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Apartment and House Finder Service

Help people find homes with an apartment and house finder service.

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Apartment and House Finder Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Finding a new home or apartment to rent canbe a very time-consuming and daunting task. That’s why many peopleneeding to rent a home enlist the services of a professional apartmentand house-finder service.

The service can be operated from home and onthe web, or you can rent an office location for client visits, as wellas build a website to feature available properties for rent. Thisbusiness is competitive.

You might want to consider specializing in oneor more of the following types of rentals: roommate listings,short-term furnished and unfurnished accommodations, long-termfurnished and unfurnished accommodations, executive accommodations,rentals that allow pets, student housing, vacation properties, or nicheproperties such as penthouses only, parking stalls, floatingaccommodations, or artist lofts.
You also have a couple of options interms of fees. You can charge renters a fee to find the right place tosuit their needs. Or you can charge the landlord or building owner afee to list his or her properties with your service.

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Corporate Retreats

With thousands of retreat sites being unused by corporations, renting out these destinations may amount to your dream job.

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Corporate Retreats

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Uniting corporate retreats from around theworld into a corporate retreat vacation club may be just the answer toyour business startup dreams. There are thousands of vacation retreatsowned by corporations from around the globe, and many of thesecorporate retreats sit vacant for a great deal of the year. Herein liesthe business opportunity.

Start a business that manages and rentscorporate retreats to business and pleasure travelers when the vacationproperty is not in use by the corporation. Revenues could be generatedfrom the weekly and monthly rental rates for the vacation retreats, andthe fee for managing and renting the retreats could be 25 percent to 35percent of the total rental revenue generated. Corporations would savemoney on property management costs, as well as gain rental revenue, andbusiness and pleasure travelers would have access to a wide range ofwell-equipped vacation properties around the world.

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Leasing Broker

Have a way with connections? Consider being a leasing broker.

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Leasing Broker

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Working as an independent or franchised leasing broker, you can helpbusiness owners lease the equipment they need to start, operate, andexpand their businesses, including everything from computers tomachinery to heavy equipment to specialized tools and lots more.

Theduty of a leasing broker is to bring together three parties’businessowners and managers wanting to lease equipment for their businesses,equipment manufacturers and retailers wanting to sell equipment, andlending companies willing to purchase the equipment and lease it backto the business owner. Broker fees are generally paid by the lender orby the equipment manufacturer or retailer.

Consequently, findingbusiness owners to work with should not prove difficult because theyhave nothing to lose’if you cannot arrange suitable financing, theydon’t pay for the service. You can work from home and visit clients attheir location, or rent suitable office space.
You will need toestablish working relationships with a number of lenders, and perhapsyou will want to specialize in one particular type of equipment such astools, computers, or vehicles so you can become known as an expert inthat area. Once established, this is the type of business that thriveson repeat business and referrals.

The Market

Small business owners who need to add equipment, like computers andperipherals and even cars, to their business, but may not have theresources to purchase them out-right.

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Real Estate Appraiser

Good with numbers and values? Start a real estate appraisal business.

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Real Estate Appraiser

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Real estate appraisers are specialists in estimating the value of landand the structures on that land. Real estate appraisals are commonlyrequired when people buy a home, sell a home, apply for or renew amortgage, for insurance purposes, to settle estates, and to settledivorce cases.

It is the job of the real estate appraiser to prepare awritten description of the property, and draw a diagram of the propertythat shows structures. Appraisers must also verify legal descriptionsof the property with county or city records, along with an estimatedmarket value. Fair-market values are based on factors such as propertycondition, the values of homes in close proximity, and buildingreplacement costs, using building valuation manuals and professionalcost estimators.

The Market

Homeowners, mortgage brokers and escrow companies. The key to successin this industry are alliances. You need to build working relationshipswith other professionals who commonly need, or whose clients need, realestate appraisal services. These professionals include mortgagebrokers, bankers, real estate brokers, real estate agents, and realestate lawyers.

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