The How and Why of Real Estate Investing

A trip through these tutorials and real investment primers will make you ready to go out and get started as a real estate investor. There are many ways to make money in real estate, and you'll be introduced to them here. Let's get started. 

Why Should I Invest in Real Estate?

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Most of the 1990's, The Standard & Poors Index posted earning yields of 5% to 6% on average. At the same time, the dividend yields of the S & P were only around 2% or less. Since dividend paying stocks tend to be much less volatile, the gains on the appreciation side would not normally be a significant factor.  Learn more here...

Before You Start Investing In Real Estate - Get an Education

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Though there are those who have made "quick riches" in real estate investing, before you start investing in real estate, be sure you've done your homework. It can be quite profitable, but the knowledge you'll need covers a lot of territory.   Read more...

Top 6 Ways that Real Estate Investment Property Returns Profits

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There is a debate about the ethics of offering bonuses to real estate agents for selling certain listings. (c) Photo: sxu.hc

When you purchase a company's stock certificates, you're looking for appreciation in the stock value, and perhaps dividend income if it is paid by the company. With bonds, you're looking for income yield on the interest rate paid by the bonds. With a real estate investment property, there are more ways in which to realize a superior return on your investment.  Get the 6 ways here... 

Real Estate Investing Without Cash

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Many people would love to be real estate investors, but they lack the cash for down payments and think that buying and holding or buying and flipping are the only ways to make money. This isn't true.   Get the scoop here...

Real Estate Investing, Appraisals and Absorption Rate

Real Estate Investing and Home Values
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We evaluate properties by their return on investment, gross rental multipliers, rental yield, capitalization rates, and other measures. Each calculation has its own value in the overall process.  Know more than the pros, learn it here... 

Real Estate Valuation and Analysis for Investors

Rewards and risks of real estate investing.
Know the many ways to invest in real estate, and choose based on your capital and tolerance for risk. (c) Photo

Taking a different look at potential investment properties with Christopher Smith  Major info here... 

Real Estate Investment Analysis Spreadsheets

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Troubled Mortgage Negotiations. Jim Kimmons

  Download ready-to-use rental property valuation and profit/cash flow calculation spreadsheets from this article.  Use them over and over to quickly value properties and evaluate investment potential.  Get them here... 

Lease to Own for Real Estate Rental Property Investors

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Lease to own for real estate rental property investing isn't a flipping strategy. It's a long term hold for cash flow technique.  Leasing for profits here... 

Real Estate Investing Buyer List - How to Build Yours

Computer Marketing a Listing
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Building a real estate investor buyer list is important for profits. While there are a number of strategies and techniques used to make money in real estate investing, several of them involve selling a home for a profit or with a fee involved.   Build your list by reading this...

Using Real Estate Assignment Contracts for Investing

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Visualize a real estate purchase contract with just a few extra words added to your name as the buyer. This would look something like this: "Buyer: John J. Doe, and/or assigns." That's it.    Get the assignment contract details here...

Benefits and Challenges of Fix & Flip Real Estate Investing

Fix & Flip Real Estate Investing
Fix & Flip Pros and Challenges.

 The investor purchases a home in need of repairs, does the work, then sells it at a profit to either a retail customer or another investor.  Sometimes these homes, particularly foreclosure properties, are in need of extensive repairs and possibly some remodel work.   Fix & flip help here... 

Building Your Real Estate Success Investment Team

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You won't find a mega-successful real estate investor without a carefully selected team helping them to make deals happen.  Learn who your key team members should be, what they bring to the team, and how to select the best.  Get team-building details here... 

Contractors for Your Real Estate Investing Team

Home Renovation & Repair
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This is your major job resource. The general contractor is one who can handle major renovations or additions that require multiple specialty trades, such as plumbers, electricians, and carpenters.    Contractor tips here...

Top 4 Don'ts in Using Real Estate Leverage

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Investing Team Insurance Agent. iStockPhoto

Used properly, real estate leverage can be an effective tool for real estate investors to increase their return on investment. The key is to avoid making decisions without proper consideration of the areas of risk in leverage.   Leverage tips here...

Hard Money, Private Money & Transactional Funding

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Hard money lenders are companies that loan money to fund real estate investor transactions for the short term.    Get that money here...