33 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers

This was originally posted on our Main Real Estate Forum by 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
  5. Call FSBO ads
  6. Search MLS for junker properties
  7. Search MLS for expired listings
  8. Contact landlords who are evicting a tenant
  9. Contact landlords with properties for rent
  10. Pre-foreclosures
  11. Foreclosure auctions
  12. REO’s
  13. HUD & VA houses
  14. Tax sales
  15. Estate sales
  16. Properties with outstanding building code violations
  17. Properties with outstanding health code violations
  18. Condemned properties
  19. Fire damaged properties
  20. Out-of-town owners
  21. Network with professionals, i.e. attorney, CPA, REALTOR?.
  22. Network with service people, i.e. letter carrier, pool service person, lawn service person, newspaper delivery person, carpet cleaning people, plumbers, etc.
  23. Bird dogs
  24. Wholesalers
  25. Magnetic car sign
  26. Distribute business cards EVERYWHERE
  27. Career attire (Polo shirt with embroidered “I Buy Houses” logo)
  28. Fliers
  29. Door hangers. ( In my area (Houston), some of the big players also do)
  30.  Billboards.
  31. Radio spots.
  32. TV spots.
  33. Full-page ads in the yellow pages. Hope this helps. Best of success!

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