Hey every! I'm Brandon. I'm a Civil Engineering Student in Ruston, LA and have recently found BiggerPockets through their podcast. I'm super interesting in real estate, specifically rental property. I know literally almost nothing about real estate and don't know where to start. I have no idea what the process looks like and have super simple questions like who is suppose to inspect the home, does it cost anything to meet with an agent/look at a property. I don't really even know how the whole loaning stuff works either. very basic. But I am here to learn and meet new people! Any help would be appreciated but for now I'm doing all the research I can.
@Brandon Bolen I got excited about real estate in college as well. Been an amazing journey ever since, and the learning will never stop. If you want to set aside some time to come to Shreveport, the third Thursday of every month we have a group that gets together. It’s called RE360 (on Facebook as well) and we have people from newbies just starting out wanting to learn all the way up to people trying to do multi million dollar projects. It is a great way to learn and get to know people who are looking to do the same thing you are. @Michael Faulk started the group years ago and we have grown to having a pretty decent crowd every single month. Our next meeting is Aug 15 from 6-8pm.
@RJ Umphenour that’s awesome! I’m glad to know there are meet ups happening in my area because I was having a hard time finding some. I will definitely have to stop by soon.
@Brandon Bolen you have a HUGGGGGGE advantage: time
You're way ahead of the curve by investing time and energy into learning something that is very lucrative financially. Even if you spent the next couple of years learning while in school and not buying property, you'd be ahead of nearly everyone on this forum.
So what do you do....
Attend every local meetup you can. Forget Algebra homework, hang out with Rj and people you meet at his networking events. When you connect with investors, find ways to hang out with them once a month. Coffee, lunch, meetups, etc.
Hopefully you find a few people who are 1-2 steps ahead of you. Learn everything you can from them by spending as much time as you can with them. You will learn by osmosis (I'm sure you know this term from your BS science classes).
When you exit college, you're going to be a dangerous weapon: someone with a network and knowledge.
All it takes is a little effort to get the ball rolling...
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