Whether you are new to land investing, or have a few deals under your belt, it’s likely that you have, or will encounter a few hang-ups along the way.
Going into this business with the right knowledge and recognizing these situations before they happen will significantly contribute to business growth and long-term success in the industry.
Through our own land investing experiences, and the experiences of our students, we have found three common mistakes that investors are making when working with land.
With this knowledge, you will have an easier time navigating any unexpected situations that may arise during your deal lifecycle.
Indecisiveness in decision-making, particularly in choosing a market, can hinder deal flow and business growth.
Of course if you are just starting out, decision making will take you longer, but after you’ve gained a little experience flipping land, the process of choosing a market should only take you around 20 minutes.
Sometimes it’s more important to move the deal forward than to get caught up on the small things.
Whether you are using deal funding or just seeking advice from fellow investors, maintaining relationships is vital for long-term success in the land investing business.
If you do plan on deal funding in the future – which we always recommend if you want to grow – neglecting these relationships will hinder bigger, more profitable opportunities.
You get an opportunity to purchase a property for $300,000 with the potential to make $600,000 profit, but you need to work with a deal funder.
The last time you worked with a deal funder, you took a long time to list the property, and you didn’t provide responsive, transparent communication throughout the deal.
The investor will likely be hesitant to fund your deal, and due to your track record, they may not recommend you to other investors who are looking for fund deals.
Nurture these relationships as they are going to get you farther in this business, and will set you up for great relationships in the future.
You want the investor (or partner) to be excited when you reach out to them with a new deal! This is a partnership, and should be treated as such.
Another common mistake we see after an investor closes their first or second deal
is that they stop educating themselves.
Education should NOT stop after you start seeing success. Dedicating time to learning more about real estate in general, land investing, or ways to make the business run more efficiently is extremely important for long-term growth.
Real estate and investing strategies are evolving faster than ever, so
staying updated on market trends and new strategies is vital to maintaining your success.
While this business is extremely lucrative and can earn you cash faster than many other real estate investing strategies, you will most likely still make mistakes.
The best thing you can do is to be aware of the possible issues that one you may encounter and plan accordingly.
We bring you the three most common mistakes: Indecisiveness, undervaluing investor relations and stopping education, in hopes to bring awareness, and to help you tackle them before they occur.
Ron: Welcome to the real estate investing podcast, where we help you unlock your potential freedom through land investing, real estate investing, and entrepreneurship. Hey everyone. Welcome back to the real estate investing podcast. I’m your host, Ron Apke. In today’s episode, we are going to discuss the top three mistakes new land investors make.
And I wanted to bring this topic up. I think this is such an important topic because so many people are coming from wholesaling, house flipping. We have people in our program coming as from teaching or whatever the situation is, so many people are coming into this business and we are constantly seeing the same two, three, four, five mistakes over and over that could keep them from maybe making a million dollars next year in this business, whatever the situation is, but I wanted to cover this as an extremely important topic.
And it’s something that we have taken data on. Like we track our students very diligently and we see the things that are keeping them from taking their business from that six figure business to that seven figure business. But let’s get started on the show guys. We’re going to get right into it here.
Number one on this list is indecisiveness. And when I say indecisiveness, this is very broad. It’s not just like they’re indecisive with one part of their business. It’s just an indecisive decision making within their business. And as land investors, like our big decisions that we have are market selection.
So where are we going to invest? What market are we going to choose? Are we going to go to Georgia? Are we going to go to South Carolina? Are we going to go to Minnesota, Michigan and evaluating these markets? And then making a decision. And I see people taking two, three, four weeks sometimes, and this kills their deal flow.
The name of our business, the name of land flipping, the name of land investing is flipping your money quickly and keeping deal flow to do this. You need to be able to make decisions fast. And it is going to take time. If you’re just getting started, those decisions are going to take longer the first few months, the first six months, the first year, maybe, but you should be cutting down on those decision making processes where maybe the first time you pick a market, it takes two weeks.
The second time, maybe it takes 10 days, a year down the line, guys, legitimately choosing a market should take 20 minutes. You should pull some numbers. You should know what’s going on. You should understand it by looking at Zillow, looking at Redfin. Looking at just the data sources that we talk about so much and choose a market.
Like that is what every part of your business should be. Another key part of the indecisiveness, and this is not so much indecisiveness, honestly, guys, but it’s like indecision, like making the decision of moving forward with a deal or not moving forward with a deal. So many people I see. Have that seller that could potentially turn into a solid deal and they just never really push the seller forward to make a decision or they never make a decision, whatever it is.
