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.

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