The Seven Best Ways on How to Get Real Estate Investing Deals

If you are new to real estate investing, you are probably wondering “where am I going to find my first real estate deal”? There are actually a number of very effective methods you can use. Below I will touch on 7 different and valuable methods to find real estate investing deals. They are a pre-foreclosure listing service, major newspapers, post cards & fliers, bandit signs, MLS, a realtor, and a wholesaler.

Method one for real estate investing is to purchase a list of pre-foreclosure homes from a listing service. Here are just four such services: Foreclosure.com, RealtyTrac, Default Research, and  However, one of the drawbacks to a listing service is the cost. Also, be aware that some services have more recent information than others.

Another method to get a real estate investing deal would be to look into the classified ads section of major Newspapers. Their classified sections are on the web. You want to search the ads to find words such as “divorce”, “desperate”, “must sell” or “estate sale” to name just a few examples of keywords that indicate the seller is desperate. Think of some on your own and have fun with it.

Another method would be to send Postcards and fliers to targeted homes. However, it is highly advisable that you find someone who can do what is called good copywriting. Good copywriting is combining words, fonts, phrases, pictures, a call-to-action, etc. that will compel your potential home buyers to call your number. Make sure you do this type of marketing correctly, otherwise you will be wasting your hard earned money.

Method number four for is the use of bandit signs. A bandit sign is a small sign that is posted near major streets with a simple phrase to let home owners know that you buy houses quickly. Don’t forget to have your phone number listed in large letters, so distressed owners know who to call. Just be aware that in many places bandit signs are not allowed.

Another method that is more obvious is to look for a real estate investing deal is the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), however, you must be a licensed real estate agent in order to gain access to the MLS database. A word about the MLS, I know some real estate investors who swear by it and I know others who say it’s not worth your time. Who’s correct? Well, believe it or not, both are right. If you are a licensed agent who can jump on a property that is a good deal when it is put on MLS, you have a good chance to finds deals, otherwise, it will be more difficult.

Method six is to enlist the help of a realtor. If you don’t know anyone who is a realtor, you can find those who work with real estate investors, just by going to realtor.com. You will need to find a realtor who is willing to work with you and to email you a listing with your criteria. What sort of criteria do you use to search for a property? Again look for words like “divorce”, “desperate”, “must sell”, “condemned”, “gutted”, “mold” and any other word that would be undesirable for regular buyers, but a potential deal for a real estate investor.

Finally, there is another method that is simple, yet very effective. Get your deal through what is called a wholesaler. A wholesaler is one who controls or purchases a property at a deep discount and passes the savings on to you, the real estate investor. They typically send the deal right to your email box where you can read about the deal, do your due diligence and then make an offer.

So, as you can see there are various methods that you can use to find your deals. You may be wondering, for effective real estate investing, how may deals does it take before an offer is accepted? Well, I know many who say there is a 100-10-1 rule. It says it takes looking at 100 deals to make 10 offers to get one accepted. Choose a method or better yet, a set of methods that works for you and your budget and your real estate investing.

Flipping Houses For Profit – Easy Home Based Real Estate Business

Simply put, the process of flipping houses can be described at purchasing a property and reselling it for a profit. The house flipper (potentially you) tries to complete the entire house flipping process within the shortest time interval, thus making quite a hefty profit.

Attaining success in the house flipping game requires the potential investor to think like a real estate power investor and capitalize on the available opportunity by executing a series of well timed decisions to the best of one’s ability and access to resources.

If you’re planning to resell houses (better known as ‘house flipping’), you need to have a solid framework of the strategies and techniques that can be put into practice, in addition to the technical know-how in areas such as tax planning.

Once you have a strong educational framework ready, you need to start planning on achieving success.

Your Planning activity should include:

  • Setting your short (daily, weekly, monthly), medium (quarterly, half yearly, yearly) and long term goals (more than one year).
  • Determining exactly what tasks you would like to achieve in a given period.
  • The strategies you’ll be implementing in executing your plan.

