Hello to everyone and thanks in advance for your replies. I apologize upfront for the lengthy post but I wanted to get it all out at once. Here goes: Four years ago my hubby paid $22,000 for Russ Whitney seminars and ever since then he has doubled his profits from deals ever since. The first year he did two deals, the second year he did more and so on. I have been helping him for the last two years and business has really taken off. Last year he got fired from his management job because he was doing real estate at work more than he was doing his job and he tried for over a year to get fired because he really wanted to do the real estate instead of working a JOB. That was okay with me because we were making alot of money on our real estate deals.
Now deals have slowed down and we have gotten in the situation of not having money to spare to fix up properties if I get a lead on a sub to or lease options. I can’t borrow because I have many mortgages in my name and my credit score has dropped to the low 600’s. My spouse’s credit score is in the 580’s so that is out on him qualifing at the banks or hard money. What rental properties I do have we did buy them right (Equity and made money when we bought) and we have repaired them and have placed them for sale. I will take the proceeds of the sale to pay off existing debts (mortgages, credit cards) and will reduce my debt to income ratio and raise our credits scores. Once bad debt is payed off I am wanting to save money to do the expenses that are necessary on the sub to deals and lease options deals so I don’t have to pass them off. We still plan on wholesaling first to get the big chunks of money to pay off debt since that is our #1 priority.
Also my spouse is joining a realty company this week (he is a licensed Realtor) and will be strictly focused on that so that leaves me with doing the investing business. When I started helping him two years ago I had to start like every other newbie and read, study, attend seminars, etc. I feel I have a good base of knowledge but am not totally competent of everything. My biggest problem is negotiating and getting the property under contract. I am also having a hard time thinking out of the box and getting creative on the deals.
I feel since I have had the business going for 4 years now, have the marketing in place, and have leads coming in I need to continue to do real estate. Currently I have a website, member of the BBB, well known in the city as an investor, vehicle wrapped, and I mail out average 2500 letters a month. I have no problems getting leads and know marketing very well. I feel the best situation would be for me is to start birddoging for other investors I know. Yes I know you can make more money on wholesaling but I think not knowing how to negotiate and be creative is my weakness. I read on one post where someone said wholesale if you can and by all means refer the lead out if you can’t do anything with it. Just like someone else posted what one deal is for someone might not be a deal for another.
I like doing the real estate investing but the one gripe I have is not having steady pay. I have two small kids and it is difficult to hear them beg to go to Chuckie Cheese or McDonald’s and you don’t have the money for it. I know for a fact what I need t do financially to get out of this mess of bad debt and I know how I got into it. I also know real estate investing can be very lucrative if you are willing to work at it and be very disciplined. I guess I just want some reassurance from you all as to if I am heading in the right direction of birddogging for now until I can learn to negotiate better.
Sometimes I feel like a phony because the newbies from the REIA are always asking for my advice. I can tell them what they want to hear just as good as anyone else at the meeting can or they can look on here for their answers. Yes I am doing deals and yes I am making money but not enough for my spouse and I to do this full time and support the family and the business. I have always been honest and if someone asks me how I made $20,000 on a wholesale deal I will tell them how. The problem though is the newbies think that since I did it once I should be doing it on every deal and I have found that is unrealistic. I know the hubby and I have areas that we can improve in but I can’t do everything (rehabs, lease options, wholsale, sub to, etc).
Like I said I have been reading all of the post and I want to thank you in advance for everything. There is great discussions on here and the best part is it is free. Happy investing! :biggrin