December 28, 2018
Joe Fairless

Basics You Should Include in Your Real Estate Investment Strategies

One of the smartest moves you could make as you search for streams of reliable revenue (both passive and active) is to get serious about real estate investing. That’s because research shows that real estate is among the safest types of investments you could make.

The question is, how exactly can you get started? Here’s a rundown on the basics you should include in your real estate investment strategies.

Active Strategies: Rental Properties

When it comes to investing in property, you have a couple of avenues that could lead to real profits for you: active real estate investing and passive real estate investing. We’ll first take a close look at active strategies, which include rental properties.

Investing in rentals—which is among the most frequently used strategy—basically involves buying homes or apartment communities, advertising for tenants on social media or rental websites, and then renting out your properties for amounts that will cover your mortgage payments and operating expenses with cash flow left over. As an investor, you can choose to manage your properties on your own, but the process may be easier if you hire a property management company to oversee them instead. The property management company can locate and interview potential tenants, collect rent payments, and address complaints that might arise.

Real Estate Investment Strategies for Beginners: Who Should You Target with Your Rentals?

Note that research shows that millennials should make up around 30% of the pool of buyers over the next decade. In addition, nearly 50% of them live in the suburbs. Therefore, purchasing rental properties in the suburbs versus urban areas may be a smart move for your business.

Vacation Rentals

Buying vacation rental properties is another excellent component of some real estate investment strategies. After all, many people around the world prefer to stay in homes that are privately owned versus hotel rooms these days. You can simply purchase either a turnkey property or one needing repairs and get it ready for guests. Afterward, you can list your short-term rental on a website such as VRBO or Airbnb. The particular booking agency you use will likely handle correspondence and payments on your behalf for a portion of the profits you receive.

Vacation rental properties can be especially invaluable investments if you live in a location that receives many tourists. At the same time, you’ll need to be okay dealing with constant tenant changes, repairs, money handling, and cleaning, for example.

Property Flipping

If you are interested in fix and flip properties — perhaps because you’ve seen it done repeatedly on television — you are in good company. Research shows that home flips reached their highest number in 11 years in 2017 at more than 200,000.

If you decide to flip a house, you’ll need to look for properties that need multiple repairs. The great thing about these homes is that you can generally get them for very low prices. You can oftentimes find them on online real estate listings or even via word-of-mouth through local real estate investing clubs. Then, you can fix up the property and sell it for a larger amount than you poured into it. The process can no doubt be daunting, which is why many investors hire professionals to help them with it.

How Quickly Can You Sell Your Property?

Research indicates that homes featured on the Multiple Listing System (MLS) are selling much faster today than they did years ago. In fact, homes’ median length of time on the market was 91 days back in March 2012 compared with 34 days in March 2017. This is great news for investors like you who are interested in flipping and selling homes in the coming months!

Passive Real Estate Investment Strategies: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Passive real estate investing is generally a good option if you don’t have much experience with managing rental properties or if you have significant funds and would like to diversify your income. For starters, you can invest in REITs—companies that finance or own commercial properties via equity investments or debt. REITs usually offer real estate portfolios, rather than single properties, to investors.

These companies will basically sell REIT shares to you and you’ll earn dividends on them. The benefit of this strategy is that you can earn money from various properties in a less risky manner than you might with rentals.

Online Real Estate Investing Approach

With today’s increasingly popular real estate investment platforms online, you as an investor locate portfolios that align with your interests and needs. In this way, you can choose which portfolios to invest directly in. Then, the team associated with the platform will identify, acquire, and manage real estate assets on your behalf.

These online platforms are a lot like today’s in-demand crowdsourcing platforms. One of the benefits of this approach is that it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. In fact, you can begin online real estate investing with a site such as Fundrise, which requires just $500 to get started.

Real Estate Limited Partnership (RELP) Approach

A RELP is a group of people who invest in properties together. Joining these types of partnerships is yet another one of today’s many promising real estate investment strategies.

RELPs usually have development firms or property managers as their general partners. Once they are formed, they seek extra financing from investors like you for their real estate–related projects. In exchange, they’ll give you ownership shares, and you can be a limited partner. In this role, your influence on real estate decisions might be limited, but you also limit your liability. Therefore, if your RELP ends up facing a hardship, you won’t be liable for anything beyond your own capital contributions.

Start Implementing these Real Estate Investment Strategies Today!

If you are eager to boost your income or even quit your 9-5, now couldn’t be a better time to start tapping into the above-mentioned strategies. Get in touch with me today to learn more about the many real estate investment strategies that can help your company financially.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an offer to buy or sell any securities or to make or consider any investment or course of action.

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