Learning About Investing in Real Estate

Investing is not just for the suits on Wall Street. Many people these days are getting into investing in real estate, like buying rental properties and essentially becoming landlords of the rental properties. Some people are interested in the art of house flipping – that is, buying a house with the intent of selling it for a significant profit. If you are interested in house flipping, you should know that investing in housing is not equivalent to simple house flipping. Even though flipping a house can be complicated, it is not going to give you the kind of return on investment that real estate investment will, so look elsewhere if all you want is some relatively quick cash. This is especially true with the current housing market in decline.

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Investment Planning Is Necessary For Your Financial Freedom

Investment planning is such an important piece of your financial freedom that it would behoove you to learn as much as you can about it. Unfortunately, the grade school system does not teach you anything about this topic which you will need throughout your adult life. 2008 was the year of the Financial Perfect Storm. We saw the simultaneous meltdown of the stock market, the housing market, and the credit markets. Almost every single day, the headlines shouted doom and gloom. Investors did not know which way to turn before getting clobbered again and again. Sound investment advice did not seem so sound anymore. What was the average investor supposed to do? What was a newbie investor supposed to do? What were Wall Street’s superstars doing while this financial bloodbath was going on?

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Is Your House an Investment?

Conventional wisdom says that your home is the biggest and best investment that you will make in your lifetime. The collapse of real estate values between 2007 and 2012 has called this belief into contention. Recent history demonstrates that your home might not be a very good investment.

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