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Real Estate Brokers And Fiduciary

Real estate brokers and sales people are not all created equal. The glaring difference between the two is the difference in licensing. A broker is licensed to negotiate the sale of real property and represents the principal (seller or buyer). A sales person works solely for the broker, representing the respective principal under the guidance and license of the broker. But even aside form the technical licensing issues, it’s important to realize who’s representing you.

In our article titled, Real Estate Agents Must Have These Qualities, we pointed out many of the characteristics of a good real estate agent. In this article, we’re showcasing the real estate broker’s legal fiduciary duties. Many real estate investors talk about “finding a good real estate agent,” or one who is familiar with investment properties. That’s certainly recommended within real estate investing circles, as it should be.

However, there’s one thing that many real estate investors or even regular home buyers do not take into account and that is the fiduciary responsibilities of the real estate broker. Most real estate brokers generally represent sellers because that’s where the majority of the money lies. Sellers own the real property and want to sell, most buyers have many hurdles to overcome and don’t own anything.

So when we look at “finding a real estate agent” to locate properties, do “comps”, etc., where do we stand, as the investor/buyer? Unless you have a Buyers Agency with the real estate broker, no matter what they tell you or what type of information they obtain, the most important question remains, “where do their fiduciary responsibilities lie?”

Let’s take that one step further and use “comps” as an example. As a broker or sales person who represents sellers, even other agents listings, their loyalty always remains with the sellers. If you’re working with a sales person and they’re pulling comps for you, they will present information and it is up to you, the investor, to make the final judgments about what to buy and not to buy. No one is forcing you to buy a property. So, the real estate sales person you’re working with shows you comps, but unless their a buyers agent, at the end of the day, they work for the seller.

So you ask them a question like, “Can you find out how much the sellers owe on the property?” This sort of question will depend on the agents fiduciary responsibilities, or it should. As a real estate sales agent, they cannot lie to either party or misrepresent or hide information from either party in the transaction if it would be detrimental. However, a real estate agents loyalties will certainly play a part when it comes to a question like this. If they have an agency with the seller, if the seller does not wish to have this information known to buyers, then the real estate agent will not obtain this information.

Many real estate investors will work with buyers agents, meaning that a real estate broker will work directly with or will have one of his/her sales agents work with a buyer. In this case, a buyers agency means that the broker or sales agent working under the broker has a principal relationship with the buyer, rather than the seller. This situation does represent some stickiness for the broker because how can a broker represent both sellers and buyers? Many brokers avoid this exact situation for this reason. However, there are many brokers that work to represent buyers.

The Benefits of a Real Estate Auction

Many situations occur that are tailor-made for a real estate auction, but most, if not all, would fit under the category “time is of the essence.”

Property A is sold, and on the strength of this sale, your client purchases Property B. Now sale A develops problems in escrow and the sale cannot close. The client is now in a state of hysteria since his only hope of closing on Property B in 60 days is by closing on Property A. What do you do? Auction Property A and arrange a sale date well in advance of the closing date on Property B, stipulating that part of the terms and conditions of the real estate auction is a quick closing. This can only be accomplished with a real estate auction.

A type of situation which dictates the advantage of a real estate auction is the high divorce rate and the need to dispose of the real estate quickly. Often neither party can afford to hold a property that they previously owned as husband and wife.

When a partnership dissolves, the situation often demands an immediate sale of the assets, including the real estate. Private negotiated marketing cannot guarantee a sale within a set, short time period. A real estate auction can.

Heirs to an estate that involves real estate are usually highly motivated for a fast sale. Most states encourage a real estate auction as a method for generating the highest price in the shortest period of time. Illness, or the need for immediate cash, or the inability of the owner to hold and maintain the real estate is another reason you should recommend a real estate auction. Holding costs can be crippling. All too often, the carrying or holding costs during a private negotiated marketing effort won’t be recovered in a higher selling price. Instead the price is reduced. Therefore, the sooner a property sells, the greater the bottom line dollars in pocket for the seller.

