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37 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers

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The key to getting great real estate deals is in having a bountiful supply of “motivated sellers.”

I’ve put together this extensive resource for you, so you’ll always have plenty of ways to find motivated sellers or, better yet, for motivated sellers to find you.

What You Should Know About Out-of-State Owners
by Real Estate Investor, Doug Smith

Buying properties from out-of-state owners is what I consider to be the most overlooked method for getting great deals. Why? Because many top investors are NOT pursuing this method. Here’s the situation: Those who aren’t pursuing out-of-state owners often tell me, Yeah, I need to be doing that. And the ones who are already doing it–absolutely LOVE it!

Abandoned Properties: Empty Houses = Full Pockets
by Real Estate Investor, Patrick Zanders

Driving through any just about any neighborhood, you will find homes that have overgrown, unkempt lawns,a stack of freebie newspapers on the front steps, no curtains in the windows, and basically just a “nobody lives here” feel to them. These are the properties that you are looking for…

60 Days to Your First Bargain Purchase
by Real Estate Investor and Educator, Attorney William Bronchick

how to find motivated sellers

Brainstorming for Motivated Sellers

Finding good real estate deals is an art. Like any business, customers are what drive it. Your primary customer is the seller who is motivated to sell below market value.Finding motivated sellers requires advertising, marketing, salesmanship, and, like any business, keeping your nose to the ground.

A Most Unique Way to Market to Motivated Sellers
by Real Estate Investor, Patrick Zanders

Getting motivated sellers to contact you is what real estate investing is all about. One of the ways that we have been successful is to locate potential deals using death notices in the obituaries. Before you call me a creep or a hearse chaser, give this area a little time and attention.

Calling Sellers from the Classifieds: A New Twist
by Real Estate Investor and Educator, Cameron Dunlap

When I first started in the business I was taught that one way to find good deals was to call sellers who had ads in the “Real Estate for Sale” section of the Classified Ads. So, I tried it and soon discovered that approximately 90% of the sellers I reached were simply not motivated. In fact, some were downright offensive and nasty.

Make Six Figures Solving Other People’s Problems
by Real Estate Investor, John Carlson

The key to finding a lot of deals in this game is to look for the motivated sellers. Forget about looking for houses; that’s a waste of time and requires way too much work. Narrow it down to dealing only with¬†motivated sellers and make fewer offers that result in getting more offers accepted.

How to Make Sure the Seller is Really Motivated
by Real Estate Investor and Educator, David Finkel

One of the common complaints investors across the country share with me is that they talk with a seller who sounds motivated on the phone but turns out to be a dud when they go meet with this seller. Let’s look at the ways you can make sure the sellers you meet are the best use of your time.

Make Money with Out-of-Town Property Owners
by Real Estate Investor and Educator, Peter Conti

You are about to learn about one of the best-kept secrets in real estate investing. This hidden source of motivated sellers can be one of your biggest money-makers ever! People who own property in your home town – but who live out of the area – are great leads for you to talk with for three reasons…

Finding Motivated Sellers: The Recipe for Success
by Real Estate Investor and Educator, Attorney William Bronchick

In real estate, there is a saying that you don’t make your money when you sell, you make your money when you buy. The name of the game is finding amazing deals and then either keeping them for the long term or turning around and flipping for a handsome profit.

33 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers
by Real Restate Investor, Jim Kennedy

  1. Place a newspaper ad (major daily)
  2. Place an ad in Pennysaver, Thrifty Nickel, Greensheet, etc.
  3. Bandit signs
  4. Drive neighborhoods looking for vacant houses and FSBOs

I hope this helps you in your real estate investing career. Please share your comments in the box below.

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About the Author...

J. P. Vaughan founded Creative Real Estate Online in 1995 and has been the Publisher since then. She is the author of "How to Buy Your Dream House for 1/2 Price" (Quantum Publications 1994, out of print). J.P. is also an attorney who practiced law in Michigan until she started investing in real estate full time in 1988.

J.P. is co-founder of the: Affordable Personal Coaching & Mentoring for Real Estate Investors program.

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  1. George says:

    I think that your articles are great and are very valuable and appreciate them. What I need help with is learning how to best market for subject-to deals. Any advice with this subject matter will be most appreciated.

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