Real Estate Investing - Are You Listening To The Right People?

by : Alex Anderson

Everywhere you go, you hear the same sad things: "The rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer." "There just isn't enough to go around." "It takes money to make money." This can lead you to believe that there is some mystical force out there that regular people like you and me just can't tap into. If you subscribe to this way of thinking long enough, you may be tempted to say, "Since it takes money to make money and I have no money, then what hope is there for me?" There is plenty of hope, as long as you don't listen to the wrong people. Media naysayers are definitely the wrong people.

Press about the declining value of real estate as an investment or about skyrocketing housing prices that keep regular people out of the market altogether can make the prospect of making money through real estate investment seem almost ludicrous. Yet people are doing it - real people like you and me. And you can do it too. All you have to do is listen to the right people.

Sounds easy doesn't it? Yes it does. That's because it is. It is very easy to find a person who knows how to make money by investing in real estate, find out what has worked for them, and apply it to your own life. If it's so easy, you might be tempted to say, then why isn't everyone doing it? And that, my friend, is the meat of the matter. Everyone isn't doing it for two reasons. The first reason is that they've simply been told all their lives that success is very, very difficult. In fact, they've been told, because of the scarcity of money, success is almost impossible.

They are paralyzed because they have been listening to the wrong people.

The second reason everyone isn't investing as they should is, it's just too easy. If you look at the lives of successful people, those people have followed a systematic plan to increase their wealth. Well, systematic plans aren't sexy. They aren't interesting. They're boring, and that's why people don't like them. Most people would rather have the adrenaline rush of a get-rich-quick scheme than settle into a proven systematic plan to let their wealth increase for them in the background of their lives.

Because most people think like that, those are the ideas that the media are catering to. That is why murder and mayhem is front-page news and happy things are not. That is why people slow down when they see an automobile accident and not when they see a couple holding hands. Tragedy is far more interesting. Just check out the plot line of any major motion picture. People like to believe that life is tough.

The good news is, it doesn't have to be.

If you can break the habit of thinking of life in tragic terms, of convincing yourself that there is simply not enough money to go around, then you will learn to start listening to the right people so you can develop your systematic plan for investing. And what does a systematic plan lead to? Financial success. We've established that the media and the majority of their audience are the wrong people to listen to, but who are the right people? The right people are those who have invested in property and profited significantly from those investments.

Wouldn't you rather listen to someone who can tell you how you can make money, rather than to people who insist on telling you how to stay poor?