Home scouting can be a pretty lucrative business and it doesn’t really require much skill to get started. For starters, like most businesses today, you will need the essential tools like a car to get around to the various different properties, a cell phone to keep in contact with the office (if you’re working for one) and a laptop computer to input and recall the various information that you’ll stumble upon while you’re out in the field. There are many different ways to do things, more than one way to skin to a cat so to say.
The same applies for home scouting. Most people will choose to work for an agency while others will get the information they need and tackle things on their own. Though this way is a little more detailed and independent you will still work with a third party that will be purchasing the data you collect and process. No matter which way you choose, know that they’re both pretty similar in context and only small runway actions will typically change.
Meaning you will or won’t have to call in to make reports, track things for the company or personal purposes and that sort of thing. Sometimes it’s good to get started with an agency learn the ropes and get acquainted and then start things on your own with your personal twists and ideas. Some people even get as advanced as to hooking up a GPS rig to their car and computer and running the entire software based operation, from the capturing, clarifying, processing and engaging of the data they collect. Again, there are MANY ways to be a successful home scout, you should find the one that works best for you and apply a model you’re comfortable with to operate and function in way that is satisfactory to your needs.
Some people call it house scouting, what’s the difference? Nothing, it’s the same exact thing, home scouting is the more proper term and does actually sound a little better when you say it but house scouting and home scouting are the same exact thing. You probably knew that though since you’re human and have basic human intelligence skills no matter what level your brain actually operates on!
Before I drift too far off topic let’s stay on the topic of home scouting. As a scout your job is to find the properties that meet the criteria that you or the agencies you’re working for are looking for. These could be homes that are in foreclosure, going to be in foreclosure, abandoned houses, and etc. It really depends on your area, demographics and what the housing marketing is like in that area. The job it’s self is pretty straight forward but it can get boring or repetitive at times but this is no reason to avoid a job or self-venture in scouting. Scouting homes can work for many different people and this is probably the reason it’s been getting so popular. The fact that the housing market is where it is today probably helps contribute to that as well.
There is nothing complicated about home scouting, it’s exactly as it sounds. Sure there will be changes and variations to how you operate and different people will be looking for different things based on your area’s demographics and economical statistics but the job itself entails basic data gathering and processing skills, that’s it. When you first hear the term you probably get an idea as to what needs to be done. 9/10 people probably hit the nail right on the head. You’re a home scout looking for different homes depending or your or those of your employer. Home scouting is very straight forward and should never be placed in a spotlight as to be a complicated business or something you need mass amounts of advanced skills to be successful with.