How to invest in real estate?


Buying and owning real estate is an investment strategy that can be both fulfilling and profitable.

There are a few ways to invest in real estate and we’re going to list the most popular choices. Popular choices don’t mean easy choices, the world of real estate is ever changing and evolving and consciously watching/evaluating the market is an important part of your strategy to being able to successfully invest.

Without an obvious starting point, investing in real estate can seem quite intimidating and unachievable. But with a bit of guidance, real estate can be a reliable way to earn substantial returns both long term and short term.

Rental Properties

One of the most popular routes people venture down when beginning to invest in real estate is buying rental properties. Renting a property works best when going in with a hands-on approach. As a landlord you are expected to be as readily available as possible to answer any problems or queries from your tenants.

A great aspect of owning a rental property is that as long as you have tenants you are guaranteed a regular income every month and as the owner you will be the one to benefit if the property appreciates over the duration of owning it.

No tenants means no cash flow, so its important to ensure your rental property is occupied for as long as possible. Providing your tenants with a contract is essential in making sure payment is never forgotten, so be sure to seek legal advice and assistance with this part of your investing journey.

House Flipping

If you understand marketing, how to profit from renovation and all property valuation, this choice is probably a no brainer. Often, buying a property that you’re going to renovate is best done at auctions; however, this doesn’t mean you wouldn’t find a steal on the regular housing market, just weigh up your most profitable avenue beforehand.

When it comes to renovating properties to sell and profit off, you typically need to have a good amount of money saved to be able to get the work done and make profit. You want to look at reselling the property around six months after you purchased. The longer you own it, the more your expenses increase and the more risk you take with the value of the market dropping.

You need to understand what’s in demand on the market to be able to do this successfully which is why a six month turn around is advised. The property market changes so quickly you don’t want to be left without profit. A great advantage to property flipping is it can offer a quick return in comparison to other avenues.

Short-term Rentals

Put easily, this is like having an Airbnb. A short-term rental property is when you own a property that gets rented out for a short period of time, this could be one night or two weeks. Short-term rental properties require a lot less expertise and supervision than typically rentals.

A disadvantage to this approach is that you’re not always guaranteed a regular cash flow, this comes with the demand of your property, so although less experience is required, you do still need to meet the needs of your guests.

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