Tips to Keep in Mind If You’re Thinking about becoming a Real Estate Investor

With homeownership dropping and rental vacancy rates rising, it is clear many Americans are looking to make a change to renting instead of owning their home. Currently, homeownership levels are at 66.5%, the lowest they’ve been since 1998, reported recently by the Department of Commerce, and the rental vacancy rate at 9.3%, the highest its been since 2003. Many prospective investors could take this information and apply it to a very lucrative decision for future investment property purchases.

Nancy Braun, owner and broker-in-charge of Showcase Realty has been a real estate broker for over 14 years. Her expertise lies in REOs, short sales, distressed properties and she recently became a Neighborhood HUD Listing Broker. A large amount of her listings are being sold to real estate investors and she is sharing a few questions and tips to keep in mind if you are thinking about becoming a real estate investor.

What is real estate investing?
Real estate can be a great long-term investment. It is a tangible, cash-generating asset and appreciates in value. Real estate investment has proven to be a powerful method of accumulating wealth over time and investors are getting a return on their investment (ROI) in three ways: cash flow, return on taxes and appreciation.  Read the rest of the story:

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