More and more people are getting into the market of real estate investing, but as the investing base grows, so does the number of “new” gurus. A lot of these gurus have a few deals under their belt and are pushing their students into getting started as a wholesaler. There’s nothing wrong with being a wholesaler, but the misleading part is the idea that wholesalers will make bank in this area of investing.
A wholesaler is someone who gets a property under contract, then turns around and sells that contract to another investor for a profit. They are being paid for putting the deal together, and once they get their profit, they’re out of the deal entirely. Sometimes a wholesaler will “pre-hab”, such as painting, landscaping, or putting on a new roof, to increase the value for the new investor who will take the contract over. I, personally, do not do “pre-habbing”; if I don’t want a property, I don’t want any more money than necessary tied up in it so I can assign the contract and move on to a deal I DO want.
If you’re buying, selling, and rehabbing a property, that is NOT wholesaling. Wholesaling is meant to be a way to get cash to pay your bills, build capital, or make a profit on a property you don’t want for yourself. There is ALWAYS a cost to using money, no matter how you use it. Guaranteed.
Good Luck and Happy Investing.