I recently had my 1000 post and I thought I should give more direction to my posts. Like Propertymanager and his expenses 1/2 the rent and Frank Chin telling you how it is for real in real estate, etc. I want to know why are you doing this real estate business? I always say all real estate is local. But it is also individual. You need to decide why you are doing real estate. You need to decide if you are doing it because you are not satisfied with your current lifestyle and you need to build your lifestyle up or are you satisfied with your lifestyle but want multiple streams of income so that you are not a slave to your job. There may be another reason you are doing real estate. Anyway you need to decide so that you can select the path you should follow.
In my case I have a good lifestyle. I have a big house fast cars and a lake house for the weekends (although lately my weekends have been spent rehabbing houses or selling them). And vacation in Hawaii every year. My goal is to fund my expenses with real estate thus freeing up all the money I make from my day job as extra income. At that point I am working for fun and not for money. That will enable me to quit if I want or just only take the assignments that are fun to do.