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Real Estate Investors Focusing On Several Properties Realize Greater Returns, Less Risk

Sep 10, 2008
A lot of investors don't do as well as they think they will. Many think there's some crystal ball they can shake and have everything happen instantly. The simple truth is you can't. Investing all of your capital in one or two properties is not only short-sighted, it's risky.

You can't realize successful long-term returns unless you go all in - which means being willing to make sacrifices and stay in for the long haul. Not everyone is going to find a magic property to turn around, and even if it is remodeled, that doesn't mean it will generate a massive profit. The Chris Allred method: Don't be greedy.

To place one property out for a massive draw will almost always result in failure. You may sell, but by the time you've recouped your losses from property tax and renovation costs you'll be lucky top turn a profit. According to entrepreneur and real estate investor Chris Allred, you can't do it alone. You need to find help - investors, friends, business partners.

Look for local organizations and community groups that are willing to go and purchase en masse. Look for home auctions, government fire sales and bank foreclosures. Sometimes you need to make long-term offers and be ready to turn the homes for a minimal profit. Will you be a millionaire overnight? Probably not, but you will sell and the homes will move on the market. And with the properties sold in bulk, profit will be made. Given time, hard work and determination with your group, financial success will come.

The most important thing is to keep the end in mind. Your goal isn't just to get rich quick - it's to create a good neighborhood and generate affordable housing. If all you are trying to do is flip homes and make a short-term profit, you won't see many properties available to you for long. Organizations won't sell in this system unless they see a definite positive result for you, them and the community.

You need to realize that something more than a sale is taking place. You are helping to rebuild a community, and as you do, this will generate more investors, more doors will open in local government and more opportunities will become available through local elected officials who wish to help you and themselves in the process.

A lot of people want to renovate areas of neighborhoods and push for all things bigger and better, but if you can offer yourself as a secondary alternative, someone who solves the problem by cleaning and repairing instead of removing and destroying homes, you will be seen by many as a worthwhile alternative and a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

The best part about all this? The properties you'll be working with will most likely be no more than $1.00. You would be shocked and amazed at how many homes, properties and investments are starting for less than the cost of a cheeseburger. Many people don't have the time or inclination to make their properties work for them. That's where you come in, and if you stick with it, you'll see a return far beyond anything you've dreamed of. That's a lot of double cheeseburgers.
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