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Is real estate a good investment? Yes or No?
Sure it is, but like every investment, there is a risk of losing money.
Investing in properties without a strategy could make you lose more money than any other investment in life, so read all the way to the bottom.
By applying some of these methods I have dramatically improved my financial situation.
I mean, these methods work, they’re not fantasies. The best investment exists.
Come with me…
Here are the 6 strategies to invest in real estate (even with little money)
Short term rentals and holiday homes ☆☆☆
Those who start from scratch often prefer this real estate strategy and you are about to find out why.
In fact, if you have limited resources but you have some creativity, this works very well.
It sounds corny, but a lot of big real estate investors started out exactly like this. Plus, you can really make money with vacation rentals, AirBnB and similar sites. The risk/return ratio (my obsession when investing) is very good. Read why…
What is it about?
It’s about renting out a room, a house or any other property per night or per short periods of time.
Investigate the local rental market offer before starting so that you may know how much you may earn even before starting out. Living in a big city, near a hospital, a tourist attraction, an airport is a big plus. Tourist areas even if seasonal can be great.
If you have nothing to rent… make it up! This delightful prefab is for sale on Amazon for little money.
The best part of this method is that you don’t need a big initial investment. The cash flow is almost immediate. Boom!
If I don’t have properties to rent and you need to buy one suitable for the purpose then you need to be very cautious. Asking for a loan to buy a (short) rental property is a risky business.
Local laws can forbid short term rentals in some towns and seasonality can be affected by a lot of factors.
Don’t you have a property to rent out?
Here are a few obvious and ..less obvious suggestions to make money from real estate by creating space to rent for money:
- If you have a very big house, you can share some of it
- You can ask your landlord to allow you to sublet an area
- Those who have land can build a cheap but cosy bungalow
- Those who have a boat can rent it on AirBnB as accommodation
- If you have a motorhome you can rent it to accommodate travellers (it must not circulate).
- Do you have a garden? Set up a fixed military tent
- If you have a big tree you can build a cool tree house
It is important to be familiar with local law because some of these methods may not be entirely legal or perhaps little tolerated by neighbours. I know many people for whom renting has become a full-time job with stable profits.
Just take a trip on AirBnB to find incredible ideas for making money. It’s worth it to get inspiration and see if we can do something similar to make money.
Can I rent out my sailboat?
Sure, it is possible to rent out a boat to make money. Just keep it moored in coveted marinas. Better if not too far from town.
While travelling I saw amazing short term accommodations.
People are offering:
- yoga schools mats
- even roofs
People without money use their creativity to make money from real estate.
When I travel, I look for this kind of unusual accommodation!
For example, I’ve slept myself in:
- a military tent in Tanzania 🇹🇿
- a video game room in Fukuoka 🇯🇵
- a trailer in Ibiza 🇪🇸
- a former high voltage cabin in Italy 🇮🇹
- a boat anchored in Slovakia 🇸🇰
- an unserviceable train in New Zealand 🇳🇿
- a teepee in the Jordan desert 🇯🇴
Real Estate Crowdlending ☆☆☆☆☆
Let’s not beat around the bush, this is one of my favourite methods for above-average returns in real estate.
The word “crowdlending” might seem a complicated concept, but it’s nothing more than an investment in which I only participate for a fraction of the total. Real estate Crowdlending is ideal for those who want to invest in real estate with little money.
The Real Estate Crowdlending is often confused with Crowdfunding, so let’s clarify the differences.
When it comes to crowdfunding, I’m somehow investing in a company involved in real estate development.
When I invest in crowdlending I simply lend money to the company for a specific real estate project/development. The loan is (often) guaranteed by physical collateral that can be the property itself.
The proper name of the investment is: Property-backed real estate loans.
In real estate crowdlending, if something goes wrong, the property is sold and the investors are reimbursed. I prefer this option. So I like real estate crowdlending especially when it is property-backed.
Real estate crowdfunding (or crowdlending) is an increasingly popular option among small real estate investors. Moreover, like in the more popular peer to peer lending, and the investment is totally passive.
How does real-estate crowdfunding works?
What is the problem to solve?
The problem is that to invest in properties that are too big or too expensive for a single investor/company you need the people. Investors pool their assets and agree with interested real estate developers or sponsors. Some platforms specialize in commercial or residential real estate, often both.
How do you invest in crowdfunding platforms?
Until a few years ago real estate crowdfunding was reserved only to large, accredited investors.
Today everyone can invest in real estate online through crowdfunding/lending. My favourite platforms for crowdlending are EstateGuru (12%) and Crowdestate (13%). The least performing platform I’ve found so far is Housers.
To invest in pure crowdfunding (a bit more complex structure) there are Reinvest24 and Rendity. In this case, you will earn from the rent of the property but also from the capital gain at the time of sale of the property.
Buy a property and rent it (long term)☆☆
The most traditional way to do real estate business is undoubtedly to buy a property to rent.
The resulting monthly income is a fairly stable flow, so much so that it can be called almost passive income. Unfortunately, it is not always the case that it is so passive, and managing three or more properties can really take a lot of time and resources.
