1) How did you go about putting together your team - through local REI or other RE networking groups?! Who are the different types of people on your team (and do any of them work for you?). How long did it take you to put together a group that you felt comfortable with?! I am just starting out....would someday love to do a flip....but don't yet know enough people! ;)
REI is a lot like other businesses it is all about who you know. Now a little different from say corporate world where it is about knowing the people at the top. This world of REI is about knowing who to call to get the job done. Sp putting your team together is very important part of the business. You can get your team more different places. REIAs are a good place to start but I doubt you will find everyone there. You will have to start networking to people who are actually rehabbing and building get around that crowd not the crowd that is talking about doing it. You can also visit your HD or Lowes Pro Desk and see who they are working with and if they can recommend any rehab contractors.
2) I was also wondering the same question that @Mark Breaux was on that teardown - how did you decide that it was a teardown? Also, how did you decide what the new house would look like (do you have a go-to floor plan for specific areas?!)
See the answer above for part one when I answered Mark, As far as 2. we don't persay have a go to floor plan as different lots require different houses. We of course have lots and houses/plans that we like but it all depends on the actual lot.
You normally start with a survey
then you can get a designer to help with ideas as far as plans
then you go to a artichet and they will need your survey and ideas then they can begin crafting a house for you. Of course in most areas there is always a theme of houses meaning in ATL you don't see a lot of Arizona type of houses with Stucco or Texas style with stone so each area does have its own style that you will want to stay with.
Hope that helps in short answer of course both of those questions we could talk about for hours but hopefully that puts you down the right path.
Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions.