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Real Estate Investment

Real Estate Investment

Real estate is filled with wins and losses. It is not a guaranteed profit game.

Before you make your first investment, consider if you are ready to risk facing something like a subprime mortgage crisis. Could you handle the pressure of a collapse of the housing market, or would it mark the end of your real estate investment journey?

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Psychology Behind Real Estate Investing Risks: Do you have what it takes?

  • Be aware that risk is needed to make any gain in investments. Start with low-risk opportunities and work your way up to riskier investments.
  • Work on controlling your emotional reaction to situations. Learn to deal with losses calmly, and don't let it affect your decision making.
  • Focus on your why. The reason for getting into real estate investing will help you over your fears.

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  • The Unpredictability of The Market: There is never a guarantee that you will make a profit when you make a sale.
  • Credit Risk: When investing using leverage, the bank owns the property until you have paid the loan in full. If you are unable to pay your installments on time, you risk facing foreclosure.
  • Depreciation: Generally, real estate property will increase in value, but it is not guaranteed.
  • Negative Cash Flow: It is the result of a low occupancy rate due to bad tenants that cause destruction or irregular payments. Property with hidden structural problems could also cause problems.
  • Liquidity Risk: If you need cash quickly, you cannot rely on the money you invested in property. Real estate is a long-term investment.

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Do your homework before you invest in real estate property, but don't get overcome with analysis paralysis.

  • How has the appreciation rate of property in that area changed over the last few years?
  • What amenities are in the area?
  • What are the plans in the area with regards to development?
  • What are the crime rates?
  • How are the weather patterns?
  • How has the population grown over the last few years, and what is the level of traffic congestion during rush hours?
  • Work with a local and experienced real estate advisor in the area. They will provide helpful insight.

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  • High-Risk Tolerance: Real estate is a high-risk industry. One should be financially and mentally prepared to gain or lose. Rash decisions should be avoided.
  • Unbiased Judgment: Successful investment in real estate requires an open-minded assessment of market forecasts and trends. Objectivity is crucial.
  • Long-term Mindset: Avoid investing money that you may need in the near future, or putting all your cash in properties.

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  • You may need to overcome the mental boundary of taking on credit, for fear of foreclosures.
  • Borrow what you can repay and maintain a good relationship with your lenders.
  • Work on a way to maximize the cash flow from your property.
  • Have a backup plan that can service the loan, like savings or an alternative source of income.

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Although real estate can be intimidating for beginners, you can start your journey with a few easy methods.

  • Real Estate Investment Trusts: REITs enable you to buy shares in a company that works with income-producing real estate and earns high dividends.
  • House Hacking: It involves buying a property with multiple living units where you live in one and rent out the rest for income that can pay off the mortgage or pay for maintenance.
  • House Flipping: Buying cheap, underpriced homes, making renovations with as little as possible, and reselling it in the market for profit.

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Common investment questions

Two of the most common investment questions are "what do you invest in " and "what are the best investing strategies"?

The best investing strategies are where you can maximize your return while minimizing the risk.

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John T. Reed, a real estate investor, looked into the accuracy of Kiyosaki's best-selling book and found it inaccurate:

  • The Rich Dad is most likely an invention. It's unlikely for an entrepreneur to succeed in construction, restaurants, and convenience stores. Authors history also doesn't match up.
  • Previously Kiyosaki named at least 2 other people as "the best teacher I ever had", making the same claim about the "Rich Dad" sound false.

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