a few of the reasons that many people find the idea enticing.  However, it’s difficult to find information about the necessary steps and financial investment necessary to get your real estate license and start selling.  At ListTrue we like to make things easy so here is your honest and upfront guide to the steps and fees required to become a realtor. 
First things first, it’s important to think about all of the different aspects.  Being a realtor means all of the great fun things that we mentioned in the first paragraph (and more) but it also means working for commission and only commission.  If you are willing to do the work, we are sure that you will be successful but it is important to understand that this is very different than what most people are used to.  However, this is not something that you need to be afraid of!  If you put in some elbow grease and have the guidance of some experts (like the ones at ListTrue) you will be making more money than you ever have in no time.  So if you’re ok with being the master of your own destiny, forge on!!! 
Next you’ll need to attend a pre-license real estate training course to prepare you for the licensing test.  Warning: it is dry and full of legal shenanigans so drink as much coffee as needed!  The 40 hour class can be taken online or in a classroom for a cost of about $200-$250.   You will learn all of the important info that will allow you to be successful and how to pass the test.  Honestly, there aren’t many fun carriers out there that you can get started with only 40 hours of training!  
At some point you have to apply to get your license with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs online which takes about 5 mins (here is a link: How to become a Realtor 
This application comes with a processing cost of $36-$88 depending on the year of the three year cycle in which you apply. It will ask for the broker you are working with, but you don’t need this information to take the test.  You can take care of that later.  Oh, and it will take them a couple of days to process your application so remember: patience is a virtue.  
After you take your class and register you get to take the test, for a cost of $75.  Good Luck! 
So now you’ve passed with flying colors, had a celebratory party and need to find a broker to sponsor you to get your license.  This is the agency that you will work for.  They’re all different so shop around and don’t forget to check us out ListTrue (we’re pretty awesome)!  Your broker will help you with the formalities from here but since it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into keep reading. 
Once you have your license and broker you will need to join your area’s realtor association.  This will allow you to access the MLS (multiple listing service), manage clients, run CMAs (Comparative Market Analysis), research statistics, run detailed searches for clients, and all of that fun stuff!  This is not cheap but it is necessary.  The prices and structure vary slightly with each association. Just to get an idea lets use the Lansing Michigan Area for an example.  
To become a member of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors there are one time entrance costs and monthly dues.  Yepper, you’ve got to invest in yourself!  There are different payment options but just to give you an idea, initial fees ranges from about $500 to $1000.  The first time fees usually include the entrance fees to the state and national associations that you have to join as well.   If you pay the big bucks right away your monthly dues will be less, probably about $150/month.  If you opt for the lower initial amount your monthly dues will be slightly higher for your fist year to catch you up on your entry costs.  In Lansing 4 half days of orientation are required for all new agents. 
It might seem like a lot of hoops to jump through to start a carrier in real estate but this is nothing!  If you are motivated all of this can be completed in a couple of weeks and you will be ready to do real estate transactions and be your own boss
 Here is a breakdown of the Costs: 
Class $200 
iCOLA (Commercial Occupation Licensing Fee: this allows you to register and take your test) can be $88, $62, or $36 depending on what year you register in of the three year cycle. 
 Test$75Association Entry Fees:$500First three months of association dues:$500 
A total investment for education, licensing, and the first three months of your new carrier is about $1300.  That is really not much for a fulfilling profession with unlimited earning potential! Some people invest $50,000 in a college education and struggle to find employment afterward.  Be smart and invest $1300, do the work, and start making money within the first 2 months that you are licensed! 
You’ll want to have a few bucks to get some business cards printed and you’ll be making money in no time if you put the work in.  So there you have it!  Ready to get started or have some questions?  Give us a call at ListTrue and we would be happy to help! or 517.917.0790  
 LansingPopulation: 114,297Median Household Income: $37,666Median Household Value: $98,400 
The above links show the last couple years of real estate market growth in Michigan; these trends are forecast to continue.  
Another article: Market Trends 
How to become a realtor in Lansing, Michigan.  All of the necessary steps to become a licensed realtor.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grand Rapids, MI.Homes for Sale.

Grand Rapids Homes for Sale $25,000 to $50,000.
Grand Rapids, MI. Houses for Sale $50,000 to $75,000.
Grand Rapids Houses for Sale $75,000 to $100,000.
Grand Rapids House for Sale $100,000 to $150,000.

Wyoming, MI. Home for Sale. 5638 Haughey Avenue SW, Wyoming, MI 49548

Wyoming, MI. Home for Sale. 5638 Haughey Avenue SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 | MLS# 15060575

This Wyoming, MI. Home is located in the Kentwood School District and has 4 bedrooms and 1 full bath. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac close to highways, shopping, and restaurants. There is fresh paint, new carpet, new kitchen and bath updates, and is very energy efficient. This Wyoming, MI. home has a large fenced in back yard.
Home Price: $119,900
Home Built in: 1955
Timothy A Fischer (616) 890-5531 (616) 957-0500

Wyoming, MI. Home for Sale. 5638 Haughey Avenue SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 | MLS# 15060575

Friday, November 20, 2015

South Haven, MI. Homes for Sale. 74111 8th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

South Haven, MI. Homes for Sale. 74111 8th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

74111 8th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090 | MLS# 15060315
If you are searching for a home receive up to 1% back at closing when using a agent.

This South Haven, MI. Home is close to schools, downtown, and the lake!!! Updated just a few years ago, this South Haven Home is just over 1,900 sq feet on a half acre with a nice wooded lot in the South Haven School District - Van Buren County. Oh yeah - a fireplace is a nice touch for the winter too!! Lori Knobloch
(269) 330-0226 You'll find 5 bedrooms and 1.5 baths in this South Haven home. And price at just $139,900 it won't last long.

