5 Ways I’m Still Finding Deals in Today’s Real Estate Market

by | BiggerPockets.com

Many real estate investors complain that there are few deals to be found in the market today. It’s wise to be more selective, and there may be more competition for some properties in some markets. Still, I’m keeping my pipeline full with leads. Here’s how.

5 Ways I’m Still Finding Deals in Today’s Real Estate Market

1. I’m focusing on multifamilies.

One of the biggest changes I’ve made to my investment strategy in the past few years is switching to multifamily. It can still be great to hold single family rentals if you’ve already got them like me. Still, anybody and everybody is looking for homes to buy or flip and rent today—and many are far overpaying because they need inventory or don’t know better.
Multifamily changes that. Overbidding and competition still happens, but there are more serious buyers and sellers. Plus, just one closing can put 20 (or 568) units in your portfolio.

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2. I’m sticking to tried-and-true marketing techniques.

I know a lot of people are paying for Facebook ads and other more modern strategies. Personally, we find that cold calling is still our most preferred method of initial contact. It just works. Cold calling is certainly not dead.

To cold call, you will need to track down the property owner and their contact information. If the property is held in an LLC, you can Google search it to get the owner or manager’s name and information. If the property is under the actual owner’s name (the case for many mom and pop owners), then you can use a source such as BeenVerified.com or another skip tracing service to find their contact details.

For those of you who absolutely dread the thought of a cold call or rejection, you can find someone on Upwork or Fiverr to make the calls for you. You can hire a virtual assistant to help track down owner information on those platforms too!

We also use a mix of direct mail, texting, and social media—though after cold calling, personal visits seem to be the most powerful.

3. I’m exclusively buying off-market deals.

One hundred percent of our deals are off-market. The publicly listed properties we see advertised are consistently overpriced. So, the real objective and most profitable strategy is to reach the owner even prior to them deciding they want to sell.

4. I’m focused on selling myself.

Ultimately, even though you are buying, you have to sell why you are the right buyer. There is a lot more to this than price.
You have to know how to sell yourself. You have to know how to brand yourself. You have to get good at understanding what is most important to that seller. As an example, on a recent deal we closed, the seller could have gotten $300-400K more by listing on the market. What set us apart from others in touch with the owner was the constant creative followups on our part and solid rapport-building.

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5. I’m following up religiously.

If the owner is not interested initially, then it all comes down to the follow-up. This is where the vast majority give up. Anything can change. For example, a husband and wife who owned a property said they would never sell anytime soon. Just four months later, they were selling because they were going through a divorce. Another buyer swooped in prior to our next outreach. Lesson learned. We should have followed up within that time period, multiple times. You have to be there on the day they do become ready—or at least motivated enough to explore their selling options with you.

At the end of the day, staying top of mind is important. There are lots of ways to do it. And when competition gets high, you’ve got to be more creative to stand out and be memorable. As a direct mail piece, I started to send Rubik’s cubes with a small note saying, “Let’s figure this out.” It helps us stay top of mind and differentiates us to the recipients.

Summary

There may be more competition. It may be more challenging to find deals where the numbers really work. Many investors, including me, are experiencing these things in today’s market. It takes discipline to stay on track with solid deals. But I truly believe with creativity and commitment, you can find opportunities. Don’t expect magic to happen on day one or overnight. If you keep doing the right things and take action day after day, the results will show up.

Don’t follow the herd or think you have to copy me to find deals and keep up your volume. This is just what works for me and the investors I work with. Just remember: If you’re willing to do what others won’t, you can get the results that others can’t.

What are you doing to find deals that others aren’t in today’s market?

Comment below!

About Author

Sterling White

Sterling White is an investor and business owner on a mission to make the world a better place through principled and efficient real estate investment.

Even before co-founding Holdfolio, Sterling and his partner Jacob Blackett had been involved with the purchasing and selling of over 100 SFRs. Today, Holdfolio is a prominent platform for investing in income producing multifamily apartments. The firm has been featured in national publications such as US News and was ranked as one of the best real estate crowdfunding sites in 2018 by Fit Small Business.

The success of Holdfolio’s technology gave birth to SyndicationPro, a fast growing all in one software solution empowering investors to efficiently and easily raise capital online.

20 Comments

  1. John Wright

    Hey Sterling we can thank HGTV for all of the new flippers ready to overpay and drive up already inflated single family prices. Here in Cincy there is plenty of small multi family that will likely perform much better and offer more protection to investors but don’t expect to see me on TV anytime soon.

  2. Daren D Wagner

    Great perspective on the marketing and follow up Sterling.

    We had a similar situation happen with a multi-family in VA. Owner thought our offer (although strong) didn’t mean much because we were out of state investors. The seller went into contract with someone who was from the same city because he “was local and a sure thing”. Less than a month later, we receive a call from the listing broker, “You guys still interested in buying? Our buyer couldn’t qualify for financing” It’s funny how things change and circumstances change. Even if a deal you like goes into contract with another buyer, still keep your eye on it every week or so. As interest rates go up and therefore many buyers DTI’s, you would be surprised how quickly someone cannot qualify for financing.

    Also Sterling one to add to your list that we use, although it is harder with multi-families, is buying with cash. We still consistently have found a 10% discount for buying in cash. Then after the sale is completed, doing a delayed finance exemption to get our cash back out of the property.

  3. renwick bovell

    Sterling, great read and I’m taking notes sir! Your input inspires action and I will surely make follow up contact to those I reach out to with unconventional leads. Thanks again for sharing your experience to a newby and much success to your business growth!!

  4. Jane S.

    Sterling, Congrats on your 4 plex deal. I am already pursuing small multi family owners in Colorado Springs. My first push is a DM letter sent in a card-size (half of 8×11) envelope with a colorful stamp. If you hear of a smaller multi in colorado springs we are ready to make offers or partner with you.

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