Become a member of a real estate club. A real estate club will teach you a little something valuable in the industry and get you into contact with some very important people. A virtual real estate club which could be joined online can be a solution to time constraint in joining a physical real estate club.
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.
It’s completely up to you to spend however much or little money and time on your advertising. Bake some cookies and have a Sunday afternoon open house! People will come with their spouses and friends and they’ll tell their friends and so on. That’s called viral advertising! Pitch it as a “Choose your neighbor day” and invite your neighbors. They might have a friend or relative who’d love to move in next door.
Fortunately, we have found someone through our local real estate invesment club that knows who we are and knows we are a very good financial risk. He is willing to finance this home for us so we can record a loan and get some “traditional seasoning” on a mortgage. The “signing party” will be the standard mortgage and promissory note – checks transferred. Mortgage filed in the city-county building, then it is off to lunch. Then more searching for the next housing deal.But, with some big lessons learned.
Let’s recap what a traditional realtor sale encompasses so we can then compare it to private property sales. First, you would ideally interview 3-5 realtor agents to make sure you are comfortable with one that understands both your individual needs (fast cash, minimum net, short sale, etc.) as well as your neighborhood. Then you sign your exclusive listing agreement and your realtor starts marketing your property through, ideally, all potential outlets to find a buyer. This includes listing the property on the local MLS (multiple listing service), posting a sign out front, advertising in the local paper and, of course, everywhere possible online: business page, social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), perhaps a YouTube video walkthrough and more.
Using an investment-locator company will provide you with the benefit of having experts on your side. They can check out hundreds of properties and choose the best ones. “We do the appraisals, get opinions; you get a couple inches of research to review,” says Rice.
It was a time when REO’s [REO stands for real Estate Owned] were everywhere. It was the first time I understood short sale. When times are like they are now, it’s a good time to get out and make money. The real estate is there and the prices are good.