Normally a down real estate market is a heaven for investors. There is a variety of properties available for sale and many homeowners are desperate to sell and negotiate a price that will get them out of high waters. In such market, there is also a good amount of foreclosures and pre-foreclosures available and investors can play their game with the scale tipping to their side. The present economy is a good testament of those conditions. However, despite the large amount of properties in the market, competition between investors is always there – every perceptive investor wants to snatch the best deals.
Sometimes, those deals may be easy to spot, and sometimes it will take more digging and market research. However, an investor must be ready to act and have the necessary capital or systems available to grab such opportunities if he/she wants to be successful in real estate investing.
One important issue is to know the area of your specialization as an investor because different types of properties require different capital and different management requirements. Are you specializing in single-family homes, condominiums, multi-family dwellings, raw land, apartments (1-4 families), farms, special building types such as abandoned churches or commercial buildings? Having this issue clear is the first step before looking into properties. It will help the investor focus on the type of property they want to invest in and not waste valuable time in properties that do not match their investment goals and budget, as well as their investment plan.
Investor can find properties in many ways. They can do drive by’s in neighborhoods where there are plenty of homes for sales and interview with neighbors, even those that do not have a for sale sign, but may be thinking to sell in the future. Research the neighborhood well before committing to any deals.
Other ways are to advertise yourself as an investor willing to buy properties. This will give homeowners the chance of calling you first before they put a for sale sign and pay a commission to a real estate agent. This will cut out the competition as well.
Look for properties in newspaper, publications, and local flyers. For sale by owners are a possibility, especially to negotiate price in a desperate market. Sometimes, homeowners are willing to walk away from a property without making any money as long as they can satisfy their bank loan.
Do not discount people who are having large garage sales, most likely they are thinking of moving in the near future. Real estate investing requires considering all possibilities.
Scout the obituaries for properties that will soon be on for sale, beat the agent to it. Also, scout the legal pages of the newspaper.
Consider run down properties or abandoned properties. Search for the current owner in the public records.
Make friends with bank and utilities personnel. They can be a good source of information on foreclosures and when utilities are being shut down – a sign of someone that may soon be moving.
There are tons of ways to approach real estate investing, as many as your imagination and creativity can think of.
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