2017 REAL ESTATE BOOKS
'BUY THE BLOCK,' THE FIRST BLACK-OWNED REAL-ESTATE CROWD INVESTING PLATFORM, IS ON ITS WAY TO RAISING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT IN BLACK COMMUNITIES
Entrepreneur Lynn P. Smith is the founder and CEO at Buy The Block - one of the only Black-owned platforms in the country that is dedicated to making investments in real estate as a group more accessible. The movement is presently on its way to recording massive success in funding for diverse development projects across Black communities in the US.
This enviable initiative offers every Black American an opportunity to invest as little as $100, and connect with other investors - with an added advantage of helping every member buy a piece of their first block. Having a growing database of BlockVestors and Block Developers, all it takes to be a member is by signing up on their website.
With the platform, acquiring property or block of choice in one's local area is achievable. Getting the funds to make such a big difference can also be without hassles. All that is required of a member is to; find a property, make an offer, bring the property to Buy The Block, get the needed funding from other investors if they so desire, and then purchase the block.
The ability to share wealth depending on each person's investment makes it a win-win situation for all block investors. Buy The Block can manage any project from concept to end, and they aim to develop a large number of construction projects, in areas such as; residential, manufacturing, retail, multi-family, medical, religious, and pre-engineered building construction.
With the focus on the Black communities in America, Buy The Block is on track to raise millions of dollars in funding for development projects in these communities. Having the capacity to take on more significant projects and contracts, they project that they will soon change the face of crowdfunding real estate investing in the country.
They intend to do this by committing their time to getting great projects and making it a win-win for all sponsored projects. Their mission as stated on their website is to "change investing from confusing and frustrating, to an accessible and enjoyable social experience."
Speaking excitedly, Lynn said; "Indeed, we have loads of challenges, but I am determined to educate our community and make this work... thanks to the everyone out there, that united as one to embrace and support this unique concept."
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5 Areas New Homeowners Address First
By Richard Brody
As a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, for over a decade, I have often witnessed, potential buyers, seem to focus, far too much on certain, minor, cosmetic items and details, which, nearly every new homeowner, ends up, addressing and altering, anyway. Home buyers should look at characteristics such as, the bones of a home, the neighborhood, property, etc, which are usually, far more essential and important! Therefore, this article will briefly identify, examine and discuss, 5 areas, most new homeowners, generally, address first.
1. Walls: Since one of the first things, new owners do, when they purchase a house, is paint, so their home, represents their preferences and tastes, why do potential home buyers, spend so much time, and effort, examining and focusing on the present colors, etc? In the vast majority of instances, painting the interior of one's house, is one of the first (if not, the first) items, done!
2. Floors: Unless the carpet is the type, quality, and color, which is the new owner's taste, and meets his needs, one should pay little attention, to items, such as the existing carpeting, etc. Remember, your furniture and furnishings, will generally, be in accordance with your personal tastes and preferences, so pay more attention to major issues, which might need extensive attention, rather than something, you will, most likely, change, and/ or alter!
3. Windows and doors: Inspect the quality of the existing windows and doors, to be certain, you will not be required, to expend significant amounts of monies! However, if the condition of these, is okay, ignore paint color, etc, for much of the same reason, discussed, above. In addition, ignore window shades, drapes, etc, because you will change these, anyway!
4. Certain areas of rooms: The dining room light fixture, etc, is often, one of the first changes, a new homeowner makes, so it matches his personal tastes, etc. Certain aspects of the kitchen are generally altered, but the overall condition, especially, of appliances, plumbing, cabinets, etc, should be considered up - front, because those aspects, are often costly to have to immediately replace and/ or alter. One must differentiate between changes made, to reflect individual tastes, etc, versus, major changes/ expenditures.
5. Personalization: It's important to differentiate between necessary changes, due to flaws, inefficiencies, etc, as opposed to personalizing items, to fit your personal tastes and needs! Don't focus on the previous owner's furniture, or how he lays - out rooms, etc, but consider, whether, the major considerations, etc, will adapt and conform to your desire to personalize!
Since nearly everyone performs these minor changes, they should not be the focus, when someone looks at finding the home, of their dreams, and needs! Look at the bones, and physical condition of major components, so you won't discover, the price you actually pay, for a particular house, ends up being far more than you expected!
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades, and a RE Licensed Salesperson, for a decade+. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. Website: and LIKE the Facebook page for real estate: