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  • Andrea Garcia

How to Invest in Real Estate for Beginners

If you've been keeping up with my social media, you probably caught my Monday post. I spilled the beans on some fantastic ways to dive into the exciting world of real estate investing without actually having to buy property – yes, you heard that right! You don't need to be a property owner to be a savvy investor. Let's jump right into it, shall we?

Ready to dive into the world of real estate investing, but feeling a bit lost? Don't worry, you're not alone. Starting out in any field can often feel a bit overwhelming…so do not feel discouraged. But guess what? That's perfectly fine! Remember, even Rome wasn't built in a day, and becoming a pro investor doesn't happen overnight either. Think of it as a journey, and like any journey, it all starts with those exciting first step. Let’s talk about 3 BEST and EASIEST ways to start investing in real estate.


REIT Investing: A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that owns and manages income-producing properties. REITs allow you to invest in real estate without the physical real estate. Often compared to mutual funds, they're companies that own commercial real estate such as office buildings, retail spaces, apartments and hotels. REITs tend to pay high dividends, which makes them a common investment in retirement. Investors who don’t need or want the regular income can automatically reinvest those dividends to grow their investment further.

* A mutual fund is like a shared basket of investments that includes stocks, bonds, and other securities.

*A high-valued dividend payout can show that the company is making good profits. However, it might also mean the company doesn't have good plans to make even more profits in the future.

REITs can be smart investments, but they have different types. Some are like normal stocks on exchanges, while others aren't public. The type you pick decides the risk, with non-public ones being tougher to sell and assess. For newbies, it's smarter to start with public REITs you can buy via brokerage firms.

To start, you'll need a brokerage account. Setting up an account is quick and easy, typically taking less than 15 minutes. Many brokerage firms do not require an initial investment.

Contact me to get in touch with opening your first brokerage account.

The best online stock brokers for beginners:

  • Charles Schwab.

  • Interactive Brokers.

  • Robinhood.

  • E-Trade Financial.

  • TD Ameritrade.

Online Real Estate Investing Platfotform(s)

These platforms connect property developers with investors looking to fund real estate projects using debt or equity. While investors can expect regular payments, it's important to acknowledge associated risks and platform fees. Keep in mind that real estate investments differ from stocks and may not be as easily liquidated.

* Equity - the value of the shares issued by a company.

Here are a few platforms that were well-regarded in the industry:

  • RealtyShares

  • PeerStreet

  • Roofstock

  • Groundfloor

Real Estate Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding presents a modern approach for businesses to raise funds from a large number of individuals, each contributing a small amount. This online process often involves leveraging social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter to reach potential investors.

In real estate, crowdfunding serves as an innovative alternative to traditional funding methods. It's utilized by both major developers seeking capital for large projects and smaller investors interested in more modest investments.

Here are some popular crowdfunding platforms for real estate:

  • RealtyMogul

  • Fundrise

  • CrowdStreet

To sum it up, diving into real estate investing can be thrilling and rewarding, especially for beginners. Just remember, every successful investor had a starting point. The key is to begin with friendly strategies like real estate crowdfunding, REITs, and other alternatives. These early steps offer not only experience but also the confidence to navigate real estate's changing world.

Education and research are your best friends. Learn about investment options, gauge your risk tolerance, and set clear goals. Connect with mentors, fellow investors, and seek professional advice.

So, whether real estate investing platforms intrigues you, REITs captivate you, or real estate crowdfunding excites you, remember – your journey begins with those bold first steps.

Here's to your exciting venture into real estate investing! Happy investing!


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