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Consider Purchasing a Fixer

Most people in the real estate business didn't start out buying and selling properties that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, making a hefty profit for their pockets.  True--some do, but not all.  Many good, successful people whether they are in the real estate business or looking to purchase their first home for themselves, start out with fixer upper properties.  The term fixer upper can range from an older house built in the 1900s to a duplex that was built twenty years ago that has plumbing problems, little or no landscaping, or a bad roof.  While it is important to assess the number of repairs that are needed in any home, it is even more important to do so when purchasing a foreclosed home or a home from the city or any government organization.  These types of homes come with lovely little price tags attached to them that can cause any person to turn their head to all of the potential problems involved in fixing the place up.
In your real estate business endeavors, you may want to consider purchasing a property that needs a little work.  Fixer uppers can be purchased at amazingly low selling prices, allowing you as the new owner to either make your improvements and repairs with the intention of selling the property for a profit or using the property for your own personal or business use.
We have all seen the For Sale By Owner signs while driving down the street.  Most of the times when people sell houses or properties that are in need of work, they do so because they either lack the time or funding to get the work done themselves.  Properties that need fixing up can be cash buckets for the person with the right eye, proper skills, and/or the proper monetary reserves to rise to the occasion. 
While it can be a great idea for a lot of people, do not purchase a property that needs work without thinking the situation through completely, analyzing the pros and cons of the situation.  It is important to determine whether or not the property is even a good value; ask yourself if you have the time and willingness to make the repairs yourself, or the money to hire someone to make the repairs and improvements for you.  If the costs of the repairs outweigh the profit that could have been made were you to turn around and sell the property for a higher price after the improvements have been made, you are wasting your time and money.  In this situation, one could potentially end up getting stuck with land, commercial property, or a home that is useless to them personally.  Keep in mind that not every one out there is willing to purchase a home or property as you were when you purchased it.  If, upon finalizing the deal you discover that this is so monumental of a task that you are not up to it, you cannot just give the property back, so it is important to analyze and think through the situation as thoroughly as possible. 

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