And they have 5, 10, 15 of these deals that are just in this weird. Limbo phase. And they’re not really moving forward. They’re not being stopped at some point. Maybe it’s a negotiation thing. Like you’re struggling with the negotiation and sellers telling you one number, you’re saying a different number and you’re not like drawing the line in the sand and saying like, listen, I can pay 20, 000.
If you can’t do that, let me know by Friday. If you cannot do that, I understand. I completely understand. Um, I hope you can find another buyer for this land. But I cannot do it and being able to throw away deals, being able to make final decisions on deals. If a seller doesn’t meet you, if a buyer doesn’t meet you where you want to be, will cut out so much time.
And it’s something that keeps people from doing five deals a month. And they’re doing one deal because one deal is taking up so much of their time. But also guys, it’s just, it’s, it’s, it’s something, it’s an experience thing. So if you’re not getting that experience upfront, it’s going to take longer. If you’re not doing more deals, sending more mail, it’s going to take longer.
It’s going to be a process. I completely understand that it’s the unnecessary time that I see. That you need to cut out as your business is growing to scale from that 200, 300, 000 business to the million dollar business. Cause the reality of land, investing land, flipping, you can do this by yourself and make seven figures a year.
I, we have so many people doing it. I have no doubt in anyone being able to do it intellectually. Like anyone can do this. You don’t have to be a genius to do this. It’s just cutting out the little BS that can make you a more efficient business. So that’s number one indecision as a whole, really think about this.
Like if you are in that position where you think you could be more decisive as a land investor, evaluate yourself. Like when we’re talking about the, all three of these things, like, do you fall into this category? Everyone can improve. I can improve in my decision making. Everyone can improve, but it’s about making the right decisions or making the decisions and then just dealing with the consequences, whether they’re right, whether they’re wrong.
But moving the decision forward is something that is going to help your business grow. You’re going to make wrong decisions at times. It’s going to happen, but making the decisions is going to help your business in the long run. Number two, this is a little bigger picture one, I think, but what I have here is undervaluing.
Investor relations. A lot of people come in with, I don’t know, 20, 30, 000. They use five, 10, 000 on marketing. They get a deal, they buy it for 10, they sell it for 20, whatever the situation is. Maybe they had a funding partner for their second deal, buy for 20, sell for 40. They didn’t do a great, they didn’t communicate well with the investor.
That investor is a little hesitant to come back with them all of a sudden guys, you maybe not the first three months, maybe not the first six months, but there’s going to eventually be a deal that you get that comes in. That’s 300, 000 and it’s worth 600, 000. If you didn’t take care of your investors, that 300, 000 deal is going to be a lot more difficult to finance.
Then if you took care of them, will you still get funding? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. It matters how much, how that relationship was, or if you can find other people to fund, but the valuing of investors and taking care of your investors, your funding partners is probably the biggest mistake I see. I know all three of these mistakes.
These are all mistakes that I’m seeing, but the longevity. Of this business is going to be surrounded about the money you can collect. What if you need $2 million for a deal that’s worth $4 million? If you can’t fund that, you’re gonna lose that deal. Someone else is gonna eat it up and be able to buy it.
If you have those investor relations, you, you need to have investor relations for the future as well, is what I’m trying to get at. Like you cannot, if your deal size is $50,000 right now, $20,000. And maybe you can fund a lot of those yourselves. There’s gonna be a deal that you cannot fund yourself. So having those people ready, communicating with them when you do give them deals, taking care of them when they do, when you do give them deals.
Now, when that big deal comes, they’re going to be excited. They’re going to be pumped because they’re going to make money alongside with you, where if you didn’t take care of them, like no, one’s gotten, no, one’s going to make money because they’re not going to invest in your deal. And you can imagine that guy’s like buy for 2 million, sell for 4 million.
You can fund that a hundred percent with investors and make a million dollars. Those deals are out there. I’m like those deals, whether it’s a little bit of project base, or you have to subdivide a little bit. Those deals are out there and that’s a million dollars profit. You are leaving on the table If you don’t have investors for deals like that, if you don’t take care of your investors, who could be the ones funding that, uh, at some point.
So that is number two. It is something that it’s just so, so important in growing. It’s banking relationships. Like if you’re a big, uh, apartment guy and you’re buying hundreds, thousands of units, you need banks on your side. This is the same thing. Just the funding, the funding partners are a little different.
It’s not big banks that are funding. It’s small individuals, maybe with three, 2 million liquid, whatever the situation is. So having those relationships, building those relationships is going to build your business. Like it is going to grow your business. And it’s something we still get funding for our deals.