You’ll be performing these strategies everyday, thus as you probably know by now – real estate investing is locating properties that can be sold with comparative ease, negotiating the details of the process and then choosing the best path of action that should be implemented by you for archiving the maximum profit.

If your lucky, it’ll be a quick flip after a minor (or major) property rehab, while at other intervals you’ll just be required to buy and hold your house so that it can be sold at a higher price at a future price, while sometimes its a little bit of both. Thus, the key to real estate investment success lies in determining what the market wants in order to make the maximum profit.

If your getting started now, and are scared about making mistakes, thus will cause a sense of dread within you, that will prevent you from reaching the peak of success. Don’t allow this dread to set in, instead take the assistance of an experienced real estate investor, who has gone down a similar road as you, for being your mentor of sorts, who has the ability to gently guide you by the hand until you reach the winner’s circle with up to date advice, encouragement and valuable words of wisdom.

Real estate investing is an art and one needs to know exactly what strategies to use no matter what situation the market is in (it hasn’t been hotter in the past 30 years than it is in 2009), and you will need all the tools of the real estate investing trade, such as the acclaimed patented real estate home analyzer robot software to quickly determine the value of a property and identifying the relevant comps, thus arming you with the correct information as part of your property research. Best of all, it automatically pulls the values and comps from three of my favorite websites. Then it prints a PDF report that you can save and utilize it while comparing different properties, so as to make the most economical offer.

Real estate investing does take commitment and stamina. You too can start today, by taking these simple lessons to heart and allowing the touch of a master’s hand to transform your dreams into a reality.

Written by Charrissa Cawley (fondly called “Cher” by her buddies), founder of the Real Estate Power Investor home learning e-course – the complete learning resource that goes into the depths of real estate investments as per the current market scenario.

She’s a multimillionaire real estate investment guru, who just until half a decade ago used to be a 31 year old stay at home mom. She has aced the world of real estate investing, making US$2.14 million dollars in her first year as a real estate investor as net profit. She has long standing reputation for excellence as a real estate trainer, gifted speaker and wealth building coach. Her strengths include training entrepreneurs of all experience levels in all areas of real estate investing and financial literacy.

If you would like to plug into her network of valuable real estate investing and flipping information,

 head over to her website:

Real Estate Power Investor  to judge for yourself regarding the profitability of the solutions and proofs offered by her.

Her passion is bridging the gap between learning and doing. Having been down the difficult road of mastering the art of knowing a great buy from a good one, she spent years learning, fine tuning, and practically applying her knowledge. She helps thousands of entrepreneurs all over the world seeking financial growth by equipping them with specialized tools, resources and specialized knowledge to succeed. Unlike others, Charrissa only offers strategies that she has herself tested to be proven and accurate to real estate investors and wanna be real estate investors.

Raising Millions in Private Money – 2 Exercises to Find the Money For Real Estate Investing

Imagine buying a great property with none of your own cash, funding it with someone else’s money, pulling up to 60% of your profits out in cash on the day you buy, collecting more cash when it’s occupied and then enjoying a predictable and reliable positive cash flow each month. Now imagine doing this… every month! That’s what you can do when you use advanced strategies for raising millions in private money for real estate investing.

The most important factor when you’re looking at getting started raising millions in private money for real estate investing, is to get started right and to get started right now- in that order. No one can MAKE you start raising millions is private money for real estate investing, but at least I can help you put together the plan to get started right by helping you find the money and find the time you already have right now to find it in.

If you’re looking at getting started raising millions in private money to fund your real estate investing, you want to make sure you can find the money and find the time needed to do it right.

Print this article out and honestly complete the 2 exercises for yourself, and you’ll be on your way to doing just that!

First, you want to find the money.

Let’s help you to take stock of your existing financial resources. The answers to these questions will determine exactly what types of real estate investing you want to pursue.

