Only by following economic changes can one spot trends and plan ahead. Interpersonal skills – managing time, listening more and talking less – are invaluable.
A slight curiosity about the nuances of law broadens one's thinking. A basic awareness of design and construction serves as an aid to staging and marketing real estate. A small interest in mortgage financing becomes a tool to enable purchases. Absorbing the rudiments of appraising, a complicated effort that is unequally both art and science, improves analysis.
ART & SCIENCE
MassGIS developed this interesting tool for viewing property and tax information, and for measuring distances and area.
A state of equilibrium is the eventual end result in both the marketplace and nature. Naturalists and landscape designers understand that the introduction of non-native plants and animals, whether accidentally or deliberately, can cause a new and less beneficial natural balance. Human habitats become diminished. The Native Plant Trust has compiled a wonderfully useful resource that may aid gardeners and others to reverse the damage.
World Resources Institute has produced its independent and non-partisan platform for displaying the state of the planet and its inhabitants. In one place, you find hundreds of peer-reviewed data sets collected from established sources.
Environmental scientists and urban planners tell us to build sustainable and resilient structures particularly in vulnerable locations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has produced a dynamic map showing probable changes to our land mass from water inundation.
BORROWING & THE TAXMAN
Credit freezes and credit locks differ, but each provides important protections and are fairly simple to implement. Credit freezes are free and, because they're federally guaranteed, provide stiffer legal protections than locks.
Credit locks are easier for consumers to manage, but they can carry a monthly charge as a voluntary service of the credit bureau. Both block access to your credit report, provide a safeguard against identity theft, and may reduce junk mail.
Freeze or lock each of your 3 credit reports by contacting each of these nationwide credit bureaus:
Learn from the source about deductions for homeownership, home office, rentals, much more.
Authoritative site presenting explanations to promote intelligent borrowing decisions.
Comprehensive site containing a huge amount of information for different levels of understanding. Stick to the top of the Home page for its library, calculators, lenders and rates. Everything most of us want to know is there.
BOSSES & ORGANIZATIONS
Educators, like John, seek ARELLO's certification as instructors and for courses. You can verify a real estate license on its nationwide database.
Business owns or wants space, and requires special information about it. Real estate professionals have long found ways to share key details for this purpose and to cooperate. While a regional multiple listing service can be useful, the Commercial Information Exchange and, more recently, the Commercial/Industrial MLS have emerged as preferred models by which to target different user groups with pertinent property data. These services are accomplished through a growing number of platforms with competing strengths that range from ease of use to sector-specificity. LoopNet is one prominent example.
NAREB identifies its members as REALTISTS®.
Of special interest to professional real property and personal property appraisers.
HAZARDS & RISKS
A child whose blood contains 10 µg/dl (micrograms per deciliter) or greater is lead-poisoned.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends fixing a home where radon levels measure 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher. However, the World Health Organization recommends remediation at a lower 2.7 pCi/L.
TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES
Remodeling Magazine annually estimates the monetary benefit obtained from certain home improvement projects.
An aggregator of data collected from other sources.
Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies generates a remarkable range of analyses. This is just one example.
Actually a suite of indices compiled by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which measure the movement of single-family house prices. So as not to be overwhelmed, let yourself be guided by its FAQs. There are tables, graphs, and maps. Of particular interest to most of us is the Purchase-only Index.
Helpful resource that educates and informs but is NOT meant to serve as legal advice.
WE & US
What is recyclable in Massachusetts? What should I put in the recycle bin? Now you know.
Real estate is place. International real estate is about other places where people, their customs and viewpoints are rooted. Know their geographies.
Finally, after much too long, John will be holding in-person classes. Whether you want to obtain a real estate license or you need to maintain your existing license, dates and locations will be posted soon.