By John Sanderson
Are you anxious to get a piece of the wealth that is to be
found in real estate investing? Until now, if you didn't have
experience or cash it would be very unlikely that you'd be
successful since real estate investing carries enormous risks
and high startup costs. New investors with a lack of knowledge
have lost all of their savings from a bad investment.
How can you prepare yourself to take on this lucrative market,
especially with no cash?
The buzzword among investors for those making a start in this
field is "bird-dogging". Don't forget it.
WHAT IS 'BIRD-DOGGING'?
Bird-dogging is a system which allows those who are interested
in real estate investing to gain experience AND income with no
Bird-dogging combines the enthusiasm of the new investor with
the money and experience of successful investors. Bird-dogs
search out properties that are abandoned, lacking attention or
are in disrepair and attempt to contact the owners about their
interest in selling. The idea is to find home owners who are
anxious to sell. This may also include owners with
foreclosures, divorces or a death in the family.
Bird-dogs then show the property to the investor. If the
investor is interested or closes the deal they pay a
or 'referral' fee to the bird-dog for the service of locating
HOW DO YOU BECOME A BIRD-DOG?
Your first step would be to find a company who advertises on
signs or in the newspaper that they buy houses, or take over
Tell them what you'd like to do and ask them which areas
prefer you to look at. Drive around the area and look for 'For
Sale by Owner' signs, rental homes and boarded up homes.
You will develop a sense of what individual investors are
looking for over time. This is the learning phase. You will
pick up what experienced investors consider 'good' or 'bad'
deals based on working with them. Expect your finds to be
turned down at first as you learn.
HOW MUCH DO BIRD-DOGS MAKE?
Fees paid vary from $500 to $5000 depending on the investor or
the cost of the deal. Some businesses will also pay you a
standard fee if you bring new investors into the business.
You can make living as a bird-dog or save your new found
to invest yourself when you've mastered the art of spotting
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