You frequently hear about people who made their fortunes investing in the stock market, but you also hear about investors who lost their shirts playing the same game. You hardly ever hear about real-estate investors who go bankrupt, however; that's because it doesn't happen often.

That's right: Those individuals who invested wisely in real estate many years ago are living a very comfortable lifestyle. Investing in real estate can garner interesting returns, so if you're just getting started or have considered investing in real estate, the information that follows is invaluable.


No one hears about how much money one can make investing in real estate. That's probably because it is a well-kept secret. If everyone knew about it, everyone would be doing it, right?

Wrong. Much like starting your own business, investing in real estate requires entrepreneurial skills and a vision, which is why not everyone is jumping on the real-estate bandwagon.

In fact, most people aren't willing to take the risk that real-estate investing entails; fortunately, these are the same people that will make you rich by renting from you. The little secret is that there are hundreds of individuals who procrastinate for every one individual who has a vision and chooses to take the risk.

What lies ahead?

When I initially started investing in real estate, I really didn't have a clear vision. The only thing I was sure of was that I wanted financial freedom. Of course, achieving these goals did not come without a price, and only afterward did I develop a plan and vision of where I was headed.

Investing in real estate requires a lot of time; you need to deal with a vast array of tenants -- good ones as well as bad. Just like a business, you also have to deal with operating and fixed expenses, such as heating bills and renovation costs.

On the other hand, I don't have to wear a suit all day and run around doing someone else's bidding. My dress code consists of shorts and a shirt six months out of the year unless I'm on vacation; in that case, it's 10 months out of the year.

If I want to go out of town for a few days, I go. I don't have to ask for vacation time. While I'm out of town, my rents keep ticking away 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether I'm on the job or not. And those loans keep amortizing. The magic is happening just the same.

Rick Matley

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