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Making Money Investing in Real Estate

Making money in real estate is often perceived as a get rich quick scheme, and it's really not that way.  Just like any other investment, real estate is an investment that must not be entered into lightly.  No matter the amount of money you sink into your real estate endeavors, never forget that you could lose it just as easily as you invested it, just as with any other investment.
 
The most common means of investing in real estate is through rental properties.  Many people will buy properties, fix them up (or not, lots of times) and then turn around and lease them to others in exchange for a monthly rent.  It is important to keep in mind when leasing properties that in order for the rental market to continue, rental rates must be reasonably priced.  You can base a fair rent off of the value of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood.

Real estate is not a predictable market.  Most inventors who have attained recent successes say that they invested in the real estate market when it was hot.  The stock market was at an all time high and they took advantage of that, making lots of money along the way.  While riding the real estate wave a lot of people gain a great deal of success in the business and think it is always going to be that way, but that is not so.

The most important thing to remember when you are thinking of getting into real estate is that the face value of the property itself is not going to be enough to hold you over.  A reserve of cash, an emergency fund if you will, is necessary to a successful real estate investment experience.  You must have the ready cash or credit to cover insurance deductibles, fix repairs, and cover emergencies.  Otherwise you risk losing the property through several means, up to and including lawsuit.

When signing a loan to get into the real estate business initially, bear in mind that your payments are not always going to equal the payments being made on the property if it is being leased to another.  That may be why it is in your best interest to have full or at least near full ownership of a property before renting it out.  This is because not only would you be responsible for making up the difference between the rent and your payment, but you also have the responsibility of paying any insurance payments, quit rent and assessment and maintenance fee of the property.

Real estate is one of the best businesses out there for people who don't have a lot of opportunities available to them.  It has successfully turned many a dreamer into a businessman, but it is not to be regarded as a get rich quick scheme.  The business of real estate takes a large amount of cash reserves saved up, a good investing mind, and a good knowledge of the stock market and its conditions.