Day Trading Versus Real Estate Investing

by John Wilhoit Jr. on

Why am I writing about day trading when my profession is multifamily real estate?  Because many of the same mistakes occur in both professions.

Minute by minute investing is a part of daily life now for many people (sometimes by the nano-second).  Day trading for John Q Public started several years ago with the advent of the internet. It became so prevalent that even Charles Schwab had offices converted to use by day traders.  I profess to know nothing about day trading other than it seems very dangerous for any novice.

It is in the same category as hawking “nothing down” real estate to the masses.  Sure, it can be done, but how does a person that makes widgets by day measure the risk of investing in real estate by night, as a hobby?  Do they know their entire net worth could be at risk by not adhering to the “special” instructions on page 232 of Guru’s #21215″s playbook?

Notice that almost anytime the federal government attempts to do something quickly the results are perilous. I am excluding examples here to avoid politicizing the question except to say whether its war or distribution of vaccines, we probably want our government to act assuredly, not quickly.

The same holds true for investing in multifamily real estate.  As a full-time professional, there are “deals” that come to my attention every day.  One or two, in the course of a year, requires fast action.

I have nothing against day traders.  A select few know their business because it is their business.  A recent commercial on Bloomberg Radio is about how a man loses his job and says it’s the best thing that ever happen to him. Why?   Because now he’s a day trader!   Right.   And I teach ballet on weekends.

Whether multifamily real estate or day trading, take the necessary time to learn the craft.  One hundred hours of training will save you one thousand hours of heartache.

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