The U.S. housing market is in a slump. 2019 is bringing with it a flurry of predictions and speculations, many of which have to do with the shifting environment. Are we due for a bubble burst? Unlikely. The conditions in which the housing market crashed in 2009 are wildly different than the conditions we're currently experiencing.
As much as we would like real estate investment to go off without a hitch, that just isn’t reality. We know that things will inevitably go wrong somewhere along the way. The question is how we will respond and deal with these bumps in the road.
Total dedication can be an intimidating prospect. Most of us like to keep at least a small part of ourselves held back. It’s a self-preservation tactic. When it comes to investing in anything, there’s inherent risk, and because of that risk, we don’t always treat our investments as we should.
Passive real estate investors can fall into this temptation to keep their investments at arm’s length. After all, they’re not really responsible for the outcome, right? They’re just putting the money in. Someone else is really handling it. If things go south, it’s not your fault. You keep a loose grip on things just in case you have to pull your ripcord and stop your freefall because the ground feels like it’s just getting a little too close.
There are certain qualities that turnkey real estate investors must champion if they hope to succeed in real estate investment. Building a successful real estate portfolio doesn’t happen for everyone—it happens for the people who know how to do it right, for the people who hone the right skills and qualities, and for the people who have the drive and the passion to make it happen.
When it comes to investing in real estate, it seems like there are a million and one things to do. To be truly successful in this business, however, it’s crucial that we as owners are focusing our energies on doing the right things.
If you want to really grow your net worth and reach your financial goals—whether it’s crafting the perfect million dollar portfolio, retiring early, or fueling your lifelong ambitions—you have to have focus.