1. Make a Plan

Crafting a business plan is a great idea. It allows investors to maintain focus on the important goals rather than on any minor setbacks. A solid plan can keep investors organized and on task. The plan would include estimated outlays and inflows of cash from rentals, how many units to own, when to refurbish or upgrade units, demographic changes, and anything else that could impact your investment over time.

2. Know the Market

Effective real estate investors select a market and acquire an in-depth knowledge of that market. They narrow in on a particular geographic region focusing on residential vs. commercial properties. They keep abreast of current trends, such as mortgage rate adjustments, unemployment rates, changes in consumer spending habits, etc. Acknowledging these current conditions allows investors to plan effectively for the future and create potential opportunities.

3. Be Honest

Honesty always wins.  Most investors understand real estate investing involves people, and the investor’s reputation is likely to be far-reaching. Influential real estate investors know it is better to be fair than to see what they can get away with.

4. Develop a Niche

Taking the time to build to a proficient level of understanding in a specific area is integral to long-term success. Master one niche before moving on to another. Examples of a niche are high-end residential, low-income multi-unit housing, or rural farm rehabs.

5. Stay Educated

In real estate, staying up to date with the laws, regulations, terminology, and trends associated with the real estate investor’s business is imperative. Failure to stay abreast can result in losing momentum in the industry or legal ramifications resulting from laws being broken. Successful real estate investors remain educated and adapt to regulatory changes and economic trends.  Keeping up on real estate, tax, lending laws, and regulations could directly or indirectly impact your business.