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5 Elements to Jumpstart You Into Real Estate Investing

Oct 9, 2007
So, you wanna be a real estate investor, but aren't sure where to start. You've heard all the stories of people becoming self-made millionaries through real estate. You know that some of the richest people in the world have achieved their dreams through real estate and you want to be next. If you are thinking about getting involved in real estate investing, this article is for you so please read on.

Being a real estate investor can be extremely exciting and lucrative. Whether you want to be a full time real estate entrepreneur or just invest in a few properties to make some additional income, real esate investing can help you achieve your financial goals. It is something that can be done full time or part-time while working another business or job. The opportunities in real estate investing are endless.

What exactly do you have to do to become the next Donald Trump? Here are the steps I would recommend to any individual wanting to make the leap into the exciting world of real estate investing.

1. Invest in education. Take a real estate seminar and learn the basics of how to buy and sell property. The risks are too high not to be educated. The last thing you want to do is to go out and buy a property and lose money. You must know the rules to find good deals. All deals aren't good and all houses aren't meant to be bought. You will want to get familiar with the local laws and regulations on buying property in your area or any area you are interested in.

2. Join a local REIA (Real Estate Investors Association). This will give you to the opportunity to network with other real estate investors in your area. Always go to the meetings early to network with as many people as you can. You will get many helpful hints from experienced investors and learn many tips that will help you in your own business. You may even find a mentor or a partner for you deals. Many REIAs also have special opportunities to get in on some good deals. REIAs are a great opportunity to be in tune with what's going on in your local market and meet great contacts.

3. Set goals. Decide what you want, write it down on paper and set a plan to achieve it. For example, you may want to figure out how much money you want to make in a year. Break it down to a monthly goal and see how many houses you need to buy in a month in order to meet your goal. It is always easier to break down you larger goals to smaller goals. That way you are more likely to attain them.

If you have goals that are too big, you might be setting yourself up for failure because they don't seem attainable. It is great to have big goals, but just break them down into smaller goals that are realistic to achieve.

4. Create a marketing plan and set a budget. Let's face it. If you want to buy houses, you are going to need a marketing plan and budget. Figure out what marketing methods you want to do to attract those deals.

There are many marketing strategies to choose from like newspaper ads, car signs, bandit signs, direct mail, and cold calls to name a few. You'll have to test each marketing method to see what works for you. When you find something that works, keep repeating it! A good marketing budget that will get you a good amount of calls each month is $1,000/mo.

5. Tell everyone you know you are looking to buy houses. This is the most important thing. If you want to buy houses, you must let everyone you know you are looking to buy houses. Now is not the time to be shy.

Print up business cards and pass them out to everyone you know, like the cashier at your grocery store and your waiter at a restaurant. Wear a t-shirt that says you buy houses to the mall and allow curious passer-byers to ask about what you do.

It's the simple things like this that have the most impact sometimes. You never know who you will meet that may lead to you next deal.

So, I've given you a list of things you can do to get started. The final thing you must do it take action! Nothing will happen if you don't take action to make it happen.

Real estate investing can be extremely profitable and allow you to have the lifestyle of your dreams. You can gain control of your future by implementing these steps. Now go out there and buy those houses!
About the Author
Jared Lim is widely known for his innovative real estate marketing apparel, Money Magnet Shirts. After making $25,000 from a lead generated by a t-shirt he designed as a joke, Jared designed a full line of apparel. The entire selection of apparel, can be found at www.MoneyMagnetShirts.com .
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