Over a 16 year career and 1,000+ real estate transactions, I´ve come to think of investors as being in one of four categories. Step 2: Start networking and building relationshipsSuccessful real estate investing is not about being an expert at finding deals with a computer. The majority of intentional investors still work hard in their day jobs and consider real estate to be a vital hobby that will contribute to their future success. They love real estate and the life it enables them to lead. Real estate is a journey, and you have to go through its different phases.