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Over the 50 years investing in real estate has become as common as investing in stocks and bonds. This market has a lot of potential for people to won real estate, but it is a bit more complicated to invest in. This type of investment is an old practice and goes back centuries when people started to invest in land ownership.


Investing In Basic Rental Properties:

An investor will purchase a property and afterward rent the property out to a tenant. They will change this person rent for living in the home or one of the units. The investor will be responsible for paying the mortgage on the building, the taxes, and the property upkeep. Therefore, they must make sure they charge enough rent to the tenant in order to cover these expenses.

Some landlords will try to make a monthly profit from their investment by charging the tenant more than what is needed to cover their monthly expenses. However, this isn’t a good practice in the beginning. If the landlord is smart they will be patient and wait until the mortgage is paid off thus leaving the majority of the rent as a profit.

Most properties will appreciate in value over the years and the investor is now left holding a more valuable asset. Since the 1940s real estate has consistently increased in value until 2006 where it took a major dip. However, in 2008 this took a major turn and started to rebound in 2010 and has been increasing in value again.

Ways To Get Started In Real Estate:

Real Estate Investment Groups
: This is a great way to own rental property if you don’t want to be bothered being a landlord. The investment group will buy up a set of condos or apartment blocks. Afterward, they will invite investors to buy a single unit or more through the investment group. You’ll decide how many units you want to own. The investment group will operate and manage all the units so there isn’t anything for you to do. They even take care of renting out the units and maintaining them.

This type of investment is a bit safer because the lease of the unit will remain in your name. Each person who owns a unit in this building will pool a portion of the rent together to guard against vacancies. Therefore, you will always receive enough capital to at least pay your portion of the mortgage each month if your unit sits vacant. Just keep in mind you will still need to do plenty of research into the investment company to ensure it is a safe group to invest in.

Real Estate Trading: This is like gambling or even a day trader. This type of investor won’t buy and hold on to the property. They are buying this property and plan on holding onto the property for a few months. After, they will sell off this property in hopes of gaining a profit from the investment. Most people in the real estate market, call this type of trading flipping. The investor looks for property that is undervalued or in a very hot market.

The trader will look for a property that doesn’t need any investment or improvement. They won’t invest in this property. They are only interested in a short-term cash investment. However, this type of investment can turn bad really quickly if the investor can resell this property. Flippers normally don’t have a large cash flow to pay the mortgage if the property doesn’t sell. Therefore, this is a risk that a person must take when they buy and sell the property as a trader.

REITs: This is a real estate investment trust that is created by a corporation that uses investors’ to buy and manage income property. The REITs are bought and sold on major exchanges very similar to a stock exchange. In this type of trading, the investment company must pay out 90% of their profits in the form of dividends in order to keep their status. This is one way a company can avoid paying taxes on the profits they gain. This is an excellent investment and will earn you regular dividends. If you invest in REITs, you’ll be guaranteed a regular return on your investment each quarter when the dividends are paid out.

Leverage: When investing in real estate most mortgages will require that you put down 25% of the selling price to purchase this property. However, this will depend on where you live and in some places you just need as little as 5% to invest in a piece of land. Once the initial investment is made, the property is yours to control. You will gain equity in the property each month when the mortgage is paid. As the equity grows on your property, it is possible to take out a second mortgage to use this money to invest in 2 or 3 other pieces of land.

The investment can be a long-term or short-term investment. You can hold on to this piece of land, and rent it out to pay the mortgage each month. Otherwise, you can turn around and sell this piece of land for a profit. By holding onto this piece of land you build equity in the property. Afterward, you can take out a second mortgage on this property and invest in other properties.

The key to investing in real estate is research. You will need to decide on which investment opportunity is right for you. Like the stock market, the price of reality can rise and fall or even bottom out. Therefore, you need enough capital in your account to cover the mortgage on the properties you own just in case one of the units sits vacant for several months.