The ULTIMATE Beginner's Guide to Investing in Real Estate Step-By-Step



Here’s a Real Estate beginner tutorial where I can really cover the blueprints and outline the basics of what’s needed in order to prepare for, and actually invest in real estate. Enjoy! Snapchat/Instagram: GPStephan

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Step 1: BUILD YOUR CREDIT. This is one of those steps that you can can do NOW. If you’re watching this and you don’t already have a credit card, when you’re done with this video, watch this:

Step 2: SAVE YOUR MONEY. The reality is that you can’t invest in real estate with no money down, no income, no credit…it just doesn’t happen. So this means that in order to save money, not only will you be required to live somewhat frugally so you don’t spend everything you make, but you will need to MAKE MONEY. I know this sounds common sense, but it’s at least every day that I get people asking how they can buy real estate without having any money…it doesn’t happen.

Step 3: SHOW YOUR INCOME on a tax return. his means that you can’t just have one great month on Shopify and then expect to use that as a down payment…lenders want to see consistent, stable income before they give you a loan.

Step 4: Get prequalified. It’s as easy as going to a few major banks, having them run your credit, giving them your tax returns, bank statements, and some other minor information…and they will give you a pre-approval amount based off those numbers. You can then take that pre-approval and shop that around a few other banks, getting them to match or beat those terms.

Step 5: LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN THE MARKET YOU WANT TO BUY IN. Do your research. Find out which areas you feel are undervalued and where you feel people will be moving to. Drive around on weekends through every street and neighborhood. See every open house on a Saturday and Sunday within your price range, plus maybe a few hundred grand so you know what’s out there. The more you see, the better you’ll be able to recognize a good deal when it comes up.

Step 6: Make offers on places you feel are a good deal. Know your price, know what it’s worth, and have patience. It’s more important to get the right property at a fair price than wait years trying to find the unicorn of a deal.

Step 7: Do your inspections. I usually tell my clients to do all the inspections they can, and usually it’ll be a break even when you re-negotiate a credit with the seller. I also take it a step further and also walk two contractors through the unit who will give me a free bid on how much things cost to repair. This way, I know everything that’s “wrong” from a cosmetic standpoint and exactly how much it’ll cost to fix.

Step 8: Close on the property. In the interim here, you’ll be speaking with your lender, getting in all the information they request from you, do an appraisal on the property to make sure it’s worth what you’re paying, and you close. Once the property is yours, this is where the fun begins!

Step 9: Do minor renovations. Most people ask “where do you find your contractors?!” And my answer to this has always been Word of mouth, and yelp. Also make sure to get various bids to understand the costs associated with what you want to do, never just hire the first person.

Step 10: Rent it out. Here’s how I post my ads on craigslist:

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The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: 
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24 comments

  1. I just think it’s funny that there’s hundreds of “beginner” videos on real estate but not hundred of advanced videos because people never follow through

  2. When Gram saying I need to drill and drill this into people's heads before the first step was said…I assumed he was then going to say smash the like button. Lol!

  3. You probably can't afford your own rent, mortgage so you join the ranks of the parasitic landlord class. Communism, real communism, is your only future. No, China is not communist. Its a capitalist fascist imperialist country just like the US. There are no socialist and communist countries so don't go there

  4. This is really an amazing video for those who want to move financially, investing successfully in forex requires the expertise of a professional broker,
    that is why i have made huge profits since i started trading with Mr Marc Burke.

  5. Should people use credit even if they have enough money to buy stuff just to build their credit score?

  6. A few advisors have told me that if you were to buy a triplex that you could get approved based on the income that it could provide. Would this be something, me as a 19 year old with no credit history really, could get involved in?

  7. Thank so much for your help and you're truly a man of your words , I'm so happy working with you at kelvin1uptrades for increasing my profits.

  8. Thank you Graham stephan. Took notes and I have to say I am fully aware of what to expect and how to prepare. I'm glad to have family that are contractors, which is going to save me a ton of money

  9. I know someone who paid more than $4 millions on rent and now they regret not purchasing the property they are renting since it was only $1mill the first time he rented it. The kicker is, he never wanted to own it until now lol.

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