BiggerPockets Podcast 141: 7 Ways to Find Incredible Real Estate Deals with Chad Carson

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In today’s busy real estate world, great deals can be hard for investors to find. That is why today we are excited to bring you a special episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, recorded live at the TradeKing stage at FinCon 2015. In this interview with Chad Carson, you’ll learn his top seven favorite strategies for finding great deals even if your market is overheated! If you need to buy a great deal this year, the show is for you!

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In This Episode We Cover:

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  • What exactly FinCon is
  • How long Chad Carson has been investing
  • How to find amazing deals
  • The importance of knowing what’s important for your niche
  • 7 tips for unearthing great investments
  • What to look for when driving for dollars
  • What you should know about “vacant radar
  • Why you should connect with experienced investors
  • How to use Craigslist to find deals
  • Tips for making successful phone calls
  • How many units Chad currently has
  • How to stay smart while using the MLS
  • What exactly “referral prospecting” is
  • The importance of keeping a good reputation
  • How to use direct mail to find deals
  • Why one might choose to let go of a property
  • What you should know about guerrilla marketing
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Books Mentioned in this Show

Tweetable Topics:

  • “Real estate is like being an athlete—every single day you train and lift in order to perform well.” (Tweet This!)

Connect with Chad

FinCon Live Podcasting

Fincon 2015

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  1. Geoff Anderman

    Really enjoyed this show. Quick question (and apologies if I missed this), in the driving for dollars strategy – how are you contacting the owner of a property you have identified during you driving for dollar excursions. Direct mail/phone, etc.? Thanks!

    • Chad Carson

      Good question, Geoff. I’m not sure we addressed that in the podcast.

      I simply add those addresses to a spreadsheet, look up the owner name and address, and send them a direct mail campaign.

      Early on you can keep it simple and just send them yourself, or for the bigger, more system oriented businesses you can outsource all of it.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for listening and for asking a follow-up question.

    • Chad Carson

      Hey PT! Thanks for commenting.
      FinCon15 was a game-changer for me. Thanks for all the hard work you and others put in to make it so helpful. I am signed up for San Diego already!

      I didn’t know you were also a real estate investor. We’ll have to chat some other time when you’re not so busy;)
      Thanks again.

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