How to Pick the “Right” Real Estate Investing Mentor for You

There’s no denying the power of mentorship. In fact, I’ve learned through personal experience over the last 25+ years that having the right real estate investing mentor can dramatically decrease your time to profits!

It’s time I gave you a few pointers about working with a real estate investing mentor—specifically, the matter of whether or not you should seek out a LOCAL mentor.

But let’s start out by saying…

Mentoring is Not Magic

It’s important that you enter into a mentor-student relationship with an open mind, an open heart and a readiness to learn. Having a mentor is not like a magic formula that fast-tracks you to success if you’re in the wrong place mentally or, worse, are untrainable.

A mentor can only do so much. Your progress really depends on your willingness to work!

Your motivation for finding a mentor should be that you’re ready to hook up with an investor who has vastly more experience than you. This person has blazed the trail before you and knows the way through the “wilderness.” You need to soak up all of their ‘been there, done that’ investing knowledge and act on it!

What can slow down the process, you ask?

An unwillingness to listen…to learn…and to take action on what you are learning surely will. Progress will only happen when you fully engage.

How to Select Your Mentor

When selecting a real estate investing mentor, keep in mind that just because someone has a great deal of knowledge, doesn’t mean they’re a gifted teacher. You want a mentor who has the ability to effectively impart their wisdom and knowledge to you.

In my opinion, your mentor should also have systems and a team behind him or her to help you on this journey. This way, you’ll receive the support you need…when you need it!

Don’t choose blindly. Ask for references. Find out who else has benefited from the expertise of this person. Find out what they have to say about their experience with them.

So…Why NOT a Local Mentor?

My advice from being in this business for over 25 years is this: do NOT work with a local real estate investing mentor. Trust me, I’ve seen too many instances where it ends badly!

You are much better off working with someone who’s doing deals in multiple markets and has that level of experience. Plus, when you choose to grow your business in other parts of the country, you will need access to that kind of guidance and experience.

Whether it’s an initial concern, or comes up at some point along the way, it is inevitable that you and your local real estate investing mentor are going to be competitors. Whoever that local mentor is, there’s no way they can help but think of you as their competitor even only if in the back of their mind.

If you and your mentor are in the same market, in all actuality…they’re training their competition.

This, in turn, might cloud the way this mentor approaches your interactions. It might limit what they’re willing to share and unfortunately, they will probably NEVER help you to a level that they would if the fact of being competitors weren’t in the picture.

Been There…Done That.

I myself have had both local mentors and non-local mentors. I’ve also witnessed many other investors who have had both.

I always lean toward having a non-local mentor.

Perhaps newer investors seek out a local mentor simply because they think that person will know the specifics about that local market. And I agree, you could argue that point…but the argument weakens when you consider the alternative.  It also weakens when you consider that he or she may know too much about the market for their own, and your own good.  This is a subject for another blog post but suffice to say that one can know their own market too well.

When you work with a real estate investing mentor who’s doing deals in multiple states, multiple environments and multiple markets—plus they are working with other students who are in multiple markets—this means that mentor is learning about those markets right along with their students.

This is the level of mentorship I encourage you to seek out!

Our Mentorship Program

Some might suggest that I take this position because we occasionally offer mentorships.

However, we provide mentorship in the way that I have discovered, in my years of experience, to be the most effective, most meaningful, most cost-effective way to get you from where you are NOW, to where you are going in the FUTURE.

In this environment, no one even thinks about being competitors because we’re partners!

Occasionally I open up my mentorship/Partnership program to work with a few investors who are motivated, trainable and willing to invest in themselves and their business to get what they want.If you’re interested in partnering with me and doing deals together this year, then we’d like to talk to you.

I am only looking for folks who are ready to take their investing business to the next level now (regardless of any past experience).

We’ll teach you the business.

We’ll walk you through the process as we do deals together.

We’ll even provide the funding for the deals (if it’s needed) at no cost.

IF you’re interested, have a fire in your belly and will do whatever it takes to be successful, then…Call (607) 936-2200 Ext. 345 and tell me why we should be doing deals together.

We’ll give you a call back and if we have an opening we’ll talk about the next steps.

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction

Regardless of whether you choose to work with me or not it’s imperative to make sure you take the time to select the right real estate investing mentor for you and your business. I hope that this post has given you some insight and perspective on how to do just that.


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23 thoughts on “How to Pick the “Right” Real Estate Investing Mentor for You

I absolutely need a mentor to get past road blocks!

Over the years I have watched several webinars with companies who claim to have developed the latest technology platform that can: locate “motivated buyers” anywhere in the U.S., find vacant homes, find homes with equity, and much more. Some use the same people as testimonials in the webinar for different platform use success. At the end of the webinar, they spring the high cost of using their platform, usually around $1400+, that supposedly cost over $50,000 to create. Most webinar attendees can barely afford to put food on the table but are asked to pay to “potentially” make money. How does someone select a trustworthy mentor with all the noise from different webinars on the internet?

I would very much like to have a mentor, Cam!

Cam many top name wholesalers and flippers have gotten my attention. But there is something about you that stood out from the rest. I am a member of Vacant House Bank, and very proud to be. You are the mentor for me and the group at REWN. I want us to work together and share our success and profits. I will be honored and willing to work hard and be teachable. I don’t have 100 percent time to put in now but am into it every chance I get.

I am exactly at this place in the wholesaling process; I need a good, patient mentor while I am getting my feet wet as a newbie.

I am teachable and coachable. I am very aware of the benefits of a mentor. I would love to have one also.

Cam, I would like to be a part of your circle, please let me know the best starting point that I can do. At the same time I need a house for my family We’ve benn renting for 12 years already. I worked out my credit score for long time. Thank you and have a nice day!

I need to get rid of my insecurity . Having a Mentore will give me strenght and overcome the insecurity. I know I can do it, but there is a lot of afraid within me. a single women who needs support. I want my self esteem back to be happy.

I would love for you to mentor me.I feel like I can really learn a lots from you.

I am a new member of vacant house bank.I am into Delinquent property taxes with bidding at order to get my first wholesale deal in being an investor of my company.Porsche Belanger Realty LLC.I need a mentor,partner,platform too.need your help.Cameron Dunlap.Thanks.Have a blessed day Amen 🙏.Sign:DEBRA CLAY

sounds good ,i have been following you since 1996 when you got your first house ,and traveled to do the rehab sleeping where ever to accomplish it , where do we go from here Cam.

I really need a mentor. No shame here. If I am to succeed in this business, this is the only way to go. Help, please.

Hey Cam,

I remember you mentioning during the SUMMIT about joining with you to be taken through that very first; maybe second, deal. I would love for that to happen, because right now I am feeling a bit stuck and I don’t like this feeling. I need for someone on your team to take me through the process step by step just to get my courage up and actually feel like I sort of know what I’m doing, until I know what I’m doing. Ya Know?

I echo all of the messages above. You mentioned in your
Webinar once that this can sometimes feel like trying to drink from a fire house. I agree.
I need help.

Thanks, Cam for reaching out. I am new and I guess I may be in over my head. However, I feel with a helping hand to guide me step by step, it would boost my confidence. I do not mind profit sharing either to learn the ropes. Yes you are so right about a local mentor viewing you as the competition.

I absolutely need a mentor to get past road blocks!

I feel I could make the commitment with a jumpstart from an experienced mentror to get me in the right direction

Suleiman mtindi.Cam,I have chosen you as my mentor.because the vast experience you have and a I have seen a lot of induarance in you.most of your advices you gave me were true.have come across them in real I’m teachable and a good listener, what remains is taking action now.
to my success.
best regards

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