Lots of people give it a shot in real estate. Some make it big, some flop the first time around, and some get a one-time fluke of luck only to fail miserably later on. The ones who make it big understand that real estate is a business and not a pastime hobby, that it doesn’t really have to do with luck, and that you need to plan it. Just owning even one property will take up a lot of your time and effort and needs your full attention.
Even those who just seem to have a knack for it do their planning and homework before they knack kicks in.
So if you believe this is what you want to do, here are some beginner steps you need to take to be a successful real estate investor.
The real estate business has a lot of ins and outs. Too many people just focus on getting their license, thinking that’s what will lead to success. When you get your driving license but never drive, how can you consider yourself a good driver? Like anything else you’re learning from the beginning, you need someone who knows more than you. Read, attend seminars and do what you can to understand the industry.
Whenever a potential deal comes up, make sure the title deed is set for you to have clear ownership of the property. If something is ambiguous or has some loopholes in it, Mark D. Shipman from SDLaw (https://www.sglaw.com/practice-areas/real-estate-land-use/) says that it can be a risky investment and it is best to find a good real estate lawyer for advice. You don’t want to invest in a property that has pending cases or battles in court and end up risking your hard-earned money.
When you’re starting out, you can’t and don’t try to be all things for all people. There are eight different types of real estate investments that new investors need to know: Commercial real estate, residential real estate, industrial real estate, mixed-use real estate, retail real estate, REITs, mortgage lending, and sale/leaseback transactions. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. So some invest only in commercial real estate, and others only in apartment complexes.
Imagine climbing a mountain. Are you at the way bottom, middle, or near the top? You want to know your current financial stage because depending on where you are, certain real estate strategies will make more sense than others.
There are different strategies to use and based on your finances one or more than one will suit you. Basically, people make money by either:
- Fixing and flipping houses
- Buying wholesale houses
- Buying and holding properties
- Be the bank and lend to other real estate investors
Staying up to date and checking daily opportunities is as important as anything else. There are lots of sites to fill you in on trending deals.
Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but there are too many promises out there that say you’ll get rich overnight. It just doesn’t work that way. It needs patience, but you’ll eventually get there and get rich slowly but surely. Plan your investments and your goals so you don’t just work haphazardly while keeping your fingers crossed.
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