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Beneficial degrees (by NE [PA]) Aug 5, 2017 4:41 AM
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       Beneficial degrees (by S i d [MO]) Aug 5, 2017 5:09 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Frank [NJ]) Aug 5, 2017 5:15 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by RB [MI]) Aug 5, 2017 5:35 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by gevans [SC]) Aug 5, 2017 5:39 AM
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       Beneficial degrees (by Richard [MI]) Aug 5, 2017 5:47 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 5, 2017 5:50 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 5, 2017 5:52 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by LindaJ [NY]) Aug 5, 2017 5:54 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Danny [OH]) Aug 5, 2017 7:20 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by WMH [NC]) Aug 5, 2017 7:55 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 5, 2017 7:59 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 5, 2017 9:59 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Moshe [CA]) Aug 5, 2017 10:03 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Aug 5, 2017 10:18 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by RichE [IL]) Aug 5, 2017 10:29 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Deanna [TX]) Aug 5, 2017 10:36 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Elena [PA]) Aug 5, 2017 10:57 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Beth [WI]) Aug 5, 2017 11:54 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Still Learning [NH]) Aug 5, 2017 1:12 PM
       Beneficial degrees (by cjo'h [CT]) Aug 6, 2017 1:02 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by cjo'h [CT]) Aug 6, 2017 1:34 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Sisco [MO]) Aug 6, 2017 4:51 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by WMH [NC]) Aug 6, 2017 1:57 PM
       Beneficial degrees (by Laura [MD]) Aug 7, 2017 8:00 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Homer [TX]) Aug 7, 2017 8:17 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by Wilma [PA]) Aug 7, 2017 11:13 AM
       Beneficial degrees (by don [PA]) Aug 7, 2017 8:35 PM
       Beneficial degrees (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 8, 2017 1:33 PM

Beneficial degrees (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 4:41 AM

I know that a person can become successful in real estate investing with an 8th grade eduction in math. Honestly, I believe that's really all you need for a local real estate investment. If you're comparing properties in markets across the country or globe, obviously you need more education. I'm not much smarter than an 8th grader, so I invest locally! :)

What would you think are some degrees that a person could attain through college or night school or whatever that would be beneficial in helping excel as a real estate investor? Or not even degrees for that matter, but extra studying outside of reading and learning from guru's specifically. --174.201.x.x

Beneficial degrees (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 4:44 AM

Now I know child psychology would be a good one for dealing with tenants, but I'm looking for serious answers! :) hahaha. --174.201.x.x

Beneficial degrees (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:09 AM

You ask a good question. What education do we need to be successful?

My handyman is only able to read at a 2nd grade level and cannot write. He has someone write out his invoices. In a good month he makes $5000.

Abe Lincoln has one full year of formal schooling but otherwise was self-taught. Frederick Douglas...also largely self-taught.

I think desire and perseverance are 10x more important than any degree in many areas.

Beneficial degrees (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:15 AM

back in "those days" there was a lot less to know and a lot more people who knew less than you --173.63.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:35 AM

Real Life Experience, will reveal True Genius.

Some of the most successful people I know,

were C Students in School. ( Including Me )

But they continued to apply themselves with determination

to solve problems and continued to Learn, Grow and Succeed.

The only degrees I know are on a Thermometer.

Beneficial degrees (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:39 AM

Always look to learn new things, and use common sense!

These are more valuable than ANY degree. --74.222.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:40 AM

I'm going to add:

some classes are important. You need good math, financial, reading comprehension, etc. But to me, the degree itself is not important.

Degrees are only important if you are looking for an "in the box" type career. --74.222.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:47 AM

Financial couses. How to get financing and put deals together. The CCIM courses offered by the National As an of Realtors are a good place and anyone can take them. Plus, you get to meet people who are doing it every day.

Business courses in networking. Unless you plan to stay relatively small, you will need people around you to do many things. Networking is a very good way to find them.

Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:50 AM

Hi. I posted a really good answer for you and it went to the message that it will be posted if there is no bad language. That's annoying.

Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:52 AM

Take the real estate course and then go for the broker's license. Not what I did but you would have the power of all that knowledge behind you and the title and it's a money maker too.