Don’t worry, whether you’re a multimillionaire or middleclass, or even a homeless guy with no job, there are ways to build wealth in real estate-by raising millions in private money to use for your investing. But, before we get to that….Just answer these questions for yourself and you’ll be well on your way to determining the best way for financing your plan.

This first exercise will help you determine what kind of money do you have on hand to invest in real estate. Where will any needed down payment money come from? What kind of financing can you get?

You may even realize one or two sources of cash you can tap that you might not have thought about using (these will be in addition to the strategies I’ll cover in raising millions in PRIVATE MONEY from other folks)

1. Personal Checking Account $__________________
2. Personal Savings Account $__________________
3. Pension/401k Fund (withdraw) $__________________
4. IRAs/Roths (withdraw/borrow) $__________________
5. Stocks/Bonds/Mutual Funds (sell) $__________________
6. Credit Card Total (cash advance) $__________________
7. Home Equity Lines of Credit $__________________
8. Friends & Family (who has money?) $__________________
9. Cash-Accrued Insurance Policy $__________________
10. Other Sources to Raise Capital $__________________

That’s your money and you should use it in addition to or before you worry about raising private money.

Raising private money comes down to building relationships with people who have money. And that takes TIME and trust! I can’t teach you how to build trust in a 1000 word article. But I CAN help you find more time to do these things so that you can start your plan of raising millions in private money to you’re your real estate investing business.

So, secondly, you want to find the time.

Let’s help you to take stock of your existing time usage. The answers to these questions will determine exactly what types of real estate investing you want to pursue and what things you may need to “give up” to implement your plan of raising millions in private money for investing.

Don’t worry, whether you’re a busy entrepreneur or a regular working-man, have a family or just have many time commitments, there are ways to build wealth in real estate.

Just answer these questions for yourself and you’ll be well on your way to finding the time you need for your plan to get started now in real estate investing.

This second exercise will help you determine where your time is going each week, in some cases time spent on things you might possibly could do without- and will help you find time that you could likely be using to learn about and do real estate investments.

You may even realize one or two ways you spend more time than you thought, just by being honest here!

1. Watching television #hrs/wk: ______________________
2. Surfing the web (with no purpose) #hrs/wk: ______________________
3. Reading “fluff” (no educational value) #hrs/wk: ______________________
4. Sleeping more than 7 hours/night #hrs/wk: ______________________
5. Working (primary job/business) #hrs/wk: ______________________
6. Working (second job/profession) #hrs/wk: ______________________
7. Household chores (cooking, laundry etc) #hrs/wk: ______________________
8. Shopping for fun #hrs/wk: ______________________
9. Pursuing hobbies (non-investing) #hrs/wk: ______________________
10. Chatting on the phone/internet #hrs/wk: ______________________

If you’ve completed these simple exercises, congratulations!

Time and money might be the most wished-for things in the world, but few people ever take stock of what they already have (even those who wish for more, like folks who want to raise millions of dollars so they can invest in more real estate).

Whether you found more money than you thought you had, or more time than you realized you could use to invest and learn about investing, you’ve already discovered something powerful about yourself.

You’re a person who goes after what he/she wants.

Now that you have taken stock of your existing financial resources, and existing time usage, you’re ready to get started raising millions in private money for your real estate investing.

You’ll also need to (if you’re not yet investing) need to now determine exactly what types of real estate investing you want to pursue, what techniques you want to use, where and how you want to invest, and what kind of investments make you most excited.

Trust me. If you have found the time and found the money you already have…you’re already half-way there to getting started raising millions in private money for your real estate investing.

Ready for the next step?

It involves showing others how to do the exercise you just did (you DID do the exercise, didn’t you?) to “find their own money” and then GIVING THEM A REASON to give you that money to invest!

I’ve got plenty of other articles on how to do just that and one you should read is titled “How to Find Investor Partners and Private Lenders for Your Real Estate Investing”. You can just search for that phrase right here on the site, or through your favorite search engine. Find that article and read it next for the mechanics of FINDING and building RELATIONSHIPS with folks who can help you in your quest of raising millions in private money for your real estate investing.

