The world of real estate investing requires many things, none are more important than patience. If you rush to close on a house it can cost you so much, thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. You have to be cautious and make sure you are making the right moves; you are not only investing in a house, but into a community. You can have the nicest house on the block, but if it is in a bad neighborhood that is going to hurt your property value. Another thing to consider is the condition of the house, how much work will it need? Do you want to buy a house that is dirt poor cheap and needs work because you think you can fix it under a budget that will help increase your profit, or do you want a house that costs a bit more but needs a lot less work? These are all things to consider when investing.Because of the recent housing decline and high foreclosure rates, there are great deals every where for investors to find. The trick is to be able to find the house that you can afford and then decide if you are renting it out or trying to flip it for a quick profit. Regardless of your choice, you will need to get financing for the purchase. That is where a bank loan comes in. The banks are requiring three things to be considered for approval; a good credit score, established income to show you can afford the mortgage, and a down payment on the house. 100% financing is next to impossible to get with any bank these days. If you have a poor credit score you can look into a credit repair company. These companies can fix your score in a matter of weeks, and can save you time and money.