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How to Invest in Real Estate: 4 Great Ways to Get Started

How to Invest in Real Estate: 4 Great Ways to Get Started

One of the investment sectors that you can never go wrong is real estate. The sector
has grown over time. This article will show you how to invest in real estate.

Thinking of real estate, the first thing in your mind is a home. Yet, there are other
several options in real estate apart from home. It is good to know where to
invest in real estate.

As per KNBS, the sector has contributed to about 3.3% of
the country’s GDP in the past two decades.
Although real estate is a lucrative business,
it can be intimidating. This is because it is capital intensive and exists in a
very dynamic market.

There are many ways one can invest in real estate. Here are some of the ways in which one can invest in this industry;

                                                       

·       Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

 

If you are
looking to invest in real estate with little money, REITs is the way to go.
REITs use
potential investors money to
purchase and operate income properties.

This
method works as a pool of capital from different investors. It generates a
steady income stream but little in appreciation. For ease of understanding,
public companies buy and lease out real estate assets. Example of these assets
is shopping malls, office buildings, apartments etc.

REITs
thus pay all their after tax profits to their investors as dividends.

REITs
helps reduce the worry of owning real estate. The management handles all the
activities and procedures involved. You relax and collect dividends. One can
buy and sell REITs through brokerage account, like other public companies.

Beginners
in real estate industry can invest in REITs as it requires less amounts of
capital. It is the most liquid real estate investment available.

 

·       Invest in Your Own Home

 

The most
primary way to invest in real estate is to invest in your own home. You can do
this by taking a mortgage, making monthly payments and owning the house after
some time. Investing in your own home helps you create wealth in the long term.

Also, you
can invest in house flipping. Either way you would have invested in your own
home. House flipping is one of the best strategies that are suitable in
real estate investment. House
flipping is the process of buying, rehabbing and selling the property for a
profit. It requires significant experience in real estate valuation, marketing
and renovation.

How to Invest in Real Estate: 4 Great Ways to Get Started

·       Invest in Real Estate Using Online Platform



Technology
has contributed much to almost all industries. Real estate is not an exception.
There are platforms that allows investors interact with real estate developers.

In Kenya
platforms such as
CapitaLand East Africa Ltd provides
such an interaction. The developer lists their proposed project, the required
funding and estimated returns. The investors can weigh from the website if it
is a viable project or not. If viable, they invest.

This is a
great way to start real estate investment especially if you have a great
project with no funds.

 

·       Consider Investing in Rental Properties

 

Rental
properties attracts individuals who have the patience to deal with tenants.
This offers opportunities to real estate have regular incomes and properties
can appreciate. Rental properties maximizes capital through leverage.

Although
investing in rental properties can be exciting, managing tenants can be
tedious. The downsides of rental properties also involve a lot of cash up
front. That is from down payment to maintenance.

The real
estate investor has to determine whether the investment is worth or not. You
will also need to screen tenants before letting them in.

Rental
real estate investment is a great way to secure monthly income. Many investors
may refer to this as having a passive income, it is always a great way to
secure income stream.

You can
also hire a property manager if you do not want to deal with tenants. Property
management is an opportunity in real estate industry.

 

Bottom line,

With so
many decisions

on how to invest in real estate, the best decisions are those that work best
for you.  As an investor, think about
your time. Think about the capital you are willing to invest. Such factors help
determine how you are going to invest in real estate. 

Investing in Real Estate in Kenya: Key Takeaways 



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