Using Social Networking to Grow Your Real Estate Investing Business For Free – 10 Quick Tips

If you’re not leveraging the internet to grow your real estate investing business, you’re really missing out. There is a lot you can do in the internet marketing space, but this article specifically discusses how to leverage social networking for real estate investing. Many social networking applications enjoy widespread use and best of all, they are free!  Below are 10 quick tips on how you can use popular social networking tools.

Twitter:

(1) Use Twellow to identify real estate investors in your local areas and follow each one of  them. This tool is like the Twitter Yellow Pages and categorizes Twitter users by industry. You can quickly do a search on the Real Estate category and put the name of your city in the search box.  You’ll find a lot of people I’m sure! Also, a new feature called Twellowhood also allows you to find people based on location so check that out as well.

(2) Use a free tool such as TweetLater to set up automatic direct message responses to all of your followers that includes a URL to your website or squeeze page.  (On a related note, be sure to turn off all email notifications on your Twitter account…unless you actually want your email inbox to be completely swamped!)

(3) If you’re a wholesaler, tweet about any real estate deals you’re looking to sell. Be sure to include a link to more information on the property.  I suggest using bit.ly a simple to use URL shortener because tweets can only be 140 characters long and URLs can be quite lengthy. Bit.ly is also great because it provides real time click tracking.

(4) Be sure to retweet “RT” other investors tweets that have useful information…this helps you build trust and credibility and will grow your followers. Here’s how it works…let’s say a local investor @BobLocalREI has a great tweet that says “Great article about how to profit with real estate in declining market ”  To retweet this, you would simply tweet the following: “RT @BobLocalREI Great article about how to profit with real estate in declining market .”

Facebook:

(5) Join existing Facebook groups with real estate investors from your local area. You can do this by clicking on “Groups” and then searching groups for terms such as “Chicago real estate investors”,”Boston foreclosure investors”, or “Orange county real estate investors”  Be sure to introduce yourself to the group and post your offerings on the group’s public wall.

(6) Create your own Facebook group for real estate investors in your local area. Invite the members of the other groups to join your group. Encourage other wholesalers to join as well and post their deals to the group as well. Don’t make it a private group – make it open to all. This will create an excellent buyers list for you and will also connect you to other investors you can do joint ventures with.

(7) Add a form to your Facebook profile that allows people to opt-in to your newsletter that provides tips, news, and details of your wholesale/retail deals. There’s a great blog post from Return on Subscriber that walks you through how to add the form.

(8) Use the “update status” feature on Facebook. Your status can be about the everyday happenings with your real estate investing, it can mention a specific deal, it can be whatever you want.  Also there are multiple tools that will integrate your Twitter and Facebook accounts which is a major time saver for those using both applications.

YouTube.com and other Social networking video sites:

(9) Search engines love video! Create videos with useful “How to” tips or information that is relevant to real estate investing (could be focused on buyers, sellers, or both).  Consider using the Annotations feature within your videos in order to highlight important points in your video.  With Annotations you can make thought bubbles, text in boxes, or links to other videos (but not to external websites).

Be sure that your video title and description are very well written and full of keywords that will help people find your videos. Before you get started, think about who your target audience is and make a list of a few real estate investing related topics that you can create videos for.

(10) Duplicating your video content is ok!  You can post the same exact video in multiple content sharing sites (use TubeMogul for free!) and get maximum exposure from the search engines.

One last bonus tip for social networking….

(Bonus) Social networking is all about community…and you should focus on giving 80% of the time. Give useful information when you comment – for example – on others’ Facebook status or YouTube videos. Create value for others and you will bring a ton of attention on your own offerings.