Beneficial degrees (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 5:54 AM

A "degree" in common sense. So lacking with many people these days. A few math skills is good and reading comprehension. I would also add these days - internet access. From there, a love of learning and you can go anywhere. Then there is discipline.. to work toward your goals. You don't need a formal degree for your resume. And I am not sure going to college really teaches you useful skills.

I am always amazed at the internet and search engines. I remember having to go to the library or book store to find a book on repairs, designs etc. Now you can google the internet. you-tube videos galore on how to do things, although I admit, I would rather read about it. Granted you do need some common sense to understand not everything on the internet is true, but it does give a lot of good ideas and hints. --96.236.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by Danny [OH]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 7:20 AM

Back in the day when I used to cook for a living we used to laugh at how bad the guys were that came with their fancy chef coats and their culinary degree. Most were schmucks,. the rest usually were pompous. Give me a guy with experience over education any day when we have 700 reservations on the books. I need a guy to go to war with me.

I do disagree about real estate and math. I think you need to be very witty and smart with math to be successful. It is far from a no brainer. I save money daily because of my decent math skills. The art of being able to calculate job pay/deals on the fly at lightning speed has saved me thousands. Add in interest rates, mortgages, hard money, money margins, heloc's, interest only, credit cards, balance transfers, multiple accounts, contracting, payroll, bidding. Ehhh, I don't think you give yourself enough credit about being smart with math. You have to be math smart in this business or you will drown.

Beneficial degrees (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 7:55 AM

I dropped out of high school at 16. Went back at some point and took the test for the GED but that's it for formal schooling for me.

I am a big reader, though, and I did read pretty much the entire Encyclopedia Americana cover to cover back in the day, all the books, when I was stuck at home as a teenage mother. I was lucky to have that resource. I have also read most of the "Top 100 Classic Books" list that is flying around the internet these days.

My math skills are pretty much non-existent but my computer is my friend. Calculator, Excel and Quicken. I've been managing our finances for decades now on either Managing Your Money (DOS) or Quicken. Got my first computer in 1985.

My husband graduated university with a Mechanical Engineering degree and it has served him (and us) VERY well in Real Estate. Problem-solving is his forte and has saved us thousands and thousands of dollars during problematic renovations. --173.22.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 7:59 AM

LindaJ, the internet is the new Renaissance. The only way to find out something special was to know someone who knew that. Now it's available with a few key strokes. For example, the global warming episode we are having is an every thousand year phenomenon that we can't stop. It's called the Dansgaard Oeschger Event. Those are two Norwegian guys who figured out what's going on. Happens every thousand years and chunks of ice break off the ice shelf at the South Pole. We can't stop it and we can only react. But without the internet, the only people who would know about it are Norwegian climatologists!

Beneficial degrees (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 9:59 AM

Living in a big city requires a different mentality. When the economy declines and City Revenue diminishes, Government turns to deep pockets to make up the gap between revenue and expenditures.

As a landlord I have been tested at every turn. Each City Department has tired to cheat me by taxing and charging me excessively.

Without my professional training and know how, I would have been bankrupted thanks to Uncle Sam and the Los Angeles Departments. Accounting, Contracting, Landlording have saved me from the hangman's noose. --47.156.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 10:03 AM

Education is a great thing. It can take you far beyond the explicit things that you study. It can teach you how to evaluate ideas, prepare plans, integrate complex circumstances and, in short, how to think.

The "math" that you learn in High School is not useful at all. What is the value of learning to factor polynomials? But that is the fault of the schools, because the schoolteachers follow a fixed curriculum instead of teaching how to think and solve problems.

One part of successful investing is economics. To learn economics, you need to be able to read graphs (and know the value of constructing them for yourself), some simple statistical analysis (not definitions, like means & medians, variances, but how to do simple analyses), how to follow a formula all of which helps you to learn how to think clearly.

You need to know how business is done, how to evaluate one strategy over another, and above all, how to go directly to facts, rather than hearsay, and to be able to reason from them honestly and with insight..

You need to learn how to predict trends, evaluate possibilities and how to estimate risks.