Contingencies, maintenance, taxes and many other aspects related to this activity should not be underestimated.
It is very important to find reliable and unproblematic tenants. You can also buy to rent a commercial or industrial property to make it profitable, but the initial cost will be higher and the management is more complex.
Residential property management is never a passive investment, it often requires rather active involvement. So make sure you have the time and money available. Many owners outsource building maintenance to management companies; others manage repairs themselves.
Those with sufficient DIY skills will not only save a lot of money but will also be able to reduce the hassle of managing repairs and maintenance.
How do you buy a property to rent?
The mistake to avoid is buying the wrong property, so be careful.
If you invest in your own neighborhood it is more difficult to make big mistakes, but if you invest in other cities or abroad then gather precise information before you buy.
What to look at before you buy a rental property:
- Evolution (how have prices changed in the last 5 years?)
- Transport (is it a well connected area? Are there any new urban lines?)
- General state (are there plans to build landfills or power plants nearby in the next few years?)
- Inhabitants (are there ghettos? Is the neighbourhood attractive to anyone or only to certain ethnic groups?)
- Services (are there shops, shopping centres, banks, schools, restaurants?)
How to find a proper property to buy?
Just visit these 3 websites to get started:
- Global Property Guide
- Idealista (it has a wonderful statistics section with specific prices by neighbourhood)
- Numbeo (all over the world, prices per meter and cost of living. Suitable for real estate investments abroad)
Fix and sell a property ☆☆
It sounds easy, right? You find a cheap property, you fix it a bit, do some home staging and you are done!
But this is not always the case. Keep reading…
A popular method among the most daring investors is the so-called “flipping”, where you buy, renovate and sell in a short time. For ambitious investors, trading or flipping real estate can bring big gains in even a few months. Don’t be under any illusions that it is easy and risk-free.
Here’s how fix and flip works:
- Buy an undervalued residential property
- Renovate the property
- Sell it as soon as possible at a higher price
The experienced investor has a clear idea of who to sell a property even before buying the property. He also has the ability to estimate the renovation cost in a matter of minutes.
How to flip real estate
Here is what is needed to flip properly.
- Have some knowledge of the environment and the local regulations
- Know how to make reliable estimates of renovation times
- Estimate the cost of renovation material prices in detail
- Being able to coordinate the team and the companies involved
I mean, it’s not a piece of cake, it’s an active investment.
Be aware that this type of investment involves rather high risk. You can make a lot of money in a short time, but you could lose money if the market doesn’t go right.
Join a real estate investment group ☆☆
Investment groups are a way to enter the residential real estate market without all the hassle that real estate investors take.
How do real estate investment groups work?
Investors who share similar needs and ambitions pool their resources and purchase residential properties, such as condominiums, parking lots or apartments, through a larger company.
In return for a slice of the rental income, the company takes care of the maintenance and management of the tenants.
A typical example? Individual investors can own one or more units in multi-family houses.
Advantages? Unity is power. Access to levels of investment that are unthinkable for individual investors. On the other hand, you need to accept the rules and have immense confidence in the team.
REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust) ☆☆☆
The word “REIT” sounds new to many real estate investors, and it’s a shame.
Investing in a REIT is not exactly the same as investing in stocks. As an investor, you give money to a trust or company that buy and manage a bunch of properties. You will get a part of the dividends out of the appreciation of the property and from rentals. REITs are traded on most major stock exchanges.
REITs are the easiest way for a novice investor to enter the commercial real estate world. You only need a broker and there are also potentially high returns. REITs normally benefit from special rules and taxation. Moreover, investment is liquid; you can sell your shares and collect without having to worry about selling the building. And the company does all the management work for me.
🎬 Investing in real estate Youtube videos
This is by far the best video on real estate investing.
I like it because it is not blindly optimistic with the old fake promise of “real estate is the best investment ever”.
Take 2 minutes to watch the video below, it’s worth it especially if you are about to buy a property.
Real estate strategies Conclusions
So here are the 6 easiest and most popular ways to start investing in real estate with or without a lot of money.
Real estate investment should never seem risk-free.
Sometimes the illusion of having the possession of a property makes you think of a good deal even when it is not. Be extremely cautious before buying. There are hundreds of unmissable good deals so do not fear of missing out something.
List of real estate investment strategies:
- Short-term rentals
- Real Estate Crowdlending
- Long-term rental
- Fix and Flip
- Real Estate investment groups
So where to invest in real estate today?
If I were to start investing in real estate and had a little money, I would look first at crowdfunding real estate at also to REITs.
After a few years of “digital real estate investing”, after having achieved greater knowledge and critical mass, I would start looking for real properties to rent out.
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REITs, Crowdfunding real estate, Buy to let, Investor Groups, Buy and flip and short term rentals.
There is no “right” amount; you can buy a few REITs for a few hundred euros and the same goes for crowdfunding. The typical mistake of a real estate investor is to exaggerate with leverage..