How To Successfully Invest In Real Estate For Beginners

Are you thinking about becoming a real estate investor? There are are some points that you should consider before you begin to invest in real estate that could decide if you succeed or fail.

The first thing you should consider when investing in real estate is can you afford it? Real estate investing is an expensive thing to begin to do and you need to take a look at your budget. You will probably have to make a real estate investment loan so you can invest in your real estate but can you pay that loan back? To invest in real estate is a big commitment and you are going to have to know if you are going to be able to afford it before you begin.

You need to decide why you are investing in real estate. If you are investing for your family you should check out the papers and formalities of the land such as water, road connectivity to the estate and electricity, and also how near to schools, shops, etc. the estate is located. If the house is a home you are investing in you should take a walk through the interior to make sure there are no faults or repairs needed.

If you are buying the estate solely for the purpose of reselling it in the future it is very important that you do a lot of research on the estate. You need to find out how much of an appreciation the land goes through and also calculate which areas are going to bring you the best profit. This is important because you do not want to go out and buy an estate on land that is not in demand.

The next point to consider before investing in real estate is to choose a good real estate agent. When choosing a real estate agent you should choose one who has a good market knowledge and one who knows the latest trend of the real estate market. You also need to choose an agent who is reliable as the bargain of the real estate investment lies solely on the agent’s knowledge and trust. If you choose a bad real estate agent you could end up with a bad bargain and many problems so choose wisely.

After reading this article you should walk out knowing how to begin to invest in real estate and be on your way to success.

Why Choose Real Estate School?

Chances are that you may be considering obtaining a job within the field of real estate. If this is the case, you are also probably interested in learning more about real estate school. Well, luckily, you have come to the right place. Here, we will take a much closer look at real estate school, as well as finding a school in your area to provide you with the real estate courses that you need.

You have wondered whether or not you really need real estate school. The most important thing for you to take into consideration is the fact that in order for you to become a real estate agent in any state, you are going to be required to take real estate training courses. This is where the importance of real estate school comes in. In order to take the classes that you are going to need in order to prepare yourself for the real estate licensing process and to meet your state’s schooling requirements, you will need to attend real estate school. All in all, in order to obtain a job in real estate, real estate school is something that will be required of you to attend, regardless of if you want to or not.

Finding a real estate school in your area is not hard, as long as you have a good idea of what it is that you are looking for. Sometimes you will find the courses that are needed in order to complete your state’s requirements for becoming a real estate agent at your local community college. More often, however, you will find an actual real estate school in your area which has these classes to offer you. Some real estate agencies actually have their own real estate school, in order to prepare you for becoming a real estate agent at their agency.

Another one of the things that you may be wondering about is what the cost of real estate school is. Well, this cost will vary according to several different factors. One of the main things that it will depend on is if you are planning on attending an actual real estate school or a community college. The average cost for real estate school classes is between two hundred and three hundred dollars, while the average cost for community college classes is between four hundred and five hundred dollars. While some people may find the cost of a particular real estate school attractive, chances are that you may want to decide to attend a community college, as they often may be more reputable. Of course, this is certainly not the case if you know that the real estate school which you have been thinking about attending has a very reputable name as well.

As you can see, there is much to know when it comes to real estate school. If this is something that you are thinking about yourself, chances are that you will probably want to give a lot of consideration to the real estate school which you are planning on choosing to attend.

Real Estate Investments – Just How Risky Are They?

Real Estate Investing Just How Risky Is It? What Can You Do About it? What’s the real scoop? Why are there so many real estate investment seminars making the business look easy, while real estate investors I know are experiencing something more involved?

It does not matter whether I am listening to radio, late-night TV or Saturday morning infomercial, I can always discover a real estate program promoting fast ways to make big money, and I wonder if I am missing out on something? So what is going on? Am I overlooking important learning opportunities with these money-making training sessions? One is left with this message: If it is this easy to make money in real estate, then why isn’t everyone doing it?

It appears is that we are receiving the upside of the business: good deal making techniques, and the periodic great deals. We need to realize the limitations of what we are seeing and to understand what we are missing with many of these training seminars. That is not to say that there isn’t money to be made in real estate and that one cannot make a good living with real estate investments. There are great techniques for acquiring and developing good investments on a number of levels. And the business can provide you much satisfaction and freedom. However, you can trust that there is more to the real estate business than what is presented in the typical real estate seminars.

