1. 20 Investments: Introduction
  2. 20 Investments: American Depository Receipt (ADR)
  3. 20 Investments: Annuity
  4. 20 Investments: Closed-End Investment Fund
  5. 20 Investments: Collectibles
  6. 20 Investments: Common Stock
  7. 20 Investments: Convertible Security
  8. 20 Investments: Corporate Bond
  9. 20 Investments: Futures Contract
  10. 20 Investments: Life Insurance
  11. 20 Investments: The Money Market
  12. 20 Investments: Mortgage-Backed Securities
  13. 20 Investments: Municipal Bonds
  14. 20 Investments: Mutual Funds
  15. 20 Investments: Options (Stocks)
  16. 20 Investments: Preferred Stock
  17. 20 Investments: Real Estate & Property
  18. 20 Investments: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  19. 20 Investments: Treasuries
  20. 20 Investments: Unit Investment Trusts (UITs)
  21. 20 Investments: Zero-Coupon Securities
  22. 20 Investments: Conclusion

What Is It?
Usually, the first thing you look at when you purchase a home is the design and the layout. But if you look at the house as an investment, it could prove very lucrative years down the road. For the majority of us, buying a home will be the largest single investment we make in our lifetime. Real estate investing doesn't just mean purchasing a house - it can include vacation homes, commercial properties, land (both developed and undeveloped), condominiums and many other possibilities.

When buying property for the purpose of investing, the most important factor to consider is the location. Unlike other investments, real estate is dramatically affected by the condition of the immediate area surrounding the property and other local factors.

Several factors need to be considered when assessing the value of real estate. This includes the age and condition of the home, improvements that have been made, recent sales in the neighborhood, changes to zoning regulations, etc. You have to look at the potential income a house can produce and how it compares to other houses in the area.

Objectives and Risks
Real estate investing allows the investor to target his or her objectives. For example, if your objective is capital appreciation, then buying a promising piece of property in a neighborhood with great potential will help you achieve this. On the other hand, if what you seek is income, then buying a rental property can help provide regular income.

There are significant risks involved in holding real estate. Property taxes, maintenance expenses and repair costs are just some of the costs of holding the asset. Furthermore, real estate is considered to be very illiquid - it can sometimes be hard to find a buyer if you need to sell the property quickly.

How To Buy or Sell It
Real estate is almost exclusively bought through real estate agents or brokers. Their compensation usually is a percentage of the purchase price of the property. Real estate can also be purchased directly from the owner, without the assistance of a third party. If you find buying property too expensive, then consider investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs), which are discussed in the next section.




Strengths

  • Whether your objective is income or capital appreciation, real estate investing can help you achieve your goal.
  • Mortgages allow you to borrow against the property up to three times the value. This can dramatically increase an investor\'s leverage. Remember that you typically need a 5% down payment first.

  • Weaknesses
  • Selling property quickly can be difficult.
  • There are significant holding costs, especially if you are not residing in the property. Examples include property taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc.

  • Three Main Uses
  • Provides Income
  • Capital Appreciation
  • Leverage
  • 20 Investments: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

    Related Articles
    1. Investing

      A Guide to Real Estate Investing

      Investing in real estate is a popular choice for good reasons, but it's more complicated than owning your typical stocks and bonds.
    2. Investing

      Is Now A Good Time To Invest In Real Estate?

      From carrying costs to investment risk, there's a lot to consider before you invest in real estate.
    3. Investing

      How You Make Money In Real Estate

      If you're interested in the real estate game, make sure you know what factors will affect whether you make money or not.
    4. Investing

      Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than the Buy and Hold Strategy?

      Real estate investors can choose to flip a property or hold it. Find out which strategy may best for you.
    5. Investing

      Investing in Property Out of State

      If you can't afford property close to home, consider taking the real estate plunge elsewhere in the country.
    6. Financial Advisor

      Why Real Estate is a Good Fit for Older Investors

      Real estate investing can be a good fit for older investors. Here are three reasons why.
    7. Investing

      7 Steps to A Hot Commercial Real Estate Deal

      For savvy real estate investors, times of lower prices reveal investment opportunity.
    8. Investing

      4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

      Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
    9. Taxes

      Sell Your Rental Property For a Profit

      Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
    10. Investing

      Costs New Investors in Real Estate Do Not Consider

      As lucrative as real estate investment can be, there are a multitude of costs that new real estate investors must consider.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a broker and a Realtor?

      Learn how agents, realtors, and brokers are often considered the same, but in reality, these real estate positions have different ...
    2. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

      Because very few assets last forever, one of the main principles of accrual accounting requires that an asset's cost be proportionally ...
    3. Which is better, a fixed or variable rate loan?

      A variable interest rate loan is a loan in which the interest rate charged on the outstanding balance varies as market interest ...
    4. What is the 1003 mortgage application form?

      Learn about the 1003 mortgage application form, what information it requires and why this form is the industry standard for ...
    Trading Center