Guide Investment Property For Beginners

Real estate investing is one of the best ways to build wealth, and you might be surprised to find out that you don’t need to be rich to invest in property. Here are some tips to keep in mind as a beginner in the industry.

Knowledge Is Power
The most important thing you need to invest in property successfully is knowledge. Any investment requires research and information to function efficiently, and an investment property is no different. Working in the real estate industry is the best way to acquire the necessary knowledge, and you can earn an income while learning. There are quite a few professions that may interest you, including real estate agents, appraisers, title company representatives, and property developers. Another advantage to working in real estate is that you can build a strong network of influential people within the industry to lean on once you begin to invest.

Make Money With These Properties
There are more than a dozen types of investment properties that will turn a profit. Most people think that an investment property is a home that is rented out to a tenant, but that isn’t the only case. Real estate developers can make money on vacant land. If the vacant land is large enough, it can be subdivided and sold for profit or can be developed into a subdivision with homes for an even greater profit.

Property investing can also be done with the investor acting as a middleman through contracts and paperwork. For example, there are lease option contracts which allow an investor to tell a seller that they will pay a monthly “rental” amount with the option to buy the home within a certain number of years. The investor then rents out the home with the same option and a shorter time frame to someone else. When the tenant exercises the buy option, the investor pays the seller and has made a profit. The investor never actually lives in the house and gives someone who may not be able to buy a home in the traditional method an option to buy.

Many real estate investors also choose to flip homes. This often involves buying a foreclosed home from the bank. These homes are generally not in the best shape. The investor remodels the house and sells it at a profit over what he paid.

Become Independently Wealthy
Owning an investment property and becoming a real estate guru is a great way to build wealth. Begin slowly by learning about the real estate industry and then dive right into earning profits through your investments.

Tips To Stay Motivated As a Real Estate Investor

So you’ve finally decided to pursue your life-long passion of becoming a real estate investor! More importantly, you’ve educated yourself on several investment strategies (to include exit plans). Although you love what you do, you find it quite challenging to stay motivated on a day-to-day bases. On some days you even ask yourself rather or not you’ve made the right decision. Yet the lure of lucrative passive income has propelled you to take the risk.

Most if not all successful real estate business owners share similar struggles. However, to stay driven and reduce risk, practice the following tips starting today:

1. Have clearly defined investment goals upfront: visualize it, do it and be it!

2. Make a list of your “whys”. Your list should evoke some emotions. In other words, write down the reasons why you want to achieve your list of goals. Your list of “whys” will keep you motivated and unafraid of accomplishing your investment goals. Your “whys” will also help you overcome the hurdles that may stand in your way.

3. Knowledge. Know and understand the latest techniques and investment strategies. Knowledge prevents mistakes and mitigates risk. It will also give you the confidence to be able to influence others.

4. Kick the Tires. Evaluate real estate deals estate deals by talking to brokers and other investors. Fully immerse yourself by learning while doing!

5. Always be grateful. Practicing gratitude and spending some time reflecting on the things you are thankful for gives you a much better perspective and mindset.

6. Focus on the long-term plan. Focus on your long-term goals when you’re feeling unmotivated. Having problems collecting rent from tenants? Just got hit with major repairs for one of your properties? Expenses and problems will happen from time to time. Assess the situation, fix/solve them and move forward with your business.

7. Plan for how you will deal with a lack of drive. Temporary setbacks are bound to happen. You’re only human. Think of what others in more adverse situations have endured. Yet ultimately they have reached their goals, Using them as an example will push you through your most trying times.

Lastly, stay positive! Be positive and surround yourself around positive people. Positive energy will lift you up and increase your motivation and productivity. Being positive will also help you deal with the various changes in your business. This in turn will enable you handle the pressures that come with the real estate investing industry.

Why You Must Consider Owning Rental Properties

I was a 24-year old MBA grad know-it-all. I had life perfectly figured out and I certainly knew everything about investments. Working in the finance industry for a large multi-national firm, I often worked with high networth business owners. Much to my surprise, these multi-millionaires almost always invested in real estate and were generally seeking out new ways to capitalize on real estate opportunities. I was perplexed, didn’t these highly successful business men and women know that the paltry returns of real estate were minuscule compared to the stock market? I mean, I could show them many “Wall-Street” reports that concluded real estate was a really poor investment compared to stocks and mutual funds.

It was almost a full decade later that I would begin to seek to understand real estate investing in earnest. Thankfully, by this point life had taught me the importance of humility and, that much to my surprise, maybe I didn’t know everything. I began to quickly see that with real estate, the “cards are stacked in your favor.” You enjoy the tremendous benefits and advantages that the wealthy have throughout time. The economic structural systems and tax laws are designed for your benefit! I was excited and started learning as quickly as I could.

Rental properties have historically been the #1 wealth building strategy in real estate. You borrow money to buy your asset and then have someone else pay for the costs of your asset as you enjoy the benefits of appreciation, equity build-up, tax advantages, and cash flow. What a system!

Here are the 14 reasons you must consider owning rental properties.

