How to Create Your Personal Investing Plan This Year!

Here’s your roadmap for success.

It can be overwhelming for new investors to choose their first investing strategy. The gurus love to push their latest courses and training programs.
They tell investors they must learn all about:
• Subject to deals
• Wholesaling
• Seller financing
• Self-directed IRAs
• Private lending
• Fix and flips
• Motivated sellers
• Cash buyers
• Lease options
• Real estate notes
• Being a landlord, etc, etc.
What if you could quickly create your own personal investing plan, so that you have a crystal clear focus on what you need to do right now rather than getting caught up in the endless supply of strategies.
I have some great news for you. I will help you create your own personal plan today by focusing in on some key questions that will be easy for you to answer. Your responses will become your pathway to your personal investing plan.
Ready to give it a try?

1. Do You Need to Create Income Right Now?

In 2006, I had to answer this question as I decided to leave my “comfy” Corporate America job. At that point my two daughters were entering 9th and 11th grade.
You know what comes after high school right? Yes, college, and that created even more pressure to quickly create the income needed to replace my corporate income, along with being certain I could put my great kids through college.
I say that so you realize it’s okay if you need to use real estate as a vehicle to create a business that supplies you with a steady stream of income. Some gurus teach that true real estate investing is only investing for long-term wealth.

We All Have Different Starting Points

Some of us are saddled with a lot of credit card debt. Others are painfully behind on their retirement. Some have a huge pile of student loan debt, and others may have to pay for a daughter’s wedding.
Maybe you are where I was in 2006, and you’re just tired of working a regular job. You have to take a totally honest assessment of where you are right now to decide if you need income right now.
If you do need to create income, you’ll want to consider three ways to do it buying and selling houses.
Wholesaling: This is the typical path for newbie investors. It’s a great way to learn what a deal is, how to estimate repairs, calculate your maximum offers, and create income controlling houses and assigning contracts to other investors.
When I left Corporate America, I did it by wholesaling in volume. One myth is that wholesaling is only for beginners. There are a lot of genuine, large wholesaling businesses that have emerged over the past few years.
These volume wholesalers are doing 100 – 400 deals per year focused on this one easy, beginner strategy.
Fix and Flip: This is a great way to create income by finding a great deal in a desirable area, renovating it, and selling it retail to an owner occupied buyer. You can start off doing one “fix & flip” at a time or you can build a sizable business doing multiple flips at a time.
Fix & flips are a bit like day trading stocks, and there are a lot of moving parts that must be tightly managed in order to create the nice paydays. It doesn’t work just like you see it on HGTV. But when done right, it can be a source of very nice paydays.
Turn-Key Rentals: This is where you focus on fixing rental properties and selling them to other investors who want to build their rental property portfolio. The nice thing about this buy/sell model is that your buyers will likely buy multiple properties from you, similar to how wholesaling works.
They want a strong return on investment and some equity in the deals that you tee-up for them, and you can create a lot of active income selling turn-key rentals.

2. Are You Ready to Create Long-Term Wealth?

If you don’t need the fast income stream, you’re likely ready to begin working on investing in hard assets that create long-term wealth. When you can invest in true hard assets that provide cash flow, equity, and great tax benefits, you’ll really love investing in real estate.
Rental Portfolio: There are a number of great real estate asset classes to choose from including single families, apartment complexes, mobile homes on land, mobile home parks, self storage, and commercial real estate. Each class has its own benefits.
As you learn to leverage debt, create deal flow, and build your network, you’ll be able to invest in each one without relying on your own cash, credit, or banks.
Each asset class can quickly spike your equity position, net worth, and long term multi-generational wealth.
Private Lending: If you’re not excited about being a landlord, but you have access to capital, you may want to consider growing your long-term wealth as a private lender.
Do you like the prospect of creating great ROI without doing much work?
There are a lot of ways you can participate in real estate deals with your capital. Do you know a great flipper who needs short-term capital? I typically pay 9-10% interest on my flips. Knowing how compound interest and the rule of 72 works–that 9% interest will double in value every 8 years.
It’s a nice way to invest on your local Main Street instead of Wall Street. There are a lot of sources of capital including those wanting diversity from the stock market, CDs, home equity, and IRAs.
Participating in other people’s deals is a great way to create nice ROI. You’ll find that leveraging your investment in other people’s deals on flips, joint ventures on rentals, and learning strategies like wrapping notes will open up some great opportunities for building long-term wealth.

