Nov. 16, 2019
Friends and Clients
Investing in real estate is no longer restricted to the super wealthy alone.
According to a recent survey, real estate investors now make up 15% of the population.
That translates to almost 50 million individuals who invest in at least one property other than their primary residence.
And real estate investing is on the rise.
In fact, 89% of U.S. investors are interested in putting their money in real estate because of benefits such cash flow, tax incentives, leverage, and value appreciation that come with investing in property.
Are you curious about investing in property yourself? Here are five different ways you can get started:
1. Buy and rent
This is probably the most traditional way to invest in real estate. It simply involves buying a property and renting it out.
Now is a good time for this kind of investing because rental rates are on the rise (8% since last year), while mortgage rates remain very low and affordable.
However, the downside of this investing approach is the time and work that go into managing and maintaining your investment.
One of my favorite methods of investing is the BRRRR method. Buy a property, Rehab the property, Rent the property, Refinance the property to get your initial cash investment back, Repeat the process.
2. Buy and sell
Also known as home flipping, this involves buying a property and reselling it soon after for a profit.
There are two alternatives. You can simply sit and wait for the price to increase, or you can make renovations or improvements to force the value to appreciate.
Don't be fooled by HGTV not everyone makes $100k plus on every flip. Rehabbing properties is all about discipline.
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3. Real estate investment groups
Real estate investment groups are organizations that buy a set of properties and then sell them to individual investors.
The main benefit of this approach is that you typically do not need to act as the landlord because the investment group handles property management for you (for a fee of course).
4. Crowdfunding sites
Recently, there's been an explosion of sites such as Prosper and Lending Club, which allow individuals to invest in various real estate development projects.
Through crowdfunding sites, you can be a part of a large-scale property investment while investing only a moderate amount of money.
On the other hand, crowdfunding sites act as a middleman and charge fees which can eat into your profits.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are like mutual funds for real estate.
They typically pay high dividends (as much as 90% of their profits).
However, they also do not offer many of the other main benefits of investing in real estate, such as increased leverage and tax benefits.
Altogether, each of these investing approaches offers a tradeoff between possible profits, risks, and costs.
The one constant is that you can minimize your risks with due diligence and by consulting with an experienced partner.
If you are interested in buying property to rent or sell, check out some of the great listings around (area) right now:
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And if you have questions about real estate investing, or you're looking for advice, give us a call at (941) 960-7208. We are here to help.
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