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How to Invest Real Estate

Sep 3, 2008
Have you been wanting to learn how to invest real estate for making some extra money? Many people talk about investing but is it really hard to get started?

A lot of people read and hear about how to invest real estate but do not really know what it entails. Most know that it has to do with making money from buying and selling houses which, actually, is exactly what it is, although it is a little bit more involved than that.

A successful real estate investor needs to know more than just how to buy and sell houses. They also need to know about evaluating property, financing, etc. You need to study real estate investing thoroughly before starting to invest.

After doing some proper research, the next thing you will do as an investor is to buy a property. This property could be a lot of different things such as a house, a mobile home, land, apartment building, office buildings, etc. You need to know what you are going to do with the property before you purchase it. You need to have a plan in place with the steps you are going to take to profit from this purchase.

Most investors start off with buying a single family house at a below market price, improving the property to raise its value, and then reselling it for a profit. This is commonly known as flipping a property. There are a lot of other factors involved such as financing, finding the right property, cost of repairs, cash out of pocket, etc. These all have to be considered and planned for before actually purchasing the property.

Some real estate investors get started by purchasing real estate to be used as rental property. Although you won't get a lot of cash up front, you will generate a monthly income. Buying one property at a time and then slowly building up your real estate portfolio will build up a lot of equity in each property.

Another popular way to make money from real estate is buying foreclosed and pre-foreclosed property. They are usually below market value and most of them will need a lot of repairs. When buying foreclosure properties you usually will have to bid on it at an auction, although sometimes you can buy them through a real estate agent.

You can also buy distressed properties which can also be a good way to get a property cheaper. These are usually pre-foreclosures and usually have some negative effect on their value because of their condition, appearance, or the financial situation of the owner. You will probably be working with a bank or other lender that holds the mortgage on these properties.

These were just a few ways to start real estate investing and there are many other ways. As you start your investing you will see other opportunities for investing in real estate such as using hard money, making short sales, and many other investment strategies. Sometimes there is little or no money required such as with wholesaling and bird dogging.

Start studying, researching, and learning about investing in real estate and maybe soon you will be building your real estate portfolio.
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If you think you are ready to start real estate investing visit this site and read some of the advice and informative articles as part of your research into how to invest real estate.
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