The real estate market is frequently at the center of national economic news. Mostly it’s about whether or not homeowner values are increasing or decreasing but there is plenty written about real estate investing. When it comes to taking the step up from personal residence investing to more diversified real estate investing, it can be a frightening proposition for many. It can also be more responsibility than many people want to take on. Before any beginner invests in real estate, he or she needs to first understand the many options available. Especially the low risk options without direct ownership responsibilities.
Low Risk, No Ownership Real Estate Investing
Earn wealth in real estate without owning anything. This is something many beginning (and experienced) investors don’t understand how to accomplish. There are multiple ways you can create wealth in real estate without the hassles of ownership. A few ways of building wealth in real estate include:
- Lease options
- Assigning contracts
- Government tax liens
- Buying deeply discounted mortgages
The goal here is controlling valuable contracts without the liabilities and hassles of ownership. No plugged toilets in the middle of the night or broken hot water tanks on Christmas Day.
Think Low Risk Wealth in Real Estate
Producing wealth in real estate is much lower risk when you control the paperwork without out right owning it. A lease option can be walked away from for very little cost if the deal falls through. Assigning contracts is a form of wholesaling. You put the house under contract with the provision that you can walk away if you don’t find an end buyer. If you don’t execute the contract, you never have ownership of the property.
Tax liens pay a high interest rate if the owner redeems the home. Or you may become the owner for dimes on the dollar if the owner fails to bring the property taxes or other government lien current. Private investors buying mortgages has recently become a popular way of earning wealth in real estate. You finance someone else’s real estate purchase with the property as security for the loan. You don’t have any of the hassles of a landlord. The buyer is fully responsible for the property while you collect interest on the loan of 12% or more.
Earn Wealth in Real Estate by Investing Other People’s Money
Another great strategy to wealth in real estate is using other people’s money to control properties. In this scenario, you are more likely to become a landlord and have more hassles but for that trouble, you eventually own the real estate, creating long term wealth in real estate.
Despite the drop in home prices during the past recession, historically real estate prices have always gone up. When you factor in government subsidies, expense deductions, and cash flow, real estate is one of the fastest roads to wealth. There are many investors out there that will loan you the money to buy property. You put your credit rating at risk but their money, not yours. You’ll pay interest for the loan but over time, you take full ownership of the property.
Author bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.