Favor Home Solutions Birddog
If you’re looking to get your start in real estate or if you’re just needing to make extra cash on the side, working for Favor Home Solutions is the perfect fit for you! We’re looking for dedicated, hard-working birddogs who will do what it takes to learn how to find a great deal.
Your job as a birddog is to drive around your neighborhood and city to find houses we will purchase. You can make this job a 40-hour-a-week job or you can make this as small as you want it to be, like only working Saturdays. The more you work, the more money you have a chance to make; pretty simple. We go further into detail about what you need to do, but here’s some things you’ll need to have with you before you begin:
- Smart Phone (iPhone or Android)
- Yellow Pad
- Sticky Notes
- Zillow App
- Landglide App
- Jot Form Link (This is where you submit houses you find)
- Link to your county’s Parcel Viewer
What kind of houses do I look for?
You are looking for houses that are trashed, boarded up, have broken windows, have overgrown grass, roof falling in and any other sign that points to someone not living in the house. We look for junky, trashed houses we can find cheap, rehab them and sell them at top market value. We DO NOT want houses listed on the MLS. That means any house listed on Zillow or Realtor.com or a house that is being shown by a realtor, we DO NOT WANT IT. We only want houses that are not on the market.
Other types of houses I look for are inherited houses, houses undergoing pre-foreclosure and other situations I can get a cheap house. If you know of someone who needs to sell quick for cash, that’s my kind of seller! The house doesn’t have to be trashed for me to buy it, but it does need to be well under market value for me to consider getting that home under contract. So if you’re out and about and you stumble upon someone who needs to sell a nicer house quickly, make sure you treat that lead like you would a vacant, trashed house.
When I find a house that meets the above description, what do I do?
When you find a house that is trashed and seems to be vacant, your first step is to write down the address. Take out your yellow pad you have with you and write down the home’s address (otherwise referred to as the property address). Include the Street Number, Street Address, City, State and Zip Code for each house you find. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!! Without the above information, we cannot get in contact with the owner of that home, which means you can’t get paid. No one wants that!
Take Pictures of the House
After you write down the property address, get out of your car and snap 2 pictures of the front of the house. One shot needs to be from the road so you get the driveway and the front yard in the picture, as well as the whole home. Then the second needs to be a little closer, maybe from the side walk or walk way so we see more detail of the front of the home.
Next, try to look in through some windows. If the windows aren’t boarded up, snap a couple pictures of the inside of the home through a couple different windows (of course, as long as they aren’t boarded up). This is so we can get a feel for the inside of the home and what needs to be done to rehab it.
Write a description of the property
On your yellow pad or smart phone (I recommend doing this in your notes on your phone so you can just copy and paste this into the form where you submit the houses you find), write up a simple description of the outside of the home. Tell me things like are the windows boarded up, is the grass overgrown, is the roof falling in, is the foundation obviously messed up and whatever else you notice about the property. I’m not looking for a 5 paragraph essay about a house. A simple 2-5 sentences describing the house is perfectly fine.
Put a Sticky Note on the door
This might seem odd, but it’s important that you do this. On your sticky note, you simply need to write this:
“Favor Home Solutions is interested in buying your home for CASH. Give us a call at 615-956-2909!”
This is all you need to say on the sticky notes. If the owner shows up and sees this, they are more likely to give us a call because it shows someone was actually there. You can also leave one of our business cards at the home, but if you don’t have any of them, the sticky note route is the way to go!
Next Step — Knock the neighbor’s door.
After you have the property address, have taken pictures, have written a description and left a sticky note on the door of the home, you then need to do some research of your own. Your research begins while you’re out and about. Go knock on the neighboring doors of the vacant home you found. If you’re able to talk to any neighbors, ask them what they know about the home. MAKE SURE you let the neighbors know you work for Favor Home Solutions and your boss is interested in buying homes in the area for CASH. CASH is an important word to mention when saying we buy houses. Here are sample questions to ask a neighbor:
- Does someone live there?
- If not, how long has it been since someone has been there?
- Do you know the owner?
- Do you have the owner’s phone number?
