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Real estate investing is a bit more complex than simply buying stocks. However, it’s not that difficult. Here are some points to help you get started.

Rental Properties

Usually, an individual buys a property, takes care of its maintenance costs, and rents it out to someone. Ideally, the owner charges enough rent to cover the expenses until the mortgage has been completed. After that, most of the rent will turn into profit.

Since real estate normally increases in value, then dips and rebounds, this makes financial sense. The best strategies include finding the right tenant and the appropriate property. Choose a place with low vacancy rates and where people will want to rent.

Real Estate Trading

Real estate trading is the same as flipping. People buy a property and sell it within a short time. Not all buyers put money into the home before selling it. However, those who do work with budgets carefully because they want to sell properties for profit.

Real Estate Investment Groups

Real estate investment groups make sense for people who don’t want to be landlords. A company will either build or buy condos or apartment blocks. They permit investors to buy individual units. However, the company interviews tenants, maintains properties, and advertises available units. To cover their costs, the company takes a cut of the rent.

The lease is usually in the investor’s name. A percentage of the rent goes to protect against vacancies. This means that investors who have empty units will still get paid.

Real Estate Investment Trust

A real estate investment trust (REIT) comes together when a trust or company purchase income properties with the money of investors. REITs work just like any stock, and they openly sell and trade on major exchanges. A company pays out 90 percent of taxable earnings to maintain its status.

Thereby, REITs sidestep having to pay income tax. REITs work like solid investments for those who want regular earnings without physical labor. The properties include office buildings and malls. Investors can cash out easily without the aid of a realtor.


Most real estate investments give investors leverage. That’s a tool not available to those who simply buy stocks. For example, conventional mortgages only require a certain percentage down, and the borrower can obtain a second mortgage to buy more homes. This allows investors to control purchases by only paying small amounts of the entire value.

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