Strategies for Getting Started in Real Estate HTML version

Getting Started in Real Estate
By Dan Auito
Congratulations on taking your first—or possibly your next—step in
understanding real estate. With 15 years experience, a couple of real
estate licenses, an appraiser’s certification, 18 properties of my own—
bought, sold, or currently held—as well as a recently published book and
website designed to further support your efforts, I am at least somewhat
qualified to offer you a few suggestions on how you can get started.
Keep in mind that there are no get-rich-quick schemes, plans, or
programs in real estate. Don’t be fooled or allow others to dupe or con
you into believing they have the new, never-before-told program on how
to quickly and easily make your first million in real estate by following
their guaranteed, surefire methods of approach. If you have been fired up
by a certain guru or investment seminar, then at least do yourself a favor
and check them out before being led blindly down the path to the wolves
den. Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, go to
Additionally, if you’re just starting out and considering real estate as a
profession or part-time job, then read what John Reed has to say at As John’s links show, it is
wise to begin your journey through using research of those who have
been there before you and have superior knowledge in doing what you
are about to do yourself. John emphasizes that you should read
recommended books on the subject before you go out and spend
hundreds or thousands of dollars buying some guru’s how-to packaged
Education is your key to wealth in real estate. Here are some tips on
getting started:
Read and listen to recommended books and tapes.
Attend a first-time homebuyer’s class or paid local college courses
(i.e., appraisal).
Attend local investors’ and apartment owners’ association
meetings in your area.