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The real estate development funding business can be hard to get your head around. It’s easy to lose your concentration and focus and end up making bad choices because of getting sidetracked. Many times, you don’t even realize that it’s happening until the choice has been made. When you are looking to get into real estate development funding specifically regarding commercial real estate then there are a few things that you should focus on to help you stay on the right path. Working with commercial real estate investment firms and getting advice from the top real estate developers is a good way to keep your nose in the game but there is even more that you could do.

  1. Be a Team Pkayer– You can’t do this alone, that’s all there is to it. In order to be involved in real estate development funding, you need to have a great team to help you in achieving your goals. Plus, the more people on your team, the more knowledge and education you have together.

  2. Know Your Budget Limits– This can help you make smart decisions if you will stick to your budget. Trust the number and don’t get emotional about a decision. If you can’t afford it, move on and don’t think about it anymore.

  3. Know it All– You should try and learn everything you can regarding real estate development funding and how it works. This includes revenue, operating excuses and capital costs as well as the history and potential future.

  4. Find a Role Model– You’ll want to make sure you model your funding business after someone who has already done it all. You don’t have to copy them exactly, but obviously they did something right if they are successful and you could learn from them.

  5. Put it in Writing– This could fall into all categories. Never make a decision verbally. Every agreement should be in writing and signed and dated and notarized if possible. It might be a hassle but could save you down the road if the other party backs out.

  6. Have Clear Goals– Knowing what your vision and goals are will help you stay on course. If you want to be successful then you need to know where you are going and what it’s going to take to get there.

  7. Don’t Penny Pinch– While you want to stay within your budget, don’t be cheap. Set a realistic budget and stick to but don’t skimp and have a scarcity mentality.

  8. Maximize Your Time– Don’t be afraid to outsource and delegate, within budget allowances of course. Having other people help you out could give you a lot more time to focus on other important factors.

  9. Pick a Strategy– The worst thing is to try out several different strategies at once. You need to master one before moving on to the next. If it doesn’t work, no big deal, keep going but don’t scrap it til you have tried it properly.

  10. Get the Facts– Don’t fall victim to myths that you find on the Internet. Make sure you know the true facts especially when it comes to taxes and entities. Talking to an accountant is a better way to go then Googling your answers.

  11. Think about Cash Flow– You’re always going to need money coming in of course because there will always be money going out. Where will this money come from? It’s going to be important in keeping you afloat for awhile.

  12. Get a Real Estate License– This might sound odd if you don’t want to be an agent but the classes that are involved in getting the license can give you invaluable information.

  13. Associate with the Right People– Surround yourself with successful people in the same industry. If you want to make it, you have to hang out with people who have made it so you can learn from them.

  14. Have a Successful Mindset– It’s easy to give up in this industry but if you establish a positive way of thinking and decide that you are already successful, it could help you focus on what it’s going to take to really reach your goals.

  15. Ask for Help– If you need it, ask for it. There are plenty of people in the industry that are trust worthy and have been where you are.