Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

039: How to Take Action From the Start as a Real Estate Investor with Victor Bell


Taking action is the single surefire way to get started in any profession. It is especially true in the real estate world because, with all the available information, it’s easy to get stuck in too much analysis or research. This theme comes up over and over again on the podcast.

Some investors know you just have to jump in and learn some lessons the hard way. Learning by doing can teach some hard lessons, but they’re valuable experiences that will guide the rest of your investing career.

In this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Victor Bell, founder and CEO of Bell Capital, explains to Jonathan how he discovered real estate investing and why a traditional career path would never fit him. He’s been investing since the mid-90s, and it all began with a job he hated and a trip to a bookstore.

Hear what it takes to become a successful real estate investor, why you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, and the importance of professionalism.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The biggest lesson Victor learned from his long investing career

  • When his interest in real estate developed and how he began investing

  • The types of properties he initially acquired and why those appealed to him

  • How he got comfortable with asking people for money and why it was easier when he first started

  • Deploying personal capital versus money for a fund and why they’re different

  • Who inspired Victor as he learned the real estate investing ropes and how his wife and kids influence him

  • The most important personality trait for an investor to have

  • The importance of being straightforward, honest, and doing your due diligence

  • Victor’s best creative financing vehicle over the years and the one piece of advice he’d give to new real estate investors

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