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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hire a local real estate agent to represent you. 

Nov 30, 2016 07:19 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

One way is to just drive around....or have an asst do that.  The truth is that you could fix the roof regardless of whether you buy the house or not.  If you see a bad roof, you can mail the homeowner (or leave a flyer or knock on their door).  Keep the addresses in a database and mail on a regular basis.

Dec 01, 2016 02:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sounds like you have already found the homes.

Next get your financing in order.

Then start making offers that allow enough room for the repairs, risk, and profit.

Nov 30, 2016 08:21 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


Congratulations! You now see the difference between working in exchange for your time and working for PROFIT. Buying the house changes the dynamics COMPLETELY!  Instead of you looking for agents for roofing jobs, agents will be seeking your for listing opportunities. That reversal can be leveraged.

Every agent who has been in business longer than 10 years have 3 investor types they work with who buy distressed houses. The key word here is BUY, not look at. When an investor type passes on the 3rd house I present, they are moved to the 'D" list.

I will not expose trade secrets in such a public forum. What I recommend is having a meet up with an agent, one whose name you see on flipped houses, perferably one who drives a truck and wears jeans, and ask how you can be part of their team. Offer your roofing solutions, offer your co-marketing plan, ask them about bird dogging for them.

You do not want to talk to an agent who does not know the difference between working for tips and working for PROFIT.

Dec 01, 2016 04:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You need to work with a buyer agent in the Dallas area - if you have a targeted area of interest I can probably give you some names of people to call

Nov 30, 2016 07:47 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Get yourself a good Buyer's Broker.  Have him/her present offers, find more houses.

Nov 30, 2016 07:11 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck.

Dec 01, 2016 04:22 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels nailed this one!

Dec 01, 2016 03:52 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Work with a REALTOR®

Dec 01, 2016 03:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Why not contact a good real estate agent to help you find these homes?

Dec 01, 2016 03:39 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

If you see a bad roof and want to buy the house either go to the front door and ask, send a letter or contact an agent and the agent will track down the owner.

Nov 30, 2016 09:45 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

YES!  What Kathleen Daniels said- an agent can guide you through the entire process and we have some great Dallas agents on AR too!

Nov 30, 2016 09:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Omar, it shouldn't be hard to find a great real estate agent in Dallas!  If you don't know any, ask people you know who 've recently purchased a home for a recommendation - at least if their agent did a great job. 

Nov 30, 2016 08:31 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Join local Meet-up Groups that focus on real estate and investor-related people. Then be relaxed and market yourself on-on-one with the folks you meet.

Dec 01, 2016 12:13 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd talk to Richard Weeks.  He's in the Dallas area.

Dec 01, 2016 10:59 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I like Kathleen Daniels' answer.

Dec 01, 2016 10:42 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Form a team and then activate your mission....

Dec 01, 2016 06:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

As Kathleen Daniels answered:  find a local Dallas agent. You'll find many right here in ActiveRain.   

Dec 01, 2016 06:48 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

This is why you want to partner with local real estate agent - win/win for you and the agent

Dec 01, 2016 06:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Contact Lisa Von Domek and seek her advice. If she can't help you I bet she can refer you to someone who can.

Dec 01, 2016 06:30 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Hiring a local buyer broker who specializes in reo, short sales and or fixer uppers is a great start. They will know these listings and can help you buy them 

Dec 01, 2016 06:12 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

We are an investor friendly brokerage in Dallas.  Send me a message and let's talk.

Dec 01, 2016 05:02 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Just because they have a bad roof doesn't mean they want to sell? I'm not getting you. Are you a roofer or an investor? Many people might not be able to afford that new roof.

Working with an agent will get you the best leads for purchases.

Dec 01, 2016 04:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Retain an excellent agent and check the foreclosures opportunities.

Dec 01, 2016 04:06 AM