Should I Invest in Real Estate?

by Brandon

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Should I Invest in Real Estate

Real estate investing is not for the faint of heart.

The television shows make real estate investing appear glamorous and thousands of books have been written on the topic all showcasing how awesome investing in real estate can be. However, although I believe anyone can invest in real estate, I don’t believe everyone should invest in real estate.

This post is going to explore this topic and help you decide if real estate investing is right for you.

Let’s Get on The Same Page About Real Estate Investing

First, I think we need to set some ground rules for this discussion.  When you hear the words “real estate investing,” what pops into your mind?

Some think of “house flipping,” likely because of the television shows where investors rehab a home and make an incredible profit. Others think of “landlording” and dealing with the hassle of tenants. Others think of investing in real estate like the stock market, through REITs or through Crowdfunding.  This is perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of the real estate investing world: the blurred line between the business or real estate vs. the investment of real estate.

You see, real estate can produce a profit through active means or it can produce a profit through passive means.  In my recent article, “Is Real Estate a Good Investment?” I used the following photo to explain this concept. Every niche and strategy falls on a different location on the “scale of passivity.”

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About Brandon

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Brandon Turner (G+) is the Senior Editor and Community Director and owner of He is also an Active Real Estate Investor (Flips, Apartments, and Buy-and-Hold), Entrepreneur, World Traveler, Third-Person Speaker, and Husband. Come hang out with him on Twitter!

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