90 Real Estate Resources That Will Help You Succeed In Business
Real Estate Training Resource List
With so many real estate website available today we could probably have done a much large list of training resources. However, in creating this list we were reminded that there are quite a few “pretenders” out there in the real estate world and have tried to keep this list concise with only reputable resources, some of which are free.
CREonline.com is the elder statesman of the real estate investing community online. It has been around since 1995 and as such has a rich offering of great articles.
REIclub.com hasn’t been around quite as long but is the other big site in terms of the volume of articles and free content that they offer at this time.
Propertyunleashed.com is a Real Estate Lead Generation And Conversion Strategies site. We provide products and services to help your business make more sales.
BiggerPockets.com is a community site which is constantly evolving. It currently has a popular blog, forums, articles, an analysis tool and many other useful resources.
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Real Estate Crowdfunding Websites
Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-screened real estate investments.
RealtyShares.com is an online investment platform that uses crowdfunding to pool investors into private real estate investments.
CrowdStreet.com is a fundraising platform connecting accredited investors with professionally-managed real estate investments.
Fundrise.com is an online investment platform that gives you the ability to invest directly in commercial real estate.
Lease2Purchase.com provides solid information about a very importantreal estate investing technique. The use of lease options can be very powerful and it is something that all investors should at lease be aware of.
Wendy Patton.com – Lease Option Investing Expert wendypatton.com/ Lease Option real estate investing is Wendy Patton’s specialty. She is the leading expert on lease option education in the United States.
US Probate Services.org Many people have heard of the probate and estate settlement process but wonder what it is and what the probate process entails. http://www.usprobateservices.org/
MTI Education – The nation’s leading authority in Probate real estate opportunities https://www.mtieducation.com/
LandlordSystem.com by Anesia Springborn offers a free rental agreement and a 7-day course about systematizing your buy and hold property business.
MrLandlord.com: This may not be the prettiest site around but Jeffrey Taylor has been delivering cutting edge information about being a super successful landlord for many years. There is some great info here.
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VirtualWholesaling.com: Cris Chico has mastered the art of running his real estate investing business from home using the internet and other tools that allow him to invest remotely. Check out his site for some free and paid materials.
Business Incorporation, Accounting and Legals
TheInformedInvestor.com: Darius Barazandeh has an incredible breadth of information and tools available at his site but I particularly like the fact that as a licensed attorney he can offer sound advice on setting up your real estate investing business the right way.
LegalWiz.com: William Bronchick also has a great range of free and paid information and draws on his legal background to offer real estateinvestors great advice for their businesses.
LegalZoom.com is a popular resource for getting legal forms and services at the right price.
PrePaidLegal.com: This site offers customers the chance to purchase legal services on a pre-paid basis giving them access to quality law firms without having to worry about how much money each minute on the phone is costing them.
TaxLoopholes.com: Diane Kennedy’s ground-breaking site offers some great information about how you can pay less tax…legally.
RealEstateTaxLaw.com: John Hyre is a qualified accountant and realestate investor and he has some sound advice for real estate investors especially with respect to their bookkeeping.
DepreciateEm.com: This is a great little online application that helps you with asset separation for depreciation in 3 easy steps. It will generate a report for you and the appropriate form for the IRS.
Federal Fair Housing Laws: The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers this section on their website about fair housing laws which could be handy for landlords to be aware of.
Quickbooks is pretty much the standard for small business accounting software and if you don’t have a copy you may want to look into it and make sure you keep your books in order from the start.
Housing Data And Research
MarketTimingMaster.com: Ken Wade has developed an incredible system that takes some technical trading principles and applies them to real estate markets across the country. This approach is the closest thing I’ve seen to a crystal ball in terms of which markets to invest in and can DRAMATICALLY improve your long-term results. Needless to say, I am impressed with this site.
Yahoo Real Estate offers some very nice tools but my favorite section is probably the Neighborhood Info which includes details of schools in the area and demographic data that is of interest to investors.
The National Association of Realtors offers some handy statistics and research data from this page on their site.
HendricksPartners.com: Hendricks & Partners also has some free market reports available in the Research Center on their website.
First American CoreLogic has a bunch of research tools and data available including property records, values and market trends.
DQNews.com is somewhat like a blog and is a good way to keep up-to-date with market trends. DataQuick are also well regarded for their paid research services at dataquick.com
Rich Dad’s Real Estate Evaluator: While I prefer that people create their own analysis spreadsheets so they can truly understand the numbers I will recommend any tool that encourages investors to do a more thorough financial evaluation of a deal.
Rentometer.com have a nice little tool for conducting rental comps to check how much you can expect to be charging in rent.