The more successful businesses are structured and have developed business models (methodologies) to work by. They provide controls over accountability, guidance, risk management, legal protections, and quality assessment (assurance) to ensure that their products and services meet their customer needs. We have all heard the comment, “Oh, you are in real estate. Isn’t that kind of risky?” The answer, of course is that it can be, and for many, it often is! Does it have to be so risky? No! But, have you ever attended a real estate seminar in which the presenters discussed risk management or assessment? Why not? Doesn’t it apply?

Real Estate gurus often tell their audience what they want to hear, rather than the broader picture of what they may need to know. We all need to know the positives and the value of good real estate techniques. However, isn’t there a need to provide a more complete view of real estate business, including asset management, standard business practices, and checks and balance, not just investment techniques alone? For example, would you appreciate some advice on effective property management? Don’t you want to know more about what to do in tough times or when you are getting in over your head; how to advert bad decisions, and how to expand your business and how to protect yourself? Every business person has good and bad times. But not all businesses go under because of hard times. Most of the businesses I know deal with risk management, either on a formal or informal basis.

My Recommendations: Here are three (3) key things you should develop for your business. While they apply to all businesses, they particularly apply to real estate:

A. Vision for your business

Martin Luther King said, I have a dream! Likewise, you need a dream and a vision of what you want from your business. Writing it down and keep your vision honed.

B. Well-defined Business Plan (cradle-to-grave)

If you don’t have a plan for your vision, how are you going to have your vision come true? Your plan should include a description of your objectives and actions for the start and completion of each major program or project you are doing.

C. Risk Management Plan

It is your duty to minimize your risks, and maximize your successes. It is much easier to make changes in direction early on, before you have to pay the price in dollars later! Risk Management is about diversifying your options (not putting all your eggs into one basket), identifying best and worst case scenarios, reviewing your performance regularly, having a backup plan, when your master plan fails, and finally learning from your mistakes!!

A) Create a Vision for your business You create your vision through the following:

Values you uphold for your company

Purpose of your company

Goals which detail how you are going to accomplish what you want to do.

Taken collectively, these three provide you with your Business Vision, or Mission. After think about these three areas, you should write out your mission statement and your goals and objectives for your business. A business vision is not cut in stone. As your business grows, so will your vision.

B) Structure Your Business How do you start planning your business and identifying your activities? You can take classes, read books, and talk with professionals and mentors. To ensure that you have thought of all issues regarding your business set up, it is a good idea to write down these 6 interrogatives to help you capture the whole of it:

Who, What, Why, When, Where and How

All six can assist you with your planning. For example, in general, you will want to define Who is involved, Why you are doing the business, What you want out of your business, How you plan to get there, When you plan to start (timetable), and Where (location) you expect to operating your business. Below is an example of a structured business model. How detailed and thorough you are in its use, depends upon the maturity and size of your business. You will want to define your tasks and detail to the degree required to manage your business. However, the four Phases are generally accepted categories. For more information, you can, of course, attend classes, go online and search for business models or business methodologies, or consult our web site http://www.globalrealestateinvesting.com later:

I. Analysis Phase:

- Define your vision and mission

- Define your objectives, according to your mission

- Identify your resource requirements (people and materials)

- Identify real estate for your business development

- Define a risk management model

II. Design Phase: Define a plan or prospectus on paper (include marketing and staging approach as part of the design)

Select real estate – determining current and future value of investments for purchase or sale, according to your plan

Collect data on required resources (people and materials) and their costs

Create a total cost estimate for each effort (often called a Work Breakdown Structure-WBS).

Review the labor and cost estimates with other key members for confirmation, make modifications to your estimates, as necessary.

