North Chicago Newbie

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Hi, my name is Maciek. I'm from north Chicago suburb.

Big fan and a new member to BP, hello everyone !!

I have been working in construction industry for past 10 years as a plumber and I like to think i have pretty good knowledge of construction. Plumbing that was never my passion, I  always liked numbers and investing. So after year of reading and saving money I'm ready to move on with my first flip. I have read few real estate investing books and followed real estate  investors from my area. I'm very excited to get started and just made an offer on hope to be my first house.

Fingers crossed the bank agrees to my offer, its an REO

I would me more then happy to meet other BP members from Chicagoland area

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@Maciek Chudecki


Locate and attend 3 different local REIA club meetings great place to meet people gather resources and info. Here you will meet wholesalers who provide deals and rehabbers (cash buyers). Find them through Google and

Two Great reads, I bought both J. Scott The Book on Flipping Houses, The Book on Estimating ReHab Costs

Download BP’s newest book here some good due diligence in Chapter 10. Real Estate Rewind Starting over

Good Luck


Let us know how it goes with the first offer!

I am pretty focused on the southside, but I really like the Southside Builders Association meetings which are monthly at lunch, and tonight I am going to the SSCIA (South Side Community Investors Association) meeting.  They are having a local lender panel.

Good luck!

Bank rejected my offer. Time to look for another investment

I made and offer 10% lower then asking price

is there any rule of how low you can go with offer for bank sold properties ???

Thank you everyone!

Maciek, there is no rule on how low you can go. The best deals come from strong relationships with asset managers. Schedule some meetings and see what there board typically accepts. Also focus on smaller banks vs large banks. They have less decision makers and you can sometimes speak direct with a president. You can make your offer stronger with either Bulk purchase, All cash purchase, dropping your inspection contingency, and quick closings. Banks tend to take weeks to decide anyway. 

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