An exchange being held up waiting for a buyer on one of the legs – auction it. The real estate auction can also work especially well in a “Bull Market”. The law of supply and demand, where the demand exceeds the supply, is an ideal market to expose the real estate to competitive bidding to get the maximum return. The real estate auction is highly desirable in overbuilt or stagnant markets, where no reading exists on how low prices will fall or how long the market will stay overbuilt.

The private negotiated method and auction marketing method are different. A real estate auction can most generally guarantee a sale within a short period of time, and the attention is directed to the property being auctioned. Private negotiated marketing can’t accomplish this.

Clearly, real estate auctions offer owners of all types of real estate advantages that are not available with private negotiated real estate firms.

All of us in the real estate profession are salespeople first and foremost. Let’s forget for a moment the fancy titles and diplomas we have earned during our years in the business. The bottom line of success in our profession is still determined by our ability as salespeople. We constantly look for sellers so we have more listings. Our next step is to find the buyers.

A professionally managed real estate auction is a method of marketing that will find the buyers crawling out of the woodwork, and it is this benefit that will enable you to gain additional sales by offering your clients the real estate auction marketing option.

Foreclosure Real Estate

With changes in the homeowners’ financial situation like divorce, medical emergencies or losing a job, being able to pay their monthly mortgage payments have become difficult. If their financial situations do not change for the better, a foreclosure is usually imminent. When creditors such as banks repossess a real estate property it is usually through a legal foreclosure proceeding.

Foreclosure real estate properties are often sold based on amount of the owed debt. Depending on the state, most foreclosure real estate properties are auctioned in a foreclosure sale. In foreclosure auctions, the highest bidder wins. When the foreclosure real estate property did not interest any buyer, the creditor usually receives the title to the foreclosure property. These foreclosure real estate properties are now termed as “real estate owned”.

Since foreclosure real estate properties are cheaper compared to brand new homes, they present much potential and possibilities. Aside from this, foreclosure real estate properties have been growing in number during the last couple of years mainly due to the rising cost of living, increasing interest rates and other economic factors. This means more foreclosure homes to choose from.

There are many real estate brokers engaged in selling these foreclosure real estate. Usually obtained from foreclosure auctions, these brokers still offer these foreclosure real estate properties are still sold at great deals. Some of the foreclosure real estate properties are REOs that have been entered into listings contract to attract more potential buyers. A foreclosure listing is usually compiled by these real estate brokers and contains all foreclosed properties available for sale.

Buying foreclosure real estate from either banks or brokers is a good idea. This ensures that the property is clear from any more liens, claims or other encumbrances. Foreclosure real estate attracts two kinds of buyers: investors and people looking for homes for personal use.

Real estate investors can use the foreclosure real estate as rental properties or fixer uppers that can be sold again for a considerable profit. Investing in foreclosure real estate has been known to be very profitable. The key is buying foreclosure real estate that is basically marketable.

First time home owners have also started tapping the foreclosure real estate when looking for a home. These home buyers could look for available foreclosure real estate easily and conveniently with the use of foreclosure listings. The advent of the internet has even made it easier for all buyers. Foreclosure listings can be accesses via the internet for just a small membership fee.

What’s Happening In Real Estate

  1. Analysis of Today’s Market
  2. Update On Gold
  3. Real Estate Prices In South Florida
  4. Real Estate Nationwide
  5. Yield Curve Is Still Inverted
  6. What this means to you
  7. Analysis of today’s market

As an analyst of the economy and the real estate market, one must be patient to see what unfolds and to see if one’s predictions are right or wrong. One never knows if they will be right or wrong, but they must have a sense of humility about it so that they are not blind to the reality of the marketplace.

In March of 2006, my eBook How To Prosper In the Changing Real Estate Marketplace. Protect Yourself From The Bubble Now! stated that in short order the real estate market would slow down dramatically and become a real drag on the economy. We are experiencing this slowdown currently and the economy I feel is not far from slowing down as well. History has repeatedly shown that a slow down in the real estate market and construction market has almost always led to an economic recession throughout America’s history.

Let’s look at what is happening in the following areas to see what we can gleam from them: Gold, Real Estate in South Florida, Real Estate Nationwide, Yield Curve/Economy and see what this means to you:


  1. Gold

If you have read this newsletter and/or the eBook, you know I am a big fan of investing in gold. Why? Because I believe that the US dollar is in serious financial peril. But gold has also risen against all of the world’s currencies, not just the US dollar.

