Re: GOALS and planning how do you do it? - Posted by Mr. Big
Posted by Mr. Big on June 05, 2005 at 06:48:45:
You are very wise, the first thing you need to do is figure out what your goals are, then map out a plan to reach those goals. Otherwise you are running around in the dark and usually getting no where.
The key is to work out the whole thing backwards. Where would you like to be, what would you like to be doing a year from now, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years from now?
Once you have some idea what your long term goals are, work backwards to the present day.
For example if your goal is to have $5,000,000 worth of rental property in 10 years time and retire, first you have to buy some. If real estate goes up 10% year ( a not unreasonable assumption) then you will need to buy $300,000 worth a year for 10 years to reach your goal.
This is just one example.
You can get different ideas of the possibilities available by reading the success stories section of this board. It should spark some ideas, and give you some of the endless possibilities of real estate investing.
From there you can figure out a plan that suits your needs and temperament.
And remember, nothing is written in stone. Every few months you can go over your plan, check your progress and revise as necessary.
I should warn you that in the beginning it is very hard, and it seems you are not getting anyplace, unless you take the time to figure out your net worth, and what progress you are making.