All real estate investors are looking for options that have high returns and as low a risk as possible. This is only possible if you know how to make smart choices. This means you need to know the three things that make a great real estate investment.
You should look at rental properties like stock markets. Although most of us aren’t stock brokers, we do tend to have an understanding of the system, and we know that we have to spend money to make money. However, with stocks, all we can do is hope that they increase in value. The same is true for retirement calculators, who simply “guess” when we will die. This means that you could end up broke if your life lasts longer than the estimate that was made.
In terms of real estate, therefore, you should look not for appreciation but rather for cash flow. Cash flow is what actually comes into your bank account from your rental properties after you have met your financial obligations. The best possible investment allows you to leave your cash flow untouched in a bank account somewhere. As rent prices go up, your cash flow will rise too. This is particularly true if your mortgage payments stay the same. You should make sure that at least 20% of the money you get is cash flow. There are a number of free to use cash flow calculators available online and you should use these at much as possible.
You may want to consider investing through a REIT (real estate investment rrust). Through a REIT, you can get started in investing with less capital behind you, although your returns will be smaller too. REITs are popular because you are essentially investing in real estate corporations. Hence, you could invest in anything from an apartment block to a retail park. You can find the value of a REIT on the stock exchange and NASDAQ. A REIT, essentially, is like a mutual fund that only looks at real estate. Before investing in a REIT, there are a few things to learn about. The economic conditions of the key holdings is one. Find out how the REIT has performed in the past. You should also investigate their future plans. Looking into the REIT’s manager and what their experience is. Finally, what is the state of the current real estate market and how will the REIT respond to any changes in this market?