“Mike, I’m very interested in learning about commercial real estate and would greatly value your guidance in deciding if real estate investing is right for me.
So lets begin there. When a home owner or entity fails to pay their assessed taxes for a given period of time the property taxes do not vanish or go away. The property taxes are accruing all along and incurring additional fees and assessments as time goes by.
One lesson being rich teaches people is that money talks. Savvy property investors know you don’t have to wait until a For Sale sign goes up in order to purchase. If an interested party takes the current owner by surprise, it is often possible to get a good price on a piece of property that isn’t even up for sale. And there aren’t any competitors to drive up the price.
On the other hand – this is what people consider a buyer’s market. The prices of homes are more affordable than than they were a year ago. Interest rates have fallen, and because less people are buying there are more homes to choose from. The concern is that it will take too long for the market to see an up-swing; and that real estate investors will lose money while they wait for the market to head back uphill.
A third benefit of rental property investing is that it is not very liquid. Now some people see this as a flaw. However, this can be looked at from a different perspective. When stock prices fall rapidly investors are often spooked into selling assets. This is easy to do and stock investors will sell at lowest prices rather than having a long term strategy. If you have a property that is providing positive cash flow, you are not usually tempted to sell if some prices fall. You usually wait it out. Unless you are going through a divorce, you can usually sell your property on your terms.
List all the things you feel are not working in your life and prioritise them. Which one of those would you like to change first? Recognise that you can literally give your mind a different command and look for the evidence of the changes. That is the key. It will help you to prove to yourself that the changes are real. And you will find them, but you must look for them.
These are the kinds of investment horror stories that make me sick to my stomach and cringe. I fail to understand how someone with no experience swimming will so willingly jump into a pond filled with crocodiles. It’s a story of broken dreams: this woman has sunk all her savings into this project, dreaming of the day her fat goose will start laying golden eggs.