Changes in the real estate market create new niches and investment strategies. One must be able to work well with the changes as this is one area of investing that is constantly changing and updating. If you are new at real estate investing, you should begin working with a mentor and complete some transactions with a partner to reduce your financial and liability risk. A mentor will help you to avoid the common mistakes made by many real estate investors. Begin to educate yourself; do some research on the internet, attend seminars and join a real estate investing association.
What should you look for in a real estate partner or mentor?
The first and most important issue is finding someone who you can work well with; someone who shares some of your interests and goals in succeeding in real estate investing. Your first real estate partnership should be worked with someone who will also be a good mentor; someone with years of active experience and one who is successful. Meet as many real estate investors as you can; talk to them about what they are doing and how it is working for them. Many experienced investors are looking for partners; some are looking for new people to mentor.
Of course you’re looking for a partnership with someone who can be trusted and one who is successful. But there is so much more to real estate investing than just knowing the investors. There are many people you need to know, including investors, realtors, brokers, builders, property managers, home inspectors, title companies, lenders and insurance providers. A successful investor already has these resources in place.
A partner or mentor with years of active experience will know how to structure each individual deal. He should be able to show you previous deals he has worked where he consistently showed profits. He should be able to show his experience using different exit strategies, for example, short term transactions, like wholesaling; and long term transactions, like land contracts and lease purchases. He will be one who knows where we stand in today’s real estate market and how to take advantage of the current market conditions.
What do you expect out of a real estate partnership?
When you find your mentor, a real estate partnership will naturally form. Mentors like to work partnership deals while they show you the ropes; there’s no training like hands-on training. Do you know what you are looking for in a real estate partnership? How much involvement do you want in the financial investment and management responsibilities? Are you looking to be a very active partner or one who stays behind the scenes? Are you interested in commercial or residential real estate? Are you looking to invest in rural, urban or suburban areas? What type of real estate deals are you the most interested in; wholesaling, holding for cash flow, or is there another niche in today’s market, like short sales, that interest you?
Once you worked out the financial and work responsibilities, discuss the profit split and how and when you will be paid. When will you begin to see profit? How much do you invest now? What are the risks?
Liability exposure is something to be considered in the real estate investing world. Will the partnership be set up as a corporation or limited liability company? Will your personal assets be protected should something go wrong? Be sure to address these issues with your partner.
A good mentor will make sure you understand all the important issues before you begin investing. He will explain how the partnership will be set up, what your financial investment will be and your degree of involvement. He will also cover the profit split and explain the financial risks and liability risk of each deal.
To the average person, real estate is a shaky market and one should think twice about investing in property now. The experienced real estate investor sees things in a much more positive light. There is a very high supply of bank-owned real estate, known as REO property, foreclosed homes, pre-foreclosed homes, motivated sellers and much more. The demand for these homes is relatively very low; therefore, real estate values are down and houses can be bought cheap. According to simple economics, the laws of supply and demand, this is a great time to begin investing in real estate.
If you’re very new at the game, you will want to educate yourself and find a good mentor who will work deals with you in a partnership. Join your local real estate investors association, attend workshops and meet other people who have been successful investing in real estate. Get to know the investors in your area who share your interests and find a good person to work your first real estate transactions with.