People who are considered to be “real estate moguls” were not born like that, even if they grew up in a family of other successful investors. It is easy to assume that some people just have a talent for buying investment property, or that it is out of reach for the average person’s abilities. In fact, it may be too much for the average-person’s patience, but never her abilities.
This suggests quite affirmatively that anyone who puts her mind to it can become a successful real estate investor. Which means there is no special “real estate investing gene”, without which the average person is doomed to poverty or a below average life. It means that there is hope!
As is written in the books of Robert Kiyosaki, the best way to learn about investing in real estate is to simply observe a process. There’s a step-by-step method that one goes about when studying how to invest in real estate. The 1st step, covered in Robert’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” books, is to educate yourself about the parts of real estate investing.
This essentially means that, it is absolutely imperative to learn what Kiyosaki refers to as “the language of real estate investing”. In order to be successful at investing, we need to be able to choose investments that will do well in the market. In order to choose properties that will perform optimally, one must read the property’s records. And in order for that to do any good, one should be able to comprehend those records. Those records are the financial summary of that property. Consequently, the would-be real estate investor must learn finance and accounting. It’s not imperative that she become an authority either she will one day hire an accountant for that sort of expertise but she must understand what her accountant is communicating to her when they discuss it. She should know what the jargon means so that she may make wise choices. She should be able to understand the materials and conclude what they mean to her.
She must also do this with other areas of real estate investing as well learn enough real estate law to get by and learn about the buildings themselves. That is a wise place to begin. Once the aspiring investor masters finance, law and the properties themselves, now she has a basis to educate herself about the markets. Now she can learn how location can affect the value of a particular property, that even a pristine building in a bad part of town is condemned to fetch only low rent. She can discover how to go about choosing a demographic in which to purchase properties, how to conduct the research, and to whom she should be speaking.
The beginner investor will return to what she has learned about finance, law and buildings while she checks out a prospective property. At some point, she should have learned which aspects of the potential property to inspect and that is significantly more than the structure itself. Of course, she will go over it with her professional inspector to determine what physical shape the property is in, but she will also want to find an appropriate management company, landscapers and anyone else connected with the investment. Before she makes a choice, she will know precisely how much it’s going to cost to keep the place running. She will know what the concerns are and how much it can most likely profit for her. She will know what it makes now, what it will make now and what it will make in the future.
She also knows that the savvy investor does not become attached to the idea of closing the purchase. She knows that most deals aren’t meant to be closed. She knows or she will learn, if she is to become profitable that investing in real estate is primarily about analysis. It is about searching and asking tons upon tons of questions.
Carrying out the process time and again is what creates a real estate mogul. The educated real estate investor will not do things unintelligently. She continually is on top of the activities of the marketplace and of her assets. If an investment she owns isn’t performing well, she knows this and act accordingly.
In short, the real estate investor becomes a real estate mogul just by keeping herself well versed, and by learning constantly. And also, through repetition.