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Collection agencies, law enforcement, private investigators, and more will benefit greatly from our FREE new eBook, How to Locate Property and Assets and Investigate Equity.

This eBook is perfect for anyone who relies on property-related data to search for people, locate assets, or assess available equity.

In this eBook, you’ll learn:

  • What type of property-related data is the most relevant to your investigations.
  • How to search for specific information.
  • The criteria you need to use to evaluate property search tools.

You’ll come out of it with a clear understanding to how locate property/assets, evaluate home equity, and uncover your subject’s financial history and financial standing.

This eBook is available today for free. Just click here to get started downloading.

GeoWarehouse is your source for property-related data searches and more. We source our data from the Province of Ontario Land Registry Information System, meaning that all of our property data is accurate, up-to-date, and available when you need it.

Learn more about how you can access our investigative property tools. Contact Philip Share by calling 416-643-1028 or email philip.share@teranet.ca.

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July 9, 2018

Use Appraisal Technology to Boost Your Business

Do you want to become the “Agile Appraiser?” Besides sounding like a superhero name, increasing your appraisal agility will help you work faster, adapt to changes, and boost your client appeal. The secret doesn’t lie in a red cape or a radioactive spider bite, though — instead, it’s in your appraisal technology.

Real estate tools are enabling home appraisers to approach their profession and automate their workflows like never before. With streamlined tools, easy searches, and instant results, you can do more from your desk. Multi-property search functionality makes finding the data you need easier than ever.

According to Canadian Property Valuation Magazine, when they’re relevant to the appraisal, a desktop review can dramatically increase production rates (valuations/reviews per day). Most jurisdictions conducting a desktop review can complete it in approximately 10 minutes, whereas a site visit can take approximately 40 minutes, not including travel. This can allow you to spend more time in analysis, rather than building the data.

Don’t wait to get started. Want to become the “Agile Appraiser?” Here are the tools that will get you there:

  1. Access Property Details Virtually

Appraisal technology like the GeoWarehouse Property Details Report lets you access gives you valuable Land Registry information, MPAC Assessment data, property ownership information, sales history, images, and more. Plus, it’s completely customizable. Use this when determining a property’s market value — all the information you need in one place.

  1. 3D Virtual Property Tours

In many cases, you can view a property without ever stepping foot on it. StreetScape and PivotView Imagery lets you virtually “walk” around a property, even peering around corners. With crisp, clear images that can rotate 180 degrees, you can get a good overview of the site without leaving your desk.

  1. Surveys and Plans at the Click of a Button

Property surveys and plans can oftentimes be accessed online. Data includes legal boundaries, easements, encroachments, and rights of way, plus the location of physical buildings and structures and their dimensions. In our GeoWarehouse store you can access reference plans, subdivision plans, and condominium plans.

If you’re looking to increase your appraisal agility, you need high-quality, accurate, and dependable data. That’s where GeoWarehouse comes in. Our reports are easy to access, up-to-date, and most download instantly.

Find out how to become a GeoWarehouse subscriber today to access our appraisal technology. Visit www.geowarehouse.ca for more information.

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When you get a new real estate listing, you want to get it on the market as quickly as possible. But before you can do so, there are steps you need to take — specifically, property investigation.

Investigating a new real estate listing can take up a lot of time and money. But there are ways to speed up the process and save big.

Consider these tips to create a more efficient due diligence process:

  1. Check how much other homes in the neighbourhood sold for.

Knowing how much other houses in the area have sold for can give you a good idea of how your new listing stacks up. Technology makes this easier than ever. For instance, the GeoWarehouse Comparable Sales Report lets you perform a property search by radius, sales time-frame, and price range.

  1. Find out what previous buyers got for their money.

Sales history data can help you uncover how much previous buyers paid for your new listing. These figures can be found in tools such as the GeoWarehouse Property Details Report.

  1. Track area house price trends.

Perhaps you want to cast a wider net than just the neighbourhood and see how the city is forecasted to change. Reports, such as the Teranet House Price Index (HPI) can give you a city-wide, provincial, and even national look at home price trends.

  1. Use AVMs to quickly get an estimated valuation.

Automated valuation models (AVMs) can give you an idea of what a property is worth almost instantly. Tools like the GeoWarehouse Property Details Report or the Client Report can provide MPAC assessment data, Land Registry information, pictures of the property, and more.

  1. Check if instruments are registered against the property.

If the property has a lien, multiple mortgages, or another instrument registered against it, you’ll want to know about it. That’s where the GeoWarehouse Parcel Register* comes in. This real time, up-to-date report lets you exercise due diligence by identifying registered encumbrances and obtaining an instrument number.

* An official product of the Ontario government pursuant to provincial land registration statutes.

  1. Look at neighbourhood demographics.

Demographic data can tell you who lives in the neighbourhood — age distribution, marital status, owned/rented properties, average household income, and more. This can help you target your marketing and understand what buyers might be attracted to the neighbourhood and the listing. GeoWarehouse’s Demographics Report puts all this information at the tip of your fingers.

