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4: Fundamental Factors for Successful Real Estate Investing

Wilson Mercy December 29, 2023
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Criteria for Selecting Properties
One of the fundamental factors for successful real estate investing is having clear criteria for selecting properties. Your criteria act as a filter, helping you identify the opportunities that align with your investment goals. As the author of the context states, “See your criteria as a ‘filter for opportunities,’ screening out the undesirables while admitting the desirables.”

Here are some key points to consider when establishing your criteria:
1. Define your investment goals: Before you start searching for properties, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve as an investor. Are you looking for long-term rental properties or properties to flip for a quick profit? Knowing your goals will help you define your criteria more effectively.

2. Location: The location of a property can greatly impact its potential for success. Consider factors such as the neighborhood’s desirability, proximity to amenities, schools, and transportation. A property in a prime location is more likely to attract tenants or buyers and generate higher returns.

3. Property type: Determine the type of property that suits your investment strategy. Are you interested in residential properties, commercial properties, or a mix of both? Each property type has its own advantages and considerations, so it’s important to align your criteria with your investment goals.

4. Condition and potential: Assess the condition of the property and its potential for improvement. Look for properties that may need some renovations or updates but have the potential to increase in value. This way, you can add value to the property and potentially increase your returns.

Remember, having well-defined and thought-out criteria is crucial for successful real estate investing. It helps you focus your efforts on properties that have the potential to meet your investment goals.

Importance of Terms and Having a Network in Real Estate Investing
In addition to having clear criteria, another important factor for successful real estate investing is understanding the importance of terms and having a strong network. As the author mentions,”Flawed criteria (or the lack of any criteria) have been the undoing of many would-be real estate investors, just as excellent criteria are the bedrock of successful investment.

Here’s why terms and network are essential:
1. Terms: When investing in real estate, the terms of the deal can significantly impact your returns. Negotiating favorable terms can increase your equity, boost your cash flow, or even achieve both. Terms encompass various aspects, such as purchase price, financing options, closing costs, and expected income. It’s important to have a good understanding of these terms and be a proficient negotiator to maximize your investment potential.

2. Network: Your network plays a crucial role in your success as a real estate investor. Building a strong network of professionals, such as real estate agents, property managers, lenders, and contractors, can provide you with valuable support and resources throughout your investment journey. They can help you identify opportunities, negotiate deals, manage properties, and navigate any challenges that may arise.


Having a network also allows you to tap into the knowledge and experience of other investors. You can learn from their successes and failures, gain insights into market trends, and expand your opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

Key Takeaway
Clear criteria, understanding terms, and having a strong network are essential for successful real estate investing.

Actionable Step
Define your investment goals, research and establish criteria that align with those goals, learn about the key terms in real estate investing, and start building a network of professionals in the industry.