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What is the best place to buy an investment property right now in the 100-150k range?
I am not sure you will have any in the bay area in that range.
How much downpayment should I put in for an investment property?
It should be more than what normally what you put for owning a home. Depending on the income and expenditure, lenders may have their requirements Lenders would be the best source to give an accurate answer.
What are primary certifications needed to become real estate agent and how to get trained for it? How long does it take?
Must pass the test provided by the California board of real estate and affiliate with any of the local board of real estate association. You must then join a broker association to become a real estate agent.

What are the characteristics of a successful real estate agent?

Able to convince clients that they provide accurate information,be knowledgeable regarding property details in general, understand clients needs and always available to provide information as and when needed by clients.

The real estate market is known to be cyclic. What stage is it in currently?

Seems to be in a wait and see mode. Prices have fluctuated and many homes came in the market in the past few months have not been sold compared what has been the trend six months ago. Also people were expecting to know about the Fed rate details ...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free
What is the best place to buy an investment property right now in the 100-150k range?
I am not sure you will have any in the bay area in that range.
How much downpayment should I put in for an investment property?
It should be more than what normally what you put for owning a home. Depending on the income and expenditure, lenders may have their requirements Lenders would be the best source to give an accurate answer.
What are primary certifications needed to become real estate agent and how to get trained for it? How long does it take?
Must pass the test provided by the California board of real estate and affiliate with any of the local board of real estate association. You must then join a broker association to become a real estate agent.

What are the characteristics of a successful real estate agent?

Able to convince clients that they provide accurate information,be knowledgeable regarding property details in general, understand clients needs and always available to provide information as and when needed by clients.

The real estate market is known to be cyclic. What stage is it in currently?

Seems to be in a wait and see mode. Prices have fluctuated and many homes came in the market in the past few months have not been sold compared what has been the trend six months ago. Also people were expecting to know about the Fed rate details ...This knowledge is worth millions but signing up is free