Hurry Up And Wait: Patience Is The Key When Making Real Estate Investments

August 15, 2016|

girl plant sapling treeBy Justin Anderson

The best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago…the second best time is today!

One of the things I love most about being involved with AORE is the constant exposure to new investors who have just discovered this game of real estate investing. It is the new investors’ energy and enthusiasm that inspires me the most.

The greatest challenge for the new investor always seems to be planting that acorn and then waiting the 20 years for the tree to mature. It seems that once someone discovers the amazing world of real estate investing, they get impatient and want to have 20 years of success in the first week!

I completely understand! Patience is definitely not my virtue. It never has been. In fact, I can remember being in first grade, and the school I went to put on the play Annie that year. The guy who played Daddy Warbucks was in eighth grade. I remember seeing him around the playground and becoming star struck, almost in awe. I wanted to be him so badly – but it felt like he was almost as old as my dad. It felt like I was never going to be that old!

Then I remember getting into third grade. If you can believe it, they wanted me to learn to write in cursive! What? No way! That was going to be too hard – there was no way that was ever going to happen.

I remember getting through that traumatic experience and making it all the way to 14 years old. I got my first job at a water slide park. I was too young to work on the slides, so I had to work in the arcade.

My friend Paul, who was 17 at the time, worked at the wave pool. That was the coolest job ever! Of course, it helped that all the girls always liked the lifeguards at the wave pools. Unfortunately, I felt like I was never going to be old enough to be as cool as Paul!

The funny thing is, when I was facing those obstacles in my life, they always seemed so far away and impossible to accomplish. However, now, looking back, they were all just minor blips in time.

Any time we face an obstacle in life, it seems like a 600-foot mountain to climb. However, once we climb it, it seems like a little 6-inch step we took. In many cases, looking back it almost seems easy compared to the new challenges life is presenting.

The point here is, just get started. If you have been thinking about investing, or have just discovered the idea – get started!

Don’t try to grow an oak tree in the first week. Just plant an acorn and start the process. Before you know it, you will be able to sit in the shade under your mature tree, drinking lemonade and enjoying the afternoon.

Justin Anderson is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia and Oklahoma, and has been a full time real estate investor for the past 18 years. He is the co-founder of AORE, a Real Estate Investment Training and Education Company with offices in Augusta, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. For more information, visit or email

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