As a real estate investor, you’ve seen what it can do for you financially. If you’re interested in making bigger earnings for yourself, it’s time to start thinking about taking your real estate investing to the next level. But how should you go about doing this? As it turns out, there are multiple options you could be considering.

Buy a Multifamily Property

Multifamily properties, more commonly referred to as apartment complexes, can be a great option for elevating your real estate investments. The cost of purchasing one is typically well beyond that of a single family property, but the income it generates tends to be more stable. This is because you lose out on a smaller percentage of your income if one of your tenants moves out. You also suddenly grow your investment portfolio by the number of units in your property at one time, which is much faster than what you would expect to see if you were purchasing single family properties. That also means that you only have one loan to manage for the apartment complex instead of all of the individual loans you would otherwise have to deal with.

Real Estate Investment Groups

A real estate investment group is pretty much exactly what the name sounds like. It’s a group that focuses most of its business on investing in real estate. It brings together investors, real estate professionals, and real estate experts, providing excellent networking opportunities. Some may even offer educational opportunities and seminars that can be great for increasing your real estate investing knowledge. These groups can also be used to crowdfund investments, which has the potential to turn profits, but can also be used as a front for fraud. Carefully researching the group you intend to join can help protect you from fraudulent investment scams. Keep an eye out for groups using the guru scam too. Those probably aren’t worth your time either.

Buy Vacant Land

Investing in vacant land isn’t one of the more commonly pursued types of real estate investment, but maybe it should be. If you purchase land in an area with high potential for growth, you could see a serious return on your investment. This is also a great option for real estate investors who want to expand their investment portfolio to include locations farther away, since you can buy and sell vacant property virtually. Doing this successfully requires you to do your research carefully, but it can be done. Another benefit is that you don’t really have to do anything to maintain the property. It can just sit there and be left alone without you needing to pay for upkeep or utilities. Property taxes are relatively low on vacant land too. And since there’s nothing on it, you don’t need to worry about theft or property damage. That said, investing in land isn’t necessarily a simple process. Make sure you understand the do’s and don’ts for vacant land investments before you jump in with both feet.

Build a Home

Building houses can be another great way to take your real estate investing to the next level. This gives you the opportunity to build custom homes that perfectly fit the demands for an area, increasing your ability to sell them. As with most real estate development, there is a lot of work that goes into this sort of investment. There are lots of things to keep in mind and be aware of when building a home. If you build a property, you’ll need to follow home building standards for safety and efficiency. You’ll also need to be familiar with the area’s zoning laws. If you’re building in an area with an HOA, you may need to familiarize yourself with the corresponding standards and bylaws as well.

Go Commercial

Have you ever driven by a strip mall and seen signs about vacancies available for rent? Someone owns that property, and it’s usually not the business operating out of it. Just like residential renters, businesses and retailers rent property to run their operations from. Commercial real estate investing can be a lot more expensive than basic residential real estate investing. The risks are greater, but so are the rewards if you succeed. There are multiple ways you can start commercial investing, some of which allow you to get started with less cash on hand than you might need otherwise. Some will also allow you to invest your money without having to deal with the property management side of things too. It’s worth exploring if you have the capital to put to it to get started.

Educate Yourself

Regardless of what path you choose when you decide to take your real estate investing to the next level, all of them have at least this one thing in common: if you want to succeed, you need to educate yourself. It’s much the same as when you first got into investing. Knowledge is power, and learning everything you can about the investment niche you choose to pursue is a key part of what will allow you to succeed. Read books, listen to podcasts, talk to experts, attend seminars, and ask questions. You’ll find yourself better equipped to handle problems, identify great deals, and avoid unnecessary risks.

Get a Mentor

If you really want to do everything yourself, you certainly can, but it will take far longer to achieve success than necessary. If you want to succeed more quickly, find a mentor. Finding a quality real estate investing mentor can be one of the best real estate investing moves you ever make. They have been where you are now, and have the benefit of experience to guide them. As your mentor, they can offer you guidance and advice, offering correction where necessary. They can help you when you expand into areas you’re unfamiliar with, and are key to helping you reduce your risk levels.

Investing in real estate can be a great way to build yourself up financially. If you want to take your real estate investing to the next level, you might consider doing so by expanding your investment portfolio to include different real estate options and by improving yourself. Doing so will put you in a better position to be successful as you continue in your real estate investment endeavors.

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The Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association is the leading source of SWFL real estate investing events that provide investment education and networking in southwest Florida. We analyze the housing market and foreclosures and provide information, education and networking events in order to build a network and knowledge base for investors and potential investors. Our members include real estate agent, brokers, investors, hedge fund managers, rehabbers, wholesalers and more.

Our SWFL REIA General Meeting is held in Fort Myers where we provide education on hot topics in investing and an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow investors. You’ll get a chance to ask for advice from successful real estate professionals and even make a few deals on your latest projects.

To become a member, anyone can register as an individual, a couple, or a corporation. Being a member opens the doors for endless networking opportunities, advice from members with decades of experience, new ideas from entrepreneurs, camaraderie with those just beginning, and deals and contracts done in the meeting room. For those interested in Cape Coral rental property investment and/or Fort Myers rental property investment, SWFL REIA will be able to provide a network to help launch a successful investment career.

The SWFL REIA is known and respected as a source of current, actionable and useful information about the housing market in the area that we meet.

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One of the premier sources for real estate investing networking and education is the SWFL REIA. In the real estate world, the SWFL REIA is different in that they do not do information product sales. Their meetings are focusing on the best ways of investing in real estate by collaborating with other property investors who are sharing their experiences.

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