Why has gold risen? Gold is a neutral form of currency, it can’t be printed by a government and thus it is a long term hedge against currency devaluation. James Burton, Chief Executive of the Gold Council, recently said: “Gold remains a very important reserve asset for central banks since it is the only reserve asset that is no one’s liability. It is thus a defense against unknown contingencies. It is a long-term inflation hedge and also a proven dollar hedge while it has good diversification properties for a central bank’s reserve asset portfolio.”

I agree with Mr. Burton 100{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b}. I believe we will even see a bubble in gold again and that is why I have invested in gold to profit from this potential bubble (Think real estate prices around the year 2002 – wouldn’t you like to have bought more real estate back then?)

I had previously recommended that you buy gold when it was between $580 and $600 an ounce. Currently, gold is trading at around $670 an ounce up more than 10{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} from the levels I recommended. However, gold has some serious technical resistance at the $670 level and if it fails to break out through that level it might go down in the short-term. If it does go down again to the $620 – $640 level, I like it at these levels as a buy. I believe that gold will go to $800 an ounce before the end of 2007.


  1. Real Estate in South Florida

Real estate in South Florida has been hit hard by this slowdown as it was one of the largest advancers during the housing boom. The combination of rising homes for sale on the market, the amazing amount of construction occurring in the area and higher interest rates have been three of the major factors of the slowdown.

For every home that sold in the South Florida area in 2006, an average of 14 did not sell according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data. The number of homes available for sale on the market doubled to around 66,000, as sales slowed to their lowest level in 10 years.

Even though home prices were up for the year of 2006, the average asking price for homes in December was down about 13 percent compared to a year ago. From 2001 to 2005, the price of a single-family home in Miami-Dade increased 120 percent to $351,200. This is also similar to what happened in Broward County. The problem is that wages during that time only increased by 17.6{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in Miami-Dade, and 15.9{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in Broward, according to federal data. This is the other major factor that is contributing to the slowdown – real estate prices far outpaced incomes of potential buyers of these homes.

Another factor that helped drive the South Florida boom in prices was high growth in population in Florida. From 2002 to 2005, more than a million new residents moved to Florida and Florida also added more jobs than any other state. However, the three largest moving companies reported that 2006 was the first time in years that they had moved more people out of the state of Florida than into it. Also, school enrollment is declining which could be another sign that middle-class families are leaving.

By far though, the area of South Florida real estate that will be hit hardest is and will continue to be the condominium market. Due to their lower prices than homes, condos make financial sense in the South Florida area. However, the supply of available condos has tripled over the past year and it will get worse before it gets better. More than 11,500 new condos are expected this year and 15,000 next year with the majority of them being built in Miami.

As a result of the oversupply, asking prices for condos are down 12{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in 2006 in Miami to $532,000. And incentives are substituting for price cuts. These incentives include paying all closing costs to free upgrades and more.

The last point to think about affecting South Florida real estate is the escalating costs of property insurance and property taxes. These increasing costs are putting more downward pressure on real estate prices.

My strong belief is that we are only starting to see the slowdown of the South Florida real estate market and that prices will continue to fall. Due to the fact that many real estate investors are pulling out, where are the next wave of buyers going to come from at these current prices? Unless a serious influx of new, high paying jobs enter the South Florida area, real estate prices, just like any asset that falls out of favor after a large runup only have one way to go… down.


  1. Real Estate Nationwide

A report released last week from the National Association of Realtors showed that in the last three months of 2006 home sales fell in 40 states and median home prices dropped in nearly half of the metropolitan areas surveyed. The median price of a previously owned, single family home fell in 73 of the 149 metropolitan areas surveyed in the 4th quarter.

The National Association of Realtors report also said that the states with the biggest declines in the number of sales in October through December compared with the same period in 2005 were:

* Nevada: -36.1{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in sales

* Florida: -30.8{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in sales

* Arizona: -26.9{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in sales

* California: -21.3{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in sales

Nationally, sales declined by 10.1{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} in the 4th quarter compared with the same period a year ago. And the national median price fell to $219,300, down 2.7{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} from the 4th quarter of 2005.

