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Real Estate Investor

Becoming a real estate investor requires knowledge, good instincts, the ability to network with like-minded people, patience, persistence and money, or the ability to obtain funding from others. Investors must have a solid understanding of the market, various types of investment properties, and the ability to address issues that arise.

Anyone can become a real estate investor, but in order to succeed in this mega-competitive field, investors must be willing to put in time to learn the trade. In today's economy there are more investment property opportunities than ever before, but there are also additional risks.

Real estate experts suggest starting off by selecting one type of investment property. These might include purchasing distressed properties such as foreclosures, bank owned homes, short sale properties or probate real estate.

The Internet offers a wealth of options to learn about real estate niches. Join real estate investing forums to connect with investors and real estate experts. Subscribe to investing newsletters or purchase real estate publications such as Personal Real Estate Investor, National Real Estate Investor, or Creative Real Estate magazine.

Visit real estate investor websites to determine which niche is best suited for your budget and management abilities. Houses can be purchased for use as short- or long-term rentals. Investors can buy homes in popular vacation destinations and use them as vacation rentals. Others prefer to engage in long-term rentals which can also be offered as rent-to-own.

Many investors engage in house flipping and buy and sell multiple properties each year. Two types of house flipping exist. The first involves purchasing real estate below market value, making repairs and renovations and reselling the house quickly for profit.

The second form of house flipping involves purchasing houses at wholesale prices and selling them "as-is" to investors or home buyers at reduced rates. With this type of house flipping, investors do not need to spend money on the property in order to make a profit.

Investing in commercial real estate is considerably different than residential properties. Investors will need to obtain an understanding of zoning laws, building permits, real estate law and tenant rights. Buying commercial properties generally involves gathering multiple investors and forming a corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC).

Many real estate investors are attracted to purchasing raw land which can later be sold to housing or commercial building developers. As with all investments; investors should engage in due diligence prior to purchasing raw land. Take time to determine anticipated growth of the area and what types of properties can be built on the land.

These are just a few opportunities available to real estate investors. Regardless of the niche you choose, be certain to take full advantage of the tools and resources available to assist you. Education is the key to success, as is networking with seasoned investors and real estate professionals. Feel free to begin your investing journey by visiting our real estate investor article library. Here you will find hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics, along with tips, resources and a few insider secrets!

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Published on August 22, 2009 at 02:30 AM

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