Here’s a Real Estate beginner tutorial where I can really cover the blueprints and outline the basics of what’s needed in order to prepare for, and actually invest in real estate. Enjoy!
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Step 1: BUILD YOUR CREDIT. This is one of those steps that you can can do NOW. If you’re watching this and you don’t already have a credit card, when you’re done with this video,
Step 2: SAVE YOUR MONEY. The reality is that you can’t invest in real estate with no money down, no income, no credit…it just doesn’t happen. So this means that in order to save money, not only will you be required to live somewhat frugally so you don’t spend everything you make, but you will need to MAKE MONEY. I know this sounds common sense, but it’s at least every day that I get people asking how they can buy real estate without having any money…it doesn’t happen.
Step 3: SHOW YOUR INCOME on a tax return. his means that you can’t just have one great month on Shopify and then expect to use that as a down payment…lenders want to see consistent, stable income before they give you a loan.
Step 4: Get prequalified. It’s as easy as going to a few major banks, having them run your credit, giving them your tax returns, bank statements, and some other minor information…and they will give you a pre-approval amount based off those numbers. You can then take that pre-approval and shop that around a few other banks, getting them to match or beat those terms.
Step 5: LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN THE MARKET YOU WANT TO BUY IN. Do your research. Find out which areas you feel are undervalued and where you feel people will be moving to. Drive around on weekends through every street and neighborhood. See every open house on a Saturday and Sunday within your price range, plus maybe a few hundred grand so you know what’s out there. The more you see, the better you’ll be able to recognize a good deal when it comes up.
Step 6: Make offers on places you feel are a good deal. Know your price, know what it’s worth, and have patience. It’s more important to get the right property at a fair price than wait years trying to find the unicorn of a deal.
Step 7: Do your inspections. I usually tell my clients to do all the inspections they can, and usually it’ll be a break even when you re-negotiate a credit with the seller. I also take it a step further and also walk two contractors through the unit who will give me a free bid on how much things cost to repair. This way, I know everything that’s “wrong” from a cosmetic standpoint and exactly how much it’ll cost to fix.
Step 8: Close on the property. In the interim here, you’ll be speaking with your lender, getting in all the information they request from you, do an appraisal on the property to make sure it’s worth what you’re paying, and you close. Once the property is yours, this is where the fun begins!
Step 9: Do minor renovations. Most people ask “where do you find your contractors?!” And my answer to this has always been Word of mouth, and yelp. Also make sure to get various bids to understand the costs associated with what you want to do, never just hire the first person.
Step 10: Rent it out.