Every new guy on this forum should read this…
I’m willing to bet that at least 2 or 3 times during this purchase that your gut told you “DON’T DO IT.” Here’s a life lesson…
When your gut say’s NO… FOLLOW IT! Without exception, whenever I have gone against my gut feeling I live to regret it, therefore…I don’t!
Sometimes in this business people get ahead of themselves. Let’s face it, there is no way you should have been involved in a deal this complicated just starting out.
I give everyone the same advice… New to the business??? Good, make sure of one thing…Your first property needs to be an out of the park HOME RUN as far as purchase price goes. Think about it, your new to a business, you’re GOING to screw up, if you leave enough padding there you will still make money AND learn where your mistakes were made.
PATIENCE is the toughest part of real estate investing. We all love the stories about people who started 3 years ago, quit their jobs and are living on their positive cash flow. FORGET that! Real estate by it’s very nature is a slow way to create wealth. The upside of that is, if purchased at a steep enough discount, it is very likely that you WILL create that wealth.
You learned some great lessons here…
Never have ANY appraisal done by the guy putting the deal together.
From the sounds of it you probably did about 5 minutes research on this deal, otherwise you would have seen the inflated appraisal, also you mention the foreclosure rate in that area. Hello, any bells go off there??
If most of the houses are in foreclosure THAT MARKET SUCKS! Doesn’t mean you can’t make money, but you need to buy houses in that market at HUGE discounts.
Mentors are WAY over rated. Most of the guy’s I’ve met who claimed to be mentors were losers who couldn’t put deals together alone. (sound familiar?)
A real mentor will not want to be part of YOUR deal. I help people out all the time. If you want to label that as mentoring fine, then most of the membership here are mentors, but I don’t get involved financially with THEIR deal. Give them advice, make sure their asking the right questions, checking the things out that can hurt, but take money from some new guy who just wants advice? No.
I had a great mentor, he wasn’t a mentor by his definition, we used to get together for coffee when I had questions, mostly I’d listen to his tales of how he built a multimilion dollar real state empire. He built me up, gave me confidence. One of my favorite quotes of his was…
For Chripes sakes kid, I got a 4th grade education, if I can do this much, think about how far YOU can go!
Great guy! Never would even let me pay for the COFFEE! That’s a mentor.