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Can You Invest in Real Estate With Bad Credit? (Maybe… Here Are 5 Ways to Do It)

One of the most common questions I am asked each week on the live BiggerPockets Webinar is simply, “Can I invest in real estate with bad credit?

It’s a great question, considering twenty-five percent of Americans have a credit score of less than 600, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a huge chunk of individuals who are unable to obtain a mortgage, thus making real estate investing a difficult task.

So, can you invest in real estate with bad credit?

Well, I have good news, and I have bad news:

  • The good news is YES; you can invest with bad credit. Later, I’ll explain five ways to do it.
  • The bad news is you probably shouldn’t. Unless… (We’ll get to that. But first…)

Why Do You Have Bad Credit?

Bad credit can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps medical bills caused the issue, or maybe identity theft. Maybe a person lost their job and had to miss some payments. The economic recession that started in 2007 led millions of Americans into financial difficulties, destroying millions of credit scores in the process.

But also, sometimes bad credit is caused by good ole fashioned stupidity and ignorance. A credit card here, a credit account there. Vacations, new clothes and other “need-it-now” luxuries have caused thousands of people to lose their good credit score and wind up in a rough spot.

No matter what reason you have for having low credit, it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s done. You have bad credit. But the real question is:

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 The Surprisingly Simple Reason Why You Feel Stressed

“The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.”

-Douglas Malloch

Many years ago, researchers in Illinois planted a number of small trees inside a greenhouse, dividing the trees into three groups.

  • The first group was supported firmly by a wooden stake to help it grow tall and straight.
  • The second group was not staked at all, but left to grow free.
  • The third group, like the second, was unstaked, but the tree was manually shaken back and forth for several minutes every day.

After several months, the researchers looked at the three groups of trees and saw the inevitable: the trees in the first group that were staked were tall but weak. The trees in the second group were of medium height, but also fairly weak. The third group, which has been shaken daily, had developed strong roots and a thick trunk that would help it grow up tall and strong, though perhaps slower than the other two groups.

The analogy should not be lost on you: strength comes from adversity. No doubt you have seen this in other areas of your life. Problems will arise, and it’s how you deal with them that will define your future. But how do you handle problems without being frustrated, stressed, irritated and unhappy?

On a recent project, I think I discovered the surprisingly simple answer.

Where Does Stress Come From?

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The Stupid-Simple Truth on How to Buy More Real Estate Deals

“I can’t find any good deals, Brandon.”

I hear this over and over and over from individuals on BiggerPockets and out in the real world.

And I get it.

It’s hard to find good deals today. Real estate is becoming more and more popular, and even mediocre deals seem to be snatched up before conservative investors ever have a chance.

However, today I want to share with you the stupid-simple truth about acquiring more deals this year.

Are you ready for this?

The stupid-simple way to get more deals is this: analyze more deals.

Let me explain.

Real Estate is a Number’s Game… in Several Ways

Real estate is a number’s game, but I’m not referring to the financial side of it.

Real estate is a number’s game in the same way that dating is. Or being a salesman is. Or begging for money on the street corner is. It’s all about the odds. 

Related: Forget the MLS… Here Are 7 Clever Ways to Find Great Real Estate Deals!

In dating, the more guys or girls you ask out, the greater the chance of one of them saying yes. The more people you date, the greater the chance one of them will become your future spouse. Therefore, if your goal is to get married, you’ll find it incredibly difficult to get there if all you do is sit at home and read about dating.

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Evicted Tenant Threatens Landlord With a Machete (Seriously)

TULSA, Oklahoma – It started with a tuxedo shop. Or at least that is what the tenant claimed when he moved in. But rather than tuxedos, the tenant allegedly moved in numerous wanted fugitives, crack pipes, syringes, and mountains of trash.

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According to Channel 6 News in Tulsa, the tenants had just been evicted from the property when property manager “Carl” came to change the locks, as landlords do after an eviction. However, when he arrived at the property, the former tenants pulled up, jumped out of the car and threatened the landlord; one of those individuals was allegedly waving around a large machete.

Related: How to Evict a Tenant: The Definitive Step by Step Guide

Sam immediately called the police, who came to the property and arrested the ex-tenants.

In the video below (image will link to Channel 6’s news page), you can see Carl give the reporter a tour of the property, showing the vast devastation caused by the tenants. Rather than running a tuxedo shop, it appears the tenant instead moved in numerous individuals whom the police recognized as having warrants. You can see broken mirrors, large amounts of clothes strewn all over the building, and most of the doors and door jams ripped completely from the walls.

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Should You Hire a Property Manager For Your Rentals?

Congratulations!

You’ve navigated the confusing world of real estate to buy a rental property, and now you are the proud owner of an income producing asset.

However, all of that time, money, and work could be jeopardized if you don’t manage the property correctly. Therefore, an important question for any investor is: Should I take on this valuable role myself or hire a professional property manager to do it for me?

The response to this question is another one of those “there is no right answer, but there may be a right answer for you” kind of questions. Every person has different skills, personalities, and time availability. The purpose of this post is to help you make the best choice for you and your family.

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Role of a Property Manager

First, let’s talk about what a property manager actually does. But even that is tough to give a straight answer about! You see, property managers do a wide variety of tasks depending on the manager and the owner they will be working with. However, most of the time a property manager will:

  • Advertise vacant units
  • Screen applicants
  • Approve tenants and sign leases
  • Handle phone calls from tenants
  • Schedule maintenance issues
  • Issue late notices
  • File eviction if needed
  • Keep a record of income and expenses
  • And possibly pay your property’s bills, depending on the manager

Related: The Big List of Roles Property Management Companies Need to Fill Expertly

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In addition to these tasks, property managers also offer numerous other benefits:

  • A property manager can clear up your day, allowing you to spend more time with family, friends, or your day job.
  • A property management company will have the infrastructure in place to handle your rental, including office staff, paperwork, and signage.
  • A property manager will have a reliable set of contractors to work with and benefit from volume pricing.
  • A property manager will give you more time to look for other deals, helping you focus on just the tasks that bring in the most money for you.
  • A property manager will have a lead system in place for attracting potential tenants. People will know their name, recognize their signs, and call without them even needing to advertise your property.

Sounds like a dream, right?

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Perhaps the greatest decision I ever made was buying my 24-unit apartment complex.

That said, it wasn’t a hard decision to make. I knew apartment complex investing was going to be in my future, but at 24 years old, I didn’t realize I would have hit my goal so quickly. But I’m so glad I did! That 24 unit apartment complex has given me the opportunity to live an extraordinarily incredible life over the past five years, allowing me to quit my day job, travel often, volunteer at my church, and become a leader here at BiggerPockets.

Of course, it hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth it. I love my apartment and look forward to many more deals in my future.

If you are interested in apartments, great! If not, hopefully this post will convince you to at least take a look. The following are three reasons I love apartment complex investing.

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1.) Ability to Create Wealth

When’s the last time you built something out of thin air? It’s tough, right? But with apartment complexes, that’s exactly what you are able to do. Build something out of thin air: wealth.

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