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By now, many people have heard about real estate investing. However,
few of these people actually know what real estate 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 estate investing is that money is made
through the purchase and resale of real estate. Anyone who has an
interest in real estate investing needs to know more than this to be
successful in the arena.
All real estate 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
estate 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 primary objective of real estate 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 estate 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 real estate 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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