5 Ways to Elevate your Investor Knowledge

In the spirit of this timeless wisdom, we will explore the five best ways to learn real estate investing, focusing on the Awareness stage of your journey.

GP Flow Team

Whether you're a novice looking to dip your toes into the market or a seasoned pro seeking to expand your portfolio, the journey to becoming a successful real estate investor begins with education. 

As Dale Carnegie, one of the richest men in history teaches us "More money has been made in real estate than all industrial investments combined. The wise earner of today invests their money in Real Estate.”

In the spirit of this timeless wisdom, we will explore the five best ways to learn real estate investing, focusing on the Awareness stage of your journey. By the end, you'll have a clear roadmap to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the world of real estate investment.

1. Learning through ChatGPT

In your pursuit of real estate knowledge, don't overlook the power of AI, such as ChatGPT, to enhance your learning. 

ChatGPT can help you define your learning objectives. Engage in conversations to clarify your real estate goals, whether it's residential or commercial investments, short-term or long-term strategies, or exploring real estate syndication. Receive a personalized learning plan tailored to your aspirations.

You can then use ChatGPT as your virtual study partner. Ask real estate questions to reinforce your understanding, from property valuation to financing and even challenge yourself with scenario-based quizzes.

Incorporating ChatGPT into your learning complements traditional methods, ensuring a well-rounded education as you progress through the Awareness stage of your real estate journey.

An example prompt might be: "ChatGPT, I'd like to test my knowledge of real estate investing. Please create a short quiz with ten questions related to multifamily investing. After each question, provide feedback on whether I got it right and why, and help challenge me to expand my knowledge."

Chat GPT for Investor Knowledge

2. Online Real Estate Courses

Real estate investment is a multifaceted field, and there's no better place to start your journey than with online real estate courses. 

These courses offer more traditionally structured learning paths that cover everything from the basics of real estate to advanced investment strategies. 

Look for courses from reputable institutions or experienced instructors. Ensure they cover topics like property valuation, market analysis, and financing options.

3. Real Estate Books

Books have long been a valuable resource for learning, and real estate is no exception. There is an abundance of real estate books that cater to both beginners and experts. Here are the top ten you might consider.

Book Name Year Published Author Key Learning Point
1. Rich Dad Poor Dad 1997 Robert Kiyosaki Teaches the importance of financial literacy and differentiating between assets and liabilities.
2. The Book on Rental Property Investing 2015 Brandon Turner Focuses on the mechanics of acquiring and managing rental properties for long-term wealth.
3. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor 2005 Gary Keller Provides strategies for building wealth through long-term investment in real estate properties.
4. The Real Book of Real Estate 2009 Robert Kiyosaki Offers a comprehensive guide to various aspects of real estate investment including financing and deal-making.
5. Commercial Real Estate for Beginners 2008 Peter Harris Introduces the basics of investing in commercial properties like office buildings and shopping centers.
6. How to Invest in Real Estate 2018 Joshua Dorkin and Brandon Turner Covers diverse approaches to real estate investing from REITs to crowdfunding.
7. Multi-Family Millions 2008 Dave Lindahl Discusses the process of scaling up investments by switching to multi-family properties.
8. Loopholes of Real Estate 2013 Garrett Sutton Explores the tax benefits and legal loopholes available to real estate investors.
9. The ABCs of Real Estate Investing 2004 Ken McElroy Lays out the fundamental principles that are crucial for success in any real estate venture.
10. Building Wealth One House at a Time 2004 John Schaub Focuses on single-family home investments as a slow but steady way to build wealth.

4. Real Estate Investment Clubs

Joining a real estate investment club can be a game-changer in your journey towards real estate success. 

These clubs bring together like-minded individuals who are passionate about real estate investing.

Although experience and expertise levels may vary (and nothing will beat the learning for hands-on experience), here's what you can expect from these programs.

  • Connecting with investors, real estate agents, and other professionals who can provide valuable insights and guidance.
  • Opportunities to participate in real-world investment projects, allowing you to learn by doing on a smaller scale and controlled group environment.
  • Clubs often have access to resources like market reports, investment tools, and partnerships (like preferred programs with investor portals)

5. Mentorship Programs

Finding a real estate mentor can be a game-changing move in your real estate investment journey. 

Initially, clarify your goals to align with a mentor specializing in your specific niche, whether that's residential or commercial real estate. 

Networking events and real estate clubs can offer great avenues for meeting mentors and enriching your knowledge base but for a more personal connection, consider asking your existing network for mentor referrals. 

When you identify potential mentors, stand out by offering immediate value and differentiate yourself. Finally, build a relationship subtly by seeking advice on specific problems, executing that advice, and providing feedback, rather than formally asking for mentorship. 

This methodical approach will help you build meaningful relationships with mentors who can greatly contribute to your success in learning the real estate investment field.

There are many Real Estate Investing programs that will help you on your way. 

Real Estate Investing programs


Becoming successful at anything starts with education, and at the Awareness stage of your journey, you’ll often have too many options to choose from. 

Whether you opt for online courses, dive into real estate books, join investment clubs, attend seminars, or seek mentorship, the key is to take action and commit to your learning. 

Remember that "the acquisition of knowledge comes with the revelation of ignorance" and that the more we learn, the more we realize how much we don't know. As you acquire knowledge in the real estate field, you’ll become aware of the complexities and nuances we were previously ignorant of. 

By utilizing these five best ways to learn real estate investing, you'll be well on your way to making informed, strategic decisions and achieving success in the world of real estate investment. 

About the Author

Andy Crebar

Andy Crebar is the Co-Founder & CEO of GP Flow which is on a mission to unlock the potential of commercial real estate.

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