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How Does Real Estate Investing Really Work?

Aug 17, 2007
By now, many people have heard about real estate investing. However, few of these people actually know what real property investing entails. In fact, most knowledge about investing in real estate only extends to the point that it has something to do with making money in houses. Indeed, the simplest explanation of real property investing is that money is made through the purchase and resale of real property. Anyone who has an interest in property investing needs to know more than this to be successful in the arena.

All real property investments start first with a purchase. Once the real estate investing property is purchased, there are several things an investor can do with it. The quickest way to gain a profit is by reselling the property at a price higher than what was paid for it. To do this an investor either has to purchase the property at a price much lower than market value. Or, the investor can make some enhancements to the house to improve its equity and then resell it.

After purchasing a real estate investing property, the investor might choose not to resell the property. Instead, the investor chooses to rent or lease the house for monthly rent. In most cases, this method of real property investing does not yield immediate profit because the investor still pays a mortgage on the property. There are some instances when an investor has completely paid for the property and then rents or leases the property. In these cases, the monthly rent for the property is all profit for the investor.

The primary objective of real property investing is for the investor to make a profit. To do this the investor needs to purchase the real estate for as low as possible. This is usually where the creativity of investors comes into play. Investors are constantly coming up with new methods of creative real estate investing to increase their profits.

One of the most popular ways to purchase a property for cheap is to purchase a distressed property. These properties are prime for real estate investing. Distressed properties usually have some negative affect on their value because of appearance, condition, or the financial situation of the owner. Real property investors can purchase distressed properties for a low price, do some work to fix them up, and then resell the property at market value for a profit.

Another property investing strategy that is commonly used is purchasing foreclosed and pre-foreclosed homes. Investors can purchase foreclosed homes from an auction by bidding on it. The lower the bid, the higher the profit an investor is able to make. Another real estate investing strategy is offering assistance in pre-foreclosure situations. Investors can provide capital to the homeowners to keep their homes from being foreclosed. In this situation, the investor takes the place of the mortgager and allows the homeowner to pay a lower monthly price for the home.

The key to real estate investing is to purchase a home for as low as possible then resell it for as high as possible. The excitement comes in figuring out techniques to do both of these.
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