I began investing in real estate as a novice despite family involvement in different forms of real estate. Taking people and investments on face value — believing every detail without thinking about it very much in addition to a large dose of normalcy bias.Looking back now to the starting point, I marvel at such stupidity. The stupidity over a protracted period of almost 4 years. Thankfully, Methuselah won the competition over my stupidity. I gladly lost to 969 years.