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Easy Real Estate Investing

May 10, 2008
Real estate investing may be a lot of things, but it isn't easy. At least that's what a lot of people think.

Investing for short-term appreciation isn't a good idea these days. If you buy property and hope for quick gains, you're likely to be disappointed.

As far as long-term appreciation goes, you can buy a property, looking to purchase one at a price that allows you to pay management fees. Otherwise, you can manage the property yourself. But what about the tenants?

Depending on the local market, commercial real estate can be pretty risky too. So you are thinking about residential real estate. If you manage it yourself, you worry about excess maintenance costs. You worry about finding the right tenant. You worry about creating a lease.

You may want to consider a real-estate investment trust (REIT), if you want an investment that is low-maintenance. You buy shares in a REIT fund, which is publicly traded. The fund typically holds commercial property and/or mortgages. The value of these funds may go up when the stock market goes down, allowing you to hedge your bets.

Like mutual funds, REIT funds must levy fees. The fees may cut into your profits, as owner. Instead, perhaps you would like to own a property outright.

Here's a proposition to consider: an assisted investment where you are given a choice of new single-family houses for rental from low-cost local markets. You can also take advantage of negotiated contracts with reliable property managers, insurers, and loans at 5 to 10 percent down.

An arrangement like this provides you with a balance sheet with predictable income and expenses. Your tenant will simply pay off the mortgage. In 15 years, you can sell the house and walk off with the equity.
About the Author
Search out more about one group that offers an easy real estate investing system. Writer Phyllis Wheeler advocates PAREAS for real estate investors as she has watched this enterprising start-up grow from its inception in 2005.
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