HUDuser.org is the website of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and it is here that HUD provides the data relating to Fair Market Rents that they establish for the Section 8 program each year. You can use this data as a benchmark especially if you rent to Section 8 tenants.
These sites can be very handy for getting some rough data for initial analyses of deals but do not replace a proper appraisal of a property with such data especially when you need to know the after repair value.
Zillow.com: Zillow has come along and revolutionized the way we get comparables. It is a powerful resource for getting “Zestimates” on the value of a home and for conducting your comps.
CyberHomes.com: The CyberHomes database covers more than 100 million records and more than 85% of the US population making it a very thorough resource for conducting your comps.
Eppraisal.com: Another popular resource for obtaining estimates on the value of specific real estate.
RealQuest.com: This site by First American CoreLogic has the multiple functions of property information, values and search. Their Investor product allows you to search for pre-foreclosures, auctions and bank-owned properties.
These four sites are all well enough known that they need no introduction.
And for commercial real estate investors the following site is a must.
Foreclosures and REOs
Foreclosure.com is the big dog in the foreclosure space and now includes listings from Premiere Asset Services (who handle Wells Fargo’s REOs). They also acquired seizedrealestate.com recently. Their database includes foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, bankruptcy properties, tax lien properties, and FSBOs.
Foreclosure Listings – Foreclosures for Sale & Bank Owned Homes www.foreclosurelistings.com/ Nationwide listings of foreclosures, preforeclosures, bank foreclosures and government foreclosures. We update our listings daily with new homes. SAVE NOW!
RealtyTrac.com is another foreclosure database that offers a 7-day free trial. They also offer email alerts and a foreclosure market report.
ForSaleByOwner provides all the resources to get you started, attracts home buyers with our Listing Packages and guides you all the way through closing.
ForeclosureUniversity.com: This professional looking site offers a free audio recording about Short Sales and a very affordable Foreclosure Home Study Course.
The following are a few of the better sources for government foreclosures:
HomeSales.gov lists properties owned by various government departments. They also offer guidance on the buying process for each type of property.
The US Department of Agriculture makes it’s foreclosure properties available from this site.
HUD.gov: HUD foreclosures (Department of Housing and Urban Development) are listed on their website but you must then contact the local real estate agent to submit a bid on the property.
The following for-sale-by-owner sites can be a great source of discount properties and you can also use them to market your own properties.
ASHI.org: The American Society of Home Inspectors is a good starting point to ensure you use qualified inspectors.
HomeTeamInspection.com: a good reputable company for locating a home inspector. They also have some other handy resources on their website.
HomeGuage.com offers online inspection software that allows you to sign in and view your inspection reports so long as you choose a home inspector via this website. This is a fantastic service that offers consistent, quality reporting and as such is highly recommended.
NAIFA.com (National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers) is a non-profit body that will help you locate quality real estate appraisers.
AppraisalInstitute.org: Similarly, Appraisal Institute was set up to ensure high standards among professional real estate appraisers and can help you locate the right appraiser.
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Most of the websites that examine the latest technologies for real estate revolve around the marketing side of things and as such are targeted at realtors rather than real estate investors. However, marketing is just as relevant to investors and these two sites are worth following the most for investors.
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Writings about real estate, branding, marketing, media and technology from the principals of 1000watt.
Tech Savvy Agent – the pulse of real estate technology
SimpleAppeal.com: Increasingly investors are getting more creative and aggressive with the marketing of their own properties and we are seeing home staging playing a bigger role in that process. Karen at Simple Appeal has some great advice on this increasingly important skill.
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Section 8 is a government subsidized rental program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While you may get slightly lower rent with such tenants there is a huge amount of demand and you don’t have the same hassles chasing your rent checks since they are coming from the government. Back in the research section there is a link to HUD’s Fair Market rents to get an indication of your projected income.
GoSection8.com allows you to list your properties for Section 8 tenants to find.
TheShortSaleService.com: They’ll handle the short sale for you. Stop pushing paper around and spend your time more productively in your business.
Use these sites to locate contractors if you need to do any repairs or rehab work.
NARPM.org (National Association of Residential Property Managers) is a good place to start when looking for a property manager.
CompleteLandlord.com: Forms, letters, agreements, software and other resources for being a successful landlord.
Landlord411.com: More resources for landlords including tenant screening.
ClearNow.com: A leader in electronic rent collection, ClearNow, saves you a lot of time and hassle with collecting and depositing checks.
Rentomatic.com also automates your rent collection but looks like it might have a few extra features such as maintenance tracking and advertising of vacancies.
NTNonline.com: The National Tenant Network has been offering quality screening services for more than 25 years.
90 Real Estate Resources That Will Help You Succeed In Business