Real Estate Development – Three Essential Things You Must Do Before Starting in Property Development

If you start your property development business the right way, you are building a foundation for success. Start it the wrong way, and you could be headed for disappointment, stress, and possibly even large financial losses.

1. Manage Your Property Development Projects As A Business

Unless you¡¯re prepared to forfeit some of your profits and engage someone you trust to look after your property development project, it's very important that the mechanics of property development are fully understood so you do not end up in all sorts of trouble. We decided right from the start to treat building our property portfolio as a real ongoing business and therefore created a property development strategy and planned and acted accordingly.

Advice from our property development legal and accounting advisers was to set up our property development business in the right type of entity from the very beginning – some things can not be "bolted on" later. We also ensure that we keep good records and use property development accounting and property management software. We found a strategy that would be a good fit for us, looked at the big picture and began with the end in mind.

Initial and ongoing property development education is extremely important. A good place to start is to learn the basic techniques of property development. Then continuing reading and listening to financial news to determine current and future trends.

2. Develop A Property Developer Millionaire Mindset

Learning and implementing the mechanisms of property development may allow you some level of initial success, but newcomers who are not passionate about property development and do not alter their way of thinking and create a property developer's mindset inevitably can run into problems. Many of the decisions you make as a property developer are counter-cyclical, for example, you may be buying when other inexperienced property developers are making panicked sales.

People who have not mastered their emotions around money tend to make poorer decisions under those circumstances. For example, many novice property developers are not able to reserve when needed, and a lot simply give up after struggling, both financially and emotionally, during their first attempt at property development.

We've spent a lot of time researching the rich and identified certain common characteristics and habits that contributed towards their success. As soon as we adopted some of these ourselves, we were able to accelerate our learning curve and we saw a marked improvement in our own ability to make larger profits through property development in a much shorter amount of time.

3. Learn How To Leverage your Time

We had a clear vision and a huge desire to work smarter and not harder so we sat down and worked out an achievable step-by-step plan that would enable us to reach our goals much quicker.

One thing that made a huge impact on us achieving our goals was faster adopting the 'Pareto Principle' (more commonly known as the 80/20 rule). This helped us to stay focused on the "20 percent of things that mattered to achieve the 80% of results" and saved us from wasting an intense amount of time and energy on things that just were not necessary.

We also leveraged off other people's knowledge (OPK) other people's time (OPT) and other people's money (OPM). We built a great team of experts who constantly advise and support us – especially a 'property development savvy' lawyer, accountant and finance broker.
A strong foundation requires a good business plan, the right mental attitude, and the ability to get the greatest possible results from the time you invest in your property development business.

If you try to start in real estate investing or property development without this strong foundation, you are subject to a much higher level of risk, and the consequences can be catastrophic. Start well, on the other hand, and you can use property development strategies to build a long-term, profitable real estate empire.