December 16, 2013

Want to Become a Real Estate Investor Someday? Read this First!

WantToBecomeARealEstateInvestorSomedayReadThisFirst_ImageWhen it comes to choosing a career in America, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can work at a normal 9-5 office job, become a professional athlete, an artist, a carpenter, a fashion designer, or you may even start your own business. You can change careers as many times as you wish. Whatever career you decide on will involve planning, hard work, diligence, and probably a bit of risk. Some careers offer a very high income. And, the more money a person makes, it is often a wise idea not only to start saving it, but also to start investing it.  Anyone can invest money, but not everyone can make a lot of money by doing so.  Becoming a successful investor takes discipline, time, and a decent amount of cash.  If you have set your sights on becoming a real estate investor someday, here’s your chance to learn a little more about this exciting and potentially lucrative opportunity:

First things first, in order to make money, you have to spend it. So how do investors in real estate make their cash? It’s quite simple. Real estate investors make their money by purchasing commercial or residential properties, then renting them out or selling them (hopefully for a higher amount than they initially cost!). Investors who purchase and sell older properties will often make repairs or do some remodeling (aka flip) to sell at a higher listing price, which means... more profit!

It seems rather easy to invest in real estate, right? Well, not exactly. Just because you buy a property and fix it up doesn’t mean that someone else will instantly buy or rent from you. It is very important to consider the location of a property along with the current economic climate in order to make the wisest investment decision.

Real estate investors can invest in many types of properties.  Here are a few:

Residential properties

  • Houses, apartment buildings, townhouses, vacation homes

Commercial Real Estate

  • Office buildings

Industrial Real Estate

  • Storage units, car washes, other special purpose real estate that generate sales from customers who temporarily use the facility.

Retail Real Estate

  • Shopping malls, strip malls, other retail storefronts.

Mixed-use Real Estate

  • Combination of all of the above into a single project.

What about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)?

Let’s say you want to get into real estate investing, but don’t want to go through the process of purchasing an actual property. REITs offer simple solution for this situation. Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, allow people to invest their money in real estate stocks vs. actual properties.  This works just like any other stock, as there is one major company that you invest your money in.

Now that you have a little more information on what is involved in being a real estate investor, you may get a better feel as to whether or not this is something you may wish to do someday. Don’t forget to keep in mind that real estate investments could go 50/50. You’ll either make money off your investment, or you will owe more money than before. Just like a career, the decision on what to invest in rests in the palm of your hands - - choose wisely!

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