I have a friend who is a Real Estate Agent, and a cousin who is a Contractor who builds homes. I have not approached them to see if they would help me in my REI adventures, because I'm apprehensive about how this might affect our personal relations. For example, if I ask my Real Estate Agent friend to low-ball a bank, or make an offer to a nice couple for 50% less than their home's value - is he going to think less of me, or resent me for putting him in a potentially uncomfortable place? If I ask my cousin to do free (or cheap) inspections for me, can this lead to problems between us?
Does anyone have any experience/stories/insight on this? I've heard you should never mix business with personal, but don't have much experience with this.
I am new to this, and appreciate any advice and assistance! My goal is to own a home of my own, a few rental properties for monthly income, and to fix-up and re-sell as many properties as possible. If I can "green" these properties, that's even better! Thank you.