Residential Real Estate Investing

NOW Can Always Be the Right Time to Invest in Residential Real Estate

There are two truths about real estate that every investor understands. Real estate moves in cycles. Real estate rarely loses value. What does this mean for residential investors? Even during the worst of times for real estate, smart investors can find great deals and make a profit – the key is knowing how.

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Many new investors jump in feet first, hoping to figure things out along the way. Unfortunately, unless the newbie makes no costly mistakes, and the market is in a perfectly-timed upswing, they are likely to lose a great deal of money. 

The same is true for self-education. Books are a great resource, and we highly recommend that you read to get a good beginner base of understanding. But, like jumping in feet first, this method of learning will likely lead to costly mistakes because book learning will only get you so far.

The best way to get started is to surround yourself with the right people who have the answers to your questions so that you will be much more likely to see good returns on your investment.

Residential Strategies to Consider

There isn’t “one right” residential real estate strategy. How one invests will depend on many factors. Remember, different times and different markets will require different strategies. Here are a few of the most common residential strategies you can learn through REKI.

This strategy helps residential real estate investors quickly acquire property and build cash flow with little money down. This is done by purchasing a property in which renovation will significantly increase the value of the property. Once the property is purchased and renovated, the investor rents out the property in order to earn profits and build up equity. Then, the investor refinances the property and uses the money recouped from the initial investment to buy another property.

This strategy relies on the differing strengths of partner investors. In this way, no one investor needs to have all the pieces to the puzzle. Partners can bring the following to the table: available cash, renovation experience, landlord experience, financial connections, property management experience, and more.

In this strategy, the investor takes advantage of buying and holding but also have a predetermined exit strategy. With a lease option, an investor purchases a property, rents it out, and gives the renter the option to purchase the property at a specified time. When the lease option expires, the renter can either purchase the property or the investor can sell it to someone else.

This strategy helps residential investors increase their cash-on-hand, allowing them to invest in more or larger properties. Like the BRRR strategy, the investor purchases a home that needs renovation. However, instead of renting and holding the property, with the fix and flip strategy, the investor sells the property for a profit – the difference between the purchase price with renovations and the new value of the home.

This strategy is one in which the investor acts as a middleman for the purchase of property without ever owning the property. In this strategy, the wholesaler creates a contract with a seller for one price and finds someone to buy that contract at a higher price, keeping the difference as a profit. With this strategy, the investor never owns the property, does no renovations, and carries no associated costs.

This strategy combines wholesaling and lease options. Here, the investor finds a renter for a lease option deal and flips that agreement to a buyer of the property. Like wholesaling, the investor never takes possession of the property and makes money via finder’s fees.

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