We are attending a real estate investing convention hosted by FortuneBuilders this week. Anyone who has ever an event like this knows that you are running from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you fall into your hotel bed at night. There is so much to learn and so many people to meet!
And the people are the best part of it. I met another investor who lives in Milam County, where our ranch is and where we hope to retire someday. Isn’t it ironic that I had to travel to a convention to meet a neighbor with whom I have so much in common?
But the highlight for me was being asked to address a group of fellow investors about investment strategies and how you can be fully invested in various aspects of the real estate economy and still have a comfortable degree of diversification. I hadn’t spoken in public since I left the corporate world a few years ago, and this crowd was the largest I have stood in front of since I left rock and roll behind in the 1980s. Being asked to explain your investment strategies to a crowd of more than 300 fellow investors is very exhilarating and very humbling.
My points echoed the advice of all my mentors:
- Wholesaling and redeveloping properties should only be one part of your overall strategy. These activities have the highest reward, but that means they also have the highest risk.
- A rental portfolio can help you build real wealth over the long haul, but it is also not without risk.
- Putting your money to work by buying into or investing with a hard money lender can generate moderate income while spreading the risk over a much broader pool than lending on a case-by-case basis, but the returns can be lower.
For the last point, I have a considerable chunk of my investment portfolio in Grand Coast Capital, but I still engage in private money lending. While I intend to increase my Grand Coast investment over time for a more certain return I still enjoy helping my fellow local investors achieve their goals when I have free capital to invest with them.
JP Getty once said that the best way to get rich is to help others get rich. Not only is helping others efficacious, it is the most rewarding path. Helping others is not just part of our mission statement at Hermit Haus Redevelopment, it is our core value.
So I would be remiss in my helpfulness if I failed to include this caveat: Nothing you do in the investment game is without risk. As my dad used to say, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” What he didn’t say was that if it was easy (or risk-free), there wouldn’t be any profit in it.