If you’re a REI newcomer and want to know about real estate investing for beginners, then look no further. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

This guide will walk you through the details you have to know to become a successful real estate investor.

The first thing I want to do is show you what not to do, okay?

Must-know Tips: Real Estate Investing for Beginners

1Do not buy a house to rent

Do not buy a single door to rent. I talk about this all the time — in my books, at my events, in all my content material…

Never rely on one of anything for anything, ever. 

In other words, one house equals too many problems. 


  • Because each investment requires a separate deal, due diligence, loan, and mortgage while equity slowly builds up;
  • The margins are too small to hire a property management team to handle tenants’ midnight phone calls;
  • And if your tenant moves out, you’re basically screwed.

2Do not buy your first deal based on your budget

Don’t determine what you’re going to purchase based on how much money you have.

Just because you don’t have money right now doesn’t mean you can’t buy the deal. 

I’ll show you in a minute how to get great real estate deals even if you have no money or bad credit — just keep reading.

3Do not buy less than 16 units

You’re looking for a target of 16 units or more.

Don’t go small in real estate. Go big. Go lots of doors.

The more units you have, the more protection you get.

Now, here’s what you need to do…

4Be in the market

You have to know your market.

And you do that by looking every single day at deals and talking to brokers.

So, do your homework to know what’s going on in that market.

5Ask hard questions

I want you to ask questions that most people are too afraid to ask.

Things like:

  • What don’t I know about this deal?
  • What’s the worst year this property ever had?
  • But what if rates spike again? 

Sometimes you need to ask the same guy the same questions at least 5 times to get the real answer. So, don’t be afraid to ask over and over again.

6Never compromise location

Listen, you can repaint the property, you can fix the interior, you can replace the doors and windows, but you can’t change the location of a property once you buy it. 

If you’re gonna do it, get the best possible location you can.

And don’t be scared to pay that extra money for it.

Now, I have a free training where I go in-depth with you for a couple of hours on: 

  • How to find a great real estate deal;
  • What locations to look for;
  • How to get a lender even if you have bad credit;
  • What markets are best;
  • How to get investors if you don’t have any money;
  • What to say to the broker, and much more.

So, if you’re really serious about creating wealth, then check out my free Real Estate Live Training to see how I did it.

Disclosure: This content is intended to be used for educational and informational purposes only. Before investing, you should always do your own analysis based on your own financial and personal circumstances before making any investment. Grant Cardone is an industry expert who has been investing for over 30 years and his opinion is based solely on his own personal experience and circumstances. Individual results may vary. You should perform your own due diligence and seek the advice from a professional to verify any information on our website or materials that you are relying upon if you choose to make an investment. Investment involves great risk and there is no guarantee of performance or results.

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.