Atlanta Apartment Brokers

The real estate industry in Atlanta is very well organized and governed by several laws. Real estate brokers have an excellent presence in the industry. They provide invaluable service to buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords. Brokers are the medium that brings these two disparate groups together. They charge a commission for their services. Brokers maintain a record of houses available in their area of operation and offer services like showing the property, evaluating it, arranging for contacts for mortgages and the like. People generally leave their details with real estate brokers and they contact you when property that suits your specifications comes up for sale/purchase/rental.

Real estate brokers in Atlanta are required by law to possess a license and to get it upgraded at regular intervals. To do this they have to pass an exam. This reassures a prospective buyer/seller/landlord/tenant that he/she is dealing with a qualified person who knows his job. As any kind of malpractice can result in their licenses being revoked it is highly unlikely that one will be cheated by a broker. When property is bought and sold it is the seller who pays the broker’s commission.

From the broker’s point of view positive feedback from people who have used his services can get him new clients. In addition to this if brokers take up membership with organizations like National Association of Realtors and Association of Real Estate License Law Officials and the like, it can go a long way in helping them further their career.

Real estate brokers can be easily contacted through their Web sites. A little time spent browsing through apartment Web sites on the Internet will bring you rewarding results. It will equip you with information regarding the various options open to you and it will lead you to the broker who can get you what you want.

Apartment Building Loans – What You Need to Know For Today’s Market

It’s a tough time for the real estate market today. Mortgage banks are making their requirements more stringent in both residential and commercial markets, which make it harder for investors to invest in new properties. This means that those looking to buy apartment buildings need to be smart with their decisions and make sure that he is working with a reputable company that has experience with this type of investment when the economy is low. The following is some current information about how the mortgage banks are working.

The rules will not be bent anymore.

In the past, it was not uncommon for a borrower to be a little under the minimum requirements for a loan and still qualify. This is no more. Underwriters at these banks are becoming stricter when it comes to the requirements for getting these loans. In order to qualify, your net worth must meet the minimum requirements or you’re out of luck.

There’s aren’t many loan programs for commercial real estate acquisition or refinance left. In the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to find a mortgage broker who specializes in apartment building sales. It’s much simpler to find one that specializes in residential real estate opposed to commercial real estate. Not too long ago, it wasn’t very difficult to find and qualify for an 85% loan-to-value mortgage for an apartment building, but the same is not true today. Those people looking to invest in this type of real estate really has their work cut out for there because although there are plenty of brokers out there, it has become increasingly harder to find one that specializes in this type of real estate. I, personally, have never found a broker that handles residential real estate that also has a good track record with commercial real estate.

When you finally do find a mortgage broker that specializes in apartment or commercial real estate, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration.

First, it is crucial for the investor to understand the fees that will be involved. In most cases, commercial mortgage brokers will charge only one point in fees on an investment. In my past experiences, I’ve seen new apartment building investors try to contact the banks themselves in attempt to avoid this fee. This doesn’t work. Independent investors have to realize that any bank that handles apartment building investments is a broker and will sell their loans to the secondary market.

What most first-time apartment building investors may not realize is that by avoiding a broker to save money, it can cost more money in the long run.

Surprisingly, you will often find the best interest rates when going through a commercial mortgage broker. In addition, when you attempt to get the loan yourself, you’re cutting your options short. When going through a bank independently, you will normally be offered only one or two programs for this type of investment, but when you use a mortgage broker that specializes in this market, your options more than double. This allows you to choose the program that is right for your unique investment.

The Differences Between Fee Apartments and No Fee Apartments

Fee vs. No Fee Explanation

For starters one must understand that the overwhelming majority of apartments that are available at any given time in Manhattan are FEE apartments. What this means is that if you use a broker to find your new apartment, the broker must be compensated for their work. They must charge their client a fee; this fee is normally 15% of one year’s rent (for a $2,500 apartment a 15% Fee would be $4,500). In most markets in the country, this fee does not exist, instead agents are paid by the apartment owner to find a qualified tenant; New York City is an anomaly in this sense.

Being a broker, I know that, yes, there are clients for whom it makes sense to pay a fee (due to time constraints, among other things), as well as agents who have worked diligently and responsibly for their clients and deserve a 15% fee. That being said, while working as a broker, I have often found apartments for my clients in 10 minuets for which they end up applying and renting. For this I am paid a 15% fee, totaling in the thousands of dollars. Is it fair to charge a client a rate of $3,000 an hour, if the end result is the client has a new apartment with which they are happy? That is for you to decide

There are two ways to go about avoiding paying a fee.

One way is for you, the potential tenant, to rent an apartment directly through an owner. The other is if an owner offers brokers an OP (owner payment) for an apartment, thereby compensating the broker so they do not need to charge the tenant.

An OP is normally equal to one months rent, or 8.33 % of a year’s rent. Again, the reason an OP can mean no fee to the tenant is because the broker is being compensated for their work by the owner, not by you.

The owner offering an OP to the broker allows the broker to advertise the apartment as “No Fee” but in reality the tenant doesn’t necessarily get a better deal. The owner, losing a month of rent to the broker will increase the rent during the other months to compensate this loss.

To explain this better I will use 2 apartments for rent as an example. Apartment A and apartment B are in the same building with the same size, same view, same amenities. The difference, apartment A is being advertised as a no fee apartment for $2,000 because the owner is paying an OP. While apartment B is being advertised as a fee apartment for $1,835. Over a 12 month lease both apartments will cost you $22,000 – no matter which you choose once factoring in the fee you have to pay a broker on apartment B.

With that said, the general public will be more interested in Apartment A because they do not have to pay the fee themselves.