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Over the past few years, Tennessee experienced unprecedented growth as people flocked to Greater Nashville and its surrounding areas. This has increased the need for safe housing in the state. It comes as no surprise that many business-savvy people may spot an opportunity. 

In America, real estate is one of the best assets to invest in. However, it is not without its challenges. For those who feel determined to become real estate investors, here are three fundamentals that Forbes thinks are important to keep in mind going forward. 

1. Value the experience 

Unless someone is starting a non-profit, the main focus of heading an organization is to turn a profit. Yet, Forbes asks new real estate investors to reconsider this mindset. Sure, investors should at least try to break even. However, that first home renovation project may bring more experience than profits, which is normal. 

2. Save up some working capital 

When the business finally starts to turn a profit, it may feel tempting to pocket it. Financially savvy investors may immediately start looking for another property to invest in. Apply the brakes for a moment. Real estate investments may require repairs, or the property may experience temporary vacancies. Save up some working capital first to cover these and other related expenses. 

3. Set up solid contracts 

People from the old school of doing business may still believe that a man is only as good as his word. This is an ideal that held strong for centuries. Unfortunately, these days, people are less inclined to care about how “good” they may appear to someone else if they can scrape a few extra dollars into their pockets. Always ensure a solid written agreement accompanies every arrangement or business deal. 

Real estate investing is an exciting field in Tennessee. However, it is important to recognize the challenges ahead and develop the team and mindset to tackle them head-on.