7 Simple and Easy Steps to Big Time Real Estate Investing Success

Too many real estate investors fail to achieve their dreams because they fail to properly launch their investing careers or because they reach a crossroads and don’t know which way to turn. Confused about the next step to take, they spin their wheels, do nothing, and eventually opt to walk away from real estate completely and go back to a life of mediocrity. To prevent this from happening to you, follow this simple seven step roadmap to success.Step One: Education – The right education is critical to your success. Before getting started you should begin learning about a variety of creative techniques. You don’t want to spend so much time preparing to invest that you never launch your investing career, but you don’t want to go off half-cocked and fire at everything that moves either. Learn enough to be able to write an intelligent offer and then make it happen. As your career advances, continue learning as you go along. There’s a ton of accumulated investing knowledge available, so take advantage of it. Keep in mind, too, that education doesn’t have to be a $2,000-$3,000 guru-sponsored super course. You can sometimes learn more from a $20 book, but never quit learning or you will quit growing.Step Two: Planning – What steps are you taking to reach your goals? Are you sitting around with a pad of paper and a pen planning how you’ll spend your real estate profits or are you taking a series of deliberate steps to all but guarantee your success? How many calls are you going to make today, this week, or this month? How many properties will you look at? How many offers will you write? Real estate is a numbers game, so you need to plan your numbers and then you need to follow up by analyzing your activity. If you don’t keep score you won’t know if you’re winning or losing. It all starts with a plan and ends in the winner’s circle or the employment office. Planning – or failing to plan – will determine where you’ll be in a year and how much money you’ll have.Step Three: Team Building – Major league ball teams don’t wait until the season starts to begin looking for members of their team. Their team-building effort starts months ahead of opening day. As a Real Estate investor you need a team of professionals in your corner. Start today with a small title or escrow company and a mortgage company. Make sure they understand creative real estate and have experience. If you’re not working with a mentor familiar with creative investing, you need to find one. He or she can shave years off your learning curve by helping you to avoid some of the stupid and costly mistakes they made.Step Four: Circle of Influence – Who are you listening to? Your brother whose idea of creative real estate investing is buying a time share in Arkansas? If your circle of influence – people who give you advice – don’t know and understand real estate investing, they’ll constantly be taking aim on your hopes and dreams because they don’t understand the concept or because they don’t want your success to shine a spotlight on their mediocrity. Tap into as many creative – and successful – real estate investors as you can at your local REIA meetings.Step Five: the Right Sellers – Wasting time trying to browbeat somebody into accepting your creative offer is unproductive and demoralizing. Make sure that the sellers you’re dealing with are highly motivated to sell and good things will happen. Don’t be afraid to walk away from the wrong deal even if the price is right. Know your ideal situation and then capitalize on it when the opportunity presents itself.Step Six: Hobby/Business? – Is real estate investing going to be your pathway to prosperity? While there are plenty of opportunities for you to have fun, never lose sight of the fact that you’re playing in a very competitive sandbox. You have something going for you, though. A lot of investors lack the education, training, and mindset to prosper. If you’re one of them, you should save your money and take up stamp collecting or join the rock club. If, however, you’re serious about success and give this business the effort it deserves, your future is a blank check – and you’re holding the pen.Step Seven: Stick with It – Real estate investing success won’t necessarily come overnight. That’s not to say that you won’t become an overnight sensation, but be prepared for the possibility that it might take 3-5 years to achieve a level of success that inspires you to throw all of your time and energy into enriching yourself. Real estate investing is easy, but it’s not simple. It takes work, effort, and a willingness to keep plodding ahead even when your big payday is years away – instead of mere days.By following this seven step action plan you can set your sights on reaching all of your personal and financial dreams. Real estate investing is one of the most lucrative careers in the world, but you’ll have to dedicate yourself to your success. How bad do you want it?
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6 Tips for Taking Your Real Estate Investing to the Next Level

Many real estate investors have come to me with the same concern… they know they need to take their investing to the next level so they can obtain that bigger cash flow they’ve been thinking and dreaming of… but they don’t have a clear plan on just how to do it.If you have you been thinking about taking your investing to the next level, this article is for you.Getting your real estate investing to that next level means venturing into new and possibly unfamiliar territory… But, in order to reap those rewards… it’s got to be done. Many investors stick with the same types of deals they did when they first started investing. There is nothing wrong with that… Unless you are looking for that something bigger.The following is a list of 6 tips to help you take your real estate investing to the next level…Tip #1: Go After Bigger FishThink back to why you first got into real estate investing. I started investing because I wanted to make some serious cash, and I was tired of struggling financially. I started like many investors do-dealing in single-family properties. Then I decided I wanted a better cash flow and I wanted it fast. I went after bigger fish.Commercial property investment deals offer some of the greatest cash flow and returns for your investment dollar. The number of units, and the size of the properties can bring the largest returns for the amount of time and money you invest in any deal.Tip #2: Continually Educate YourselfTo get to the next level in your real estate career, you must continually educate yourself. Education and information enables you to find solutions to any challenges that may come up as you’re doing deals. Education also helps to eliminate unnecessary risk. Unfortunately, many investors believe that their lack of knowledge prevents them from doing the tougher types of deals, like large multi-unit residential or commercial properties. It doesn’t take much to get yourself informed and educated. Read books; attend seminars; talk to experts; and never hesitate to ask questions.Tip #3: Get a MentorA good mentor helps you gain practical experience much quicker and more easily then going it alone. Books and courses are important. But a mentor helps you navigate deals, and overcome any challenges you face along the way. Mentors can serve as your safety net for when you head into that real estate investing territory you are unfamiliar with. If you are serious about taking your real estate investing to the next level, a mentor is necessary. A mentor will get there quicker and with much less risk than going it alone.Tip #4: Utilize a Team of ExpertsThere are many people who shun the idea of new investors taking on the risk of large, complicated projects like large apartment houses or commercial real estate investments. They are right. Very large investments are not for very inexperienced or novice investors. So why not let the experts be your experts. Your team of experts works to eliminate the risk associated with your inexperience and lack of knowledge. You can get to the next level in your real estate investment career when you put together a team of people with the expertise you lack, people who already know how to navigate their way through a big and very profitable deal.Tip #5: Develop Marketing SkillsMarketing is necessary for any business. In fact, businesses lacking a marketing system fail. In order to successfully take your real estate investing business to the next level, you must develop your marketing skills and put them into action. A very good way to start marketing your real estate business is by using direct mail. Then, when you begin to receive responses to your direct mail efforts, get yourself networking at places like local investment clubs as well as with bankers and lenders. This is an easy way to get started-take one marketing strategy, learn and hon it. Then start working other forms of marketing (networking, for example).Your business will get to the next level only when you start learning about and utilizing successful marketing strategies.Tip #6: Have a Can-Do AttitudeAttitude makes all the difference… especially in real estate. A person who thinks s/he can’t do a deal because it’s bigger than he or she is used to, cannot and will not get his or her business to the next level. The wrong attitude can doom you before you even try. Conversely, a person who is hungry enough for success will attain it simply because he or she doesn’t given up.No matter where you are with your investing, these tips can help you take your real estate investing (and cash flow!) the next level. Multi-unit residential and/or commercial real estate can definitely be the right vehicle(s) to provide some of the greatest cash flow in the industry.When you combine education, expert assistance, marketing, and the right attitude, you have the makings for conquering bigger investments successfully, and therefore achieving bigger and better cash flow deals. Your next step is to take action.