When hunters are out hunting and cannot find game, they use dogs to help them locate the birds that have fallen. The dog “points” the bird out to the hunter, allowing the hunter to save time and effort and focus on other aspects of the hunt. Similarly, in sales, a bird dog is someone who helps a company find qualified leads to convert into customers.

Often, people who work as real estate bird dogs are new to investing in property and do not have the credit or money to purchase investment properties on their own. By locating properties that other investors will purchase, the bird dog earns a finder’s fee. This type of work can be a great way to learn the ins and outs of real estate investing and build up a network that will be helpful when they are ready to take the next step into becoming a full-fledged real estate professional.

However, a successful bird dog requires a lot of research and time. Many successful bird dogs have spent years or even decades in the business and have a strong history of deals with a trusted group of private investors. New bird dogs will find it challenging to match this level of expertise and success.

One of the biggest downsides to being a bird dog is that it can be very difficult to generate enough high-quality leads to make it worth the effort. This is because there are so many different ways that a bird dog can go about finding property leads, and some strategies may not be effective at all.