Consider developing your real estate in workable phases

Establish checkpoints to review performance, and test your results with the market

III. Development / Renovation Phase Perform construction / renovation / project management projects according to your plan

Regularly hold brief reviews with key members to confirm your progress

Make changes to your work activity according to review recommendations

Prior to completion, make a test walk through of the properties to ensure work is to Plan (Review development and staging activities)

Complete work (punch-out) and any final updates for final review

IV. Implementation Phase Review plan for staging property(s) and Marketing approaches

Make corrections to the plan, based on review results

Document lessons learned from our real estate developments

C) Develop a Risk Management Plan

Are you having trouble keeping your activities under control? Are you continually overrunning your budget? Did you complete a renovation project or manage a year of lease/rental income that should have provided you a good profit, but ended up giving you little to no real profit? If so, then you need to define a Risk Management Plan:

Risk Management is a tool that is not referred to enough in managing real estate businesses. It can be critical to the survival of many businesses. Most people think of “risk” when they think of real estate investing. So, why would you not develop risk protection for your real estate business?

RISK MANAGEMENT Definition:

The process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how to best handle such exposure.

The decision to accept exposure or to reduce vulnerabilities by either mitigating the risks or applying cost effective controls.

So, what is at risk?: Your time, your money, your physical assets, and suits against your assets and integrity. For real estate, Risk Management can be viewed as performing a series of risk protective activities at periodic times during your property development efforts, starting from the day you start your business to its operations and ultimate sale. [Creating a contingency plan, having access to attorney services, and incorporating your business are part of your Risk Management Plan]

If you are doing your job correctly, you should be able to determine before your begin a real estate project:

Anticipated profit you will take for your effort

Current value of the investment

Future value of the investment upon completion

Completion Time for the investment effort

Can you say this now? If not, you are not really ready to renovate a property for sale and profit!

Here are examples of how I have used risk management techniques in my real estate development activities. I always keep in mind that good locations and good residents are my most important assets.

Example #1-building cost reductions: Year 1999, Purchase of two 4-unit buildings as one property in good area; units were section 8 in need of major TLC (deferred maintenance and a classical diamond-in-the-rough ).

Purchased low, required inspections, negotiated with Seller on $10,000 post-inspection cash return for improvements Talked with landscaper on removal of overgrown bushes. They wanted $2,500 for effort. I declined. Within 6 weeks, using a chainsaw (no massacre here), I trimmed all bushes, creating a bonsai effect, placed mulch on beds using free mulch from a community resource center, and planted flowers. Renovated each apartment on a unit-by-unit basis as tenants left; upgraded exterior with new landscaping, decorative painting, and artistic fixtures Sold both buildings to local LLC for full-market price, $100,000 profit within 6 years

Risks managed: Materials and Management costs were kept low, so that tenant income and sale profits are maximized, using sweat equity.

Example #2 Seller Creativity during a Buyers Market: Year 2006 Sale of Historic Home in a financially-stalled historic district (tough sale for a tough period).

Reviewed listings and purchased bank-owned double with extra lot, very close proximity to local university and hospital Re-converted badly-designed double to original single-family home Installed high-end kitchen and bath cabinets, using discounted display cabinets and counters from a local home improvement store. Installed discounted high-end lighting (commercial lighting company provided 50% discount for using his services for my renovations); restored ornate doors and woodwork, landscaped yard, planted flowers During sale period (Buyers Market): extended my potential client market to include both residential and commercial clients; introduced my listing to Real Estate mangers for local hospital and university. Received excellent offers from the hospital and a professional person with the Air Force.

Risks Managed: Ability to sell home in a marginal area for a very good price during a Buyers Market; Expanded client base to both commercial and residential through location of home, provided several sale options, including Seller financing to help motivate Buyers.

Example #3 Management for Protection and Income Maximization: Year 1977 – current Use preliminary telephone and interview screening and credit screening for all applicants; following this up by directly personally contacting employers, landlords, and relatives Establish rules and conduct requirements verbally and in written Leases; provide checklists, support policies, and show residents that I care Remain strict with Lease requirements, rent payments, and the rights of other residents. However, I remain flexible and supportive of residents needs; making repairs as soon as possible; providing simple courtesies such as asking about the family, their interests, needs; I always tell residents that we appreciate their presence. When residents have established a good rent-payment history and start having trouble paying rents, I am flexible and work with them. I have created notarized payment plans, have created agreements to spread payments over periods of time, and have had residents work for me on occasion. I consider the comments You are the best landlord I have ever had to be the highest compliment and a definite risk management safety comment.

