It is a universally acknowledged truth that there are only three paths to wealth: you can inherit it, marry it, or borrow it. If your name is Rockefeller or if you plan to marry one, skip this lecture. Otherwise, this presentation on how to start your real estate empire with nothing but a smile and a signed purchase contract could be the ticket. Learn the importance to the beginning investor of the big three: brokers, bankers, and equity partners. Learn how to best source, finance, and raise equity for deals; when to borrow and when to use equity; the right balance between debt and equity; and, finally, when perhaps to go it alone.