How to Set Goals for Real Estate Investing

by Kelly McLain Treacy 02/02/2020

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Whether you're about to sign on your first rental property or already possess a portfolio full of properties that are cash-flowing like crazy, you need this. Time to reframe your mindset, step above the minutiae, and get a panoramic view of the path you're choosing. 

Why Set Goals?

It's easy to get caught up in chasing shiny new investments--especially as you gain experience investing and managing properties. But chasing every fabulous deal that pops up can take you on more than a few rabbit trails that won't get you any closer to your end goal. 

  • Maybe you want to semi-retire at 40 and travel the world with your family. 
  • Maybe you want to build your net worth so you'll be able to unload most of your properties once you retire and reinvest into building your own dream home. 
  • Maybe you want to focus on building sustainable positive month-to-month cash flow so you can pursue non-real-estate-related goals. 

You might stumble across a slew of excellent deals and solid investments that don't fully push you toward your goals. They're good. Great, even. But maybe they require more in-depth vetting of tenants than you're willing to take on right now, or a complete rehab that you don't have enough hours in the day to pull off. 

Zoom out. Secure your vision. Grab a pen. And set some goals. 

Characteristics of Great Goals

  • Excellent goals are specific and measurable. You'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt when you've arrived at them. Maybe it's a certain number in terms of cash flow or net worth. Maybe it's the point at which you can quit your day job. Maybe it's something else. If you can't measure it, it's probably not specific enough. 
  • The best goals are realistically achievable. Anyone can set a goal to become a billionare in the next 12 months. Unless it's realistic for you, keep dreaming about it and working toward more achievable chunks of that dream. 
  • The best goals involve other people. This one might surprise you, but a team/community/network mentality is staggeringly important for real estate investors. You'll need a team you can rely on, and your long-term goals should involve deepening your network with investors, real estate agents, and other industry professionals that are rock stars in their fields. 
About the Author
Author

Kelly McLain Treacy

Prior to launching a career in real estate, Kelly was a financial professional, starting at KPMG in Miami, where she earned her CPA as a forensic accountant. She excelled in her field working with various equity trading businesses at leading investment banking firms such as Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank, while living in NYC, Zurich, and London. She also spent time working in Tokyo and Sydney. 

With her vast experience, Kelly intimately understands the emotional and financial investment of selling or purchasing a home and will manage every detail of the process. She grew up in a family of real estate agents, general contractors, and property developers and has an appreciation for all aspects of the industry from start to finish. Combined with her determination, high integrity and strong work ethic, along with her professional skills highlighted below, she will go above and beyond your expectations to negotiate the best deal for you. 

Professional Skills:

Managing client relationships, negotiation skills, and diffusing difficult situations;

Easily adapts to different cultures and backgrounds;

High attention to detail and able to manage large amounts of financial data;

Efficiently and effectively multi-task in a fast paced, high pressure environment;

Determination and tenacity to finish whatever she starts, ensuring deliverables are completed and issues are resolved.

Personal Highlights:

Graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Accounting and BS in Business Administration (Management and Accounting);

Lives in Mill Valley with her family where they take full advantage of the beautiful open space and outdoor opportunities that Marin county offers;

She is an avid sports enthusiast participating in Ironman events, ultra-trail marathons, alpine climbing, paddle boarding, and yoga.

She is passionate about various causes that have impacted her life and giving back to her community:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

ALS

Financial Women of San Francisco

PTSA - Mill Valley Middle School