i helped put together a small group with the intent to get more involved in real estate investing. one of the guys i approached had already been interested in investing, but was facing a lot of hurdles making the leap from being interested to being an investor. he had all sorts of questions, and i told him the main thing is that there is some level of risk involved in investing in real estate. you can find all sorts of reasons not to do it -- what if you get a bad tenant? what if you buy a bad property? what if you can't lease it?
what i told him to remedy this situation is that there are all number of reasons that you can find to stay on the sidelines. if you look with that mindset, you'll keep finding reasons. if you change your mindset, however, you'll see a great number of reasons to become an investor.