Real Estate Call Capture – Shifting Your Focus Back to Your Clients

The real estate business was designed to assist potential home buyers in purchasing their home. Whether they are first-time buyers or seasoned home owners, real estate agents are still the best option to help people find the property they need – but the business of real estate has changed dramatically over the years.

In the real estate industry’s infancy and beyond there was always a lot of leg work involved. Agents worked from offices but rarely spent much time there. A majority of the day was spent showing homes to buyers; often late in the evening or on weekends. Clients were obtained by walk in traffic, by the use of flyers and newspaper advertising, by cold calling and door knocking.  While some things have remained the same, there is much that has changed.

These days, the introduction of technology has advanced the industry and improved the marketing methods used by real estate agents. Real estate call capture technology is rapidly becoming the leading method of marketing and sales for real estate. Like most significant advances in business, call capture is a simple but highly effective technology that allows the agent to shift their focus to the most important things in their business – their clients.

A real estate call capture system gives the agent a unique toll free number which includes unlimited extensions that can be put on advertisements, signs, websites, and newspapers listings. Call capture technology is completely virtual and requires no installation of hardware or software. The concept is simple, yet the benefits are staggering.

The impact that real estate call capture technology has had on the industry is quickly becoming apparent. With its use, agents have increased their revenue and number of leads. Every lead is automatically tracked and followed up on, so potential buyers and sellers are never overlooked, no matter how busy the agent may be. Every time someone calls, the information is passed on to the agent regardless if the caller is calling from a land line, mobile or blocked number. This definitely benefits the agent as they don’t have to worry about people not leaving messages or leaving inadequate contact information. Hits on websites can easily be transferred into leads by directing them to the call capture system which then can be converted into sales.

With the call capture system generating, capturing and updating the agent on all leads that are coming in, they can spend more time nurturing the those leads and their clients that they are already working with.

There are many extras included with most real estate call capture systems as well. They provide the agent with access to a wide variety of sales and marketing tools, such as newsletter systems, marketing campaigns, and advertising systems. The various extensions that can be added can also be assigned to certain ad types. Agents know if the person is calling in regards to an ad they read in a newspaper, online advertising, a magazine, or on a sign rider. This assists in determining what type of advertising is working best, making it possible to allocate money and resources to the most effective ads.  By using the advertising tracking abilities of a call capture system, an agent can free up valuable time and resources that can be better spent on only the best advertising and on taking care of their clients and their needs.

There are benefits to the home buyer as well. Because of the fact that most real estate agents spend a majority of their time away from their office, it can be difficult to contact them. Messages can be left and calls missed. A hopeful buyer may miss out on the opportunity of purchasing a home because they couldn’t reach their agent, and the agent may miss out on a sale and commission. The call capture system can forward a client’s call to the office, home, cell phone, or any other phone number of the agent’s choosing. This ensures that the agent can be reached at any time. The result is that the clients feel as if they are receiving personal service and a client is more inclined to work with an agent who can offer them personal, quick, and efficient service.

Being able to service clients more efficiently is the key to obtaining more sales, establishing good customer relations and excellent word-of-mouth advertising. Agents can now spend more time listening to what their clients need rather than having to spend so much time trying to find ways to generate more leads and manage their advertising. Having to focus energy on creating flyers and ads is time consuming and can also be counter-productive to what the agent is trying to achieve.

This call capture technology is drawing more and more interest towards the real estate business. There is definitely huge potential to make money in the real estate industry, and by using up to date programs such as call capture, money can be made more quickly and with less initial cost. Real estate agents who use the call capture system report that it has changed their way of doing business significantly and that it makes them feel more comfortable and confident in their jobs.  It is expected that, like web sites and cell phones, call capture will soon be a standard tool of the real estate industry.

19 Reasons to Start a Real Estate Investing Syndication Business Now

Before I started my multi-million dollar, real estate investing syndication business a half decade ago, I was part of corporate America. In fact, I was the number #2 sales person for Research in Motion. I developed and oversaw strategic alliances with some of the top consulting firms in the world including Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting and EDS.

