Real Estate and REITS Investing
You might think the first rule in real estate investment is location but really it is to be cautious of who you are working with. As with any other industry the real estate world is filled with its share of bad apples including a large majority of those late night infomercial gurus claiming to teach you the way to become a millionaire through real estate.
For those who are thinking about investing in real estate there are a few things you will need to make it a successful venture. First off you need investment capital or some form of getting it without putting yourself upside down financially.
Location of the investment property is highly important. You don’t want to invest in an area that has a failing economy or has too many for sale signs.
If you want to invest in real estate then you need to have great management, people, and negotiating skills to help you in every step of the process. It is likely that some sort of problem will occur so be prepared. Some people have the idea that flipping a house is as easy as buying a property, fixing up a few small inexpensive things, and then selling it for a major profit but it is never as simple as that.
There is also real estate investment trusts. This allows you to invest in real estate for far less money and there is no stress of fixing any tenants problems. REITS invest into several different corporations that are involved in real estate including everything from shopping centers to development companies. They are also listed on the NASDAQ and the stock exchange.
REITS work in a similar way as mutual funds with the exclusion that they set up a portfolio that is only involved in real estate. They must pay a large portion of their earnings to investors.
Before investing in a REIT you should fully think about the economic conditions where the key holdings are located. You should also know the past performance of the REIT and what the future projections look like. Speak with the REIT manager who works like a mutual funds manager.
REITS are similar to stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in the fact that they have high and low periods. They can turn into financially strong investments over time and pay dividends. REITS are liquid assets and are a much more secure way of investing in real estate then buying property.
The major reason that investing in real estate is considered so high risk is because the market is constantly fluctuating. For anyone to invest in any type of real estate without having adequate knowledge of the area surrounding it is very high risk.
It is wise to enlist the help of a professional real estate agent who can provide you with information that can help you profit despite the fluctuations in the market. Even if you only use one for your first investment a real estate professional can provide you with information that can help you find more profitable homes.
You may wish to contact Joe and Colleen Lane, Realtors® for more info on real estate, especially in the areas of Pasco Wa Real Estate, Richland Wa Real Estate, and surrounding Southeastern Washington Communities.
About the Author: Published by author Spencer H. The Lane Real Estate Team services Tri City Wa Real Estate, Kennewick Wa Real Estate.