Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Find A Good Investment Property

There are a lot of properties out there right now, and if you have the opportunity to purchase a great investment, now is a wonderful time to buy.

However, if you really want to get the best deal on investment properties, you have to increase your odds of finding the best one--one that will be a money maker! Do you really want that GREAT investment property? Then you are going to have to be vigilant—check your resources and keep your eyes and ears open! Looking through the MLS listings is not enough any more. Here are ten ways you can increase your chances of getting the best deals:

1. Tell people what you are looking for. Let the right people know what you are looking for and let them help you find the properties. There are a lot of owners out there who want to sell, but haven't yet listed their property -- and they may mention it to friends or families. You could catch one of these great deals ahead of time!

2. Go online. Go to a search engine and enter the type of real estate you are looking for, in the appropriate city. Sometimes you can get a good opportunity here -- and other times not, but this is a great place for a first step.

3. FSBO sometimes pays off. Drive around looking for "For Sale By Owner" signs. Owners often don't want to pay to keep the ad in the paper every week, so you won't see all properties there. A FSBO sign might mean a great price for you, and a seller who will be eager to sell.

4. Look for abandoned properties. An abandoned property means that the owner doesn't want to deal with the property, or can't for whatever reason, and may sell cheap.

5. Look at "For Rent" ads. Save newspapers or look at old craigslist ads that are a few weeks old. If the rental unit was not rented, the landlord might be ready to sell.

6. Bankers are great friends! Bankers are in the know and you might get a lead on a foreclosed-on investment property, and get it cheaper if you buy it before it's listed with a real estate agent.

7. Pay for leads. There are people that always seem to hear about the good deals - so offer them a finding fee!

8. Take advantage of eviction notices. Many local papers publish eviction notices,and sometime this information isinformation at the courthouse. A landlord who just went through evicting tenants may be ready to sell.

9. Advertise. Place your own "Looking for investment properties to buy," ad on Craigslist, or on a sign, or the newspaper.

10. Call Kuester! (888.600.5044). We will work with you to find the perfect property for you!

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