Buying and selling real estate as an investment strategy is quite different from simply buying a home or commercial building. Just as important in determining FMV (fair market value) as comparable properties are when buying a home, the income stream generated by a property is a primary component for an investor. You typically have three options if you want to invest in real estate:
- Buy specific pieces of residential and commercial property
- Invest in mutual funds focused on real estate investments or a REIT (real estate investment trust). REITs invest in properties like shopping centers and other rental properties, and therefore, generally pay off a high dividend as long as they properties they invest in stay leased.
- Invest in MBS (mortgage-backed securities) or MBO (mortgage-backed obligations)
In normal or expanding economies, real estate investing can be quite lucrative and relatively safe. In down markets, both the potential rewards decline and the possible risks escalate quickly.
To invest in the Real Estate market in the stock market, you can trade REITs, ETFs like SRS, or the stocksStocks are “equity investments” which means that individuals that own stock shares of a company actually own part of that company. of any of the following home building companies:
If you don’t want to trade REITS publicly, you can also invest in real estate privately with a company like Fundrise. Find out more about Fundrise.