40 Encouraging and Thought-Provoking Real Estate Quotes


A lot of people think about investing in real estate, but never seem to be able to get started. Although it does take some time and effort, anyone can begin investing in real estate.

Here is a list of real estate quotes from famous investors and business people that both beginning and experienced investors can gain inspiration and motivation from.


Real Estate Quotes

  1. The wise young person or wage earner of today invests their money in real estate. – Andrew Carnegie, millionaire industrialist
  2. Real estate is the best investment for small savings. More money is made from the rise in real estate values than from all other causes combined. – William Jennings Bryan, American orator and politician
  3. Now, one thing I tell everyone to learn about is real estate. Repeat after me: Real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk. – Armstrong Williams, political commentator and entrepreneur
  4. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. – Warren Buffett
  5. Current real estate prices aren’t high because they have been driven up by irresponsible speculation. As was often the case in the past. Prices have risen because a constantly increasing population with money to invest has been created – and continues to be created. – J. Paul Getty
  6. We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction. – Bill Gates
  7. Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s cash flow and wealth. – Robert Kiyosaki
  8. Know what you own, and know why you own it. – Peter Lynch, founder of the best performing mutual fund in the world
  9. Landlords grow rich in their sleep without working, risking or economizing. – John Stuart Mill, political economist
  10. Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy. – Marshall Field
  11. Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than in all industrial investments combined. The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate. – Andrew Carnegie
  12. It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong. – George Soros
  13. Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second and keep one foot on first. – Robert Quillen, American journalist and humorist
  14. Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you instead focus on the prospective price change of a contemplated purchase, you are speculating. There is nothing improper about that. I know, however, that I am unable to speculate successfully, and I am skeptical of those who claim sustained success at doing so. – Warren Buffett
  15. The difference that I learned of people who succeed at a high level and people that don’t – is that people who succeed at a high level: learn from their failures, get up and go on. – Gary Keller, Founder of Keller Williams
  16. If I were a professional wrestler, I’d want a name that strikes fear in most people. Something like, “The Underwriter”. – Lighter Side of Real Estate
  17. Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it. – Warren Buffett
  18. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
  19. As a real estate professional, if you’re trying to build a big business, you need to invest in that business. – Glenn Sanford, internet start-up and real estate entrepreneur
  20. The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect… You need a temperament that neither derives great pleasure from being with the crowd or against the crowd. – Warren Buffett
  21. The best kind of real estate investment is the one that pays for itself and then some with cash flow. Anything that eats more cash than brought in is a bad deal. – Paul Sian, real estate agent and investor
  22. Rich people use debt to leverage investments and grow cash flows. Poor people use debt to buy things that make rich people richer. – Grant Cardone, real estate investor and media personality
  23. People with leverage have dominance over people with less leverage. In other words, just as humans gained advantages over animals by creating leveraged tools, similarly, humans who use these tools of leverage have more power over humans that do not. Saying it more simply, ‘leverage is power’. – Robert Kiyosaki
  24. Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds. – Barbara Corcoran, owner of the $5 billion business The Corcoran Group started with a $1,000 loan
  25. Don’t beat yourself up. Some transactions will naturally go smoothly, and others are a month of challenges. Learn what you can from each transaction, move on, and start the next one. – Kurt Uhlir, entrepreneur and lead inventor of disruptive technologies in five industries
  26. We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest. – Warren Buffett
  27. Before you start trying to work out which direction the property market is headed, you should be aware that there are markets within markets. – Paul Clitheroe, founding director of financial planning firm ipac
  28. The problem with real estate is that it’s local. You have to understand the local market. – Robert Kiyosaki
  29. Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth. – Theodore Roosevelt
  30. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. – Jim Rohn, American businessman and self-made millionaire before the age of 31
  31. Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking. – Bernard Baruch, American financier and advisor to Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt
  32. Property has its duties as well as its rights. – Thomas Drummond, involved in the survey of Ireland and Great Britain
  33. In the real estate business, you learn more about people, and you learn more about community issues, you learn more about life, you learn more about the impact of government, probably more than any other profession that I know of. – Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator
  34. A funny thing happens in real estate. When it comes back, it comes back up like gangbusters. – Barbara Corcoran
  35. In my experience, in the real-estate business past success stories are generally not applicable to new situations. We must continually reinvent ourselves, responding to changing times with innovative new business models. – Akira Mori, real estate developer and one of the wealthiest people in Japan
  36. I have always liked real estate; farm land, pasture land, timber land and city property. I have had experience with all of them. I guess I just naturally like ‘the good Earth,’ the foundation of all our wealth – Jesse H. Jones, entrepreneur and real estate developer in Houston
  37. It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can’t fly away. – Anthony Trollope, English novelist
  38. Don’t wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait. – Will Rogers
  39. The best investment on Earth is earth. – Louis Glickman, real estate developer and philanthropist
  40. A man complained that on his way home to dinner he had every day to pass through that long field of his neighbor’s. I advised him to buy it, and it would never seem long again. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Jeff Rohde


Jeff Rohde

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in all segments of the real estate industry including investing, brokerage, residential, commercial, and property management. While his real estate business runs on autopilot, he writes articles to help other investors grow and manage their real estate portfolios.

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