Here in the Lakes Region the estimates are completely off. Sites do not take into account waterfront. It will compare a lake house on Winnipesaukee with a residential listing in a neighborhood, approximately $800,000 difference. I truly wish they would not do comparables and leave that up to us, the professionals who are knowledgeable of their marketplace.
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You do indeed need a license to manage any other persons property if you are an independant contractor making yoru own decisions, if you are employeed directly by teh property owner, receiv a paycheckj instead of commission and are directly supervised by the owner, you do not need a licnese. i have included the RSA below.
So if they are working for themselves, and negotiate on their own which it sounds, they ARE under the thumb of the NH RE Commission and any kickbacks would have to be disclosed all parties if they are kickbacks or are required of teh vendo to pay in order ot get the work. Pleasee NH and federal laws regarding this as i am just summarizing. The owner would have to prove the work is being done above whta typical market costs for that work is.
FROM NH REAL ESTATE LAWS
Generally, anyone who solicits tenants, negotiates leases or collects rents on someone elseâ€™s property and receives a fee for their services must possess a real estate license, see, RSA 331-A:2 III, and RSA 331-A:3. There is an exemption from the licensing requirement, however, for persons who lease or manage their own property and for the "regular employees" of such persons. (RSA 331-A:4).
That doesnâ€™t mean that every person, firm, or corporation that is "hired" by the owner to lease or manage the ownerâ€™s property is exempt. It is necessary to look at the substance of the property management relationship created in each situation to properly understand whether a manager is truly an employee who fills the requirements of the exemption; or is working as an "independent contractor", who must be licensed.
As a general rule, an independent contractor is an entity that agrees to perform services for a fee according to its own methods and without subjection to the supervision and control of the other contracting party. Conversely, an employee is a person who is subject to the direct supervision and control of his/her employer as to both results and the means by which those results are achieved.... more
Typically, builders and developers have their own in-house staff of sales people who sell their homes. To join their teams, contact the builder directly and apply for a job. Smaller builders without a full-time staff of Realtors will often hire "selling" firms that staff the site with professional Realtors trained specifically to handle new home sales.
If you do not have any experience selling new homes--and, believe me, there are very specific rules and specialized training required to do this job correctly--you might consider joining a brokerage that specializes in selling new homes.
Hee are some things to keep in mind: 1) Realtors who staff new housing projects do NOT get nor can the command the same commissions selling new homes. On the average, a Realtor sitting on a new home project is getting only about 0.5 to 0.75 per home, and that price is split between broker and agent. Agents who work as employees of the developer, often only get an "incentive bonus" per home sale equal to a few thousand dollars in addition to their regular pay. 2) Duty - working with a developer is the same as working a "regular" job and you will be required to be on site between 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 5 days per week. 3) Developer will expect Realtors who are "better than the average bear." In other words, the developer and the selling company can afford to hire only those who are smart, polished and knowledgeable. So long as you have fairly extensive experience in this field, good communications skills, polished manners and an excellent sales presence, this may be the job for you--otherwise, you may find entry to be very difficult.
Finally, while I realize that it can seem really "easy" to sell homes on a housing tract, new home developers are finding it just as hard now to sell homes in today's market as private individuals. As a result, rather than increasing home sales staff, developers are now pulling back a bit, and--much like other areas of real estate--the very best in the business are the only ones retaining jobs, so keep this in mind when you're looking for a job.
Work directly with the big California developers (K&B, Toll Brothers, etc) to see if they are hiring. Also speak with the larger brokerages about joining their new home sales teams or working on tract sales. You will need to learn very specific job duties for this job, so be prepared to start from the bottom for a bit.
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