The Most Common Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Michael J. Lauria
2 min readJun 23, 2021

Investing in Real Estate can be very rewarding, but it can also be costly and complicated. Real estate investors are different from stock and bond investors; if you want to invest in real estate, you can use leverage to purchase a property by deciding to put a small portion of the entire cost upfront. After that initial payment, you can then pay the rest over time with interest added. There are many different ways to invest in real estate, and below we will take a look at some of the top ways you can do so, as featured in an article on Investopedia .

Rental Properties

If you are a person that has skills in renovation and DIY, owning a rental property might be the way to go for you. However, you do have to have a level of patience to be able to manage tenants. To purchase a rental property, you will need to have a significant level of capital to put upfront so you can cover maintenance costs and vacant months. Some of the benefits of owning rental properties include tax-deductible expenses and the fact that properties can appreciate and you are provided income regularly. Some of the downfalls include the tedious management of tenants and the potential of running into a damaged property by tenants.

House Flipping

If you have a large amount of experience in real estate marketing, renovation, and valuation, you might want to consider house flipping. However, you do also need to have the capital and knowledge to oversee repairs if need be. The pros of flipping properties are that they can offer up quick returns, and your money is tied up for a shorter time. However, the drawbacks include hot markets unexpectedly cooling and needing to have a more profound knowledge of the market.

Online Real Estate Platforms

When using an online platform to invest in real estate, you must be ready to join others in a residential deal or a more extensive commercial agreement. Online platforms are there to connect investors that are interested in funding projects to other authentic real estate investors. They have the freedom to invest in either single projects or a portfolio of projects. One wrong side to online platforms is that there tend to be lockup periods which leads to liquidation.

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Michael J. Lauria

Michael J. Lauria is a Boston-based telecommunications professional and the President of COMTEL, Inc., who has experience in Real Estate.