Slower sales and cancellations of existing orders have caused the number of unsold homes to really increase. The supply of homes at 2006 sales rate averaged 6.4 months worth which was up from 4.4 months worth in 2005 and only 4 months worth in 2004.

Toll Brothers, Inc., the largest US luxury home builder, reported a 33{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} drop in orders during the quarter ending January 31.

Perhaps most importantly, falling home values will further decrease their use of mortgage equity withdrawal loans. In 2006, mortgage equity withdrawal accounted for 2{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} of GDP growth. Construction added 1{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} to last years GDP growth, so the importance of these factors are to the health of the US economy are enormous.

The other concern is sub-prime mortgages. Today, sub-prime mortgages amount to 25{758ef9c3a59a2e92c7282251853d55198862a407615a6e71a7a76bc80b23693b} of all mortgages, around $665 billion. Add to this the fact that approximately $1 trillion in adjustable-rate mortgages are eligible to be reset in the next two years and we will continue to see rising foreclosures. For example, foreclosures are up five times in Denver. These foreclosed homes come back onto the market and depress real estate values.

The Guide To Real Estate Investing

Have you ever wondered if there was one resource for people interested in real estate investing, like the Guide To Real Estate Investing book? There are several of them, although none have exactly that title. I’ve read many of them, and I will give you my recommendations in this article.

When you’re looking for a comprehensive guide like the Guide To Real Estate Investing book, you need to understand that there is not one single book that will be all things to all people. Different investors will be looking for different information, depending on the type of investing they’re interested in. If you’re interested in residential income property, the Guide To Real Estate Investing book you choose will be different than if your interest is in commercial real estate or apartment complexes.

In other words, there isn’t one, definitive resource known as the Guide To Real Estate Investing book.

My experience and expertise are in residential real estate, such as single family homes and duplexes. Therefore, this discussion will focus on the Guide To Real Estate Investing book for that type of investment real estate.

Two of the best books I have read on residential income property, both of which could be seriously considered as the Guide To Real Estate Investing book, are Steve Cook’s “Wholesaling For Quick Cash” and “The No-Nonsense Real Estate Investor’s Kit: How You Can Double Your Income By Investing in Real Estate on a Part-Time Basis” by Thomas Lucier.

These books offer two different approaches to real estate investing, both of which are excellent. Steve Cook’s “Wholesaling For Quick Cash” is really a full-fledged real estate investing course, giving you a complete strategic plan for breaking into the world of real estate wholesaling. It qualifies for consideration as the Guide To Real Estate Investing book because it’s a self-contained investing philosophy and plan.

Lucier’s book, “The No-Nonsense Guide” is a book that gives you a complete, basic run-down of the important considerations when considering beginning real estate investing, as well as some complex and effective advanced strategies. This one is a sure-fire candidate for the Guide To Real Estate Investing book.

Of course, there are plenty of other excellent candidates for the Guide To Real Estate Investing book- these two are simply my favorites. If you have found a resource you think warrants consideration for the Guide To Real Estate Investing book, why not email me and let me know?

Education In Real Estate Investing

There are many people that are venturing out and searching for additional ways to make additional income. That is to be expected when it comes to real estate. Real estate has been a popular investment for many years. Many millionaires made their first million dollars in real estate. So it should come as no surprise that Real Estate Investing is being glamorized by celebrities like Donald Trump and various television shows that depict real estate investing as a big money maker.

Real Estate Investing can be all that celebrities and television program make it out to be, but it is not as easy as it looks. Real Estate Investing requires knowledge of different techniques that can be used when trying to buy, sell, negotiate or repair a house. Without this type of specialized knowledge real estate investing can be a monumental disaster.

Having laser specific knowledge can mean the difference between success or failure. Knowledge is what separates those that invest in real estate and those that talk about investing in real estate. The knowledge that is required is not difficult to master. In fact, just about anyone can be a successful real estate investor. I have seen people from all walks of life and educational backgrounds go on to be successful real estate investors. One man that I know and admire very well became a successful real investor despite the fact that he first had to learn how to read. It is possible for anyone to learn how to invest in real estate.