So, Which Do You Need?

  1. Income now
  2. Long-term wealth

Everyone reading this needs one or the other, and with real estate investing, both are completely possible. Sometimes investors start off by focusing on income now and once their immediate needs are met, they begin focusing on the true wealth building.
Keep things simple and identify where you are right now and what your immediate needs are, so you can clearly focus on the one plan that meets your needs.
What’s your biggest challenge and fear with investing in real estate? Leave me your comments, and I’ll be happy to help you get rolling on your personal investing plan.
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  1. Tomiko James on January 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks Jim for the information. I am having the hardest time starting in real estate investment. The bulk of my problem is fear! I do not have the capital to start but I have to my advantage: nearly 20 years of business management experience, 15 years of home repair skills, past entrepreneurial experience and heart! Instead of utilizing my skills and get out here and network, I just keep reading and not “doing”. What is your advice for potential investors with cold feet?

  2. Jim Ingersoll on January 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Tomika – Happy New Years!
    You do have a lot of experience.
    FEAR crushes dreams. One key is to surround yourself with succesful, positive people that support you. It is too easy for family members, negative neighbors and people that complain about their 9 to 5’s to help support a culture of fear.
    You know what you need to do and I support you in starting fresh right here at the start of 2017.
    Start by blocking one hour of time and focus on only finding a deal. Turn off social media, email and get to a quiet place to focus on that one thing to get started today 🙂
    Thank you

  3. Casey Wiest on January 8, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Hello Jim, I’m looking to start investing in real estate and I need income now. I am a college student with virtually no money. Can you point me in the right direction? I still have a hard time believing I can put zero money down and make money off of a deal. Any tips on what to look for?

  4. Jim Ingersoll on January 9, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Hi Casey
    Congrats on being in school. Both my daughters started investing in college without a job or money so it can be done. The most logical way maybe for you to begin finding deals. You can start working with a local wholesaler as a bird dog and earn a referral fee of typically $500 – $2000 per house you help them find. You could also jump right into wholesaling and earn more per deal on your own.
    I would suggest you begin by learning what a deal is and how to find them. There is a ton of info right here in CREonline in the forum and in past blog articles from myself and others.
    Congrats on taking action

  5. Tory R on May 17, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Thanks so much for the article Jim. I’m a newbie and have the added pressure of not only wanting to build wealth but looking for residence for my family in the interim. Real estate investing has been on my radar for a while, and it seems now my motivation has been doubled! I sure could use some help getting a plan together…

  6. Santiago on May 27, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Hello Jim,
    Two years ago my brother and me bought a fourplex. It needed some repairs, so we did the repairs and nowadays It’s 100% rented. So what is the next step?. Nowdays we dont have money saved to the downpayment for another house, but we want to invest in more deals. Other people money can work, but I dont know how to begin. I’m 29 years old,
    And I dont know if older people will give me the funds to the deals. Please help me.

  7. KC Johnson on January 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Jim,
    I appreciate all of information available on your Blog/website. I’ve been looking at several investment ‘gurus’ online and would like to get some clear direction. I currently have 2 single family rentals and would like to move up to multifamily.
    We would like to generate income for retirement. ( I just turned 60) WE have some cash and good equity in the rental houses.
    I would appreciate some guidance as to the best way to move forward. Thank you//KC

  8. Harold L Harris on January 5, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Hi Jim my is Harold I’m Wholesaling, finding properties for other Investors. However I’m struggling to find good deals, if am lucky one deal per month. What should I do??
    I’ve spent 20,000 on programs, webinars, siminars workshops. Now am broke trying to start a RE Business.

By Jim Ingersoll

Jim Ingersoll is a successful real estate entrepreneur, Author and Coach. He has bought and sold hundreds of houses wholesaling, flipping and buying to hold for the long-term. Jim loves all aspects of creating winning transactions with creative real estate.