What Does a Real Estate Wholesaler Look For In a Buyer?
There has been a lot of conversation lately on BiggerPockets about working with wholesalers; the good, the bad and the ugly.I think that we can all agree that there both ethical wholesalers in this business, and those that are less than ethical. This is no different than you would find if you were looking at rehabbers, landlords or any other group of real estate investors.
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Since I am a full time wholesaler, I wanted to talk a little bit today about what I look for in a buyer which is what I think most professional wholesalers look for.
Do You Want to Be on the Top of Your Wholesalers List?
I can’t speak for all wholesalers, but to be on the top of my list you have to possess certain qualities. I have to know that you are a professional real estate investor. I’m not really looking for someone that did a deal one couple of years ago, and now they want to be on my list. I am looking for someone with a track record. Now that might come in different ways.
- There are a couple of folks on my list that actually have other jobs (one also has his real estate license as well), but they typically have several rehabs going at one time. They are most definitely in the business even though it is not their only business.
- The vast majority of my buyers on my list have come to me from my local REIA meetings. I know when I see these folks month after month they are committed to learning this business. These are the same folks that you will see at seminars that you attend. If your closest meeting is in the next city, quit making excuses about how far it is and go anyway. Show other investors that you are committed to this business.
- They have a good reputation with other investors. I don’t want to be associated with those real estate investors that have questionable ethics and business practices.
- They know where their cash is coming from. They can close in 7 to 14 days in most instances.
Speaking of cash buyers, where does their cash come from? It can come from a number of different sources. Here are just a few:
- A HELOC or Home Equity Line of Credit. There are a whole lot of folks out there with a bunch of equity in their home. You can establish this line of credit and instantly become a cash buyer.
- A Self Directed Roth IRA. This is one of the best ways to build wealth through real estate. There are numerous articles on this site on this topic.
- Private Money. You would be really surprised at just who you might know that has cash in the bank earning pennies on the dollar. Get in the habit of asking everyone you come across if they know someone that would like to make a great return on their money and have it secured by real estate.
- Hard Money. While this isn’t the best source of funding, it works. Just be sure to add the cost of this money into your purchase.
- An Investor Friendly Bank. This is getting harder to find, but there are still some folks out there with good credit that are taking advantage of this way of having quick access to cash.
- Actual Cash! This is my favorite! I have a couple of buyers on my list that actually have cash.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line for me boils down to these 5 things.
- Can I count on this person to look at the property right away? Someone that tells me that they will look at the property when they have a chance but can’t tell you when, is not a serious buyer in my book. The investors on my list all get out there within 24 hours, usually much less.
- Do they have the ability to make a decision quickly? My buyers usually know instantly what they want to do.
- Do they have a source of funding lined up?
- Do they close on the transaction (on time) every time?
- Do they always do what they say they will do?
Those are the folks that are on my “A List”, that get a call when I have a property. Why do these folks want to be on my list? Because I have great deals for them!
Photo: Bill Ward