Today’s REI Classroom Lesson

Today, Mark Podolsky discusses checking the water depth on any property you’re considering purchasing.

REI Classroom Summary

Mark talks to us about why knowing the water depth is important and how it can help determine the best use for the land.

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Real Estate Investing Classroom Show Transcripts:

Mike: Welcome back to the REI classroom, where experts from across the real estate invest and industry teach you quick lessons to take your business to the next level. And now, let’s meet today’s expert host.

Mark: It’s Mark Podolsky, the land geek, with the And I’m pleased to be back on FlipNerd REI classroom. And if you remember about a month ago, we talked about a fatal land buying mistake, such as not confirming ownership of the property. So today, I want to expand that further to another fatal land buying mistake, that I see happen again, and again, and again. It’s so critical to not make the mistake and it’s a very simple due diligence or a research process.

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Mark: What you want to confirm is the water depth of that property that you are potentially going to invest in. We need water. If we can’t get water on a property, it greatly diminishes the value.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have acquired property 20, 30 cents to the dollar that had a terrible water depth. It would cost $20,000 to $30,000, way more than the value of the property, to hit water. And in that situation, you could be creative and you could put a storage tank on there. And you could actually bring water in. That being said, if you don’t know the water depth, if the water’s not potable, you need to know these things because we can’t survive without water. And if you’re going to go and invest in that property, you need to know what the true value of that property is, based on that characteristic of water.

To take it even a step further than that, we want to know the highest and best use of that parcel. Most parcels, the highest and best use is going to be to go vertical, to build something of value on that parcel. In some cases, let’s just pick on Florida. How about swampland? You wouldn’t believe it. Swampland actually has the highest and best use. You can grow shitake mushrooms on that property. Some properties, it might be putting up a billboard for advertising and getting the billboard rent. Other properties, it might be recreational. But you need to know these things prior to making that investment so you’re going in with total clarity and you know that your investment is going to yield a huge return.

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Mark J. Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) is widely considered the Country’s most trusted and foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the United States. He has been actively investing in Real Estate and Raw Land since 2001, and has completed over 5,000 unique transactions. Mark’s company, Frontier Equity Properties, LLC, is an A+ rated BBB real estate company.

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