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.