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How to Make Money in Real Estate

Sep 11, 2008
Many novice real estate investors look upon veteran investors and wonder If it possible for them to achieve the same level of success.

Real estate secrets? What they don't understand is that there is no one, single secret of success in real estate investing. With the proper time, knowledge and effort, anyone can have a successful career in property investing.

Minimize Risk

The veteran investors have simply learned the ropes through the school of hard knocks. They have learned how to minimize risks by anticipating and working around them

The first way in which real estate investors succeed, is by having patience. They take the time required to learn about each potential investment. They want to completely understand anything that might affect the financial success of every investment.

Many elements go into choosing good investments and it may take a good amount of time to find property that has all the earmarks of a profitable deal. Acting in haste has been the downfall of many first time investors.

Yes, it's true that you must act quickly when you find a truly good deal, but it take experience to recognize that type of an investment. You make your profit when you buy, so buy carefully.

Double P Power

Patience is also important because many deals just won't go together on the first try. You need Double P Power. That stands for Patience mixed with Persistence. When you can automatically approach each deal with the Double P mind set you will greatly increase your chances of success.

If they give up on the first try or become impatient and walk away after an offer is rejected, you will greatly reduce your chances for success. Smart investors know to always keep the door open for delayed counter offers. Or better yet, they understand that making another offer after the passage of time may lead to a profitable transaction.

Real estate investors become successful by being organized. It is important that you keep track of everything that you are doing to find and make offers on property. After all, real estate is just like any other business and needs to be treated as such.

Money spent, money earned, business cards that are handed out as well as all phone calls made, need to be monitored in order to keep track of existing as well as potential clients.

Exit Strategies

Profit plans need to be formulated before any offer is made. And don't overlook your exit strategies. That means your plan for getting to the profit. Is there more than one way to generate cash by holding or selling the property? Those things should be considered and planned before you formulate an offer.

One of the most important things a successful real estate investor has is knowledge. You must know when to buy, when to sell and what neighborhoods offer the most opportunity. You do this by continuing your education and joining local real estate investing clubs. Interacting with fellow investors can be a valuable tool in staying abreast of current market conditions in your area.

Can't find a real estate investor's club in your area? Participate in real estate forums you can find on the Internet. You will find plenty of information there about creative real estate investing.

You must plan on making an offer on a property a least once each week. Chances are, only a few of those offers will be accepted and that's why you have to keep making them. It gives you a chance to meet home sellers and develop expert negotiating skills. You can only do that by getting out there and talking to people.

By staying in constant contact with motivated sellers, investors stay tuned to market conditions. Just because a home owner won't sell to you today doesn't mean his condition won't dictate the need for a fast sale in two weeks. Stay in touch with those people, so you are foremost in their thoughts when the need for a fast sale occurs.

Sure real estate can be a risky business, but only for those that don't plan and use their Double P Power.
About the Author
Mark Walters is a third generation real estate investor and founder of CreatingWealthClub.com. For a limited time Mark is offering his big guide to finding hard money loans for real estate investing free. Free guide to private money loans.  http://www.FindPrivateMoney.info
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