jump to navigation

Property Investing: Not As Hard As You Might Think January 26, 2009

Posted by minnesotarealty in MN Realty.
Tags: , , ,
comments closed

Many people think that Minnesota real estate investment is beyond them. It has such a mysterious sound. Surely, successful 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.

In fact, now is a great time to start investing in real estate.

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.

Real estate investing is exactly like flying an airplane. In the beginning, it is a mysterious thing. You may look at the experts and be absolutely awed by what they have accomplished. But as you begin to learn the language of finance and as you begin to learn the markets, you start to understand what those guys are doing. If you make that sort of learning a habit, you will eventually be an expert yourself.

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.

If you don’t believe it, take a look at the Rich Dad book series by Robert Kiyosaki. He explains just how easy it is to learn about real estate investing. His adviser and fellow Rich Dad author Ken McElroy, actually outlines a step-by-step process to follow in “The ABCs of Real Estate Investing.”

Investing is definitely easier than you think, if you follow one simple rule. That rule is simply to approach MN real estate investing as something you can learn, not as something you think you should have innate ability at. The moguls like Donalt Trump only seem to have an innate ability because they’ve spent so much time and energy learning the business. If you put the same time and energy into learning it, you can make money at it too.

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.