Learn (and earn) by brokering several note deals while learning how to invest

timheadshotTim Fitzgerald’s
Cash Flow Business Tip of the Week

learn-and-earnInvesting in notes for your own account should be your ultimate goal. The profit potential is huge with very low downside risk (if done right), and you can greatly compact the time necessary to wait for retirement by building a portfolio in notes. It is possible to raise your rates of return to over 70% whereby your money is doubling each year, and it is also possible to do these transactions with none of your own money involved. Real estate can also be bought at tremendous discounts using discounted paper as part of the transaction. (I’m just glossing over this, but these as well as many more powerful strategies are subjects to be discussed in-depth on other days.)

But before you even think about investing in notes for yourself, you need to broker several note deals so you can earn some referral fees (amassing capital with which to invest) while you learn how the process works. AND, at the same time you’ll be learning how to invest by watching the professional buyers quote on and close the transactions that you send them. In other words, you’re earning good money through brokering while you’re learning to recognize a good transaction with good profit potential when you see it. This is a fantastic way to speed your progression in this business, starting from ground zero if that’s where you happen to be at.

I would suggest that you hold off on investing for yourself until you’ve brokered somewhere around a couple dozen note transactions. In this way, you’ll almost certainly get a very well-rounded look at the great many differing types of potential transactions that will come across your desk over a period of time. So again, let me emphasize that all the while, you’re earning good brokerage fees as you’re learning the entire note evaluation and purchasing process from the professional note investor(s).

Believe me, you’re going to be exposed to a ton of different scenarios (that’s just the nature of this business and one of the many reasons that I love it so much)– you’re going to come across good potential transactions and also some duds. If you’re new to this, don’t sweat too many of the details– just let the investor tell you want’s good and what’s bad (they will be interested in quoting on some of them, and they will take a pass on some others and you’re not risking anything on your part). Every time they do take a pass on one, they will tell you why, and you’ll learn what not to waste your time on so that you can hone your approach and zero in on the good ones. And, you’ll learn what good note transactions look like as you develop a keen eye for those gold nuggets you’ll want to buy for yourself.

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