Your exit strategy is an extremely important part of your real estate investing business. In fact, it is one of the most important parts. Sometimes investors get excited because they learn how to buy properties, they find them and they get the money lined up to purchase them. But after the purchase, the excitement dies, as they have no idea what to do with their newly owned properties.
You must know your exit strategy when you buy. What do you plan to do with the property? Knowing this allows you to make all types of decisions, from how much to offer, to what kind of financing to use, and more. One strategy is to incorporate wholesaling into your real estate business plans.
What is Wholesaling?
It is simply finding a bargain property and passing it on to a bargain hunter. That bargain hunter will be an investor who will either purchase the property to resell it or purchase it to hold it for rental income. Your profit as a wholesaler should be between $5000 and $15,000 on each house. In some cases it will be higher than $15,000 and on some deals your profit may be a little lower than $5,000.
Real estate investors choose to wholesale properties for a few reasons. They could be:
1. Quick cash – it is possible to turn a property around anywhere from 7 to 45 days and get cash in your pocket. If you need to get your hands on some cash quickly, this would be a reason to wholesale. Or, you may not need the cash immediately. You might just want to build your cash reserves. Wholesaling is a good way to do this quickly.
2. Too many houses – maybe you’re good at finding houses, but you find more than you need or can use at any given time. If this is the case, wholesaling is a smart move for you. You can still profit from your locating skills, even if you aren’t going to keep the property for your own personal portfolio.
3. Flexibility – at any given time, you can determine whether you want to keep a property or sell it. This gives you flexibility as you locate and purchase properties.
An important fact to remember!
Probably the most important thing that you need to remember when you decide to wholesale is: your buyer should get the majority of the profit! This is important because your buyer will be the one to purchase and rehab the property. There has to be enough room in the deal for your buyer to do this and still retain a nice amount of money for cash out and/or equity.
This does not mean that you find properties and give them away for $1,000. Your profit will vary depending on the house, but the better you are at locating properties and putting together offers, the greater your profit will be – while still maintaining an excellent profit for your buyer.