How effective is your marketing? Whether buying, selling, or investing in real estate, marketing is essential to your success.
As an investor, the key fundamental element in the first level of your real estate investing business is creating systematic and consistent lead generation. If you are not focused on lead generation, you do not have a business, you have a hobby or a dream.
YourÂ commitmentÂ to marketing is critical. Â There are many different ways to create leads and here are about 100:
Accountants and CPA Firms:
They have clients with financial problems where an investor can be of help.
Advertising:Â Never stop. Use simple ads with a USP, Unique Selling Proposition: Quick Closing, All Cash etc., Buy Houses Ads, Newspapers, Flyers.
Attorneys:Â Attorneys know when people need money, often to pay their fees!Â Not just probate but divorce, family law and real estate attorneys.
Auctions:Â Do your homework in advance. Auctions move very fast and a single mistake can be costly. Visit your local auction a few times to just observe. Know values and repair costs before bidding.
Foreclosure: Very risky, not for the newbie
Sheriff Sale: Same as Foreclosure
Apparel with Logos:Â Hats, T-Shirts, Golf Shirts, Hand Bags
Appraisers:Â Often know what is, or is going to be, for sale
Bandit Signs:Â Check your local sign ordinances. Some places have no issue with them others do.
We Buy Houses
Bird Dogs:These people can be very valuable to your business. It is important to know your local laws about compensating unlicensed people.
â€œBlue Tarpâ€ Houses: often blue tarps on roofs
Boarded up windows: or visible disrepair
Business CardsÂ different types: one for seller, one for buyers, one for professionals (banker, attorney, CPA)
Builders Models:Â Frequently builders will sell a model home at a discount.
Car & Truck Loans:Â Some folks would rather keep the wheels than a roof over their head. Buy here, pay here dealers can be a good lead source.
Car Repos:Â If the car is going the house isnâ€™t far behind.
Carpet Cleaners:Â Many of their customers are preparing a house for sale.
Charitable Groups:Â Frequently receive gifts of real estate, but theyâ€™d rather have the cash.
City & County Inspectors:Â Code violations and red tags. If you develop a reputation of buying distressed properties and improving them, you become an asset to the community.
For Sale:Â Look for Key Words â€“ transferred, motivated, divorce, owner financing
Want to Buy
For Rent by Owner: Look for burned-out landlords
Condemned Houses: Many counties will provide you a free list.
Consumer Loan Companies:Â When their loans go bad they are frequently willing to deal rather than foreclose.
Insurance Brokers:Â Policy changes from owner occupant to landlord or vacant house coverage.
Investor Packages:Â Investor whoâ€™s ready to retire and cash out their portfolio. May be able to negotiate seller financing as well as a discount.
Judgments: Check the public record or hire someone to do it for you.
Large Employers:Â Let them know you buy properties because if they need to transfer an employee, they donâ€™t get stuck carrying the house. This can be good for renting executive properties for short-term transferees, too.
Military Transfers:Â Military bases provide an excellent transient market for those needing to sell and buy off base housing
Mobile Homes:Â Get to know park managers. Banks donâ€™t like mobile homes but they can become little cash cows. A special license is required if youâ€™re going to get into the mobile home business.
Networking:Â Other Investors, Call We Buy Houses ads & signs, Churches, Public Speaking, Investment Associations, Work, Clubs
Newspaper Carriers:Â Who see the vacant houses everyday?
Nursing & Retirement Homes:Â Frequently residents need to sell a house.
Pens:Â Buy cheap ones and leave them everywhere you go.
Pet Odors:Â If your home has housed a number of pets we may be the buyer for you.
Pizza Boxes:Â many sell advertising or sponsorship spots
Public Speaking:Â Rotary, Lyons and Kiwanis Clubs,Â Realtor meetings and other associations
Quit Claim Deeds:Â Are a sign that something has changed with the property.
Radio Ads or Show
Real Estate Agents
Relocations:Â Great for Subject-to or buying on lease option
Rent Credit:Â Trade rent credit for a down payment
Rental Agents & Property Managers:Â Let them know you want to buy and also find a local manager. You buy, they manageâ€¦win/win!!
Retirees:Â A growing population with free and clear homes. Excellent prospects for seller financing.
Section 8 Landlords:Â Each county maintains a list
Social Media:Â A new way to get your message out: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Structural Damage:Â Once you know what youâ€™re doing, you can buy at a rock bottom pricing.
Tax Deed Sale Properties:Â These do not come with title insurance so do your home work.
Tax Lien Certificate Properties
Termite & Pest Control Companies:Â Write a check and the termites die. Write another check and replace the damaged wood. May find great deals.
Title Companies:Â Not all transactions close like they are supposed to. Let the title companies know you can help in a pinch, for the right price.
Trading Up:Â Trade your newly renovated property at retail for a property down the block that you can buy wholesale. Try a sign that says â€œWill Take Your House In Tradeâ€
TV and Radio:Â Cable companies may have community service spots for free.
Vacant Properties â€“Â look for tall grass and neglected houses
Wholesaler Lists:Â A good wholesaler can find you multiple properties.
Withdrawn MLS Listings:Â Easy to get from a friendly real estate agent.
As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to generate leads.
To start, pick ten ways for consistent lead generation and focus on those.Â In the beginning of our investing career, we walked neighborhoods with flyers and put magnetic signs on our cars. Why? Inexpensive and effective! Not glorious marketing techniques but we got leads and our very first seller called from our magnetic car signs!
The number one common element of failures in a real estate investing business isÂ not treating it like a business. And, the most important Â step to establish in ANY new business is LEAD GENERATION!Â Without customers, there is no business.
Whether youâ€™re looking for foreclosures, REOâ€™s, owner-finance, HUD, wholesale, free & clear, rentals, fixer uppers, spread investing, etc, finding them all revolves around having leads. Get busy and NEVER EVER stop marketing for leads!