You read here on EquityBuild News a few days ago about how important it is to move your flip as quickly as you can. That involves making sure your rehabilitation estimates, both from a cost and time element, are on track as well as double checking the days on market it will take to list the home.

Butfinding buyers ahead of time in addition to how speed saves you money during the rehab process you can also eliminate most if not all of the time it takes to list the home for ultimate sale.

When you identify a particular prospect, you should always have a database of potential investors that will be interested. Real estate investors, just like you, are always interested in a profitable transaction. This database is one that you have built over the years matching up property types with the investors that are attracted to specific transactions. For example, you can have an investor or two who appreciates condominiums near college towns or urban areas. Other investors like single family homes that need significant repairs in solid, well-established neighborhoods. Whatever the property type, you need to have at least one person to call for each transaction—before you even make an offer on the project.

But if you don’t have your own database that is as deep as you’d like, your real estate agent should have plenty of prospects and yet another reason why having an experienced, professional agent on your team is essential to your success. The ideal buyer is one that is the one that is found before you make the offer.

There is no better way to cut down on the time it takes to sell a property other than eliminating those days altogether. Just as you put together a plan to buy, finance and repair a home for sale, before you get too far in the game, have a buyer lined up. It doesn’t get any better than that.