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"So, What IS the Best Way to Learn Real Estate Investing?"

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The best way to learn real estate investing is to talk to people in the business. While it is true that this website will give you comprehensive "textbook" knowledge on the topic, knowing and doing are two different things.

You can't effectively learn anything without gaining both "book smarts" and "street smarts." So after you're done studying this website, get away from your computer. Find a real estate agent and start looking at listings. Continue reading valuable articles and web content. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Then, and only then, will you begin to get your full blown education in real estate investing.  


But hey, gotta start somewhere, right? If you're brand-spanking new to all of this, you'll want to start here to learn the real estate investing basics. I'll call it "rental property preschool." And by the way, when I say "rental property," I am referring to 2-4 unit multi family properties that you'll hold as a long term investment.

First, why invest in rental properties in the first place? Because there are a TON of benefits of real estate investing, that's why! There are very few investment opportunities out there that combine the powerful benefits of leverage, free equity, tax deductibility, and price appreciation.

Sound good? GREAT! Next question – how can YOU find rental properties? Well the traditional way is to find a rental property agent. That's the method I endorse. But if you're a more adventurous type, there are other ways to find multifamily rental properties, including REO properties or a real estate auction.

Round out your introductory education in real estate investing by familiarizing yourself with some real estate terminology, and of course read the info on every page of this site. It's as good a place to start as any, and best of's FREE!  



Ok, that's pretty much it for laying the introductory foundation. Now that your mind is in a state of readiness to continue to learn real estate investing, keep exploring this site. I'm going to try and give you as much investment property advice as I can, including:  

  • Why a LONG-TERM strategy focused on 2-4 unit rental properties is the way to go in today's world.
  • How to analyze, finance, and execute an investment property purchase.
  • How to manage your rental property.
  • How to minimize your risk and optimize your insurance coverage.
  • Etc...
But for now, preschool's all done.  

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11 Responses to So, What IS the Best Way to Learn Real Estate Investing?

  1. connie says:


  2. Jill says:

    This is great stuff. I am a total newbie and I learned a lot from your site. Well done and keep up the good work!

  3. alvin says:

    Excellent site!! Thank You!! I am 30 years old with a family and need to plan for the future. You have helped me so much

  4. toby says:

    Thank you for posting this information. I am currently studying and doing some research to learn real estate investing and this site is the best I’ve seen so far. Thanks again for the great info and please keep up the good work!

  5. Paulette says:

    I love your site! My husband and I just had our offer accepted on a triplex yesterday. I waited until yesterday to put in our offer because we were offering $150,000 on an asking price of $169,000, (which seemed only a little higher than a fair asking price, based on what you said about property valuation; the monthly rental income is $1600) and I thought making the offer on 11-11-11 might work some magic! It did as they countered with $159,000 and I said $150,000 take it or leave it, and they took it!! Anyway my question is regarding a disagreement my husband and I are having. He says that the triplex we are buying would be worth more if it were just a single family dwelling rather than a triplex. My brain cannot wrap around his statement. How can a single family property possibly be worth more than a triplex producing $1600 a month income??? Can you settle this for us?

    • alank856 says:

      Hi Paulette – Thank you for checking out my site! From a pure investment point of view, the higher the rent roll the higher the value. Period. This principle applies to any business whether it’s a rental property, website or car wash…the higher the income, obviously the higher the value will be. However, most people believe that single family homes appreciate in value more than multifamily houses. So if you plan to hold a property and, for example, pass it to your children in the future, then the projected appreciation should be considered. Thus, there is no right or wrong answer, it really depends on your strategy and goals. But again, if the property is a pure investment / business transaction, the higher the income, the more it’s worth…it can’t possibly be any other way.

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  7. Katy says:

    I just wanted to say that I learned most of what know from this site. If you want to learn real estate investing I would suggest you read every page of this site…twice!

  8. eric frasure says:

    How do you feel about private lenders and what are a good resource for finding a private lender to finance income properties?

    • alank856 says:

      Private lenders are fine if the numbers work. I use my ‘personal’ private lender to buy fixer uppers and finance the rehab work. Then within 3-4 months I refinance. I would not use private lenders for long term financing, only short term.

  9. Gigi says:

    This is a nice, concise primer on how to learn real estate investing. Thank you for the information. Very well done.

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