Who should learn more about real estate investing? Anyone that is considering buying property as an investment should become educated before doing so. Rentals, foreclosures, rehabs, lease options and various other techniques are tried everyday by real estate investors. In most cases however, only the investors who have taken the time to educate themselves will be successful.

Also, anyone that is considering buying or selling houses on their own (without a realtor) is at considerable risk of financial loss if they don’t get an education before venturing out into unchartered waters.

There are many different types of educational opportunities. One can always purchase books from the local bookstore to get some advice. There is also a large number of websites that cater to real estate investing. Some of these sites will sell home study courses that, in some cases, give a thorough, explanation, training and education on various real estate investing topics. One may also find coaching and mentoring online to help those that don’t believe they are quite comfortable enough yet to do real estate deals on their own. Some colleges and Universities have also started to teach real estate investing.

Pros and Cons of Taking an Online Real Estate

Are you interested in making money through real estate investments? If you are, you may have heard of online real estate courses before. Have you? If so, you may be interested in taking one. The only question is should you? When it comes to taking an online real estate course, there are a number of pros and cons to doing so; pros and cons which may impact your course taking decision.

Perhaps, the biggest pro or plus side to taking an online real estate course is the information that you will walk away with. Although real estate investments are a great way to make money, it isn’t for everyone. By taking an online real estate course, particularly one that has a focus on investment properties, you should be able to learn the ins and outs of making money with real estate properties. In addition to outlining exactly what real estate investing is, an online real estate course should also give you plenty of tips; tips that may help you get rich.

Another pro or plus side to taking an online real estate course, especially one with a focus on real estate investing, is that it is easy to do so. Since the real estate investment business can be considered a tricky one, you may not want to put all of your eggs in one basket. This means that if you are currently working, you may continue to do so or keep on searching for other ways to make money, while still taking a real estate course. This is where the internet can offer you assistance. Many online real estate courses allow participants, like you, to work at their own pace, whenever they have time to do so. Essentially, this means that whether you would like to learn about real estate investing in steps or all at once, you should be able to do with an online real estate course.

Another pro or plus side to taking an online real estate course, especially one that has a focus on real estate investing, is the choices that you will have. There are a number of online learning centers that offer real estate investing courses for you to take. When choosing an online real estate course, you are advised to thoroughly examine all of the course information given to you. Examine the points or topics that will be discussed, as they may give you insight into whether or not a particular an online real estate course can offer you assistance.

Although there are a number of pros or plus sides to taking online real estate courses that teach you about real estate investing, there are also a number of cons or downsides as well. One of those cons is the cost. Real estate investment courses can sometimes be considered high priced. With that in mind, however, you are advised to remember that there are a number of online real estate courses for you to choose from. So, even if you are on a budget, you should still be able to find at least one affordably priced real estate course that could offer you assistance.

Real Estate Investing

Despite soaring oil prices and the fact that many say the economy isn’t so strong, real estate is hotter than ever. It seems like everyone is getting involved in real estate, and for many investing in real estate is a lucrative money-maker. But isn’t real estate investing tricky? Can you have total asset protection when investing in real estate?

For many, real estate investing in a great way to make a great deal of money. With so many people buying and selling home, real estate investing is a lucrative business opportunity. Home renovations and home “flipping” are huge right now, and this is a vastly growing field for investors interested in real estate. But how to do you combine the risk of real estate with total asset protection?

Not every property sells as well or as quickly as investors might like. While real estate investing is big right now, it’s still somewhat risky. New and inexperienced investors might lose more than they gain, depending on the property and the project. When it comes to real estate investing, it’s hard to combine your investment with total asset protection.

Total asset protection is a tool that investors of all kinds use to protect themselves from losses. By protecting assets totally, investors will be unable to lose their initial investment. In most cases, it’s hard to combine the risk of real estate with the safety of total asset protection. Buying property can rarely be fail safe, especially when profits depend on a sale. Not all sales go through, and not all properties sell for what they should. This means it’s very hard to get the safety of total asset protection when considering real estate investing.