For all of these things, its not what you study, but what you learn. I don't what kind of resources you have available in your area, but I can tell you this: I went to graduate school at a university that made it their business to de-emphasize read-and-memorize learning, in favor of reading the ORIGINAL texts of ideas on the subject and all of the ORIGINAL papers on the subject that follow, and then discussing the IDEAS in class and in seminar. You can do that, too, by yourself.

Just for a starter, I would suggest reading "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith. It was published back in 1776, but Amazon sells a Bantam Classic edition for $5.12 plus shipping. Read it and THINK about what it says. If you have any head for university-level work, you will see ideas about what makes competition a serious part of wealth-building, what makes prices go up and down, and insight into the process of who gets wealthy and who doesn't. There are myriad ideas since 1776 that build on this foundation, but it is Adam Smith that started it all.

Beneficial degrees (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 10:18 AM

"What would you think are some degrees that a person could attain through college or night school or whatever that would be beneficial in helping excel as a real estate investor? Or not even degrees for that matter, but extra studying outside of reading and learning from guru's specifically"

Frankly I dont think much formal education is required, unless perhaps the investor wants to build a multi million dollar corporation. Even then it may not be necessary.

A basic understanding of:

-Building construction

-Tax laws

-Financing (traditional mortgages and principle/interest implications, LOC, VTB, ballon, syndicated mortgages, private financing, mortgage application costs including to setup and discharge, how to extract equity)

-People skills

-Local rental legislation

-Having "handy" skills

-Ability to find properties worth buying

-Basic Book keeping skills

-Ability to find unrealized value in a property

-Networking to create list of needed professionals and tradespeople

-Marketing skills

-Ability to create legal documents (leases, loans, offer to purchase, rent to own, holding fee agreements ect)

-Ability to manage time and stay focused.

no doubt there are a few more skills required, but none of them require extensive formal education.

Frankly much of the information can be received from quality forums such as this one.

However there is no school better than that of actually "doing it". Especially when we learn from our mistakes.

The common belief is "knowledge is power". This is not quite true. Knowledge alone is NOT power. It took me many years to learn that.

It is the ability to ACQUIRE knowledge as needed and the ability to USE the knowledge in a meaningful way that is power.

The world is full of unsuccessful well educated people.

A friend once proudly told me his son could calculate mortgage tables. I told him that alone was not useful or even much of an accomplishment. Detailed mortgage tables are readily available, to spend time calculating them will not create wealth. Unless the son also had the ability to USE the mortgage information (ie everything entailed in finding, buying managing, refinancing, selling ect a property, or arranging mortgages to create income).........calculating mortgage tables were of little use.

I think the greatest key to success is a burning desire. In fact that seems to be the most common thread in biographies of many successful people.

Lack of knowledge can be overcome, lack of desire can not.

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."

Frank Lloyd Wright


"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." Winston Churchill

Hard work, dedication, never giving up.....these are the skills that far outweigh education.

On a side note.........out of my immediate family and extended family I am the only one that did not go to university or college. I am the only one without a degree. Yet if success is measured financially, I am the most "successful".

It was desire.

Beneficial degrees (by RichE [IL]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 10:29 AM

Beneficial degrees? 98.6 Fahrenheit. Worth more than my PhD.

Beneficial degrees (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 10:36 AM

I double-majored in undergrad and graduated in the Honors Program. Then I did my Master's. DH double-majored in undergrad also; did his Master's; and then did his JD. The JD has been most practical, as far as the biz goes--- but even more so, the things that have been most important are things that can't really be taught in a classroom.

The big things that DH has brought to our success have been his vision-- being able to see the Big Picture. His stick-to-it-iveness-- his ability to start a project and see it through, rather than getting bored or discouraged or distracted partway through. He has a good gut instinct for liars and situations. He has no problems talking about money, negotiating a deal, talking about embarrassing/personal/sensitive subjects, or holding people to their promises.

The things I bring to our success is that I'm the boots-on-the-ground. I deal with People, while he deals with Stuff. He gets things going-- I keep things running. I deal with Paper, with Information, with Money, with Obtaining Materials. I'm the one who keeps my eyes on the market; who sees what sells for what, and how long it took; who spots the deals; who filters out all the chaff so that he can see what's worth looking at, and decide whether it's worth *us* looking at. All that stuff is related to my Master's work, but my Master's work wouldn't have taught it to me--- but my natural affinity for that sort of thing made me pursue that degree, if that makes sense.

