Saw some houses today..what to do?

Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by in Finding cash buyers, Finding REO Deals, Listed Properties, Makin' Offers, Networking, Wholesaling

I’m in a bit of a pickle. I don’t quite know how to operate without a damn printer/scanner!

I looked at 8 reo’s this afternoon and also drove past about 5 cash sale properties today (they were in the neighborhood of the 8 reo’s.) I would like to make an offer on every one of the reo’s I saw today but I’m trying to figure out how? I have a real estate contract but it’s a part of a program that real estate agents use called RealFast and it’s just the version on my computer, not a web-based version. If I were to write up the contract in RealFast I a) can’t print it and b) can’t save it as a pdf or any other document type besides a real fast document.

Soooo the big question….how do I draw up my agreements and get them to the agents? I was thinking letter of intents. What do ya’ll think??? I was also going to include in the l.o.i. that I’m not going to be acting as my own agent and they can submit my offer as my agent. Shit. This sucks.

Crap. I’m sure there is a really easy solution that I haven’t figured out yet (I’m like that somtimes…can’t see the easy answer right in front of me.) Anyone? Anyone?

Oh btw, I don’t know if I said this yet but I officially switched real estate offices last Friday or so. I now work for Fautore Realty and I am digging the new broker so far. As I was driving around looking at properties I get a call from him and he says “I know a property that would make a great flip for you. Here’s the address it just popped up on the MLS but you better hurry.” And I went and saw the property and it was awesome (awesome as in it was a nasty, piece of shit, smelly property lol in a decent neighborhood.) Then he says “Oh and this other property I know of got a shortsale approved at $100k and it’s in a great area. It’s going to be released from an agreement tomorrow if you want to go after that one too.” His buyer apparently had it under agreement but is backing out or something. I thanked him and asked him if he would send me his bpo’s too :) He said “absolutely.”

Quick funny story: so Kathy went with me to see houses today. We go to see the one my broker told me about and you could tell the house was beat to shit from the door. She was like “oh boy.” Then we walk through the overgrown bushes to the houses and I open up the door and she goes inside and says “oh my God! This is horrible.” When I hear that I know it’s gonna be good (for me.)

We walk around and one room we go into wellllll let’s just say I ALMOST lost my lunch. I have a very sensitive nose and when shit smells rank I need to cover up because I start to gag and sooner or later it’s coming out. Kathy’s like “this place is disgusting!” And I’m smiling saying I know.

When we get outside she says “they just need to knock that down and start over again. I’d give them $5,000 for that place.” And I say, “Honey you say that every time we see a shitty house like this. And the last time you said that, I offered $50k on the house and made a $15k assignment fee!” She’s like “well they shoulda knocked that house down too!” lol

Gotta love spouses who just don’t get it completely. I give her credit tho, she goes through the nastiness with me and helps me in anyway she can and she does want to get into rentals together when we’ve cleared up our debt, but I think I’ll stick with making the offers on properties otherwise we may just go hungry! :-)

Oh wait one more thing….I did take down a handful of For Rent numbers and addresses to see if I could add some folks to my buyer’s list.

Can someone help me out with my dilemma? What do you think I should do?

Flippin’ Carey

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2 Responses to “Saw some houses today..what to do?”

  1. Brad

    29. Nov, 2009

    How does the assignment fee work? Do you include the assignment fee on your contract with the end buyer? So when you go to closing does the end buyer cut you the check or does the title company take it out of the proceeds and cut you a check? I ask because you never actualy take ownership of the property. I am using transactional funding and just doing a double close same day same title co.

  2. Flippin' Carey

    29. Nov, 2009

    Yes Brad, I include the assignment fee on my contract with my end buyer. BUTTTT if my profit that I am going to make is a lot….I mean more than 5k to 10k…..I may very well do a simultaneous close instead of an assignment fee so my end buyer doesn’t see my profit right away. They will, however see it at settlement.

    The title company cuts all of the checks at settlement….and yes they take it from the proceeds. Btw, you most likely don’t need to use transactional funding….just do a simultaneous closing. Brad, you should purchase Flip This REO, not only because you are doing REO’s but the write of the ebook lives in Florida and is doing REO deals consistently there.

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