Investing in your future seems very overwhelming at first glance. There are differences between stocks, bonds, and funds that signal higher or lower returns and tax implications for you. Real estate is another factor that is often overlooked by the average investor, but it’s a simple prospect that almost anyone can get into. Even owning your own home is considered some form of real estate investing, and upping the returns on your investment can be as simple as paying attention to your local market.
Renting is Up
Rental properties are increasingly finding value, especially in areas like Los Angeles. First time home buyers are increasingly choosing to wait on their investments, pooling their money together and looking for a higher down payment. When you buy a property for real estate investment, renters are the most obvious source of cash flow. Look for properties in a good area with a high concentration of renters if you want to get the most out of your initial investment.
The returns on a property, even a property you own yourself, will be much greater percentage wise than those of your average low-risk savings vehicle. That is to say that the money you invest in the property, in the form of improvements to it, tend to have a higher payout for you if you invest that money strategically. Places like the kitchen, master bedroom and bathrooms are likely to give you the highest bang for your buck.
Choosing how to invest is almost as important as choosing what to invest in. Also realize that your income levels will change over time, which means you can put more in the bank.