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Getting Started in Real Estate Investment in a Cold Market

Jul 31, 2008
Real estate investment has become a hot topic over the last decade or so. Would-be investors seem to be around every corner. They attend seminars, buy investment classes on DVD and study the real estate market religiously.

The world of real estate investing seems to be an exclusive and exciting realm where only a privileged few are successful. If you have always wanted to be a part of this world, you may feel that you are too late now that the real estate market has taken a sharp down turn.

However, it may still be possible to start a successful real estate investment career even in a slow real estate market. The most important point to remember is that real estate investing isn't all about buying a house, improving it, and selling it right away. There are many facets to the world of real estate investment.

One of the most stable forms of real estate investment in a weak or unstable real estate market is rental properties. A poor real estate market means that fewer people are buying their homes and more people are renting. Being the owner of a rental property can put you in a position to be a successful real estate investor very quickly.

Renting out your property lets you build equity while your renter basically makes the mortgage payments for you. You will be stuck if you can't find a renter for a period of time, but this isn't very likely. In a slow market where buyers are too afraid to buy, you won't be at a loss for people who want to live in a house without a mortgage.

If you are patient and don't need to turn a profit right away, today's slow real estate market opens up a variety of opportunities for you. Homes are being foreclosed every day, and many homeowners are desperate to get rid of their property before it is foreclosed. You can buy a foreclosed property as a real estate investment for far below its value. If you have great timing and a lot of money in savings, you can even snatch up one of these properties with a cash sale. You'll have no need for a mortgage and can hold on to the property until the market starts to look up.

In the mean time, you can make improvements to the home that will make it more desirable to future buyers. You can then wait for a better time before putting it back on the market and enjoy a tidy profit on the improved property. This real estate investment tactic is not for beginners or the faint of heart, but it is effective.

In real estate investment, as in most other types of investments, the bigger risk yields the bigger reward. If you are willing to go out on a limb and invest in a property that will not immediately give you a profit, you're likely to come out far ahead in the future. If you are looking for a lower-risk investment, renting out your property is a fantastic choice in a slow real estate market.

Real estate investment is not as complicated as some investors would like you to believe. It involves making sound choices and knowing the risks that you are taking. If you are willing to jump in and get started in real estate investment, don't let today's cold market scare you off. Just think of it as an opportunity to get your feet wet.
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Stuart Anthony Atkinson
www.offplanpropertyexchange.com New homes for sale and property investment opportunities worldwide.
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