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What types of service do real estate agents provide?
Agents provide a wide range of services that can help you make a speedy and profitable real estate transaction. Real estate agents can assist sellers with marketing their homes, and this includes things like coordinating open houses and scheduling photography that presents the home in an appealing manner on real estate websites. Agents can assist both buyers and sellers with all aspects of the negotiation process, with the aim of helping to maximize profits on the transaction. Finally, agents can also support both property managers and tenants with property rental.
How long does it take to become a real estate agent?
It's possible to get the licensing you need to become a real estate agent in just a few weeks. Some states require you to take pre-licensing coursework, and this can range from 45-75 hours or more. If you choose to train for licensing at a real estate school, the educational requirements can usually be met in four to six months. Online real estate schools are also available, and these allow students to proceed at their own pace. At an online school, a motivated student can complete the coursework necessary for licensing in a few short weeks.
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a broker?
There are key differences between a real estate agent and a broker. A broker is typically an owner of a firm or franchise, and these professionals handle such tasks as setting up earnest-money accounts and approving final contracts. Agents are employed by brokers, and they split their commissions with these professionals. Relative to agents, brokers typically have to deal with more exams and a larger course load to obtain licensing.
How can someone become a real estate agent?
To become a real estate agent, you'll need to prepare for and pass a licensing exam. Pre-license education hours may be required, and the exact amount varies from state to state. Once you've passed the exam, the next step is to connect with a real estate broker. Agents act on behalf of a broker, and are not allowed to handle real estate transactions independently. The broker will assist in completing the final paperwork that will allow you to manage real estate transactions in your state. Some states require a broker to sponsor an agent prior to the agent's licensing exam.
What is a real estate agent?
A real estate agent is a professional who represents clients who are purchasing, selling, renting, or leasing property. Real estate agents need to be licensed in order to practice. These individuals usually work solely on commission, so it's necessary for them to close deals if they hope to generate income.
What is a bandwidth limit?
Bandwidth limit basically refers to the amount of data you are allowed to download, per your contract. Some internet plans have bandwidth limit on how much data you can download, and, once you have reached that limit, you have reached your bandwidth limit. You will not be allowed anymore data, or your download speed can drop, or, as is usually the case, the ISP will gladly charge you for the additional bandwidth. It’s a good idea to have an unlimited data plan to combat this issue.
Which type of ISP offers the fastest connection?
Cable is considered to be the fastest internet connection available, of course with anything there are variables in service. It comes down to cable vs. DSL in speed. Cable is capable of supporting approximately 300 megabytes per second (mbps) of bandwidth in many areas, whereas most forms of DSL reach speeds of only up to 100 Mbps. Will you notice the difference? Maybe. This is mostly theoretical and the actual difference may be negligible to the average user. However, those two are considered the fastest connections with cable separating itself from the pack by a nose.
Types of internet service providers
There are several basic types of ISP, starting with the two types: dial-up which only connects when a person initiates it and broadband (in which the connection is always on). The basic types of service include digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber optic service (FiOS), wireless (Wi-Fi), satellite, and cellular. Each service has a varying degree of technology behind it. This can affect speed and download capabilities, but often the differences can be negligible. All provide a reasonable quality of service. The least effective is satellite service, which is mostly used in rural areas that lack real internet access. Speed, limited access, and bandwidth limitations are normal with satellite internet. You also might not have 24 hour access. All the rest provide reasonable to excellent internet access.
What is an upstream provider?
An upstream provider is basically a larger ISP that provides smaller ISPs with access to the internet. The larger ISPs, usually tier 1, send data or service “downstream” to the smaller ISPs that do not have the infrastructure the tier 1 providers do. The smaller providers go “upstream” to the tier 1 providers to get their data or service because they are lower down on the ISP food chain.
What is a tier one network?
A tier 1 network is considered a top level network on the internet. There are about a dozen tier one networks (like AT&T, Sprint, etc.) globally. Tier 1 providers exchange internet traffic with other tier 1 providers through peering agreements. They are also called backbone providers because they provide the infrastructure necessary to accommodate all internet providers.