And unless you are in Texas where Lease Options are against the law, you could probably do a Lease Option and structure it in such a way that when the market comes back up they could purchase the house that they are renting from you at a later date.
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.
Join Your area REIA – By joining a real estate invesment Association you are now in with the people doing business. The best place to meet other investors and real estate agents and lenders who work with investors. These are the people you want to know you as a professional full time investor. Leads of homes for sale and services to investors are all right there.
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.
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.
Third, they have time to repair their credit (you can vouch for their improved credit history) as well as time to accumulate capital for when they finally purchase the home. Fourth, they can begin their lives today. Rather than having to rent for a period of time and then shifting their whole lives over when they finally purchase a house, they can buy the house of their dreams from day one.
You might inherit a loan with a higher rate and shorter term. Obviously, a lender would expect something in return for taking the high-risk of financing the entire property. In this case, the loan could indeed become a sponge that sucks your cash flow dry.
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.