Okay, I've read the book and I'm completely pumped to get started! I've done research in my area, which like a lot of areas, is in a downward/bottom trend. I've looked in to real estate agents, contractors and lawyers in my area and have a list of the ones I think are the most experienced, all with 20+ years working in their respective fields specifically in my area.
Here's where the problem comes in:
I'm a full time college student, barely paying the bills. I currently have a negative monthly cash flow which is only offset every semester when I get enough financial aid to tide me over until school's out and I can work full time, or next semester's financial aid comes in. I have absolutely no extra money to devote to real estate investment and I have bad credit, (because my mom used my SSN on a cable TV agreement when I was 12,) but I'm working on the bad credit thing, (side note: Anyone know how long it takes to get a free credit report? I filed for my free reports a couple months ago and still haven't received anything.)
I'd love to do some assignment deals in my area, which would allow me to get some money to start doing some real investing. Only problem is I don't have any initial money to pay a real estate agent or lawyer for advice/assistance or a contractor for an estimate on renovation costs. Is it possible to get a real estate agent who is experienced enough to serve all of those functions, (legal counsel and renovation estimate) and promise to divide my finder's fee with them in addition to using their services for many, (if not all,) future deals?
I'm totally new to all of this and would appreciate any advice or input anyone can give me.