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By the way any techniques that you guys actually use when dealing with traditional brokers.

When looking for no money down, or buyer-tilted lease-purchase deals, you almost always have to deal with For Sale By Owners (FSBOs). The main reason for this is the broker wants his money upfront, so some money must be present in the deal to pay the broker.

Often, the Buyer will need to educate the "don't wanter" seller as to the creative ways he can be rid of the property. If the seller is an unhappy landlord who has not been able to sell, they may very well give you favorable lease/purchase terms.

If you're lucky, the seller may own it free and clear, or would be willing/able for you to take over payments on his mortgage. In all these cases, you are better off skipping the broker-represented seller.

The one exception is if you are able to obtain financing and the house is selling 10-20% below market value. In these cases, loan programs exist where the seller and broker can get their cut and you can get in with nothing down. I will post about some of these situations I have run across later.
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