Ultimately, a degree is a piece of paper that opens doors. If you don't have a door to open, it's a very expensive key. Or perhaps it's like a tool to keep in your back pocket. But the tool itself isn't going to do anything magic for someone who doesn't have the aptitude for using that tool, just like someone can read a thousand books and be an excellent armchair landlord, but there's no substitute for actually encountering tenants and prospects in the wild. :)

I'd really encourage someone who wanted to get into real estate to look into a trade-- like plumbing or HVAC or electricity-- that will give them the opportunity to (a) be more educated about the systems that can go wrong in their house, and (b) save some money on contractors, especially in the early days. Likewise, it would be a good thing for them to have a trade in the back pocket-- something hands-on and practical that can never be outsourced-- that will help give them a solid supplemental income during difficult periods.

Beneficial degrees (by Elena [PA]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 10:57 AM

Not "degrees", but trade skills may be very useful. My 14 y.o. son is very interested in investing in real estate. We've been bringing him with us since he was a baby. While he will be definitely going to college (something technical, like engineering or IT), he will take courses in electric and plumbing at a local technical school. Maybe carpentry.

Both hubs and I have advanced degrees, and while they are not useful directly to RE, they gave us critical thinking skills. Also confidence and ability to do research.

Beneficial degrees (by Beth [WI]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 11:54 AM

Not much to add, but a degree that will net a high-paying job allows one to get into RE sooner and easier. However, I don't think it matters so much in the end as you may not pursue really good deals.

Beneficial degrees (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Aug 5, 2017 1:12 PM

My teaching degrees and Crisis Prevention Intervention training have helped. After all, dealing with tenants can be much like teaching and parenting. Set clear expectations and have good follow through based on expectations. My skills are growing, but I could use more technical skills with tools.

Beneficial degrees (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 1:02 AM

Having a basic knowledge of Math is very very important,like 2 + 2 = 4. And also knowing that 2 + 2 also = 22 at other times.All the Degrees in the World don't mean too much if you don't have common sense?And God knows, it's sadly lacking.................Charlie.............. --174.199.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 1:34 AM

RichE,would 98.3* be all right also,just wondering?...........Charlie................ --174.199.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 4:51 AM

Law comes quickly to mind. Moshe's reply is spot on.

I think that in the private sector, the possession of a degree is not valued as highly as the ability to apply the knowledge toward profitable endeavors.

A good University experience produces people who have learned how to learn.

Beneficial degrees (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 1:57 PM

"Learned how to learn." I like that. In what university is that taught in TODAY'S world? :( --173.22.xx.xx

Beneficial degrees (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Financial education. Understanding higher financial concepts is vital to growing big in real estate. Leverage is the magic of real estate and understanding the more sophisticated financial options allows for bigger deals faster and safer.

Beneficial degrees (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 8:17 AM

Degrees? I ain't got no degrees from a regular college, I did get a degree in auto body and paint, from a technical college, I think repairing wrecks taught me problem solving. . Now as far as regular colleges. I rent to many people with degrees. Financial planner, not sure why degree he has, but he has been paying me on time for 5 years now, emt, paramedic, nurses, business degrees, history degrees, teaching degrees. Computer graphics, etc.... I did take some business classes for a couple years, back in the 80s don't know if it helped or not.? I do best by watching and learning.

Beneficial degrees (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 11:13 AM

Well, I was going to seriously say that knowing some child psychology would be useful...

I'd say that educating yourself to make intelligent choices is key. How you get there doesn't matter. Take a class in bookkeeping, read a book about HVAC, search the internet for good info about repairing appliances. You eventually know enough to choose good people to do what you can see would take a degree for you to know and do well.

Beneficial degrees (by don [PA]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 8:35 PM

it takes a degree of patience

Beneficial degrees (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2017 1:33 PM

law degree & masters in finance...most useful for me has been school of hard wife does tell me though I am a slow learner....still thinking about that one....

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