Posted by Steve C., Remax on May 03, 2000 at 17:16:20:
First, don’t mention the words “leg work.”
Second, you have a sales job to do , and the job is selling yourself. The first rule in selling is give them the benefits: lots of deals, lots of commissions, quick closes, etc.
Third, find a realtor who has dabbled in RE investments. They are most likely to help you, as long as they aren’t active enough to be your competition.
You will have to tell them exactly what you are looking for. You might have them show you the MLS system in your area so you and they understand the search criteria they can use. In Houston, I can search for listings in which the seller will finance a 1st or 2nd, assumable loans with no approval, homes that are free and clear in which the seller might take back a note and so on. Unless he/she has been really involved with investors, they probably won’t even know this.
If the first realtor you speak with doesn’t seem to have it together, go to the next one. There’s a million of us, and there’s a right one for you somewhere.
Best of luck!