help them—especially somebody like us,” Tamara said. “Jesse and I knew zero before we started, and we’re still learning. Anyone who

students partner with Maas on a num- ber of future deals for owner-financing or wholesaling. “We all make money by doing the transactions,” he said. When an investor has the basics and ac- cess to knowledgeable peers who will help, all it takes is his or her own hard work and commitment to succeed, Maas said. SHARINGTHEWEALTH “There are more leads and deals out there than I could ever handle, or that even a hundred people could ever handle, just in my (geographic) area,” Maas said. “So I believe in the philos- ophy of abundance—I am happy to share the information.”

on the idea of signing over their deeds, which can help them avoid getting a long-lasting black mark on their credit report from foreclosure.

goes out there and does real estate investing on their own is going to make mistakes, and it’s probably going to cost them money. They find out the hard way. So if you have a network of people and

“Some people have a lot of pride or it’s hard for them to handle the idea of losing their home,”

Tamara said. “You want them to know they can trust you.

You treat them as you would treat your own family in that situation.” Tamara and Jesse like that aspect of their investing. “It honestly does feel good to be able to help somebody in that way.” The homeowners are able to get out from under payments they can’t afford, and the smart investor who has crunched the numbers carefully is able to make a profit after rehabbing and selling the property. Whatever strategy an investor pur- sues, Tamara said, “my biggest piece of advice is: Don’t quit. It (success) may not happen for other people exactly the way it happened for us, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. But you have to keep trying.” Also, she said, it is both reassuring and motivating to have references, resources and real help at hand—like Think Realty provides. That is the key to real estate investing fulfilling the promise of enriching its practitioners with time, wealth and purpose.

resources like Think Real- ty to guide you through the process and continue to help you, that is so valuable.” THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT As Tamara Tijerina and Maas both acknowledge, the essential ingredient to making the real estate investing formula work, regardless of which strategy you employ or how much knowledge you amass, is perseverance—yours. “If you apply yourself, anybody can do this,” Maas said. “Is there a 100 percent guarantee this will work? No. And I will tell you why: The biggest factor is that people just won’t get off their butts and do it.” Tamara and Jesse have been success- ful in the strategy Maas teaches—aiding distressed homeowners by acquiring and flipping their homes that are in foreclosure or pre-foreclosure—because they dived in head-first and applied what they learned. The success of their deals so far is motivation to continue. “The reality is that it is work,” Tamara acknowledged. “It really does take effort to find these foreclosures. And you have to continue to dig, go on websites and anywhere else you can think of, to try to find the owners.” Then comes the task of selling them



That is also what the Think Realty por- tal is all about—it is designed to be a place where members can access everything they need to be successful as residential real estate investors, with new content and benefits being added continually. “Everybody needs somebody to

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