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Getting Started With Limited Capital - by Saen Higgins
In the beginning, Tony Martinez and I had no experience…just a few hundred dollars in our pockets and not much else. At that point, I had not even purchased my own home. After my mentor introduced me to the idea of investing in tax liens and tax deeds I started researching almost non-stop. It didn’t take long to realize that most of the properties we would acquire needed some work. Those properties that did not need improvements were few and far between.
So, one exit strategy would be to fix up the property and sell it or rent it. Another strategy is to turn around and sell the property as is at a discount, this strategy is called wholesaling. The discount is dependent on how much work the house actually needs, sometimes the home just needs to be brought up to code and other times it needs serious overhaul.
There really is more profit in properties if you take the time to fix them up, but not everyone has the time, capital, or desire to do that. We really push exit strategy planning during our students 1-on-1 sessions with our most experienced coaches. What you do with the property directly affects the profitability. Acquiring the property is just the beginning; you are only halfway there! Understand that you cannot stop once you pay for the property.
One recommendation our experienced coaches give to clients, who for whatever reason don’t want to handle some of the extra work a single family residence may incur, is to research and invest in fully improved lots. Fully improved lots are lots that have yet to be built on, but have utility access, roads, street lights etc…They are not hard to spot on a list as they are often under one owner's name. Usually the only thing that changes in the description is the lot number. What is great about fully improved lots is that they don’t have the same level of upkeep. A little mowing does the trick.
The fully improved lot strategy was appealing to me as a beginner, and I would not have stumbled across that opportunity if it weren’t for my diligent researching. Profit is profit….no matter where it comes from.
Saen Higgins is the Co-Founder of US Tax Lien Association. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of investing in Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Foreclosed Properties. He has been training and speaking internationally for over 25 years. Saen is passionate about sharing his philosophies on real estate investment and creating financial freedom. His extensive knowledge in the field of self-directed retirement accounts has changed the quality of life for thousands and the way they invest. Saen’s devotion to helping people creates true financial independence and is only matched by his business partner, Tony Martinez.