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Broadly, the following are categories of real estate investment and related strategies:

1. Land Development

2. Residential real estate of new homebuilding and selling.

3. Commercial real estate development, selling, leasing, and commercial property management.

4. Multifamily residential property development, selling ownerships as condominiums, leasing apartments, and management.

5. Sale and purchase of any type of existing real estate.

There are tons of literature and strategies in the market on how to own and invest in real estate for profit. Depending on how big or small an investor you happen to be, it is important and significant to learn that your cash and effort converted to real estate that does not return the profit as you the investor thought it would, or the circumstances changed beyond your control, it could be an aggravating experience. If you hear someone boasting that he/she got a great deal, well; someone else lost in the deal.

For investing in residential real estate; your insight, hunch, intuition feelings, and success stories of your friends may influence you, but crunching numbers and having a real estate professional with his/her team to assist you will be a big help.

Since we are residential real estate brokers, we are restricting ourselves here on the subject of investments for ownership in residential non-multifamily properties like single-family and townhomes. You may be one of the following types of investors in residential real estate:

  • You are a rich foreigner who wants to park money in the United States, either as safe haven, or investment for returns.
  • You are a rich American who is always on the lookout for how to reduce taxes. Real estate provides cash depreciation write-offs. For them, holding real estate is a safe-havens.
  • You are a savvy rich investor who puts money with Real Estate Investment Trust cropping up to gamble in buying-holding-cashflows-and-selling when the time is ripe. You get your share of gains.
  • You have inherited real estate and you have no choice but to make profitable use of your portfolio.
  • You are a mild investor with a good steady income who aspires to make profits out of real estate investments by parking spare money in residential investment properties as rental properties.
  • You are a mild homeowner who aspires to retire comfortably, raise the standard of living for the family, and leave income-generating residential assets in the estate.

We will suggest risk-averse strategies for the last two types of aspiring investors in residential properties.

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