- Do they know where the owner currently lives if they don’t live in that property?
- Lastly, ask them if they know of anyone else in the area that is looking to sell their home
- Neighbors can be a great source to find out who wants to sell their house
IMPORTANT: If you can get the phone number of the owner, this increases our chances of being able to buy this vacant, messed up house. Meaning, you will have a better chance to get paid!
Continue this process for all the houses you find. It is extremely important that you’re able to keep track of each house you find and all the notes you take of each house so they don’t get mixed up — SAME with Pictures of each home.
Owner’s Name and Mailing Address — Why is it important?
These are extremely important, especially the mailing address. The owner’s mailing address is the current address at which the owner of that vacant home you found receives mail. Why is this important? This mailing address tells us where to send a yellow letter that informs the owner we are interested in buying that vacant home from them for CASH.
Finding the Owner’s Name and Mailing Address
In order to find this information, we make use of Public Records. You will need to find your county’s Parcel Viewer in order to obtain this valuable information. I’ll provide links to a few counties below.
In the parcel viewer, you select to search by property address. You type that property address you found in the parcel viewer and it spits out the owner information!
Take note of the owner’s name and their mailing address. Once you have it written down, you are ready to submit all of the information to us, and you’re on your way to getting a nice check of AT LEAST $500!
PARCEL VIEWERS: THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
This is easiest accessed on a computer, but for an easy-to-use mobile app, the next section is for you!
This is where you find out the owner’s name and mailing address. If you do this wrong or don’t use these sites, you will NOT get paid because you will submit the wrong information, which means I won’t get in contact the owner. If I don’t get in contact with the owner, you have ZERO chance to get paid. So PLEASE please please use this and learn to use it correctly. If you have questions, please contact me.
Hamilton County – Click on Hamilton County GIS Map
Shelby County – For Shelby Co., click “deed information” to find owner’s mailing address. They have it listed as “Owner’s Address” on register of deeds site.
Tennessee Property Viewer — USE THIS FOR EVERY OTHER COUNTY IN TENNESSEE
LandGlide: Easiest way to look up Owner’s name and Mailing Address on your Phone
This app is extremely important for those of you who don’t have a computer.
LandGlide is the most amazing app for searching for a home owner’s names and mailing addresses. It uses your location, and it has a simple interface. You can download the app HERE.
Be Proactive — Go Knock the home owners door!!!!!!
After you look up the home owners name and address, map it out and see how close they live to where you are. If they are within 20 minutes of a drive, you should take the time to drive over there to knock on their door. When you knock and they answer the door, you simply say something like this:
“Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I work for Favor Home Solutions. My boss is interested in buying your property over at [Vacant property Address] for CASH. He can close quick and there are no costs to you. May I have your phone number for him to contact you?”
It’s truly that simple. If he/she says no, say again that we buy houses for CASH. If he/she won’t give you his contact info or if he/she’s not interested, write down “Favor Home Solution 615-956-2909” on a sticky note and hand to him/her. Tell them is they change their mind, give us a call.
How To Submit Properties I Find
You submit ALL houses you find HERE.
On this form, you’ll submit the property address, owner’s name, mailing address, pictures and notes about the house you took. This form allows us to keep everything organized, so we keep track of who finds what house!
Most Importantly, How Do I Get Paid?!
Glad you asked! When you find a vacant house, we try to get in contact with the owner, and we then enter into negotiations with him/her about buying his/her house for CASH. If we are able to get the house YOU found under contract and close on it, then you get PAID!
You get paid on the date of closing, which is typically a month away from when you first submit us the houses you find. But let’s be honest, where else can you make NO LESS THAN $500 for doing maybe 1-2 hours worth of work?? NO WHERE, except in real estate.
We will sign an agreement with you when we get a house under contract that we are going to pay you a certain amount. That fee we will pay you will usually be $500, but it can only go up from there. The bigger the deal you bring us, the more we pay you! But you’ll never ever make less than $500 for a home we’re able to close on that you bring us.
How Do I Apply?
If you’re interested and want more information, fill out this small application form and we will be in contact with you within 24 hours: