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Why Lease Options are Great for Beginners

by Jim Aydelotte

Jim Aydelotte will be a featured speaker at the Michigan Landlord & Real Estate Investor Conference & Expo this year, February 27-29, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jim's presentation will be Saturday, February 29th at 10:10 a.m. Tickets are only $9.99 for all three days for non-members and free for current RPOA members. Click here to get your tickets now!

Sometimes I would love to go back in time, just to get a chance to do a few things differently than what I actually did…or didn’t do—of course, hind sight is 20/20 right?

That hindsight, and all the things I did BEFORE I discovered lease/options that I wish I’d just skipped, is why I now stress to everyone who wants to start making money in real estate to consider lease/options FIRST.

Please understand that this is not a suggestion based on selfish motives, it is based purely on experience. And the reason why I believe, and am convicted of the fact, that lease option strategies are the absolute best strategies in all of real estate investing for every beginning and seasoned investor to get involved with, is because it takes no capital, very little time, and minimal training, to start getting paid quickly in real estate investing.

If you were to purchase an average rental property, in a typical neighborhood (let’s say for example a 3 bed, 1.5 bath home rents for $1,200, with a cost of $80,000), and assuming you did not use a private lender (most beginning real estate students do not have those) the monthly payment with a bank using your own credit on a typical commercial loan will cost you about $575/month, plus, let’s say, $200/month for taxes and insurance is a total payout of $775/month.

Now, that payment has to begin whether you have a tenant lined up or not! But for sake of our example, let’s just say that everything goes as perfectly as possible, and you have a tenant lined up right away. What’s your cash flow in this example?

Rent at $1,200/mo—$800/mo in expenses = $400/month profit (again, nothing breaks or requires repairs at all in this example).

That is an annual profit of $4,800 the first 12 months you have a tenant.

Ok, you get the picture—$4,800 in the first 12 months in profit in our example.

Let me give you another example. Let’s learn how to locate, talk to, and put a property under contract to control a property.

Now, finding a seller who is motivated is one thing, but finding a seller who is motivated and getting them full retail price for their property is another! This is the strategy we employ called a ‘Cooperative Lease Option’.

Putting a property under contract for full asking price, with no additional fees to the seller, while placing a tenant/buyer in the property will yield a typical payday of $5,000-$10,000 in the form of an option fee in a very short period of time.

I have a student who had no background in sales, marketing, or real estate for that matter, and when he followed the steps I gave him, was paid $6,000 from the day he found and talked to the seller, and 20 days later when the tenant/buyer was placed in the property—and this was starting from scratch with no experience—20 days for a $6k payday!

But let’s say you need more time to learn these strategies, and to find a property with a seller who is willing to sell their property on contract…and it took you 90 days.

That’s still more profit, in a quarter of the time as the previous example, on a home you didn’t take title to, or use any money or credit to purchase, and did not have to take time to do any rehab on it.

This is a strategy that anyone can utilize, and the profits can be so much better, with such little risk, and far less time than the type of real estate deal that most people are familiar with.

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