Secrets To Growing Your Real Estate Business and Your Wealth

An amazing source for my business and income came from not only investing personally in real estate but having a core group of investors I could regularly promote investment opportunities to where the phone would ring asking me to show them the property and write up the offer. I would literally have people call saying “we heard you were the agent that knew where the investment opportunities were and they heard I actually invested in properties personally with my clients as well.”

My golden rule was never to buy something for myself before offering it to my investor clientele to ensure I never had the reputation of being the agent who picks up the best investment opportunities for themselves before their clients. I always let the clients know they will get the first opportunity with any property before I buy anything for myself and this was very important to my niche and reputation in the real estate investing market. I spent a chunk of my time looking for the buying and investing opportunities each day and throwing them out to the database of investors I had slowly built up over my career.

The bonus was some of my investment clients became personal friends and I offered to throw my fee into the property for a share in the property investment as well. We had a solicitor draft up a partnership agreement between all of us and when the client could see I was wanting to personally invest in the property then they knew this must be a great opportunity for them. Investment properties can be an absolute nightmare or a huge profit source. It’s your choice, based upon the amount of documentation and systems you implement.

Many top real estate agents also have a management division within their offices. This division is usually started and grows by helping investor clients, or it is necessary because of the properties the real estate agents own themselves. At some point, many top real estate agents might actually semi retire due to their portfolio of real estate holdings.

Being an “insider” allows you to horizontally integrate your business. Being a real estate agent and using “insider” secrets to invest allows you to utilize the tools you developed in putting together a great market niche. This new skill set allows another form of income to be cultivated from the real estate agent’s investors and investments. It is important the “insider” takes management seriously, whether for yourself or for your clients; therefore, I would like to share with you my…

Golden Rules of “insider” Investment Property Management:

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1. Attractive properties in quality neighborhoods, which create emotion, will attract a higher caliber of tenants, rent faster, and receive a higher rent.

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2. The right tenant will always pay more for the right property and take better care of the property. Just any tenant will always want to pay less for any property and cause damage to the property. DO NOT ACCEPT just any tenant!

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3. It is always better to have a vacancy than a bad tenant.

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4. No matter what your gut tells you about a tenant — never trust it. In fact, in real estate management, only trust your mother. Check all tenants records including banks, employment, last landlords, credit records, and any other systems that are available for you to determine the pain probability (and your profitability) of this tenant.

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5. Rent as if you were going to evict, and you probably will not have to.

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6. Courts almost always rule in favor of the person with the most written documents.

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7. Cut your losses early. Left to themselves, tenants usually go from bad to worse.

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8. Long-term leases may not allow you to participate in appreciating rental rates; however, they do cut down on the most expensive aspect of property management — turnover. Also, it makes a purchase through you the least costly alternative for a tenant who wants to end a lease early!

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9. Consider every tenant as a potential buyer. Having them commit to long-term leases and only letting them out of the lease at expiration date upon a successful purchase of a piece of real estate through you will add many dollars to your real estate brokerage business net profit.

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10. Please do not have preconceived ideas regarding how people of certain classes and ethnic backgrounds behave in your rental. I have had losers from all classes and winners from all classes. Only discriminate on the basis of their ability to pay and their references! No other prejudices should ever enter into the decision-making process. We understand this in real estate – carry it through to your management.

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11. Never rent to people unless you have seen where they currently live. I do not care if they are twelve states away. If you cannot send one of your real estate agent buddies out of your local referral directory to go visit their home, I would prefer that you did not rent to them. I guarantee that your property will look exactly like their current abode within three months.

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12. Minimize your expenses through preventative maintenance. It always adds value to the property. A property can be improved in many different ways. The improvement that adds value to the property is always the best. Band-Aids end up costing you more money and are usually always done by owners who have short-term ownership mentality. Since our “insider” real estate acquisition policy requires we own property long term, adding value and repairing items for the long term is the most profitable method to accomplish your goals.

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13. It will always cost you more to have someone else manage your property than if you would manage the property yourself.

Please be aware of the amount of money you make in your real estate business before you give up your real estate business time to manage properties. Property management companies can charge between 6-10% of gross rent to manage your property, and if you believe you would be spending time away from a more profitable business, i.e. real estate business, then you will need to make the decision whether or not you should hire a management company.

If you can hire someone within your own office to take care of the majority of the management duties, this would be a less expensive method. A good rule of thumb, when you own between 1 and 20 units, is for you to have a management company handle them for you while you make commission income. After 20 units, it usually makes sense for you to hire a full-time person to take care of most of the management duties.

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14. Having checklists and systems in your management business is paramount to making certain that all the “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” are crossed.

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Now that you understand some of the golden rules for “insider” property management consider the huge opportunity of adding real estate investment property and investors to your business this year and grow and expand your business. The greatest opportunity for all of us is to be investing in what we do and know and building our fortune by investing in real estate ourselves. My personal wealth came from investing in real estate personally and not serving over a hundred clients with buying and selling their real estate each year. I encourage you to expand in the real estate investor market and slowly build your own real estate investment portfolio starting now!

Strength and courage,
Wade

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