by Dennis Henson 


In order to become a successful real estate investor there are several major skills that must be mastered. One of these skills is acquiring the money to fund your real estate investments. This skill should be learned, developed, practiced, and perfected.


The best way to learn a skill is by actually doing the skill. You learn to find money by contacting people who have money, asking them what you will need to do in order to use some of their money, and the more you practice the easier the skill becomes.


Wilber Wright (inventor of the airplane) once wrote: “Skill comes by the constant repetition of familiar feats rather than by a few overbold attempts at feats for which the performer is yet poorly prepared.”


Many real estate investors fail because they do not understand the importance of the constant search for the money. There are plenty of good deals to be found, but in order to take advantage of those deals-you must have access to (or the skills to get) the money needed to fund them.


A good place to start searching for money is at local-state banks. Many locally owned state banks have programs specifically for real estate investors. Note: When you find these banks, you should also ask them how they dispose of their REO properties.


You will also need to make contact with lots of banks, and mortgage companies to find out their terms for investors.  If you are turned down for a loan from a bank, or mortgage company- NEVER let that stop you from applying to others.

If you stop applying for loans-I can guarantee that you will never get one, but if you are persistent, you might be surprised at your results. Having a positive attitude, a good credit score, and persistence are three keys to finding all the money you will ever need for your investing business.


Learn to play the credit game, so that your credit score will be an asset to your search rather than an obstacle. Finding money is like finding good deals-you have to make a lot of offers to get a great deal, and you have to keep searching for money to find what you need.


Of course, there is much more to finding the money than just applying for the money, and getting a loan at a mortgage company, or a bank, and most of the time you will only be able to borrow a portion of the money you need from lending institutions.


Your goal should always be to purchase as many properties as possible without using any of your own money. So, if you are able to get a loan for 80 or 90% from a lending institution you shouldn’t stop there, but continue to look for the rest of the money from another source.


Some other sources and tactics for money include:

  • Owner financing
  • Bank lines of credit
  • Create a note
  • Credit cards
  • Private lenders
  • Partnerships
  • Investor loans
  • Subject to
  • Options
  • HELOCs
  • Hard Money
  • Notes & Combinations


By far, the easiest way to get nothing down financing for a property is with Private Money, or Owner Financing. With these techniques, you not only get the property with none of your own money, but you avoid credit checks, loan apps, banks, waiting, most closing costs, stress, and the list goes on.


Remember, finding money is a skill you must master to become a successful real estate investor. There is plenty of money available-you just have to develop the skill to find it. If you will study to improve the skill of finding money, learn, work to improve your credit, and constantly search for money–“All the money you will ever need will be available to you.”


To learn more about the money follow this link, Private Money 123

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