Monday, February 25, 2008

Study the Real Estate Market Consistently

Millions of people find pleasure in being mystified. Art mystifies them, so they gasp with pleasure and congratulate the artist on his or her skill. They see science as a mystery, so they don't even want to know what researchers are really up to. MN real estate investment mystifies them, and so they make the assumption that it's a big gamble and that some people are either quite lucky, or that they have an inborn gift.

They refuse to accept that succeeding in all three disciplines is just contingent on breaking it down into steps and following through. Readers of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series by Robert Kiyosaki will realize that, in real estate investing, there are 5 important steps necessary to succeed. Investor should:

1.Learn how to speak in the language of real estate investment. This means to take in the basics of finance and accounting and know how to read financial statements. These skills will help determine whether a property is assets and potential drains. It is also important to learn about tax law so that you do not make costly mistakes, but also to know what the best deductions for real estate are. Knowing the basics of these subjects will give the investor the power to communicate effectively with his accountant and lawyers.

2.Keep experts close by. This means networking and studying the people who may wind up on the team of real estate experts which he will hire to assist him in the location and evaluation of properties. The smart investor will get to know the real estate community in the city in which he plans to invest his money, and thereby get to know the city.

3.Study the market consistently and closely. The investor should study up on various cities and see what the experts say about them, but he should also evaluate them for himself. He should study his home city twice as thoroughly, if that is the he is planning on putting his investment funds there. He should familiarize himself with the economy and which areas are good news, and which are bad news. He should learn what the rents in his marker and decide if a piece of property located in that area would assist him in reaching his financial goals. The investor should visit as many properties as he can with his team of experts, even if he is not actually ready to make a purchase.

4.The investor should know the right and wrong way to negotiate . Many people simply have incorrect notions about dealing with sellers. These people are under the impression that the object of each and every negotiation is reach a closing regardless of the circumstances, and to strong-arm the seller into ceding to his demands. If it turns out that the investor is able to make the numbers add up in his favor, and the seller agrees to his terms of sale, that is the point at which the purchaser should go ahead with the purchase of the property. If this is not true, the buyer should walk away. “The ABCs of Real Estate Investing,” by Ken McElroy states that the investor should go into every negotiation assuming he will walk away in the end.

5. Take care of your MN properties. This comprises just what you'd think. Conduct the required repairs and renovations on the property and fill any empty units. Make sure the renters' wants and needs are addressed.
This description represents a streamlined version of the process, however these five simple steps show that real estate investment is a process which can be learned by anyone. Nothing about it is really mysterious about it.