In this article, you’ll learn how to use inexpensive property search methods that don’t require your physical presence in order to be effective, but which allow you to be at the right place at the right time by using the Internet, a strategic domain name technique and web page linking to find rental properties for your investment.
Use a Property Wanted Web Page to Find Properties Online
First and foremost, use what I commonly refer to as the great equalizer–the Internet–to search online for small, mismanaged rental properties. The most efficient way I know to do this is by having a property wanted Web page on your Web site that uses URL forwarding for a property wanted domain name. If you already have an existing Web site online, for an annual fee of around $50, you can have your property wanted domain name forwarded to a specific Web page on your Web site.
For example, when you use URL forwarding, or domain redirection, you can link your property wanted domain name, directly to a property wanted Web page on your existing Web site. This way, you avoid the cost and aggravation of building an entirely new Web site for your property wanted domain name. As an example, my company, Home Equities Corp, would own the URL or domain name, www.rentalpropertywanted.com, which would have a URL forwarding to the Property Wanted Web page at www.homeequitiescorp.com. (These are just generic examples)
This means that whenever the domain name, www.rentalpropertywanted.com is typed into a browser, the URL is automatically forwarded to the Home Equities Corp Web site, which is the destination domain.
Link Your Property Wanted Web Page to Other Web Sites
Also, link your property wanted Web page to other Web sites that you, or your friends and business associates own. For example, on my Web site there’s a Tampa Rental Property Wanted button that could be linked to the Home Equities Corp Property Wanted Web page. By doing this, I’m placing an online property wanted ad right under the nose of all of the residential rental property owners in the Tampa Bay Area who visit www.floridalandlord.com and want to sell their property.
All they have to do is click on the Tampa Rental Property Wanted button and follow the instructions to submit their property for consideration.