Now, I am very grateful to RIM for giving me the amazing opportunity to work under two of the world’s most prominent self-made technology billionaire CEOs. However, I grew tired of wearing the “suit.” I didn’t want to continue spending 60 to 80 hours a week working. I wanted the ability to start a business that would meet the following 19 criteria.

19 Reasons to Start a Real Estate Investing Syndication Business Now

1. Spend just a few hours a day or week at work. With just 10 hours of effort into his first deal, my client, Robert Beagle closed his first real estate syndication deal and made over $61,000 in profits as a syndicator!

2. Be your own boss. This means you’re working to make yourself rich – not someone else.

3. Wake up when you want to. Remember, you are your own boss. No one can tell you (except maybe your spouse) that you can’t sleep until noon.

4. Not have to travel every week. I’ve transacted more than $14 million dollars in deals across 5 markets in North America without any airport hassles.

5. The ability to run almost everything from a laptop and phone. Within 5 weeks, my client Michelle Agar syndicated her first group of 5 investment properties in Edmonton, Alberta, earning her $269,000 in profits!

6. Earn an exponential income. When you syndicate your investing business, you generate a GREATER FREQUENCY of profit. Why? Because, syndicating your real estate investing business will enable you to systematize your business so deal making becomes a recurring cycle. This means you will have a repeatable business model that grows geometrically.

7. Dress how you want. Since real estate investing syndication allows you to work from your home office, you can work in your pajamas if you wanted to!

8. Live a virtually tax-deductible life. Having a real estate investment business will give you the greatest personal, business and real estate tax advantages.

9. Do what you want, whenever you want. Again, you are the boss!

10. Never be held down to a time schedule. You can work as hard as you want for as long or as little as you want.

11. No need to write up an extensive business plan. Thanks to real estate investing syndication, Tom Cooke and Claudette Diaz now have $330,000 in private money at their disposal. They generated $19,026 in profits from the first deal they completed within their first 27 days of becoming syndicators. They have built a buyer’s list of over 500 investors, and set up a syndication business in another city they’ve never visited before!

12. Have an abundance of customers wherever your business goes. For example, if you joined my real estate investing syndication network, you’d connect with a pre-existing network of more investors in 7 countries on 5 continents who want to help investors like you joint venture on investing deals on an ongoing basis.

13. Your business won’t be tied to economic cycles. Many real estate investors are now saying that the real estate investing market is dead. Why? Because they can’t find deals. They aren’t attracting buyers. They can’t get their hands on enough available cash to fund deals. Banks are not loaning money to them. However, if you change your business model to one of real estate syndication, then you’ll get direct access to all the cash you’ll need. You’ll attract buyers and close more deals – no matter the economy.

14. Produce MORE WEALTH in a short period of time. Remember, my business syndicated over 3 million dollars in profits in just 93 days.

15. Get personally involved with little risk. When you syndicate your business, you become a major player in the market without risking any of your own capital. You, as the real estate syndicator, put the deal together and receive a significant share of the profits (between 20% and 50%) without having to invest your own money. This allows you to concentrate on multiple deals at one time.

16. Get started without any previous industry experience. My client portfolio includes teenage college students, a retired track & field coach, accountants, medical doctors, attorneys, a professional opera singer, sales executives, marketing executives, engineers and regular hard-working moms and dads who came aboard with full-time jobs. Do you think they had previous experience syndicating real estate? No.

17. There is NO office politics. You don’t have to worry about anyone else, but you!

18. Have more family time. When you syndicate your business, you get more done in less time. And, you generate profits faster. This means you have more time and freedom to spend with your family, doing the things you absolutely love to do.

19. Ultimately, build a business that is focused on helping people while you rapidly build a 6-, 7- and 8-figure investment empire. We’ve proven that it can happen.

So, don’t you think that it’s time to start a real estate investing syndication business, and make money quickly during this “Perfect Real Estate Storm” of opportunity?