Real estate investing can be as simple or as complex as simple as you make it out to be. However, here is a tip: the most successful business men in the world – the Warren Buffets – have traditionally relied on simple strategies to generate enormous wealth. The following steps can help ensure that you are on the right road to success:
1) Don’t do it alone.
No successful business person ever makes it alone. He or she always leverages in order to make use of the time, credit ratings, and money of others. Successful real estate invetsing entrepreneurs rarely begin with inherited wealth. Rather, they use other people’s knowledge and wealth to build their own empires.
One of the first things you want to do when you approach real estate business, then, is to build a power team of people who can lend you their good credit ratings, money, expertise, and professionalism.
2) Spend 30 days getting ready.
While jumping right in can seem very tempting, resist the temptation. You need a 30 days — no more, no less — to get a feel for the business, to set up your business, and to develop a business plan that you can then work. This little buffer of time will ensure that you are not overwhelmed or burnt out right away.
3) Once you are ready, take massive action.
When the 30 days are up, do not continue to do research or sit back. Once your 30 days are up, take massive action. This means that you should start implementing your business plan and start working every day towards your goals. Every day, set aside what time you can to grow your business. Remember: those people who succeed are those who do.
4) Always know where your money is coming from.
Experts say that as much as 80% of our results come from about 20% of our actions. That’s why you need to analyze. You may find that a small percentage of your deals are bringing in the vast majority of your profits. If this is a case for you, as it is for most businesses, you’ll want to focus on that 20% and continue growing those assets of your business that are most prosperous.
For example, if you find that you are getting most success from your rentals, you need to either reevaluate what you were doing wrong with your other deals, or, more likely, you need to focus on your rentals and start expanding that part of your business.
5) Have a real estate niche to focus on.
Don’t try to take on every sort of deal that you hear about. Ideally, find a specific area of real estate that interests you or that you feel you have the expertise to do well with. Don’t try to be everything to everybody, but focus on developing a reputation for being the go-to person for a specific type property.
6) Treat your real estate investing business like a business. Be professional, keep appointments, and always be on time. Put your best face forward always, and make sure that you are always businesslike with clients.
7) Don’t work in a vacuum.
Keep reading the news to understand what the current market conditions are. For example, the National Association of Realtors recently reported that the mortgage market is improving, which may help turn around home sales in the early months of 2008. Without reading the facts, it’s easy to become cowed by rumors and fears, so keeping tabs on reliable news sources is important.
For example, the same news item from the National Association of Realtors reveals that 2007 will likely be the fifth highest year on record for existing-home sales. If you have simply been listening to unfounded rumors about housing slumps, you may believe that the market has no place for you.
Reading this sort of news and regional news can help you see where you should be investing.
8) Make real estate investing automatic.
Automate parts of your real estate investing business. For example, rather than creating a new letter of introduction from the beginning every time you want to make contact with a new lead, develop a template on your computer that allows you to automatically update and personalize that letter quickly. Speak with your attorney and find ways to automate the process of evaluating and signing contracts.
Automating parts of your business will save you plenty of time and will allow you to focus on making money.
9) Focus on the parts of your business that make you money.
Many real estate investing entrepreneurs get confused by all the elements of running a business. Of course, you need to take care of taxation, accounting, marketing, and much more. However, if you want to make handy profits, you need to spend most of your time on those moving parts of your business that actually make you profit. For one week, keep track of how you’re spending your time.
You may be amazed to find that most of the business related tasks you spend time on have no direct impact on your profit line. Now is the time to change that.
10) Learn – Implement – Earn and Learn Some More.
Successful real estate investing entrepreneurs have an unquenchable thirst for acquiring new knowledge that can give them an edge. A general rule of thumb is to invest $250 to $500 in your continuing education monthly. The key is to extract the bits of new information that you can leverage to grow your revenues, and apply those nuggets of wisdom right away.From a corporate job with $20,000 of credit card debt, Brad set out to build an empire and never looked back. Within 93 days, he had generated $3.2 Million profits (cash and equity) from property in the United States with his partners.
24 months later from the day he began, his businesses had contracted, bought, developed, built, sold, rented or assigned $15 Million of property across America.
He is the creator of the renowned Strategic Investment Manifesto™ and the highly acclaimed 7 FIGURE Profits™ system that successfully teaches all investors how to build a business that generates a 6 figure bank account and realize 7 figure gains in as little as 7 months …
Personally endorsed by celebrated entrepreneurs like Mark Victor Hansen (co-Creator Chicken Soup for the Soul™ Series) and NY Times Best-Selling Financial author Robert Allen (Nothing Down, Creating Wealth, One Minute Millionaire), Brad runs his real estate investing and development business from his offices in Colorado and Canada.