Serious Real Estate Investors Need to Build Resource Lists

By: Judson Voss

You may have heard that one of the best ways to make yourself truly wealthy is to become a private real estate investor. While it is true that the millionaire real estate investor does exist in every state in the nation, it can also be a difficult way to begin to build up your own personal fortune. There are more books written and sold each year, on how to become a real estate investor, than on many other topics in business and self-employment. The main reason that the real estate investors get singled out is because their money tends to come in either; large immediate chunks, or as passive income over a long period of time. And as investment strategies go, both of these options can be great.

One of the most important parts of becoming a private real estate investor is the process of networking and building resource lists of professionals such as lenders, bankers, seller's agents, buyer's agents, real estate investor agents, carpenters, plumbers, etc... who you can call on to help make your transactions run more smoothly and who can answer any questions which you might have from time to time.

Nothing is more important to your business than making good contacts in the lending industry. Whether you work with banks, direct lenders, or mortgage brokers, you need to have lenders available to work hassle-free with you to help finance your deals.

One of the best things you can do if you will be looking to expand into other geographic areas with your real estate investment business, is to find other real estate investors already working in that particular area, generally those who simply rehabilitate the properties to flip or hold as rentals. Finding them is as simple as placing an ad in the local newspaper and screening out the callers who are looking to work with you rather than purchase a home from you.

Once you have some potential joint venture partners for your real estate investment business, then it is time to partner with some of those other investors when it is appropriate for both of you to do so. You can even ask your new partners to do much of the legwork there in their own area, and for their compensation they will be paid out of the escrow from the deal. If you are able to find other quality professionals to work with, then you really can have a win-win relationship working together.

It is also always a good idea to network with all of the real estate agents in the areas which you will be investing in property. Every private real estate investor should have realtors out in the field who will let them know about available property - even those not yet listed in the MLS. Once a realtor knows what you are looking for, and what kind of deals you prefer, they will call you when they know about a property which you might be interested in.

One of the most important tools for professional real estate investors is to build up lists of people you can partner with to help get the work you need done. By having lists of people you trust and can work with when you need to, you can be ahead of everyone else in your area.

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