1) Leverage (OPM)

The most powerful tool in real estate! You can typically borrow between 70% – 80% of the cost of the property and yet still receive 100% of the benefit of appreciation. OPM stands for Other People’s Money and is what helps fund your deals.

2) Someone Else Pays the Expenses

A good rental property is one where the rents paid by the tenant more than cover all of the expenses associated with the property and yet you still receive all of the benefits, including appreciation.

3) Appreciation

Typically home prices increase in value over time. According to the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, the median list price for a home in the Austin/Round Rock, TX MSA in 1990 was $72,252. In 2015 it was $260,000!

4) Loan Paydown / Equity Buildup

Even if you do not have much equity when you initially purchase the property, without contributing any additional capital you can build up significant equity. You get the duel benefit of using the rents collected to paydown on your mortgage while simultaneously enjoying appreciation. The house is now worth more in value than when you bought it and your loan balance is now lower than the original amount you borrowed. Over time, these two factors are significant!

5) Tax Benefits / Deductions

Most expenses associated with the cost of ownership can be directly deducted from any income you receive on the property. The tax benefits of owning real estate are extensive and are definitely worth exploring.

6) Depreciation

So even though as we discussed earlier home prices historically rise over time, for tax purposes you get to “depreciate” a certain percentage of the value of the rental property each year. Depreciation, which is an expense for tax purposes, serves as a powerful income shield.

7) Inflation

Inflation normally has a very negative connotation for most people. As a real estate investor, you put the power of inflation on your side. As the cost of living increases, you concurrently increase rent. The loan payment is fixed and you are now paying back the loan with “cheaper” dollars. Inflation is a great ally for debt financed properties!

8) Yield (Passive Income)

One of the key problems facing retirees is where to achieve decent yield on their investments. Real estate offers incredible passive income once the note is paid off.

9) Positive Cash Flow in Interim

Until the note is paid off, a good rental still returns several hundred dollars a month in positive cash flow.

10) Hard asset / Less volatile

With real estate you have the security of a hard asset that you can drive by and inspect at any time of your choosing. Additionally, although property values can go up and down, real estate is typically less volatile than other asset classes.

11) Own Property Free and Clear at End of Note

If you have a positive cash flow rental, other than the initial down payment, the rents collected from tenants have paid for all of the costs associated with the property. Once the loan is paid off, you now have an incredible cash flow producing asset with no debt attached to it.

12) Easy to Refinance

As property values increase over time, rental properties are relatively easy to refinance. This allows you to pull out equity and move it into other great property opportunities as they come along. Your initial down payment on the first property could serve as the equity that springboards you into many others.

13) Timing

With rental properties you decide when you sell. This is critically important for any tax minimization strategy. Additionally, by controlling the timing of a sale, you may also be eligible to capitalize on tremendously positive tax deferment programs like a 1031 Exchange.

14) Financial Freedom

This is the ultimate goal and what makes all of the hard work worth it! With long-term ownership of rental properties, you are able to create enough passive income that all of your living expenses are covered. You have no financial need to work at a job and have the freedom to pursue work (or any activity) for fulfillment.

As you can see from the list above, the economic structural systems and tax laws truly do benefit real estate investors! Is there any wonder why all of the successful, high networth business owners I came in to contact with utilized real estate as a wealth building tool? Real estate truly is an amazing tool you can use to transform your life!

The Secret Of Real Estate

It was the “Wild-West” days of real estate! The market had just cratered, real estate agents were dropping like flies, and the implosion of “liar-loans” was decimating neighborhoods. Looking back, I sure picked one heck of a time to start!

When you begin in and survive a market like this, buying properties at the right price becomes permanently stamped on your being. It is very similar to how many people who survived the Great Depression would always keep an overstocked pantry.

So even though I have been a full-time real estate investor for seven years and the market is thriving, I still diligently seek out opportunities that will be financially sound in any market. In other words, I only buy really good deals!

The key driver of my real estate success has been OFF-MARKET properties. Using proven systems, I have consistently generated exceptional opportunities often on properties I never would have known were even potentially available!

So let’s look at three sources for off-market properties.

The first is working directly with homeowners. This is generally my preferred method and this is where I focus my marketing machine. It takes a little more effort but this is where you find those “once in a lifetime” deals. If you have a great system, you will find exceptional opportunities routinely.

The second is working with high-quality Wholesalers and Wholesale Brokerages. Here you have an entire group of people scouring the area looking for well-priced investor deals. Generally, they understand exactly what investors are looking for, how to estimate repairs, and what price an investor would pay for the property. So in addition to your own lead generation efforts, you have an opportunity to capitalize on the efforts of 10 or 20 other people as well.

Lastly, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, real estate agents can be a great source for off-market properties. You will often hear these properties referred to as “Pocket Listings.” A property where the agent knows the owner has an interest in selling, but for whatever reason prefers the property not be listed “on the open market” yet. This is very common with commercial real estate. If you want to learn about these opportunities before they hit the market, you will definitely need to have developed a strong relationship with the agent.

Off-market properties have incredible potential and can really accelerate your real estate investing success. They are going to take a little more effort but the payoff is definitely worth it. In today’s highly competitive property market, there is a tremendous advantage in being able to talk to potential sellers first!