What Is Real Estate Investing?

Real estate investors don’t need to ask the question, “What is real estate investing?” They know the answer, because they know what real estate investing means to them, which may be something quite different than it means to someone else. What is real estate investing to you?

You could ask five different people the question, “What is real estate investing?” and get five completely different answers. The only thing for sure is that real estate investing normally involves real estate. Let me tell you what I mean.

First, to one person, real estate investing might mean buying and selling. Normally, the investor wants to buy low and sell high, and this kind of investor doesn’t normally want to hold on to a piece of property for very long. Their answer to “What is real estate investing?” is “Quick turn around.”

Another person’s answer to the question, “What is real estate investing?” might mean buying and holding. This kind of person doesn’t mind the thought of being a landlord, and doesn’t mind the idea of managing tenants and collecting rents. Maintenance and upkeep don’t scare this investor.

Yet another type of investor is interested in high-value commercial property like hotels, office buildings, and malls. This is a high-risk, high-reward game played for big stakes. When asked, “What is real estate investing?” this investor doesn’t shy away from mega-sized deals.

One more type of investor prefers rehabbing and repairing. This investor buys the worst property and uses their skills and abilities to turn it around and make it nice again. These investors breathe new life into old properties. Their answer to, “What is real estate investing?” involves creating something of great value from next to nothing. People with construction experience or project management skills fit this type of investing best.

There’s also the kind of real estate investor who doesn’t actually buy any property at all. Their answer to, “What is real estate investing?” may involve partnerships, trusts, and possibly even the sale of notes, mortgages, and other financial instruments.

Real estate investing is a very big umbrella, and there are as many different answers to the question, “What is real estate investing?” as there are individual investors. Your job is to do the research, learn the strategies and then decide for yourself which style fits you.

At my website, I’ve written a more in-depth article on the question, “What Is Real Estate Investing?”

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Tom Dunn is a successful real estate investor and author of the popular DealFiles Real Estate Investor Stories free newsletter. You are welcome to share this report, unedited and in it’s entirety, with anyone you like. You may not remove this text.? 2007 by Tom Dunn. Website: http://www.dealfiles.com e-mail: tom@dealfiles.com

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