According to my realtor’s latest flyer, the average list price for houses selling in my Massachusetts town is $593,458, with some listed up near a million. The towns in all directions around us are in the same range and it gets even more expensive as you get closer to Boston. Needless to say, it's a very difficult place to start investing in real estate when you have no money.
REAL ESTATE TRAINING SEMINAR
Keeping that environment in mind, I went to a free real estate training seminar the other day and met a guy who claimed he was a real estate investor. He said he just started about 9 months ago. I asked what his main focus was, and he told me "flipping houses." I asked how many he’s done, so that I could next ask how they went. To my surprise, his answer was that he had not been able to find any good deals to buy yet. NOT ONE!
GETTING STARTED IN REAL ESTATE INVESTING
That means, even though this guy claimed to be an investor in real estate, he really didn’t even start yet. That’s okay, I know getting your mind in the right place is one of the beginning steps, and it’s also a good idea to educate yourself first to hopefully avoid costly mistakes when you're talking about such large purchases. I did not mind his claim, because I am in pretty much the same place myself. The difference is that I will only admit to “trying to get into” real estate investing, not that I already am.
GOD ON MY SIDE
My loving, supportive wife says this should be no problem for me because I’m smart, creative, persistent, think out of the box, and best of all, have God on my side. She knows me well enough and has seen the proof. I try and try and keep trying on my own and then when I get to the point when I need God’s help, I simply ask and it quickly comes. Sometimes it comes so quick, I am slightly embarrassed with how easy it is. Sometimes I think I didn’t try hard enough and gave up and asked for help too soon. My wife says that’s not so, and I should ask more often about more things. We tend to have that “difference of opinion discussion” occasionally.
YOU MUST ASK FOR HELP
I used to think it was dumb luck when things happened so simply, but when certain things happen to you a certain way, you know it’s something else. We have now gotten to the point where let’s say we’re looking for something important that we can’t find. Both of us search and search for weeks and just can’t find it. When I finally give up, I say, “Okay, I give up. Let me just ask for help.” I say a quick prayer and ask God and BAM, it suddenly appears right before me, even though I’ve been looking for weeks and could have sworn I already looked there. This is no coincidence; it has happened many times. My wife says because God is always with us and there to help, but first you must ask.
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
That’s why we both believe everything happens for a reason – because God is there making it happen. Take for example when my business cards came in for my new business in real estate investing (that I’m trying to get into). I handed out only 2 cards that first day I had them. I explained that the tag line “Helping With Home Solutions” means a variety of ways we help people up to and including buying houses if people want or need to sell for whatever reason. The first person I gave a card to went home and talked it over with her husband and came back to me the following day to ask if I wanted to buy her house. Coincidence? I don’t think so, and my wife certainly doesn’t think so, which is why she says, “I got this.”
TAGS: Real Estate Investing, training, starting a business, Massachusetts, Metro Boston, helping people, Faith in God, believing, persistence, praying, creative
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