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Easiest Way to Get ‘Boots on the Ground’ for a Remote Deal

The Boots are Make for WalkenSo question:

What do you do when you need someone to be your eyes, ears and “boots on the ground” with a deal remotely?

Ever been there? I sure have.

Well whether you’re a “virtual investor” buying and selling in a whole different market, or maybe just running your real estate operation without leaving the house as much as humanly possible (yep, that’s me), today’s little resource could be a big, fat help…

Up to now, your options have been:

Option 1: Use Craigslist

Certainly viable.

Just place an ad in the local area saying something like,

“Real Estate professional out of town.  Need someone to be my hands and feet and go visit properties for me.  Drive through houses, take pictures and video and upload to my website for review.  Pays 35 dollars.”

You’ll get responses for sure. Granted, you might have to burn through a few schmucks, weirdoes and jacklegs to find someone who’ll do the job well, but this is how most investors I know solve this problem.

Option 2: Phone a Friend

Maybe you already have an existing friend in the area, someone who’s actively investing or maybe just a 2nd cousin of a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend.

Or maybe you can quickly find a local colleague and make a new friend. Call up someone from the local REIA and ask them, as a fellow investor, to do you a solid by visiting a deal you have in the area.

I’ve done this successfully before. Got the local club president to help scratch my back in return for a future favor.

Results may vary.

Option 3: Use WeGoLook.com

Ba-bam!

I don’t know why I’ve never discovered this before, but it’s stinking awesome.

Here’s the deal: These guys specialize in dispatching  a local “looker” to be your feet on the street.  Whether you need an item verified, a task performed or a house inspected, that’s what these guys do.

So for $59 bucks, the “looker” will travel to the location of the subject property, verify the address, plus take 10 photos of the property-interior, exterior, and street views.

10 pictures not enough? No problem, add 10 more for an extra $15.  Add a 2 minute video property for $50.

Ways you could use this:

  • To inspect and verify a potential deal you’re considering buying,
  • Get an eBay product inspected before you transfer funds,
  • Gather intel on a rental or vacation property,
  • Check on the current condition of a long-distance rental,
  • Make sure your property manager’s not lying to you…

We Go Look for Real Estate Investors

Bottom line, this is a service specifically tailored for people who need a remote set of eyes, ears, and legs to go look at something like a piece of property.

Yes, this might be a little pricier than hiring somebody in Craigslist, or getting a local colleague to step in and help.  But sometimes speed and efficiency trump getting a job done as cheaply as possible. Sometimes you just need the fastest path of least resistance to get the job done quickly and correctly. And that’s where WeGoLook.com fits, in my opinion.

So there ya go.

Now Talk to Me…

Leave me a comment below.  What do you think?  Give me some feedback. Maybe you have your own, entirely different method for getting somebody to remotely inspect a deal for you.  Let’s hear it.

jp

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About 

JP Moses is a roughly-hewn man-child who first got into REI after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad back in Y2K and went full time in 2002. He's tinkered in everything from landlording to short sales to rehabs to Realtoring to REOs to notes to owner financing, blah, blah, blah...Till he finally stuck his flag deep into wholesaling and has since flipped somewhere north of a couple hundred deals.

JP's not a “guru” but also doesn't think it's a bad word. Among his core values are authenticity, creativity, big honkin' value, general fun-ness and being unshaven. He's super proud to be chief blogger guy at REItips.com and host of the free REIology podcast. He also thoroughly enjoys sharing his 53 best real estate investing forms with anyone who wants them. You should totally check that out. :-)

  • Roman

    Great piece of info JP, now I’ll need to see if they do this nationwide or worldwide.

  • Mary

    Great information, thank you

  • JHall

    This sounds like something I can use in my remote REI business.
    Thank you so much!

  • Location should not be a roadblock for investors to expand their business, but more often then not it is. I say that quasi-hypocritically because I only invest in neighboring states when I really want to go across the country where I hear whispers of real estate gold mines. Awesome post!

  • David J. MacGown

    JP how do the lookers get inside the property to inspect and take photos on vacant houses on lock boxes? I do work with an agent but I gave her my word I wouldn’t be running her all over town to let my team in and out of properties. Also, do you wait until you have a property under contract before dispatching a looker or do you send them out before making your offers?