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Real Estate Investing Basics

Aug 18, 2007
Many as their means to financial success look upon real estate investing. There is truth to this statement. Investments in real estate may give a person capital and assure him cash flow.

Real estate can be a piece of land including anything on it- buildings, orchards, etc.- or anything under it. Why do people invest in real estate? In the long term, a property seldom loses its value, only in extreme cases like when a lot has been found to be sitting in a toxic field. More often that not, real estate appreciates in long term especially when a specific area has been developed. With developments nearby like infrastructure, hotels, supermarkets, and malls, the market value of the location increases. Many of those who have bought properties in good locations have been rewarded with a considerable profit by selling their property due to this appreciation in value.

If not selling, those who own big parcels of land may approach investors and develop the land into a hotel, resort, mall or a condominium. Although the project entails cash outlay, when the project becomes viable, the return on investment will be more than what was bargained for.

The least an owner could do to his parcel of land is to build a building on it. The building can be rented out later to a variety of users. Companies are constantly looking for offices, and they are willing to pay more for location, convenience, and safety. Rents depend on location; the better the location of your building is, the higher the rent. Rents increase annually, so as long as your building is still standing, it commands a hefty rental.

Buying properties is another avenue for real estate investors. In buying real estate, buyers must look for properties with lower valuation but with potential for higher market valuation. The idea is to be able to sell the property later when the market value has gone up, so a knack to locate such property is needed.

In some areas the property is bought for the mineral rights beneath it. In others, the mineral rights do not pass with ownership of the property. The mineral rights might be for precious metals like gold, silver or aluminum. Also they could be for coal, salt or a multitude of other material.

Then of course, there's flipping. Perhaps this is the most simple of real estate deals. With capital, old houses could be bought at lower prices, and with a little painting and patching here and there, the property could then be sold for a profit.
About the Author
Sam Carrara is a real estate investor and entrepreneur, as money gets tight it helps to know profitable ways to get rid of debt and save money. One resource for Real Estate Investing knowledge is found at: http://www.flip30.com/invest/
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