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How To Make Money In Today's Real Estate Market

May 13, 2008
Property prices are going up at a high rate, and there is a lot of money for the common investor to earn through the real estate business. Becoming a real estate broker or an appraiser is a very lucrative money-making option in the real estate field. You can also generate cash flow through real estate, while at the same time earning cash and generating future monetary possibilities with properties, or equity.

To start your real estate venture, generate cash. This is as important for your work psychology as for your work alone. You see results, you handle profits, and you have cash to work with on future investments. Looking to generate just cash flow, or cash of the future, comes with so many risks. You can fail, and all your past endeavors can go wasted. You can get tired of the business and waste hard work spanning over years. You can get into unfortunate situations and need immediate cash, and hence try to switch fields. So many things can happen! To really make real estate your primary food-giver, you need to start by aiming to generate cash.

If you are deciding on investing big in the real estate market, there is something you should know. A property will cost you more in terms of associated expenses of maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc than you will estimate initially. This is always true, unless you have a heart enormous enough to make huge estimates.

Another secret that you should know if you are planning to make real money through real estate is that debts are poison. Never, and I can not emphasize this word enough, never take loans. A penny borrowed is two pennies spent. Debts are the major reason because of which people go bankrupt so often in real estate.

The best and most basic way of making money in real estate is the old technique of buying a low priced property and later selling it for a high price. It works very simply - the property you are looking at is something no one wants to buy, no one can gain from, no one has any value for. You turn it around into something everyone wants. How? Renovate, re-model and re-sell. If it is just a piece of land, you would have bought it because the future of the neighborhood looks great. Advertise it to businesses and corporations that need a hot location for their offices or complexes. If it is a house in a hopeless condition, change the wallpapers, fix the plumbing, get a bath tub installed, fix the heater, and sell it off to cheap home buyers. You can also give it on rents, but not unless you have generated some cash first. You might ask what the risk in giving it on rent is. Frankly, there's no risk; it will only limit the scope of your business. With cash, you can make more investments. With cash flow, you can only look to earn enough to sustain yourself without more cash to invest with.

After you know how to generate cash, you can start looking for long term returns; but not before. Play safe, and real estate will be a boon to you.
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John is a writer and contributor to Suffield CT Real Estate and Connecticut Real Estate Mortgage Advice .
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