“If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Hope and help – In real estate investing, possessing these 2 attributes and transmitting them to the people we encounter it is what will create longevity and success in the business. Since women have a natural tendency to tap into their feelings in order to figure out what someone else is feeling and use intuition, ‘gut feeling’, it is natural for a woman to become the best she can be as a real estate investor.
Becoming a real estate investor is all about solving problems for people who can’t solve them for themselves, because they are stuck in their tracks from overwhelm and fear. Women tend to care more about human issues and can make many fast, accurate judgments about people and situations on an intuitive level.
I have always stated that in real estate you need more a psychology degree than a real estate license. I think there is also a reason why several successful real estate investors and agents that I have met were either nurses or teachers – it all goes back to the nurturing and caring nature of these professions.
Vi Dolman, the founder and broker-owner of Dolman and Associates in Honolulu (the first real estate brokerage I worked for in Hawaii in 1987,) firmly believed that women were best at real estate. As a matter of fact out of 75 agents at the main office of Dolman and Associates, 74 were women!
Laura Al-Amery: Investor, Broker, Coach & Mentor.
Laura Al-Amery was born and raised in Vicenza, Italy (near Venice) and relocated to the United States in 1985. While I was a college student at Hawaii Pacific University, I developed an interest in real estate and I started reading any real estate book I could find, watching late night infomercials and buying courses by Dave Del Dotto, Robert Allen and Carlton Sheets. I also became a real estate agent in 1987, to help pay for my college studies. I joined Dolman and Associates in Honolulu as an agent and right away I was inspired by some of the top agents on the island of Oahu working at Dolman and Associates and started following their lead. I was a multi-million dollar producer in my first year.
I graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and moved to Missouri that same year. After I moved to the Mainland, my real estate career took off. I started to purchase real estate with no money down, using creative financing, and by the mid ’90s I already had a sizable portfolio of over 20 properties (mostly multi-families) for rental income. I was barely 30 years old.
Laura Al-Amery – From Part Time to Full Time Investor
While I was working in real estate, I pursued a Master in Business Administration in Finance, and I started working as an assistant controller in metal commodities. I planned to climb the corporate ladder, and keep real estate as a side business. By 1996 I was making more money in real estate part time (less than 10 hours a week) than my full time corporate job, so I decided to devote myself full time to real estate.
Once I devoted full time to real estate investing, things really took off.
- Midwest Realty Corp: flipping properties and property management division (started in 1996)
- Diversified Real Estate: Investments – private money and syndication (started in 2001)
- South City Investments: holding company for buy and hold assets (started in 2002)
- Archway Property Solutions: short sales negotiations and real estate consulting (started in 2006)
- The REI Lab: Real Estate Coaching, Real Estate Funding , Real Estate Software, & Real Estate Training (started in 2010)
In 1997 I started sharing my knowledge of real estate investing, using creative financing techniques, by hosting real estate seminars.
Visionary Real Estate Mentor & Coach
I have helped hundreds of investors reach their goals and success in real estate investing. See Testimonials
With the widespread use of the Internet, I decided to share my practical knowledge and experience in real estate via online coaching. In almost 30 years in this business I have acquired a vast and versatile knowledge of the different real estate market trends and techniques.
Real estate is not an easy business to break into, however with the right knowledge and guidance it can become profitable and successful in a very short time. There are dozens of ways to make money in real estate investing, and you might try several venues, before you find the one that truly interests you. One thing I have learned in this business is that you have to find the niche that works for you and stick with it. You must be flexible and open to change your strategies according to market demand, in order to keep yourself at the top of the competition and survive as an investor.
My mission is to keep you informed on what works in today’s market, give you the tools and knowledge that you need to succeed and be with you every step of the way. Learn more about Laura’s Coaching