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Real Estate Investment Strategies When Cash Is Tight

Jan 15, 2008
It is quite easy to make money when the real estate market is booming but it is a totally different story to make money when the market has slowed down and when your cash position is tight. Here are some strategies to help you sail through these tough times.

As the liquidity flow is drying up, more and more people are finding it difficult to buy or sell properties but smart people are now realizing that one good way is to use real estate notes to buy and sell properties. A real estate note is a promissory note, which is prepared by an attorney in which the borrower promises to pay the lender the amount and the interest on the promised time as agreed between the both of them. This method eliminates the need for full cash for the deal.

The problem is that now there is intense competition among various institutions to snap up these notes, so the key is to get a good property with reasonable terms for re-payment. A seller might sometimes sell the note for a lesser amount than its principal value if he is tired of waiting many years to collect the full amount, or if he is in immediate need. The buyer of this note gets a bargain in this process and gets to collect interest on it over the coming years. You can find sellers of notes listed in newspapers or in the Internet.

You can also try to get real estate finance from any federal government approved financial institution. Nowadays, it is possible to get 100% finance. You could get these loans easily if you have a good credit rating. These loans require minimum documentation and you could get 5 or 6 rental mortgages per year. You can purchase the property and immediately rent it out. This will enable you to start getting a fixed income on that property and you could slowly but steadily pay off your loan installments. If your calculations are right, the property will appreciate through the years making it a very good investment to hold on to or even sell it at a profit.

You could even hire a good real estate broker and try to purchase a bank re-possessed property. These properties can be purchased normally at cheaper than market rates since banks are more interested in getting their locked-up money rather than making any profit on it. The only thing to check out would be the physical condition of such a property since the previous owner might not have had enough finances to maintain the property properly. A good real estate broker could help you out by checking out the property first before advising you whether it is worth repairing and investing in that property.

So, whichever route you take to invest in real estate, if you have planned correctly, then there is no need to put in all your cash to invest in it. Use the above means to invest the least amount of your money and in return get the maximum returns. Plan everything in great detail and have a backup plan ready to get out fast and with the least amount of financial damage, if your original plan does not work out.
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