Buying Real Estate with Lease Options by Knowing the Sweet Spots

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Buying real estate with lease options is easy and simple. You work with nice houses in nice areas. There are no war zones and that makes life easy. When you find a house in the sweet spot, the conversation with the sellers is simple. You’re not trying to beat the heck out of them on price. You can offer the seller a very good price because you’re working with them on contract terms. You’re going to find the sweet spot in the terms that work for both of you and then you’re going to wrap it.

Knowing how to find the sweet spot in your market is the key to a simple and easy way of buying real estate with lease options!

Know Your Market to Begin Buying Real Estate with Lease Options

Knowing something and doing something are hugely different activities. Knowing that it is time to get in on this hot market is one thing but taking action now is what you need to be doing. As soon as you have the criteria for the sweet spot in your market, you are ready to start buying real estate with lease options.

There’s nothing difficult or tricky about buying real estate with lease options. The first step is literally about getting to know your town a little more from a lease option investing perspective. Before making phone calls or sending direct mail to prospective sellers for lease options, you need to fine-tune your target sellers. This dramatically increases your chances of finding the deals that will work best for you. How difficult is it to get started? It’s as easy and simple as:

  • Targeting desirable zip codes.
  • Looking up the median sales prices in the zip code.
  • Understanding sales activity across both your targeted and closely related zip codes.
  • Fine tuning your targeting to specific houses that are selling well.

With this knowledge in mind, your first deal is only a phone call away. With market data under your hat and the right telephone script, you’re statistically almost certain to get one or more deals within 50 or fewer calls. And there’s no reason you can’t have a five-figure deal within the first five calls. Practice, practice, and more practice is what counts early on when buying real estate with lease options. Targeting, practicing, and fine-tuning your script is how you make your early calls count the most.

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Making Your First (and every) Call

As soon as you begin making targeted calls, you need to start learning details about the potential properties. Quickly qualifying lease option properties enables you to focus on the properties most likely to become fruitful deals while keeping phone calls short if the seller isn’t ready (yet). The information you begin gathering is:

  • How much equity does the seller have in the property?
  • Are repairs needed and how serious are any needed repairs (time, money, and risk)?
  • What is the seller’s motivation to sell? And how much equity are they willing to make available to close the deal? (Learn more about this.)
  • When does the seller need cash and how much do they want?

There is No Deal Until the Prospect Passes Through These Gates.

You do not want to lease option a property that requires you to invest money in the home. At least not when you are beginning. It’s fine to do some minor painting and shampoo the carpets but no central heating replacement, no new roofs, and no foundation repairs. Not even if you think the return on your investment will be substantial. Major repairs involve your time, your money, and increase your risk. Buying real estate with lease options is about minimizing risk and costing little or no money. For your first few deals, you will do best by sticking with pretty houses with white picket fences.

*Caveat, you may be able to market a handyman special to another investor using the Cooperative Lease Option method.

You might score 2 deals out of the first 5 calls or finding 2 deals might take 50 calls. No one knows for sure until you try. Some sellers will quickly accept what you offer, and others will not (but they might call back later).

What you do know is that the more deals that you offer, the more deals you will close.

How You Recognize the Right Deal for Buying Real Estate with Lease Options

What you now know is that if properties in the zip code have median values of $185,000 you don’t want to make a deal for a purchase price of $200,000 for a house that might be worth $275,000 after you make $50,000 in repairs. Too much risk and too much of your money will be in the deal.

Instead, you want to create a steady cash flow with three or four properties priced close to the median price for the neighborhood. You can typically seal these deals in the same amount of time but at much lower risk and for higher earnings.

Your Financial Criteria are 15% or $25,000.

You may want to adjust to your local situation but the general rule of thumb when buying real estate with lease options is it has a resale value near the neighborhood median price AND your earnings will be close to 15% of the resale value or $25,000. This includes all three income streams – 1. the option fee, 2. the monthly rent spread, and 3. the back end.

A common Michigan deal (where I am) would be a median neighborhood sales price of $90,000. The front-end option fee you collect is $5,500. Another $4,500 comes from the rent spread over 14 months. And the final $15,000 comes on the back-end when the tenant-buyer completes the purchase.

Those numbers total $25,000. Fifteen percent of the $90,000 value is $13,500, which means $25,000 is well above the 15% threshold. It also squarely hits the $25,000 criteria, which makes it a solidly representative deal when buying real estate with lease options.

If the median sales price is closer to $400,000 in your neighborhood, your numbers will be different – and much higher.

It All Begins When You Make the First Call!

Lease options are proven to work in every market. Rinse and repeat. You’re going to be doing these deals over and over again... Here is the step-by-step way to make it happen by acting now!

  1. Advanced strategies for Buying and Selling with Lease Options.
  2. Your Wealth Building Arsenal.
  3. Investing In Real Estate with Lease Options.
  4. Cooperative Lease Options.
  5. Add Personalized Coaching.
  6. Expand to Get the Deed “Subject To.”
  7. Round it all out by Working with Realtors.

By Wendy Patton

For more than 30 years, I’ve used the Sandwich Lease Option System to earn myself and my students millions of dollars. From my experience, I know there is plenty of room and opportunity in the real estate investment market for everyone wanting to participate to find profitable deals. It’s because of that fact and my personal success that I share the Sandwich Lease Option System with others.

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