Real estate accounts basically add up to what you have available to invest. Carefully plan your long term financial goals and what it is going to take to achieve them. Start out small purchasing one piece of property. You can purchase any type of property you want commercial, land or residential as long as you are not using it personally for your own business or to live in.
Analyze various geographical areas for real estate. Certain areas of the country are considered investment risks due to various factors such as climate and property values. Most investors agree that investing across the country is a good way to diversify your real estate portfolio.
Residential Or Commercial?
Determine what kind of real estate you want your portfolio to concentrate on. Residential? Commercial? Institutions such as banks and finance companies? Recent studies have shown the more concentrated a real estate portfolio is the less of a risk the investor is taking.
Research the real estate market in various key areas. Key areas are determined by the number of large counties within that state. This may help you to determine what area of real estate you want your portfolio to concentrate on.
Determine the up front costs to purchasing real estate. Make sure your portfolio can cover all up front and closing costs.
Many real estate investors open a special IRA that is specifically geared towards real estate investments.
Consult a real estate management company if you do not want to make the purchasing decisions yourself. Most real estate management companies are focused on particular types of real estate for instance commercial management companies, retail management companies, etc.
Consult a real estate investment advisor to guide you through the process of diversifying your real estate portfolio. There are two types of real estate investors the borrower and the lender. The lender needs a larger and more diversified real estate portfolio than the borrower. Research all aspects of real estate investing including geographical diversification, nation wide diversification and what’s on the local front in your own state.