If you are having doubts about becoming a real estate investor, let me set your mind at ease. It is one of the most satisfying ways to become financially stable. Most people think that because they don’t have cash or an extended line of credit, they can’t realize their dreams and make them come true. I’m here to tell you that it’s simply not true! I have been a real estate investor since the age of 24. I decided that I wanted a change and I made it happen and so can you. So, let’s get to work!
Keep a real job. This has really hurt our progress. Lenders are really looking for 3rd party income, even though you could be fired at a moment’s notice.
The financial downturn has its benefits. For instance, if you are a buyer in this market, chances are you will make a handsome profit because it is a buyer’s market out there. For one thing, rates have crashed. So, anyone making a buy today can be assured that they are buying when rates have bottomed out. Secondly, most sellers have come down from their high horses and are willing to sell if they get a genuine buyer with a reasonably good offer. Some are even ready to sell if they break even. So, if you have the money, there’s no reason to hold yourself back.
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.
C. Recording of the speakers at meetings. So while I know you are going to attend every meeting, you might miss something and having the ability to go back and replay a part or all of a meeting is very beneficial.
You’re a people person. When working in property investments, you will have to deal with people from all walks of life – contractors, agents, brokers, and lawyers. Being a people person means you’re comfortable with all types of personalities. You’re able to keep an even keel through intense meetings and negotiations.
A second major challenge, dealing with insurance. Insurance is not a simple “get a policy” issue on a subject-to deal. Since you are not the owner of record on the mortgage, if you drop the previous owner’s policy the lender will be notified and will check why the policy has been dropped. If they discover the change of ownership, they may request full payment of the mortgage using their “Due On Sale” power. Definitely not part of our plan in a subject-to deal. You may need to carry two policies, but explore your possibilities.
The only loss you face is the down payments and monthly payments which are often fixed by buyer and seller before. This is therefore quite beneficial for you if the property prices went down your expected value. As you can never predict the market conditions, lease option can be the best solution for you.