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  • Writer's pictureTomond Jack

So You Want To Be A Real Estate Investor

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

Because of the popularity of the HGTV shows, I often hear people say, “I want to be a real estate investor.” Well, what does that mean? It is not secret real estate investing can be a great way to diversify your investments and build long-term wealth. But before you dive in, it is important to understand your goals and the reasons you want to invest. As the world of real estate is vast, you need to match your goals with the investment strategy that best suits your objectives. Below are 3 things to consider before making your first investment.

1. What Are Your Real Estate Goals?

The first step in any investment strategy should be setting clear goals. This is especially true with real estate investing as there are so many options available. Before you start looking for properties, ask yourself some questions about what kind of investor you want to be and why you are interested in real estate investing. Do you want passive income from rental properties, or do you prefer an active role such as house-flipping? Are you looking for short-term investments with quick profits or long-term investments that build wealth? The answers to these questions will help align your investment strategy with your goals.

2. Types of Real Estate Investments

Once you have established your goals, explore the different types of investments available. There are several types of real estate investments including apartments, commercial properties, single-family fix & flips, rentals and REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts). Each type has its own set of risks and rewards, so it is important that you research each before deciding which type best fits your goals. For example, if your goal is a passive investment that provides steady income from rental properties, then multifamily syndications may be a better fit than single-family fix & flips because they require less work on your part. Between podcast, blogs, books, and seminars there is a plethora of information available to education yourself.

3. Understand Your Financial Situation and Financing Options

To make sound real estate investments, it's vital to know your financial situation and financing options. Every investment will require you to make a financial contribution. Make sure you are financially equipped to fund your investment. Depending on your strategy, you will want to explore traditional banks as well as private lenders or hard money lenders who specialize in short-term loans for investors. It is also important to understand tax implications so that you know what deductions you may be eligible for when filing taxes each year.

Real estate investing is a great way to diversify your portfolio and build wealth, but it is not without its risks. It is easy to get caught up in the glitz and glam of real estate investing as seen on the HGTV shows, but sometimes those shows create unrealistic expectations. By doing thorough research and understanding your financial situation and options, you’ll be better prepared to make smart investments and reap the rewards of real estate investing.

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