We don’t fund all of our deals. We could fund most of our deals, but we like to spread our money out. And partners deals in just a lot of different spots. So we like, we know how important it is. When you don’t take care of your investors because they will drop off. Like it is the reality. They will drop off if you’re not, if you are not taking care of them.
And when I’m saying taking care of them, it’s not only getting them a great return, the communication, like we’ve put whole processes and how we communicate with our investors. We have our COO who is highly communicative. With our investors, like that is one of his big, big roles in our business, because how much we value our investors, how much we value the money they are bringing us and the potential of that money.
But that is number two guys. And finally, number three. Stopping educating yourselves once you do a few deals. So that is the person who is six months in, nine months in, 12 months in, they’ve done a deal a month for the last eight months. They’re happy. They made 300, 000. on those eight deals, which is amazing.
Like you guys should be, if you don’t want to do any more money, if you don’t want to make any more money on that, great. Keep doing what you’re doing. But the people who are talking about doing 2 million a year by themselves, maybe with one employee, whatever the situation is, and they just stop educating themselves.
They stop being a part of the community. They stop watching YouTube videos. They stop learning about different things that can grow their business. Not everything. We not everything in land investing that you can make money on is in our course. So continuing to educate yourselves. And there’s a lot of these things in these small calls that we have, where there’s so much stuff you can learn when we talk about subdividing.
And the potential in that and just the education aspect behind that land investing is not going to be the same every year. So if you stop educating yourself, you might three years from now, you’re going to be doing a strategy from 2023. And that’s gonna, maybe it doesn’t work. Maybe it works. I don’t know, but strategies are going to change for getting deals.
Um, there’s going to be different efficiencies with this business. And if you do not continue to educate, educate yourself, network with other people, talk to other people about what’s working in their business. Uh, you’re going to fall behind. It doesn’t mean you’re going to fall flat on your face. But you will fall behind.
Like there’s no question about it. If you stop educating yourself in this business, it’s going to be, and that’s any business, it has nothing to do with land investing. Like if you’re a, my, my dad’s a carpet cleaner, he’s been a carpet, he’s owned a carpet cleaning business for almost 40 years. He is constantly going to these conferences every year.
He goes to conferences, learns new techniques. He does water restoration and carpet cleaning. He’s learning new techniques for carpet cleaning, learning new water restoration techniques, just learning, learning, learning, learning. And that is helping. That’s helping bring the best thing for him to his customers.
And that is why he’s growing year after year. And that’s the same thing, guys, continuing to educate is something that I think can be overlooked. And once you sniff, once you smell a little bit of success, it’s easy. Like I’ve done it before in other things. It’s easy to stop educating as an educator myself in this business.
Like I’m still trying to learn. I read books. I, I listened to lawyers talk about land stuff. I listened to accountants talk about land stuff. I try to learn right now. A big thing for me, education wise is learning about mineral rights, surface versus mineral rights. What can be done? Like is the potential with mineral rights?
We’re not in a ton of markets where a mineral rights being separated from a surface race is a very big thing. But we do fund a lot of deals in those areas. We partner with a lot of people in those areas. So when those issues come up, I want to be as educated as possible to make a decision. Like we talked about number one, decision making like if I’m more educated, I can be a lot more decisive with these things.
But if I don’t know what the heck mineral rights in Oklahoma, or if I don’t have mineral rights in Oklahoma, how’s that going to affect my deal? I don’t know that it’s going to be a lot more difficult for me to make a decision, but to summarize guys, these three things, number one, indecisiveness, being indecisive, market selection, moving forward with deals, every aspect of your business.
Number two, undervaluing investor relations. I, I think for me, this is the biggest thing they’re, they’re all big, but I think for me, this is the biggest thing to getting you to the next level from taking your business to half a million, 10 million. It’s having those investor that those banking type of relations and valuing those highly, like really, really valuing those.
And then number three, education, continuing to educate, continuing to grow yourself. One of our core values at our company is growth. We fully believe in it. People are hired and fired at our company for that core value and in all of our core values. But that is how we, how strongly we feel about that core value growth.
Um, if you don’t have a growth mindset, you’re going to struggle within anything to really take it to the next level. Other than that, guys, like I said, these are the three biggest mistakes I’m seeing from people in our community, from new land investors, everything like that. Land investors who are, have been in the business 12 months, who are trying to scale up and they’re struggling to do that.
Just the three biggest mistakes that I see overall. So other than that, guys, if you guys have not already, you’re watching the YouTube video, please hit that subscribe button down, down below. It really, really helps us grow our mission, grow our voice within a YouTube, the algorithm and everything like that.
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