There sure are a bunch of mystery houses out there these days. I go out prepared when I am previewing properties or meeting investors. I don't always get to view the pretty houses, but after ruining enough pairs of shoes, one gets smart about what is practical. A big flashlight that works is the number one item I must have when going to see properties. I'm now on my third one. I have no luck purchasing a decent high beam flashlight. Next on the list, boots/shoes that are not pretty. This goes hand in hand with the flashlight, plus a reminder to never ever take the second to last step into a darkened basement unless you are fully prepared to be up to your knees in water! Third, gloves. There is nothing like signing a Mold Release to make sure you are in and out quick. Fourth, a notepad with MLS sheet because if you are up to your knees literally, you might want to make a note of that so you don't have to step into that particular basement again. Fifth, two pens because one always falls into the pond in the basement or runs out of ink prematurely. Sixth and most importantly, is a sense of adventure. I can appreciate my own home a lot more after returning from the depths of mystery REO's. And every now and then, I am pleasantly surprised when I open the door to a fresh opportunity. Besides, most investors respect an agent who isn't afraid to get a little dirty while in the field. My best clients are the ones up to their knees with me!
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