You’ve found motivated sellers. Now all you have to do is find buyers. But you aren’t just looking for any buyer; you’re looking for cash investors. This is where your fee comes in. You are paid a finder’s fee by the buyer to find the deal.
There are plenty of people right now who understand a good deal when they see one. Everybody concentrates in the news about people being foreclosed on. They never talk about the fact that those same people need a place to live and are typically eager to rent a house that is in nice shape.
Motivated sellers are what you want to find. Someone with a need to sell not just a desire. We’re not talking about someone who is desperate to take advantage of here but a flexible seller who is willing to listen and negotiate with you. look for the sale signs or newspaper adds with things like “owner take back” or ” low down”, so you know these people are willing to do some creative financing with you. Also “no qualifying” means the financing is assumable and you won’t have to qualify for the existing mortgage. “Owner take back” means the owner will take back a part of the down payment as an extra mortgage instead of cash. FHA mortgages may be assumable and the cost is only a small fee with no additional points added.
Our third challenge, make sure you have a clear plan for making money with your subject-to acquisition. This is an area that many new investors fail to plan. Are you going to rent out the property to cover the mortgage payments while you gain equity? Are you going to sell the property through a lease to own option? Are you planning to list the property for sale, and just wait for the right buyer, while you make the monthly payments out of pocket? While all of these are potential ways will make a profit, unless you’ve planned your profit making, you may overpay for a property, resulting in a loss. Plan your money making strategy in advance, and you can make a wise buying decision.
Interview to build a real estate investing team – After searching on line and finding out who is buying and selling a lot of property, make a list and interview them. Find out who their support staff is. Does this buyer and seller work specifically with rehab crews? How about management companies? Closing Attorneys or Escrow Agents? You should interview 3 of each of these or more. Be brutally honest. If you can tap the wisdom of a team, the process of owning property outside your area can be easy. Make sure the management companies are willing to work with the real estate invesment contractors, the sellers of your property, and so on. Ask about the reputations of each to the others.
You’re a natural budget-er. You’re a coupon clipper and a sale shopper. You know exactly how much is in your bank account and budget your household expenses to the last penny. This is one skill you’ll definitely need for property investment and one that can help you stay on track. In real estate, going way over budget as you renovate a house is a huge no-no.
So there you have it. Option 1 is going with a realtor. It will cost you 6% and you’ll have to work with them to get the house sold — if they can sell it. Is it worth it? Well, what’s your time worth? If you have no time to spare or don’t want to put in the effort, then yes go find a quality realtor. A good one will be worth it and there are good ones out there. They might even get you more for the house than you could get yourself.