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Whether you’re new to investing or you’re flipping your 200th house, A Better Life Realty’s number one goal is to help you make the most money. Buying real estate is a great investment choice, but it can be tricky to navigate the system and get it right. That’s why we are here to offer tips, advice, and proven strategies that we follow ourselves. Below are some of the different ways you can expand your portfolio and start making passive income.

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Residential

Residential structures are properties such as houses, apartment buildings, townhouses, and vacation houses where a person or family pays you to live in the property. The length of their stay is based upon the rental or lease agreement. Most residential leases are on a twelve-month basis in the United States.

Long-Term (Traditional) Rental

Long-term rental properties are the most common type of investment strategies, especially for entry-level investments and beginner investors. Long-term renting is a strategy that relies on purchasing a real estate property for the sole purpose of renting it out to tenants for 6 months or more. The owner of the property, the landlord, would sign a contract or a rental lease with the tenants who are renting the house, and the tenants would then pay a monthly rent to the landlord which can be used to cover the expenses of the property, its mortgage payments, its taxes, and insurance.

Pros:

  • Typically have the lowest rate of risk
  • Generates a significant amount of rental income on a monthly basis
  • Better tenant screening
  • No seasonal fluctuations
  • Fewer restrictions

Short-Term (Airbnb) Rental

Short-term rental properties are very similar to traditional rentals, but are rented out for shorter periods of time, typically days, weeks, or a few months. This type of rental properties has become much more popular in the recent years due to the emergence of websites, services, and companies such as Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway.

Pros:

  • You can pick and choose dates
  • Tax breaks
  • Less wear and tear on the property
  • Online tools
  • Less of a commitment

Fix-and-Flip

Fix-and-flips are highly glamorized by HGTV. Properties that are in a bad condition and require a considerable amount of renovation and reparations before they are back in a habitable state. This type of investment strategy can be a great choice for real estate investors looking to make a quick profit on their investment.

Pros:

  • Quick profit
  • No long term property management
  • Short term project
  • Valuable experience
  • Expanding your network

Commercial

Commercial properties are a bit of a different beast. They consist mostly of office buildings but can also include retail, restaurants and apartment buildings. Unlike a residential real estate investor, commercial real estate investors lease out and collect rent from the businesses that occupy space in their properties rather than from residential tenants. Types of commercial investments are noted below.

1. Multifamily

The multifamily asset class includes everything from duplexes with two tenants to apartment buildings housing hundreds.

For investors transitioning from residential to commercial real estate investing, multifamily properties are an easy first step since the tenant base is familiar. Having multiple tenants within a single property creates multiple income streams, which helps remove a bit of the risk of the investment. If one tenant moves out of an apartment complex, chances are you won’t notice a big hit to your bottom line since you have many other tenants continuing to pay rent.

2. Office

Similar to multifamily, a major factor that draws investors to office real estate is multi-tenancy. Depending on the style of the building and where it’s located, the property can have one to dozens of tenants. Office spaces are further broken up into Class A, Class B, and Class C assets depending on their age and quality. Office investing can be more capital intensive than other types of commercial real estate due to the cost of turning over and building out space for incoming tenants. However, because of the cap rate valuation on commercial real estate, offices can command some of the highest values.

3. Industrial

Industrial properties widely range in size and use and this asset class has taken off over the last economic cycle thanks to the rise of delivery. This class certainly has a different feel from the others and isn’t as “polished” or “sexy.” However, industrial can be one of the best real estate assets to invest in thanks to its flexibility and lower cost of entry. These tenants often tend to stay in their locations for extended periods of time since there are few reasons for them to really relocate.

4. Retail

Retail real estate is intended to house any business that sells products and services directly to consumers. These projects are typically located to provide the maximum amount of convenience possible to consumers. While many may say retail is dead, it’s simply shifting thanks to the rise in delivery. Retail is pivoting to offer more entertainment and experiences, which cannot be replaced through online orders. This real estate asset can range from single, standalone restaurants to massive regional shopping centers.