Is REI Right for You?

Real estate investing can be a blast! It also can be a headache. Before you make the leap, we’ll walk you through the REI pros and cons, talk about the risks involved, and help you find even more great ways to get educated.

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9 Real Estate Investing Strategies

You’re in for the adventure, but now you'll need to decide which kind of real estate investor you want to be.

Do you want to buy-and-hold or fix-and-flip? Can you wait for returns or do you need instant cash flow?

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5 Types of Investment Property

It’s time to choose the kind of property that best fits your investment portfolio, from residential units to industrial buildings.

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Creating an Investing Business Plan (and Free Template)

Yes, you need a business plan. We'll show you the why and how. Learn how to forecast cash flow — and pick the right time to exit.

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Building Your REI Dream Team

When it comes to REI, you shouldn't go it alone. You'll want to recruit a group of experts — from insurance agents to appraisers — to help make your investment a success.

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5 Great Ways to Find Properties for Sale

You're ready to invest. Here's how you should go about finding that perfect property.

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How to Evaluate Potential Investments

Before you make an offer (or even make a site visit), learn how to choose locations, compare similar properties, and time your purchase to maximize cash flow.

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What to Do When You’re Ready to Buy

You’ve picked some potential winning investments. We’ll show you how to prepare for a property tour, make an offer, and successfully navigate any negotiations.

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How to Pay for REI

Whether you’re an investing newbie or a seasoned pro, you’ll probably need to take out a loan to finance your purchase. Here are your options.

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Managing Your New Investment

From repairs to marketing rentals, now that you own it, you own all of the responsibility. Your next decision: Whether to take it all on yourself or outsource property management.

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Building A Portfolio

When one property just isn’t enough, we’ll show you how to finance and manage multiple investments.

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Picking an Exit Strategy

The best time to think about ending your investment is at the beginning. Learn how to plan for a relative or business partner taking over — or simply begin mapping out when you’ll want to sell.

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About Author


Melanie Patterson

Melanie Patterson, MA, CBA is a staff writer at Fit Small Business specializing in Real Estate Investing with over 25 years of combined experience in real estate sales, property management and residential buy-and-hold real estate investing. In addition to managing her own property, Melanie has also managed a women’s emergency shelter.

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