Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Easy Path To Property Investing Success

Many people think that real estate investment is beyond them. It has such a mysterious sound. Surely, successful Minnesota real estate investors like Donald Trump were born with a tip sheet in their hand and prospects in the back pocket of their baby jumpers. But the fact is, even those who were born into families of real estate moguls had to start from scratch to learn the family business. They just got an early start.

You can start now.

Willingness to learn is the other key to success when it comes to real estate investing. In truth, it's just like any other specialized task you must become familiar with in order to perform well at, but that anybody who is ready to devote time and mental energy can become proficient at. A good example is that of piloting an airplane; the process seems complex, but as long as your eyesight is decent and you don't have an insurmountable fear of heights, you could learn to pilot an aircraft, and, given time, you could probably develop the skills necessary to work for a commercial airline.

Just like all the flashing lights and mysterious devices in an airplane's cockpit seem absolutely mystifying to the beginner, most have absolutely no idea where to start when it comes to learning the real estate business. Just like a pilot, a prospective property investor must start out by sitting down at the metaphorical cockpit and become familiar with what each little switch and lever does.

If you start investing in properties, and do it wisely (by learning as you go and by getting advice from the experts) you will soon find yourself making a little bit of money at it. Then you will find yourself making more money at it. Eventually you will make a lot of money from it and wonder when exactly you stopped being a novice and started being an expert. It is a gradual process, like anything else.

The Rich Dad, Poor Dad books by Robert Kiyosaki are a great starting point for those who want to learn more about just how easy it can be to break into the business of investing. In addition, 'The ABCs of Real Estate Investing,' by Ken McElroy do a great job of laying the process out in a logical, easy-to-understand manner.

At the end of the day, becoming a successful real estate investor is only difficult if you're unwilling to try, or if you insist on throwing your money at wild guesses (that's gambling, not investing). The one critical fact that you must remember about investing is that in order to succeed, you must constantly be learning; if one becomes complacent, or acts as if he or she is a born investor, a rude awakening is sure to come.

After all, you wouldn't want to climb into the cockpit of an airplane, fire it up and hope for the best, would you? Of course not. That would be suicide. On the other hand, you would expect to become a good pilot if you went through a prescribed program and logged enough hours behind the wheel. Approach real estate investing in the same way and the sky's the limit.