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Getting Started as a Newbie Investor

You've been thinking about real estate investing for a while now.

You might have bought a bunch of books, done a ton of research online, and maybe even gone to some Meetups or weekend seminars.

But, you still haven't bought anything. Even worse, you still haven't even been making any offers.

Why is that?

It might feel like you need to take 5 "first steps." That's how I felt when I got started. But, you can only take ONE "first step." That overwhelming feeling can stop you dead in your tracks.

Maybe you're saying that real estate is too expensive or the market is too hot.


You haven't started saving because it's too hard. You just don't have the money.

That's just an excuse and you know it.

Every business or investment has some obstacles to overcome. These are all legitimate obstacles, but if it's what's holding you back, then it's just an excuse.

It's more important to ask HOW can we buy property given the current circumstances, rather than throw up our hands and say it's too hard.

So, the real question is HOW do we get started in real estate, as a complete newbie with no properties. 

Identify the Source

Generally, excuses are born of fear. 

Your fear of losing money, looking bad, making a poor decision, etc.

If you look a little deeper, your fears are born because of something you lack.

You're afraid of losing money because you aren't sure if you know how to run the numbers.

Perhaps you have fear of looking bad because you don't know what is a "good" or "bad" investment.

Or, you aren't sure if it's a good or bad decision because you don't have a solid plan.

There is a reason you haven't started yet. So, the first step is to identify exactly what is holding you back then tackle that problem.

Generally, the issue is rooted in one of the following core issues.

I'm Not Confident With My Numbers

The calculations are the most complicated part because there are so many variables.

I Can't Find a Good Deal

This is always a challenge, regardless if the 

Why You Need to Start Investing now

Obviously, you don't want to make bad investments and lose your money, but what I'm trying to illustrate is that you just need to invest in something.

Every dollar of investment income you make is one less dollar you need to work for.

If you can earn $100 in interest every month, that's a lot less work you need to do.

Or, you can reinvest that money each money and grow it exponentially. Soon, the dividends will grow to a point that you don't need to work anymore.

The worst case scenario is your investment money can grow to a point that you can reallocate it to something even better. For example, you could save up until you have enough for a down payment on a new rental property.


Real estate is my preferred investment category and it has provided me a lot of wealth and great residual income.

While you need a bit more than some of the other investing options, you can do it with relatively little money. With loans for owner occupied buildings, you can get up to 4 units and pay as little as 3.5% down.

The thing about real estate is when you first start out, it can be like a job. Over time though, you can remove yourself from the day-to-day management of property, and focus more on just acquiring more investments.

I like real estate because it's easy. You see what you get. You know what it's worth. and it is very stable with prices increasing or decreasing steadily over time.

There are also a lot of barriers to entry and fear surrounding real estate investing. Any time it's difficult for people to enter, and the average person is fearful, then it creates great opportunities for those who overcome that.

Get Over Your Fears and Start Investing Today

The most important reason why you need to start investing is to overcome your fears. So many people are afraid of it or think it's impossible to get started.

Once you get started you'll realize it's easy.

When you see your first interest payments, you'll realize it's safe.

...And you'll be walking down the road toward financial independence.

About the Author Eric Bowlin

Eric is an investor that achieved financial independence at the age of 30. He started in 2009 with the purchase of his first triplex and now owns over 470 rental units. He spends his time with his family, growing his businesses, diversifying his income, and teaching others how to achieve financial independence through real estate. Eric has been seen on Forbes, Trulia, WiseBread, TheStreet, Yahoo Finance and other financial publications. You can contact Eric by emailing him at [email protected] or with this contact form

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  • Ryan says:

    Investing is probably the best way of using our extra money instead of saving. Great post!

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