Re: Newbie. I need a course. Suggestions? - Posted by eric
Posted by eric on May 26, 2000 at 11:09:19:
Ah, youth. Or perhaps just inexperience, who knows? I was once as you are now - convinced that Real Estate would be the vehicle through which I would build my empire, that all would bow to my power and wealth within a few years of starting.
I’m a little older and perhaps wiser now. Let me tell you a story.
A few years ago, I visited my local Real Estate investment club. I was dressed to kill, and ready to kick some a**. As I walked in, I spotted a guy in the back of the room, sitting by himself, with a real “Jimmy Buffet” look, faded t-shirt, shorts with holes in them, and flip-flops. Natty hair, and glasses with frames all wrong for his face. I took one look and thought to myself, “loser”. Later, I found out who this was.
It was Pete Fortunato.
For those who don’t know, Pete is commonly regarded as one of the foremost experts in discounted notes and paper in the country, well known and regarded in the industry. He is also active in the world of real estate investing as well, or at least he was at the time. I have also heard through other investors that he is at the point in life where he can make his primary concern be the rate of return on a deal, since he has more than enough for everyday things.
So, before you get all set to “dominate” whatever area “you choose”, you may want to get a course (or maybe a book, if you don’t wanna spend a lot of money), hang out on this forum, get a clue, and do some deals, and make some money. Once you find out how hard this really is, you may find your plans for domination getting pushed back a bit.
So there is my “input”.