First and foremost, you must find a lender. Start by asking friends, work mates, family, or other reliable sources for referrals. You can even speak with some real estate agents in your neighborhood and search on Google.
You might inherit a loan with a higher rate and shorter term. Obviously, a lender would expect something in return for taking the high-risk of financing the entire property. In this case, the loan could indeed become a sponge that sucks your cash flow dry.
Keep a real job. This has really hurt our progress. Lenders are really looking for 3rd party income, even though you could be fired at a moment’s notice.
First you have to find a property with the potential to be success for your business. When you have found the right property at a studied and well calculated price that seems reasonable to you, you will have to sign a contract. Depending on the deal the contract should be fairly easy and your realtor should guide you through the process. In some cases they would require you to put up an earnest money deposit but this also is negotiable! Keep in mind that the least amount of money that you put in the property the more your return on investment is!
Depending on where you look for foreclosures, some homes have sold for 10,000 or more. This is staggering to think the original value of the house was around 90,000 or more. This was a real estate invesment.
The IRS will allow you to use the land as long as it is not in your IRA portfolio. Though you cannot reside on the property, you can rent it and place the collected rent into your IRA retirement account. When the time is right, you can take those earnings as a distribution. To make things even more complicated, you cannot rent the real estate to your spouse, ascendants or descendants, but you can rent to a brother or sister.
What if you significantly under estimate repairs? What if a ,000 projected repair budget turns into a ,000 budget instead? If you had decided to do a deal with a solid ,000 in profit, but your budget for repairs is suddenly ,000 higher, then you are working for free.