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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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Real Estate Listing Preparation Service

Help people prep their home listings with your excellent copywriting, editing and sales skills.

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Real Estate Listing Preparation Service

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

Real estate agents are quick to tell you that a home that has beenprofessionally prepared to be listed will always sell faster, and formore money, than a home that has not been prepared to be listed. Thatis why real estate agents will become your number-one referral sourceif you choose to start a real estate listing-preparation service.

Cracked windows, peeling paint, and rotten porch boards all leave alasting impression with potential homebuyers’the wrong impression! Whenyou see a rusty car you automatically think it must also run like junk.Homes are no different’peeling paint instantly conjures up theimpression that the wood behind it must be rotten. Utilizing yourhandyperson skills you can conduct minor repairs, fix what needs to befixed, and basically give your clients’ homes a general spruce-up priorto the listing. It is not uncommon for the seller to be rewarded bygetting multiple times their investment back when selling, becausestructural and cosmetic deficiencies always add up to a lowernegotiated selling price.

The Market

Homeowners who have recently listed their home for sale.

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Real Estate Photo Service

Capture your passion for photography and architecture in a few snaps.

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Real Estate Photo Service

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

A real estate photography service is aterrific and inexpensive homebased business to start and operate.Thousands of real estate agents and homeowners simply do not have thetime, equipment, or skills necessary to take professional photographsof a home or building they are selling or listing to be sold.

The bestmethod of marketing a real estate photography service is to simplyarrange appointments with real estate agents and present a portfolio ofhomes, buildings, and properties that you have photographed. Ideallythe service should be provided to clients in both film and digitalimage format. Amazingly, photographing a mere 50 homes per week, andcharging only $25 for each home photographed, will produce sales inexcess of $50,000 per year.

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Vacation Property Rental Agent

Caught in the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist area? Consider rental properties to supplement tourists’ vacations.

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Vacation Property Rental Agent

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

If you live in a busy tourist area, there is probably a good chancethat you can flourish by starting and operating a vacation propertyrental agency.

It is not uncommon for people to purchase vacation homesand condominiums with plans to rent them either part or all of the yearto tourists, to help offset the costs of financing, maintenance, taxes,insurance, and utilities. Unfortunately, rental income often fails tomaterialize, since many property owners don’t understand how much timeand work is involved in renting the properties’marketing, booking,cleaning, making repairs, and a lot more. Not to mention that mostowners are sometimes hundreds’if not thousands’of miles away.

As aresult, many vacation properties sit vacant when not being used bytheir owners. This creates a terrific opportunity to rent theseproperties for the owners on a revenue-splitting basis. In addition tomarketing and renting the properties, you will also be responsible forcleaning and light maintenance to ensure that they stay in tiptopcondition and attract top dollar when they are leased. Start small,representing one or two vacation property owners, and run the servicefrom home. As the business grows, so too can your time commitment untilyou are at the point of operating a profitable full-time business. Thesame business concept can also be applied to recreational vehicles andboats, if that piques your interest.

The Market

Absent property owners who would like to have their properties rentedout, but do not have the time or the expertise to manage renters.

Needed Equipment

A computer and For Rent signs with your phone number emblazoned onthem. Also, a scheduling book that will help you keep track of whenrenters are moving in and when their lease is up.

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