Many “experts” recommend real estate wholesaling as a quick, inexpensive, and easy way into the business. While it may be the lease expensive way to start out, wholesaling isn’t all that easy. For a complete explanation of what wholesaling is, see “What Is Real Estate Wholesaling?”
- You can raise money fairly quickly.
- Because you use very little of your own money and you collect on your investment quickly, it is possible to raise money very quickly. The amount of money you can raise depends primarily on your skill as a negotiator. How cheaply can you put the property under contract? How little of your money can you tie up in the process?
- Risk is lower than renovating or buy and hold.
- Again, because you use very little of your own money, you risk very little of your own money. But there are other risks.
- It is not without risk.
- Wholesaling can be very close to practicing real estate agency. You have to be very careful of your practices and wording to avoid this risk. Further, you will probably have at least a little of your own money at risk. And you risk your credibility with your peers if you don’t perform a fair amount of due diligence before marketing your contract.
- It takes a significant amount of effort.
- Wholesaling requires more effort than just about any other kind of real estate investing and sales. It is a full-time marketing gig with very little repeat business. No seller will ever sell you more than one house. How would that sound? “Hey, Lee. You bought my house when it was being foreclosed on a few years ago. Guess what?”
- You have to be willing to invest in marketing.
- Because wholesaling is lead-driven, you have to generate a lot of leads for every deal that comes along. This part really isn’t any different than other parts of the investing game, but it is something you have to be aware of. That means you have to be prepared to spend money and effort to generate those leads.
- You can’t do it on the MLS.
- I see a lot of novice wholesalers trying to remarket a house they found on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)—or from one of the big real estate sales websites like Realtor.com. The honest truth is, if it’s on MLS, it’s probably a very thin deal—usually too thin—for any investor already. By the time you add in a wholesaling fee, it probably isn’t a deal any longer—if it ever was.
The point of this post isn’t to try to scare you away from wholesaling. I want you to wholesale. We buy a good chunk of our deals from wholesalers. My business would be much smaller without reputable, reliable wholesalers.
The point is for you to understand what wholesaling is, what you’re getting yourself into. You can make good money wholesaling, if you work at it and maintain good relationships with your buyers. But you will get much more out of it if you understand the needs of the people you buy from and figure out how to satisfy those needs.
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