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Real Estate Investing Principles

Aug 17, 2007
There are many tricks and techniques that can help improve your knowledge when it comes to dealing with investing in real estate. There are new ways and methods of doing things and handling situations that are worth learning about. Knowledge about the most recent types of financing can be of great help. However, there are six basic principles about real estate investing that you need to know about. The principles are

1 Relationship building

2 Understanding the numbers

3 Risk reduction

4 Always be prepared

5 Goal setting

6 Get educated

Investing in real estate is all about relationships and building relationships. The most valuable resources in real estate are people and the more you know about people, the more likely you are going to find good properties to buy or good buyers for your property. Knowing sellers, buyers and other investors can be of great help as these people can provide you with information, opinions and even good deals. Always take notes, ask people for their names and note it down. You never know when it will come in use. Hire a good real estate agent who will bring you many interesting listings. Knowing and understanding the relevant numbers is also very important. For example, looking at a rental property should bring income, expenses and the capitalization rate to your mind. Think of changes that will allow you to raise the income and how this change in income can affect the value. Never invest in a property on impulse as this will most probably lead to trouble. Always invest in a property once you are sure of the fact that you have understood the numbers.

Always find and use risk reduction methods. It is advisable to include inspection, financing and other contingency clauses in the offer. This is done to retrieve the deposit in case the deal fails. Before buying any property, always consider an exit strategy and formulate a backup plan. It is not wise to value real estate property based on impulses and gut feelings; always use comparables and capitalization rates to value property. It is best to buy through your limited liability company or your corporation. Always be fully prepared when investing in property because you never know when you may hear about a new and interesting property that might be up for sale. Keep a pen and paper and business cards ready at all times.

Creating goals and not wishes can not only help boost your morale, it can also help you get that interesting property that you have been dreaming about. It is good to make a plan or a schedule. Look at a fixed number of articles per week and write a certain amount of offers per month. Set goals for everything including the number of phone calls you have to make per week or the number of online listings you need to check per week. The goals you set need to be action packed as action creates force. By following your goals on a regular basis you can create habits and positive habits ultimately lead to more successful investing when it comes to real estate. There is nothing more important than education, so keep learning and using that education as a means to more effective real estate investing. Spend as much reading books and magazines and listen to tapes and CDs concerning real estate. Good information is very important and can only lead to better real estate investing.
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