Buying real estate means making an investment, and not all real estate is created equal. Some properties may need work before they can be sold, and other properties may need a lot of work before a sale can happen. This makes real estate investing very, very important. Investors use their money toward the future of the property, and in most cases can’t expect a payoff from their investment until after a sale has been made. Unless a pre-arranged contract is worked out between the investor and the agents involved with selling the property, real estate investing and total asset protection don’t really mix. Often, total asset protection isn’t part of the mix when dealing in real estate investing.

Taking a Real Estate Investing

Are you looking to make a living as a real estate investor? If you are, it is advised that you first take the time to familiarize yourself with real estate investing in general. To be a successful real estate investor, you must know the ins and outs of the real estate market, particularly how to work it so that you can make a profit. When it comes to doing this, you have a number of different options. Two of those options involve taking a real estate investing program or educating yourself. If you are wondering which approach would be best for you, you are definitely not alone.

When it comes to determining whether or not you should take a real estate investing program or educate yourself on real estate investing, there are a number of important points that should be taken into consideration. One of those points is your intend success. As a real estate investor, you likely want to make as much money as you possibly can; right? In any business, including the real estate investing business, this is best done when you are educated. The more knowledge you have, the more successful you are likely to be. That is why it is often advised that those who are serious about making a career as a real estate investor seriously consider taking a real estate investing course.

What you may not realize about real estate investing courses is that they come in a number of different formats. For instance, there are real estate investing programs that are designed for beginners, as well as advanced investors. There are also real estate investing programs that are offered in classroom-like settings, as well as those that are offered online. No matter what the setting, you will likely find that most programs are being run by those who have had a successful run as a real estate investor. That is one of the many reasons why you may want to take a real estate investing program. Many professional teachers have already tired out the approaches being outlined as successful or not successful. With taking a real estate investment program, you can learn to avoid many common mistakes.

Although a real estate investing program can provide you with knowledge that can help bring you money, you may be concerned with the cost of taking one. While many real estate investing programs are reasonably priced, you may find some that are priced quite high. When examining the cost of a real estate investing program, you will want to take the time to examine the materials that will be taught. After a close examination, you may find even a high costing real estate investment program worth the costs.

If, by chance, you are unable to afford the cost of a real estate investment program or if you would prefer not to take one, you can educate yourself on real estate investing on your own. You can do this with the internet, resource guides, and real estate investing magazines or brochures. Whichever approach you take, it is advised that you do the proper amount of research before giving real estate investing a try.

Want to Be a Successful Real Estate Investor

Are you looking to make money through real estate investing? If you are, you are not alone. However, real estate investing is a tricky business. There are some real estate investors who are successful, while others are not. If you are interested in becoming a successful, profitable real estate investor, you will want to make sure that you know exactly what you are doing, when buying real estate investment properties. That is why it is advised that you do your on research or signup to take a real estate investment course or class.

When it comes to taking the time to thoroughly examine real estate investing, there are many hopeful real estate investors who wonder why they should bother. Many assume that buying real estate properties, fixing them up and then renting or selling them isn’t a complicated process, but there is more to being a real estate investor than just putting a purchase offer on a property and doing a few repairs. By taking the time to actually learn about real estate investing, you are more likely to become a successful real estate investor.

One of the reasons why research increases your chances of seeing success and profits is because there are many real estate investing tips out there, just waiting to be found and used. What many do not realize that is many real estate investing tips, which include both dos and don’ts, are composed by successful real estate investors; those who have seen profits themselves. Getting your information from a successful, proven real estate investor is your best chance of success. This is because the information or tips that they give you are relevant, as they have often tried them out first hand. For that reason, you may want to look for real estate books or real estate courses that are written or being hosted by successful real estate investors.

Some of the many tips covered in many real estate investing books and real estate investing courses include tips on buying the bests properties, as well as how to make those properties rentable or sellable. As a real estate investor, you have the decision to fix up a purchased property and then resell it or become a landlord. Many real estate courses and books cover both real estate investment approaches, as well as outline the chances of success with each. As a real estate investor, you are your own boss; therefore, you are able to make your own decision, as to what type of investing you would like to do, but seeing information on past investors and their success may give you good ideas; ideas that could help you become a successful real estate investor.