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8 Things I’m Grateful for as a Real Estate Investor This Year

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As we roll into Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, and the end of year holidays, it’s a great moment to pause and reflect on all the things we are grateful for.

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Practicing gratitude and spending some conscious time reflecting on those things we’re thankful for gives us a much better perspective and mindset. Sometimes as a real estate business owner and investor, it is easy to get caught up in the rush and to take things for granted. So, here are eight things I’m grateful for right now. I’d love to hear your list as well!

8 Things I’m Grateful for as a Real Estate Investor This Year

1. Thanksgiving

This is a great opportunity to take a brief pause from the mayhem of the business and spend some quality time with those you care about. It’s a good time to reflect on just how fortunate we are and how many people have made great sacrifices over multiple generations so that we can enjoy today. Of course, let’s not forget the amazing food, too.

2. My Business Partner

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently wrote the foreword to a new book on successful habits. In it he says, “I am not a self-made man.” Some might find that odd coming from this legend, but he is quick to credit his success to the help of many different people along the way. Yes, it is on each of us to hustle and take action, but most of us have benefited from some help, too. I have many people to thank, including my business partner Jacob Blackett who has made our venture so much better. The universe sure has a funny way of putting the right people in your life when you’re working towards big dreams. 


3. Our Team

Too many organizations simply see everyone below the founders as easily replaceable cogs in the wheel. They take them for granted. We have many team members. Some are remote assistants and experts in different fields. Others are our boots on the ground — acquiring, managing, and vetting properties. Shout out to my colleague Rob LaRovere out there in the trenches. We are only as good as our team.

Related: Letter From an Ungrateful Real Estate Investor: What We Can Learn From the “All About Me” Mentality

4. The BiggerPockets Community

The BP community has been awesome. Over the last few years, I’ve learned so much from the forums and different contributors. I still do. Now I’ve even been given the chance to be a regular contributing author myself. I hope to keep giving back and providing valuable insights for a long time. Thank you for reading and engaging with my work. Shout out to Josh and Brandon for putting this platform together!

5. Real Estate

I think we often take real estate for granted. We take our homes for granted. We take for granted the ability to own, invest in, and provide good housing for others. So many people in the world throughout our history haven’t had these opportunities. Many never will. It’s not something we should let slip by or treat so lightly.


6. Good Tenants

We manage a lot of rentals. Our tenants are definitely an extension of our team. If they don’t do their part, then we aren’t performing at full potential. I’m grateful for our loyal tenants who stay, renew, pay their rent on time, and communicate maintenance needs.

7. The Investors

My partner and I are especially thankful for the investors who have believed in us and our company. We appreciate those who have given us a chance to prove that we can deliver on what we say — and who have turned around and referred others to us as well.

Related: The Power of Gratitude: How to Boost Profits & Spread Joy With Thank You Notes

8. You

I thank you for being an extraordinary human being. I appreciate that you took the time to read this article. I know your time is very valuable. It’s people like you who keep me wanting to provide value and who drive me to help others succeed in their ventures.

What are you grateful for this season?

Let me know your list with a comment!

Sterling is an multifamily investor specializing in value-add apartments in Indianapolis and other Midwestern markets. With just under a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Sterling w...
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    Douglas Skipworth Rental Property Investor from Memphis, TN
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Great list, Sterling. Thanks for the encouraging reminder to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    Sterling White Rental Property Investor from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thank you! Enjoy your lovely holiday as well.
    Matt Hoyt Real Estate Broker from Newport Beach, CA
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    I agree with all 8 and would like to add —– 9. Some great low rates we all locked in this year.
    Jessie Niu from Columbus, Ohio
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Sterling White Rental Property Investor from Indianapolis, IN
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    Allen Herbert Investor from Baltimore, Maryland
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks Sterling!! Always good to be grateful for what we have!!
    Tyler Chartrand Investor from Scottsdale, Arizona
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    thanks for the article it never hurts to look at what you have and appreciate it versus what you don’t have