Risks Managed: Maintained residents for extended periods (maximizing profits); Ensured that residents knew who I was and that I was responsive to their needs and concerned about their well-being. This provided security, as residents were less-likely to be upset with management or damage the property, or move-out! It also builds a good tenant base, as word-of-mouth provides you with good residents.

I hope that this information has been helpful.

So, just how risky is real estate investing? . . . . . .only as risky as you are willing to make!

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Real Estate Investing Program

The Ultimate Real Estate Investing Program

What Type Of Real Estate Investing Program Fits You?

What type of real estate investing program is right for you? The right real estate investing program will make it simple to become a successful real estate investor. But let’s be clear, the steps to becoming successful as a real estate investor are simple but simple does not always translate to easy. Choosing the right real estate investing program is one of the most important decisions you can make as a real estate investor.

The best known real estate investing program is the Carlton Sheets no down payment system that has been running as a TV infomercial for over twenty years. As fare as real estate investing programs go the Carlton Sheets No Down Payment system leaves much to be desired and I would not want to have to make a living based on that real estate investing program alone. But Carlton Sheets has introduced a lot of people to the wonderful world of real estate investing and for this he should be thanked.

Let’s take a look at three real estate investing programs and the benefits of each.

Kick Ass Wholesaling. Learning How To Buy.

The single most important skill for real estate investors is learning how to buy properties significantly below market value. When you learn how to buy at 50-70% of market values profits are assured and exit strategies plentiful. Pay too much for a property and there is often little you can do other than take your losses or hang on for dear life hoping the market appreciates over time.

Another advantage of wholesaling is the ability to quickly generate profits without having to use your cash or credit. An example is you find a house worth $200,000 that a seller will sell to you for $130,000. You could in turn sell this to another investor for $140,000 and make yourself $10,000 quickly and never have to fund the purchase. For a complete system on wholesaling check out Kick Ass Wholesaling

Work For Equity. The Most Profitable Way To Sell Properties

This is an advanced real estate investing program not because it is hard to implement but because most investors never discover the system. Instead of buying ugly houses and either wholesaling or rehabbing there is a way to sell and make twice the profits and have a larger pool of buyers wanting your house.

Work For Equity is the real estate investing program where you sell the property with a special lease option agreement that requires the purchaser to repair the property at their expense. Later, typically after 12 months to maximize your tax gains the lease option buyer has the right to purchase the property (in the real world only about 30% of any lease option buyers exercise their option and purchase the property).

If the lease option buyer exercises their option and purchases the property you are cashed out and this is good news. If they lease option buyer does not exercise their option you have a property that has been improved at their expense and you are free to sell again using any method you choose.

The benefits to the real estate investor are too numerous to detail here but in the end work for equity can literally double an investors profits compared to rehabbing the property then selling the property for the full after repaired value.

Work For Equity is a real estate investing program that every investor should use. Why not make twice the profit on deals your currently rehabbing? All the details can be found in the Work For Equity Pro System.

Instant Real Estate Profit Pro – How To Buy Properties In 5 Minutes Or Less

For the serious investor there exists a real estate investing program designed to handle all of your buying needs – in 5 minutes or less.

Imagine being able to analyze a property, estimate profits, and print out all of the documents you need to give the seller a completely justified offer that includes a cover letter, repair cost estimates, how you arrived at your offered price, and two offers – one cash and one terms. Users of this system are so efficient they often put properties under contract after talking to the seller one time and without even looking at the property.

This real estate investing program also prepares complete get the deed (AKA “Subject To”) packages which allow you to take over existing loans. Note: Banks do not like this practice so you must understand the risks involved. All the documents you need including disclosures, authorization to real information, power of attorneys, and so much more. It even creates a land trust for you which should be part of your asset protection plan.

Or how about buying pre-foreclosures or doing short sales? Automatically prepare short sale packages in less than 5 minutes. This section is for advanced investors but so easy to use you’ll feel like a pro in no time.

There simply is no real estate investing program like Instant Real Estate Profit Pro. Just take a look at what the program has done for investors around the country.

Real estate investing is a lot like being a specialized heart surgeon. Can you imagine needing open heart surgery and the doctor not having all the tools he needs to complete the surgery? Having the right real estate investing programs is what makes successful investors!