Alto, MI Home for Sale: 6656 McCords SE, Alto, MI 49302

Alto, MI Home for Sale: 6656 McCords SE, Alto, MI 49302

This Alto, MI Home is priced to sell at just $159,000. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath house with just under 1,700 sq. feet and is the Caledonia School District in Caledonia Township.
Built in 1932, this Cape Cod style home in Alto, MI. sits on a nice wooded lot with a wrap around deck on just over 2 acres with a well (new pump) and septic system, and has a full Michigan Basement. This Alto, MI Home has aluminum and wood siding on the exterior and is updated for Central air. The home comes with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, range, and refrigerator as well. New windows and roof are a bonus.

Ask about ListTrue's Buyer Rebate Program available on this Alto MI Home for sale.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Walker, MI Home for Sale!

1901 Randall Avenue NW, Walker, MI 49534 

If you are searching for a house in Walker you can stop looking. Awesome ranch style home and ia located just blocks from Walker Central Park. This Walker, MI. home has an open floor plan.
4 Bedrooms and 2 and a half full baths.
This Walker home is located in the Kenowa Hills School District.
Home is located in Kent County.
COOL FEATURES: Multi Level deck with Hot Tub Hookup and pool!!
HOME UPDATES: Bathroom, entry doors, paint
1901 Randall Avenue NW, Walker, MI 49534 
MLS# 15060064
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Awe$ome Deal in Lansing!! $84,900.00 4709 Alpha Lansing, MI. 48910

Awe$ome Deal in Lansing!! $84,900.00 4709 Alpha Lansing, MI. 48910

Price $84,900.00
4709 Alpha Lansing, MI. 48910
3 Bedrooms 1 Full Bath

Fixer Upper Home to Flip Lansing MI $19,900.00

821 Westmoreland Ave - Lansing 48915
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
Price: $19,900.00
Lansing MI Home For Sale 517-283-6200

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Lansing Mi Home for Sale. 1000 W LENAWEE ST, Lansing, MI. 48915

This Lansing home for sale located is on a nice and quiet cul-de-sac. Step out of your home and walk to downtown Lansing, Cooley Law School, Theaters, Shops, Restaurants, and more! This Lansing MI Home for Sale has beautiful oak trim and floors throughout the home. See More: 1000 W LENAWEE ST, Lansing, MI. 48915

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Home for Sale Grand Haven, MI.11535 Richland Court, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Grand Haven MI Home For SaleAsk about BUYER REBATES only from 616-957-0500.

Home for Sale Grand Haven, MI.
11535 Richland Court, Grand Haven, MI 49417
This home for sale is in a great private and peaceful location in Grand Haven, MI. Custom Ranch located on a great wooden Grand Haven Lot. This Home in Grand Haven has many upgrades. This home has 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms with a  great floor plan. Nature at its best in Grand Haven, with even its own nature trail.

Residential Grand Haven Single Family Home is located in North Ottawa County in Robinson Township.
This home is located in the Grand Haven School District.
MLS# for this Grand Haven Home: 15036663
List Price on this home: $289,900

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Friday, September 18, 2015

268 RIVERWOOD Drive, Middleville, MI 49333 SHORT SALE Middleville, MI

268 RIVERWOOD Drive, Middleville, MI 49333. SHORT SALE Middleville, MI
MLS# 15049520
Thornapple Twp
County: Barry
Price: $135,000
2 Stories
3 Bedrooms
2 Full Baths
Great home for sale in Middleville, great location. Nice floor plan. Cathedral ceilings, Skylights. Multiple sliders leading to a great backyard.
If you are looking for Homes for Sale in Middleville MI Click here: Middleville Homes for Sale.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lansing, MI Real Estate for Sale 3311 Cardiff Ct. Lansing, MI 48911

Lansing, MI Real Estate for Sale
3311 Cardiff Ct. Lansing, MI 48911

This Lansing, MI home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and has 1,882 square feet of space.
Well maintained Lansing, MI Real Estate, great neighborhood, and built in 1974
This home in Lansing is being sold for $124,000
The lot size for this Lansing property is:  9,543 sq ft
MLS #68523
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Walker MI Real Estate For Sale. 903 Timber Winds Court SW, Walker, MI 49534

Beautiful 5 bedroom Victorian style home for sale in Walker, MI.

Relax on the deck facing 80 acres of woods.

Distressed Hickory wood flooring in the Kitchen and Dining room.

Master Suite features walk in closet, master bathroom has radiant flooring.
2nd floor has 4 bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

Gas log fireplace in the large family room.
5 Bedrooms
4.5 Bathrooms
MLS# 15029876
PRICE: $499,000


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Downtown Condo For Sale: 600 Broadway Avenue 208 NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Downtown Condo For Sale: 600 Broadway Avenue 208 NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Union Square loft for Sale downtown Grand Rapids.
2 Bedrooms. 1.5 Bathrooms
This Condo boasts Stainless steel appliances, 14-ft ceilings, huge windows, gorgeous oak trim, wood floors, and wide window ledges.

The sale of this condo includes a Garage space.
Union Square Condo amenities include a rooftop deck with pool and hot tub; workout room; game room. 

Buying a Union Square Condo will provide Tax Breaks saving you 95% in property taxes until 2019. 
Walking distance to downtown, museums, restaurants, galleries, and all the great events in downtown Grand Rapids.

The downtown Grand Rapids area is bustling with new breweries, apartments, a biomedical research center, university expansion, and other development projects in the works. 


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Sunday, March 8, 2015