Harbaugh Real Estate

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Real Estate Investing

Whether you are a new real estate investor, a seasoned pro, or you are just thinking about investing in real estate, you have come to the right place to gain a better understanding of real estate investing!

Before you invest in real estate, it is important to create a plan. The first thing you should ask yourself is, "Is real estate investing even right for me?" If it is, the next step is to determine what type of real estate investing you are going to engage in. Will you flip houses? Will you buy and rent out property? Will you invest in commercial properties? How about REITs? Once you determine what kind of real estate you want to invest in, how can you find the specific investment opportunities?

When you have specific real estate investment opportunities before you, it is important to analyze each one as objectively as you can. Let's assume you plan to buy and rent residential properties. It is important that you know how to determine repair costs and the after repair value of the property or properties. If you plan to invest in commercial property, what do you anticipate the vacancy rate to be? What about the types of tenants you will look for?

No matter what type of real estate property you are looking to invest in, it is vital that you understand how rates of return work. At the end of the day, your rate of return dictates how much money you make (or lose) off of your investments. Calculating a rate of return on a real estate investment is quite different from calculating a rate of return on your stock or bond portfolio. Understanding real estate returns will help you ensure success in your investing ventures.

If you are looking to invest in real estate, my Real Estate Investment Calculator can help you determine the financial viability of a given investment.

Each video below addresses a different aspect of investing in real estate and helps to illuminate potential pitfalls and gotchas. If you are new to real estate investing, you should probably view these in order, but feel free to browse them in any order you like.

What is the Most Important Question for a Real Estate Investor?
3 Keys to Determining the Right Investment for You
5 Types of Real Estate Investments
7 Steps to Finding a Successful Real Estate Investment
How to Find Real Estate Investment Leads
How to Run Comps and Determine the ARV (After Repair Value) of a property
How to Determine Repair Costs of an Investment House
Real Estate Investing - Running Rental Comps
How to Determine the Real Estate Appreciation Rate
Understanding a Basic Rate of Return
Understanding Compounding and Annualized Rates of Return
The Difference Between a Total Rate of Return and an Annualized Rate of Return
Annualized vs. Average Annual Returns
How to Calculate Real Estate Returns
A Real Estate Investment Example Analysis

Contact Lee

Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to Lee at:
  • Phone: 817.881.4768
  • email: lee@harbaughbrothers.com