I am a private mortgage lender and as such I’ve seen successful investors draw on different types of skills. Some are handy and can build sweat equity by doing parts of their rehab themselves. Others are negotiators and managers extraordinaire. They are the ones who squeeze every penny, negotiate for every nail and breathe down the neck of their contractors every day. Working with them is not a picnic for contractors, but those investors do make money when their softer competitors don’t. Still, regardless of their skills, all of those investors share a single strength in common: an ability to find real estate investment opportunities. Identifying properties with money-making potential and putting them under contract is at the heart of real estate investing.
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On every team you have what can be considered the “support players.” We’d like to consider ourselves support players for our hard money loan customers. Support players are the people who work hard, but don’t always get recognized as star players. This is not to say that these people are not important. In fact without these people the whole process would break down, but you don’t hear them mentioned as much as the lawyer, lender or real estate agent. These are still key members of your team, so you need to choose them wisely and recognize their worth.
Being experts in hard money loans, we are sometimes asked if it’s a good idea to have a lawyer as part of your real estate investment team. Here is the answer. A friend once told me that the interesting thing about being an attorney was that no one wants you until they need you and no one wants to need you. As humorous as that sounds, the truth is that if you are going to do any type of investment business, you are going to need an attorney as a key member of your team. Everything you do needs to be above board, and attorneys are part of the process to make sure that happens.
As the saying goes, no man is an island. This is very true when it comes to your real estate investments. To help you achieve maximum return on investment when it comes to buying investment property, you are going to need a TEAM of professionals. You can’t do it all alone. Our next few blogs will talk specifically about some of the people you need to consider when forming a real estate investment team.
To be a successful investor, you have to comfortably wear different hats. You’ve got to know how to hire and manage people, and you need to know construction basics. You need to understand the local real estate market. You need to have excellent time and money management skills. Perhaps most importantly, you need to be able to find profitable real estate deals. As a private mortgage lender, we see our borrowers successfully employing many different strategies to do that. This article is Part 1 of our series on finding real deals. Before you begin, go ahead and check out the series Introduction published previously.