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Lessons Learned: 45 plus years of Real Estate Investing

It is December now. Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas and New Years Day is not far away. This time of year, I always get a little reflective. Some of it has to do with the fact that I am a person of faith. A second reason why I get a little reflective is because we are nearing the ending of one calendar year and getting near the beginning of a new year.

In a few days, I will be speaking to a real estate investing group in my area. The topic I have been asked to tackle is : “Lessons I Have Learned in 45 years of Investing”. I have seen a lot since I bought my first piece of real estate back in the 1970’s. I have seen up’s and down’s of real estate, and have seen the same happen in my own real estate and note portfolio. I have made some mistakes along the way, and there are other times that I have been incredibly blessed. Here are a few things I have learned in over 45 years of investing. The list is not complete as I prepare to speak to that real estate group. The lessons are not listed not in any particular order other than how they come to mind. They are as follows:

  • · The real estate market is always changing

  • · You need to always invest in yourself, and keep learning

  • · Be as diligent in choosing who you do business with and partner with as you are in choosing what to buy.

  • · Never be afraid to ask others for help. They may have a better idea.

  • · Principles always before people and money. You have to sleep at night and look at yourself in the mirror.

  • · Just because someone says no today does not mean that their no is final.

  • · .Deals sometimes work out if you are patient enough and keep working.

  • · You build your business by building relationships with people.

  • · “This too shall pass”

  • · They are not making any more land. It is valuable

Best wishes in your real estate pursuits as you end this year and prepare for a new year.- RLW

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