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.
Determine Your area – Research the entire marketplace (city, county, or region) find out what area has the biggest turn over of properties. Look at how the properties change hands foreclosures and distress sales are your best bet. Select a small portion of about 20,000 homes within the foreclosure distress sale area. You might also consider selecting by subdivisions to get up to 20,000.
Now is the time to examine all the ways you can market your property effectively. A free listing of your real estate is definitely worth considering. The question is: will buyers in your particular real estate market for FSBO properties respond to a free listing? Many areas are experiencing a glut of properties for sale. Some free listings really don’t get the exposure you really need for your property. Worst of all, your property listing may be just another “face in the crowd” of eager sellers who want the same thing as you.
Next you must speak with your chosen lender for an estimate of the cost involved in procuring the loan. As per law, the home loan lender needs to provide you the estimation statement within 3 days of having received your loan application. You must also ask your lender, which type you have been selected for. Don’t forget to ask him/her about interest rates, terms of the loans, and other specific information, ex: higher repayment penalties etc, as these can spell trouble later on.
Some of the things that you can do to begin preparing yourself is to join a real estate invesment organization or group. This is a great place to get support and resources. You will meet other people who are doing the same as you, and you can meet people who have been doing this for a long time. This is a great opportunity to really get to know the business better. It is important that we mix and mingle with people who know and understand the business. So, let’s get to work!
Second, know what your options are. You do not necessarily have to sell the property investment right after you purchase it. One good thing to do with it is to wait until the value of the real estate increases – and that is when you sell the property. At times, it is worth biding your time while you patiently wait for the industry to boom to make better profits. This is also a two-fold winning situation since as you wait the value of the property goes up higher and higher and you can even make some decent income out of renting it while waiting for its value to rise.
I’ve found in the past that always makes for a better tenant that takes better care of my property. As a result my properties are more liquid when i need them to be. All in all, for us real estate investors, since we didn’t create this mess, and we are not responsible for the situation. So we feel real estate investors shouldn’t feel guilty when taking advantage of the mess that is in front of us.