Do You Want To Be A Landlord? How To Get Started…

Are you ready to be a real estate investor? There are many initial investment tiers that do not break the bank. Real estate is one of the most reliable and proven ways to build wealth. There are a fews ways to get into the game. Purchase a property and watch it appreciate in value then sell at the right time. That is known as a passive investment. A more active route would be to purchase a property and rent it out. That’s the more traditional way of becoming a landlord. You may worry about the time commitment this would involve but there are property management companies that can make rental properties easy to manage. More income can be generated from ancillary income if you invest in multifamily properties or commercial real estate. Look at your property and tailor your services to it. Focus on enhancing tenants’ experiences with services or amenities, while avoiding the perception that they’re paying extra for living in the property. The following tips are a few basics to help you get started.

The Most Common Types Of Residential Property Investment

Rental properties are among the most common types of real estate investments due to their low risk and high reward when it comes to profits.

  • Rental property -There are numerous rental property types in residential real estate, though the most common is thought to be single-family homes. Other residential properties include duplexes and multifamily properties. Residential real estate is ideal for many investors because it can be easier to turn profits consistently. Of course, there are many residential real estate investing strategies to deploy and different levels of competition across markets — what may be right for one investor may not be best for the next. For this reason, choosing the right exit strategy and market is key when it comes to residential real estate.
  • Vacation homes -Investing in a vacation rental can pay off in more ways than one, in both the short and long term. A good real estate investment decision comes down to this: Will an investment home result in healthy financial returns? Buying a vacation home as an investment has the potential to deliver ample perks that can boost your bottom line, both immediately and in the future.
  • House flips -Can you make money from house flipping? When it’s done the right way, you definitely can! House flipping is one of the quickest ways to turn a profit in real estate investing. But it is no easy task to renovate the home and requires a lot of hands-on work.
  • Land -With the U.S. real estate market on the rise, investors are sifting through every available property type to discover which will help them profit. Investors should be prepared to complete extensive market research to maximize profits when investing in raw land and new construction. This will ensure you choose a desirable area and prevent the investment from being hampered by market factors. Land will always be valuable, but it is unlikely to turn a quick profit. Land is a long-term investment.
  • Commercial real estate – The best commercial properties to invest in include industrial, office, retail, hospitality, and multifamily projects. One reason commercial properties are considered one of the best types of real estate investments is the potential for higher cash flow. Investors who opt for commercial properties may find they represent higher income potential, longer leases, and lower vacancy rates than other forms of real estate.
  • Real estate stock -Publicly traded REITs offer investors a way to add real estate to an investment portfolio and earn an attractive dividend. Publicly traded REITs are a safer play than their non-exchange counterparts, but there are still risks. Real estate stocks could outperform in a stagflationary environment. Persistently elevated inflation and the potential for sharply rising interest rates have investors concerned in 2022.

A List Of Real Estate Terms You Should Be Acquainted With As An Investor

If you are new in real estate or looking for more understanding of some real estate terms, here is a list of real estate investing terms that you should know. 

  • ROI return on investment– ROI is calculated by taking the ratio between net profit and how much initial capital was used for the investment. The higher the ratio, the better the investment.
  • 1031 exchange– A 1031 exchange gets its name from Section 1031 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, which allows you to avoid paying capital gains taxes when you sell an investment property and reinvest the proceeds from the sale within certain time limits in a property or properties of like kind and equal or greater value.
  • REIT real estate investment trustA company that owns and manages income-producing properties. Investors are able to purchase shares in REITs and generate wealth without owning actual properties.
  • REIG real estate investment group – Similar to REITs, they are a group of investors pooling their wealth together for a larger investment.
  • REO real estate owned – An REO property has been reclaimed by a lender, usually a bank. After foreclosure the bank will remove liens and sell the property. REOs are an option for investors who want to purchase property below market value.

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

These are essential questions for new real estate inventors. Knowing your answers will help you decide what type of real estate investment works best for you.

  • How do you work best? Do you work best alone or with a group? It can be beneficial to join a group of investors for those just starting out. REITS or REIGs have the benefit of no corporate tax, portfolio diversification, and often high dividend yields. Beginning with a group at first helps you to learn as you go.
  • Do you want to take over an existing property or start from scratch? You can buy land and build a property and then sell it. Or you can do house flipping or prehab a property and start as a landlord. Just remember that becoming a landlord means a lot more responsibility.
  • Do you have a timeline? What is your plan: a one-year turnaround for some quick cash, a five-year plan, or a lifelong investment? Your answer will give you the type of real estate that best fits your plan. Or are you thinking of real estate as a parttime job or a bridge to a full-time position.
  • How much time do you have to devote to the venture? Consider all your commitments and decide what time you can devote to real estate. If it is only a few hours each month then passive real estate investing is for you. Passive real estate investing is when you give someone your money and they do all the work for you. A real estate investment trust (REIT) or real estate partnership where you don’t play an active role are good examples. If it is five hours a week then perhaps you are ready for an active option.
  • Do you want to become a landlord? This is a big one. It is not an easy job to be available when tenants need you. It requires regular time and energy to devote to your investment. If you want to be a hands-off landlord, then hire a property manager. They are able to help new investors make the most of their time and money by handling mundane tasks.

Every state has good cities, every city has good neighborhoods, and every neighborhood has good properties. It takes a lot of footwork and research to line up all three. When you end up finding your ideal rental property, keep your expectations realistic, and make sure your own finances are healthy enough that you can wait for the property to start generating cash.


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