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Opening Doors to Real Estate Investing: 12/12/2016

Opening Doors to Real Estate Investing

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Published: 12/12/2016
Posted by: RET Staff

rpr_garland-harris-jrGarland Harris Jr., REALTOR®
Masters in Community Development, BA in Architecture from Prairie View A&M University

Garland Harris Jr. may be new to the REALTOR® family, but he is already primed to make his mark on the Houston area. By keeping his eyes open for opportunities, he has moved from watching developers as a service provider, to building an investment team and client base driven not only by profit, but also positive community impact. Our conversation with Garland should encourage anyone looking at real estate investing to become a sponge for knowledge and enact a plan for 2017.

When did you become a Realtor® and how did you start working with investors?

Garland: I joined the REALTOR® family in 2016, but started working with real estate investors in 2014. My first exposure came from working as a design architect for some local townhouse developers. After learning the development side, I gained interest in real estate investing, and became a REALTOR® to get access to data and build relationships with agents, affiliates and lenders.

How is working with investors different from working with a client who intends to occupy a property?

Garland: The main difference is what drives them to a buying decision. An investor is not focused on things like street appeal, but on how the numbers work and how the investment fits into their overall business goals. Understanding your investor's financial wants and goals is critical.


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