Not sure how to start my investing career.

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I'm 21 years old, live in nyc, Queens with my parents.  I want to start owning property because i feel that owning property is one of the best ways to build wealth and capital. My parents own 3 properties, one in NYC Queens and two properties in Florida. When i was younger I always wondered why we had houses in Florida when we never went down there to stay in those homes. My parents were renting out the homes for profit and once i realized what was going on i wanted to ride that same wave. I mean why not.  I'm young and have my whole life ahead of me. Right now I don't have much to invest into a new home but in due time when the opportunity presents itself i want to jump on it. Whether it's a duplex, appartments, or a single family home.  I want to know what I'm getting into but I would want to rent or have tenants. For any investors that are new or veterans in the game, what are your recommendations for a nubie like myself and what first steps I should be making.  

My advice to new investors is to start wholesaling properties. This is the quickest and best way to get started with the least cost.

First pick a neighborhood that you are either in or close to. Driver around all the streets and look for vacant houses. There should be some. Then look in the county assessors website to find the owners. it should give their name and mailing address. Send them a letter telling them you found their house to be apparently vacant. But if it is obviously abandoned, say so in the letter. Tell them you will pay them cash for a quick close.

Many times the owners don’t update their mailing address with the county so you may get the letters returned. I use to get the most updated info. It costs me $24.95 a month but it is well worth it because it also gives me email addresses and phone numbers.

If you are going to buy the property, fix it up and then either sell it or rent it then you are through.

But if you want to wholesale the property to another investor, then contact a local RE Agent to give you a list of all the houses in that neighborhood that have sold in the last 5 years with all cash. This typically is investors. Then again go to the assessors website and find their name and mailing address. And again use to get the best and latest contact info.

Once you get a response from the seller of the vacant house, negotiate a deal to buy it for all cash. Then immediately contact all the cash buyers you just found that buy properties in that neighborhood and tell them about the house and would they be interested in buying it.

Once you have done all that with that neighborhood, go to the next one and 'rinse and repeat.'

I hope this helps.

Steve Anderson

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