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5 Key Skills Of a Successful Real Estate Investor

By Guest Author | December 2, 2011

About the Author: Chris loves to write financial articles and she is a contributory writer associated with many financial communities and has written several articles on debt consolidation, debt settlement, loan, mortgage, home mortgage calculator for various financial websites. She holds her expertise in the Debt industry and has made significant contribution through her various articles.

Real estate investing is very lucrative, but it is no cake walk. It’s quite a challenging job and it takes a lot of expertise, planning and focus to be successful in this competitive arena. Though certain universities do offers coursework and programs that specifically benefit real estate investors but a degree is not always required for a profitable real estate investing. No matter whether or not the investor possesses a degree, he must possess certain business attributes. Read ahead, to know a few essential characteristics that an ideal real estate investor must have.

Investing in real estate

Business-like attitude

As a real estate investor, your first and foremost duty is to approach your real estate activities as a business. You must chalk out some full fledged business plans to attain your long term and short term goals. A proper structural business plan can enable you to determine your business objectives and to figure out the best course of action towards their achievement. Since investing in real estate is quite intricate and demanding, a solid business plan is required to keep you focused and organized on the task.

Know the market and your niche well

To be successful in real estate investing, you must possess an in depth knowledge of the subject. You must stay updated with all the changes in the market scenario, in consumer spending habits, mortgage rates and the unemployment rate. It will not only help you acknowledge current conditions, but also help you plan for the future. Mastering your field of investment, whether it is wholesaling or commercial real estate – will build up your confidence on the field. Once you become familiar with the real estate market, you can start predicting the upcoming changes and can create potential business opportunities accordingly.

Ethical standards

Realtors or real estate agents have to comply with certain code of ethics and standards of practice policy and they should abide by the real estate commission rules and standards. However, there is no such hard and fast rule of conduct for real estate investors. You can easily take advantage of this opportunity, but you must keep in mind the veteran and successful investors especially those who are associated with membership-based organizations, practice a particular degree of ethics and operate within the boundaries of the law. Since real estate investing involves constant interaction with people, the reputation matters a lot. One slight wrong move can hurt your image in the market and can ruin your business reputation, which takes years to build, in mere seconds.

Network weaving

A proper business network allows the investors to challenge and support one another, and the shared knowledge aid significantly in one’s career advancement. As much of real estate investing relies on experiential-based learning, building a network of well-chosen mentors, business partners, clients or a non-profit organization help the investors create new business opportunities.

Risk factors

Last but not the least, if you are planning to invest in the stock or futures markets, you should be aware of the risks associated with investing. Just like any other business, investing in the stock or futures markets is risky and one can lose a huge amount by taking wrong decisions. Therefore, make sure you understand the risks involved in the business - in terms of real estate deals and legal implications and adjust your investment policies accordingly to minimize the risk factors.

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