Some important property information can be gained by simple footwork — driving around the neighbourhood, walking through the house, etc. — but technology is letting you delve deeper, faster. Tools, such as the ones provided by GeoWarehouse, give you a new level of due diligence that can help you investigate real estate listings and determine property valuation quicker than ever, saving you time and money. It’s a win-win!

Learn about how you can harness the power of GeoWarehouse for yourself at www.geowarehouse.ca.

 

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May 16, 2016

geo2You worked hard to convince the client that listing with you is the way to go, and no all that’s left to do is prepare the listing agreement and determine a sale price. Until… your client tells you that they think their home is worth far more than it is.

This happens all the time. There are so many reasons that clients think that their homes are worth far more than they are:

  • What their neighbours tell them – the person across the street listed for…
  • What contractors tell them – I did some improvements to the home…
  • Too much TV –home renovation television convinced them a new coat of paint added another $25k on their home’s value

This a delicate conversation because a home is the biggest investment most people will make and telling them that it is not worth what they think could result in them wanting to work with a real estate sales professional who agrees with them.

  1. The best way to have this conversation with a client is to be well researched before the conversation even happens. Look at the sales history on the home, run neighbourhood comps but select some individual comps that are indisputably similar to the property in question.
  1. When you go to speak with the client put on your listening ears. Your client will be more likely to accept what you have to tell them if you have heard them out completely – even if you don’t agree with them.
  1. Present the evidence – don’t just tell them you have performed research and believe a good list price is $___. No. Sit down with your client and show them your comps and how you derived the value.

Make sure they understand the cons of listing too high:

  • People may not even come to see the home because their real estate sales professional may tell them it is overpriced and not worth looking at
  • Being on the market too long without selling can actually harm the property’s value
  • If you agree to a higher price they may have trouble getting financed

If they still insist, after leveraging your tools, that the property is worth more all that’s left to do is suggest that they have an appraisal.

Dealing with clients who think that their homes are worth far more than they are is a challenging problem that you face all the time. This is why it is so important to be informed and have access to the best technology to do your homework.

Use GeoWarehouse to derive accurate value estimates to help convince unrealistic sellers. Find out more at www.geowarehouse.ca.

 

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geo1This week we are getting back to basics! Why? Well, when it comes to this topic, it is one that real estate professionals get confused with all the time. Property title search or Parcel Register*: many think they are one and the same when in fact they are quite different.

The Parcel Register* is an electronic document that contains the transfer and financial history of a property -along with a host of other important information. Often when real estate sales professionals refer to getting a title search, they actually mean Parcel Register*. However, a Parcel Register* is actually just a part of a property title search.

Real estate lawyers commonly perform a full property title search as part of a real estate closing with the Parcel Register* being one element of the full search. Title insurance however has eased this burden and often real estate lawyers won’t perform a complete title search as many things are protected by title insurance. That being said, they will always obtain a current Parcel Register*.

The Parcel Register* is actually one of the most helpful documents in the real estate process because it contains the most current information available and includes a lot of useful information. Some examples include:

  • A legal description of the property and property identification number
  • The legal homeowners of the property
  • The type and percentage of ownership
  • A history of property transfers and transfer amounts
  • A history of registered mortgages and registration amounts
  • Any property liens and more

This is a great way to validate that your client is the legal homeowner. You can also validate that there is enough equity to pay for your services and that there are no financial issues present that you aren’t aware of – not to mention those instances which sometimes arise where something shows up on title that the client is unaware of. This is why many real estate sales professionals will obtain a Parcel Register* when engaging a new client.

You can help your client dig deeper – this is a great practice in due diligence.

Anything registered on a Parcel Register* contains a registration number. You can then use the registration number of any transfer or charge and request the according instrument image. This will enable you to see the document that was registered and the name and contact information of the representative of the party who registered. You can use this to help your client resolve issues that could cause a problem on closing before it gets that far.

So, when you want to verify something simple, know that you don’t need a full property title search to do it. A Parcel Register* can often give you the pertinent information required without doing a full property title search.

GeoWarehouse gives you easy access to the Parcel Register*. To find out more visit www.geowarehouse.ca.

*An official product of the Ontario government pursuant to provincial land registration statutes.

 

 

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geo2Ahhh the once dreaded property valuation. In the olden days, you had to go through the MLS, one by one, pulling sales comparables to estimate the value of a home for an offer or listing….

Today’s real estate sales professionals access this information at the click of a mouse. Using GeoWarehouse you can both generate sales comparables and use the tool to generate value. Here is a quick training video that shows you how to generate a property valuation in GeoWarehouse.

 

 

Move into the future – GeoWarehouse saves you time and money and makes you more effective and competitive. For more info visit www.geowarehouse.ca today.

 

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