Okay, so we all know real estate can be awesome.


Everyone wants to know the fastest, easiest, least expensive ways to make a killing in this business…


…but the education process can take years, and even the most seasoned investors never stop learning.


So what are some signs that YOU are becoming a legitimate “expert” in your real estate niche?


1. You can always tell when someone is dishing out bad advice.

2. This is how you respond when someone starts pitching you on a terrible business idea:

3. You find yourself taking regular trips to the bank.

4. You can shop at Home Depot without asking for assistance.

5. You know immediately when you’ve got a killer deal in the bag.

6. You’ve dealt with enough tenants to hear every excuse in the book.

7. People treat you like an authority on the subject.


8. At real estate seminars, you may feel like the only one who isn’t drinking the kool aid.

9. You know when and how to say “No” to a prospect.


10. In a real estate bubble, you’re one of the few investors who isn’t making dumb decisions.

11. You always have a hunch when others are being dishonest.


12. You’re able to find awesome deals that none of your competitors know about.

13. This is how you respond to late-night infomercials.

14. This is how you respond to a low-ball offer on your property.

15. This is how it feels to watch your parents research properties on Zillow.

16. You feel great after helping a new investor complete their first deal.

17. You know when you see a ridiculous asking price.

18. You feel a deep sense of sorrow when a good tenant moves away.

19. You know how to get the “tenants from hell” OUT of your property.

20. You’ve learned how to negotiate back and forth between buyers and sellers.

21. You know how to respond when someone starts stroking your ego.

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About the author

Seth Williams is a land investor with hundreds of closed transactions and nearly a decade of experience in the commercial real estate banking industry. He is also the Founder of REtipster.com - a real estate investing blog that offers real-world guidance for part-time real estate investors.

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  1. Brandon Turner | BiggerPockets says:

    Love it!

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Thanks buddy!

  2. Ben Leybovich says:

    Hahaha – I love the one Zillow one. Funny stuff Seth 🙂

    You know you are an expert if your name is Brandon Turner…

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Haha – pretty much! Thanks for stopping by Ben.

  3. Cynthia Lai says:

    OK this is a great way to start a day. Thank you with a smile on my face!

    1. Seth Williams says:

      Thanks Cynthia – so glad I could help!

  4. Fulton says:

    Of course MY cat then implants his fangs into the softest part of my hand…
    Good stuff, thanks for spending the time to put a little humor in our day!

    1. Seth Williams says:

      No problem Fulton – thanks for stopping by!

  5. RJ Bryan says:

    Epic. Seriously have never seem a RE blog post like this. Great use of the listing, info and animation.


    1. Seth Williams says:

      Thanks so much RJ – I appreciate it!

  6. Kerissa says:

    OMG, that cat putting a stop to the petting is the best, hahaha!

    1. Lol – I love that one too. 🙂

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