Investing in real estate can be one of the very best income opportunities, but it depends on your personality. I don’t believe everyone is suited for real estate investing, any more than I believe that everyone is suited to be a professional golfer, opera singer, or CPA.
In order for real estate investing to be the best income opportunity for YOU, first make sure you’re the type of person who can succeed as an investor. Fortunately, there are almost as many ways to invest in real estate as there are personality types, so the chances are excellent you will find one you can succeed at.
By answering a few simple questions, I can help you narrow your focus and decide what kind of investing you’re likely to do well with. Be honest with yourself, and answer each question with a simple yes or no. Ready? Let’s get started.
1. Do you consider yourself a highly detailed and organized person?
2. Do you find it difficult or uncomfortable meeting new people and starting conversations with them?
3. Do you enjoy managing large projects and orchestrating the efforts of a group of people?
If you answered yes to the three questions above, your skills make you well suited to rehabbing properties. You may not succeed as a negotiator, so finding and flipping properties is something you probably should avoid, but if you can partner with a skilled deal-finder, handling the rehab projects is something you most likely would enjoy and be good at.
Here’s another set of questions.
1. Do you find it easy to get to know new people and start conversations with them?
2. Do people tend to trust you easily?
3. Do you like how it feels when you negotiate a great deal?
4. Do you dislike detailed work, or are you slightly disorganized?
5. Are you tenacious and persistent?
If you answered yes to at least 4 of the above questions, bird-dogging, wholesaling, and flipping may be right for you. Talking to sellers will be one of your strong suits, once you learn how. Building a list of buyers will probably come easier for you than it might for someone else. However, you should avoid taking on rehabs, or becoming a landlord. Those require more detail and organization than you possess.
Here’s the final group of questions.
1. Are you patient and not easily frustrated?
2. Can you be firm and direct when necessary?
3. Are you consistent and organized in you own personal finances and recordkeeping?
If these answers were yes, perhaps landlording and holding properties for rental would be a good fit for you. In fact, these traits are found in almost all successful, long-term landlords. On the other hand, not possessing these qualities is most likely why so many landlords get fed up with their tenants and wind up selling their properties at a big loss.
There is much more we could say on this topic, but by now you’re getting the idea. It’s vitally important to take a look at yourself truthfully. Ask yourself some hard questions, and use the answers to help determine if real estate investing will be one of the very best income opportunities for you, and which type of investing you are best prepared to excel at.
Now, go make more offers!
Tom Dunn is a successful real estate investor and author of the popular DealFiles Real Estate Investor Stories free newsletter. You are welcome to share this report, unedited and in it’s entirety, with anyone you like. You may not remove this text.? 2006 by Tom Dunn. Website: http://www.dealfiles.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org