While at first it may seem important that you learn everything you can about real estate investing, in reality it is best to focus on two things: an investment vehicle and a strategy for using that vehicle. This chapter is going to introduce you to some of the most popular investment vehicles, as well as the most common strategies for moving forward.In This Chapter We'll Cover
- Why Real Estate is Like a Box of Chocolates
- Choosing Your Niche
- Choose Your Real Estate Investing Strategies
- Buy and Hold
- Moving On
Real Estate Investments are Like a Box of Chocolates
Have you ever received a box of chocolate as a gift over the holidays? There are always so many choices and sometimes you need to take a little bite of each one to figure out what exactly you're going to find inside. In a way, learning how to invest in real estate is like that box of chocolates. There are dozens (if not hundreds) of different ways to make money as a real estate investor and it's up to you to choose the niche you want to get into.
You might absolutely love some niches and strategies, while others might make you shudder. However, unlike that box of chocolates, as an investor you are able to get a full view of the many different choices available to you, and can then choose the one(s) that you enjoy the most. n't need to choose them all. Learning how to successfully invest in real estate is about choosing one niche and becoming a master of it. This chapter is going to open up that box of chocolates for you to sample and let you see some of the most common niches you can get into when investing in real estate.
Remember - Once you know the niche you want to get started with, you will be able to narrow down your focus, become an expert, network with individuals within that niche, and begin building wealth by taking action and executing a plan of action.
Choosing Your Real Estate Investment Niche
The following list includes the most common property types that you are likely to deal with as a real estate investor. Each of these has many subsets as well - but remember, you don't need to know them all. This is merely a list to help you get started understanding what options are available from a 20, 000 foot view.
Raw land is nothing more than basic earth. Land on its own can be improved to add value, and it can be leased or rented to create cash-flow. Land can also be subdivided and sold for profit. Some investors choose to buy raw land with hopes (or plans) that someday the land will become much more valuable due to external developments like the construction of a freeway or from a development being built nearby.
For More Information on Raw Land, see:
- Residential Land Development – Part 1
- Developing Real Estate: How to Price Land for Profit
Perhaps the most common investment for most first time investors is the single family home. Single-family homes are relatively easy to rent, easy to sell, and easy to finance. That said, in many areas, the rents derived from SFRs (single family rentals) won't be enough to provide positive cash-flow.