10 Reasons I’m Thankful I’m a Real Estate Investor

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The holiday season is a great time to reflect and be thankful for so many good things in our lives. In addition to family, friends and health, I truly am grateful for the opportunity to be a real estate investor. As such, I thought I’d take an opportunity to break down 10 specific aspects of real estate investing that I am thankful for.

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful I’m a Real Estate Investor

I Love What I Do

I can honestly say that I truly enjoy being a real estate investor. There is something inherent in my DNA that finds fulfillment in the hunt for the right property, the satisfaction of rehabbing it into an entirely new product, and the thrill of the sale. Not many people in this world can honestly say they wake up in the morning excited about the work ahead of them that day.

Cash Flow

When most people think if of real estate investing, cash flow is the number one objective. And why shouldn’t it be? How great is it that you can buy a hard asset — something tangible that has inherent value — that not only increases in value, but also provides consistent income from the ability to rent it? Real estate is one of those rare asset classes that affords an investor that opportunity.

Appreciation

Speaking of assets that increase in value, real estate most certainly has a history of appreciating over short and long periods of time. Combined with the ability to use leverage to buy property, appreciation becomes an even more powerful tool to build wealth.

Related: The Power of Appreciation and Leverage: Boost Your Real Estate Returns

Freedom

My son was very sick over the last several months, and I had the opportunity to disengage from my business while I cared for him. As I reflect on my time with him and the fact that I was able to spend a limited amount of time in my business while it continued to run without me, I’m reminded that working in this business has afforded me a high degree of freedom and flexibility. Working in a business that allows you to take large periods of time off if need be — or simply more time with family — is a huge blessing in my opinion.

Team Environment

The primary reason I was able to remove myself from the day to day business while it continued to run without me is because I have an amazing team of people around me. I am thankful that this business has given me the opportunity to work with such great people. Being able to hire the people you want and like to work with in your real estate business is definitely something to be thankful for.

Great Community

Having been a full-time real estate investor for almost 10 years, I’ve been privileged to meet and get to know many other great business people. I’ve found that the community of real estate investors and supporting industry professionals is a great place to make friends and meet genuine, like-minded people.

Large Profits

Real estate investing is one of those industries where it doesn’t take a ton of effort and time to generate a significant paycheck. Where ABC Company has to sell tens of thousands of widgets to earn a decent paycheck, a real estate investor can sell one property and make the same money with much less effort.

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

Creativity/Diverse Strategies

One of the things I love most about being an investor is the vast number of money-making strategies that can be employed on any given deal. As an entreprenuer, I truly enjoy the challenge of looking at a complex deal and having to figure out how to derive the most profit. From wholesaling to flipping to lease purchases to carrying notes, I love the diversity of this business.

Improving Neighborhoods/Lifting Values

As a real estate investor, we have the distinct priviledge of not only making money, but leaving behind a product that improves the quality of a neighborhood. Yes, our primary motive is making money, but the byproduct of our businesses are properties that have been improved in condition and value and therefore raise the values of surrounding properties. Without realizing it, the collective economic impact of thousands and thousands of improved properties all around the country is probably much larger than we realize.

Provide Quality Affordable Housing

Along these same lines, we also fill a need for quality, affordable housing. As real estate investors, we often take properties that are unrentable and turn them into a product that is clean, safe and marketable for renters. The reality is that a third of the U.S. population does not own their own home and must find suitable rental housing. As investors, we are big part of the equation in creating supply for that portion of the population that requires rental housing.

What about you? What aspects of real estate investing are you thankful for?

Let me know with a comment below!

About Author

Ken Corsini

Ken Corsini G+ is the host of the Deal Farm Podcast (on iTunes) and has 10 years of full-time real estate investing experience. His company, Georgia Residential Partners buys and sells an average of 100 deals per year and has helped hundreds of investors around the country make great investments in the Atlanta market. Ken has a business degree from the University of Georgia and a Master Degree in Building Construction from Georgia Tech. He currently resides in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife and 3 children.

18 Comments

  1. Brian Gibbons

    Ken you are one of my favorite BP Leaders and Authors.

    I thought I would share my credo I give to my REI students. Message here – Fake It Til You Make It.

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    Our Credo as Real Estate Investors:

    I am a Real Estate Investor.

    Of all of the occupations I have tried, researched, pondered, and read about over the years, there is none which compares to mine. My work is fun. I take ugly houses and make them beautiful. I help people out of difficult situations.

    I am a Real Estate Investor. I am my own boss. I often work in my pajamas from the comfort of my home. I have no employees to baby sit, no perishable inventory to move, no franchise fees to pay, and no store to maintain. Still, I am in the top 5% of all income earners.

    I am a Real Estate Investor. I now enjoy freedoms I’ve never had before. I am the master of my day. I choose who to work with. I choose my hours, and I decide if I will work 20 hours or 40 hours this week. I can also choose to take the day off, without obtaining anyone’s permission. I can take a month-long vacation. I can sleep in, or take a power nap after lunch if I want. I can review my notes and return my calls while lounging in my jacuzzi. I no longer have to commute during rush hour.

    I have the freedom to spend lots of time with my wife and children. I do not have the stress and pressure of needing to close my next deal by the end of the week, by the end of this month, or even by the end of this year.

    I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods, in one of the most beautiful states, in the best country that has ever existed on this Earth.

    I am a Real Estate Investor. There are many who ‘want’ to be like me; many who are ‘studying’ to be like me; and many more who would be like me, but are just waiting for ‘this opportunity to appear’ or ‘that circumstance to change’… At the end of the day, very few actually are like me.

    I have been very fortunate and blessed. I am finally living my dream. I love doing what I do, and I would not trade places with anyone, nor trade my life experiences for anyone else’s.

    I am driven by the belief that life is short, and we need to ‘make a difference’ in the short time that we’re here, because after all is said and done, it’s really not about ‘us.’

    I am a Real Estate Investor.
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    Print that and stare at it, especially if you are not there yet.

  2. Rick Grubbs

    A big part of what defines “freedom” is the ability to spend your time as you choose. When done rightly RE investment can be a great vehicle to reach a much higher level of freedom than most any financial resource I know of.

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