Monday, March 23, 2009

"Student Rentals" - REITS - Real Estate Apartment Investments – The Next Boom

If you are looking for the right place to put your money, you may want to start looking into the real estate market.

If you have been following the media reports, there have been a lot of drops in real estate investments in the past year. Real estate has been a painful road to travel for many people and unfortunately many who had bought homes are struggling, losing those homes and having to give up on them.

While this may all sound like bad news for the real estate market, there is also a good side to all of this if you are investing. All of these people who have to leave their homes also have to go somewhere. For many this means they are moving into apartments as they try to regroup and start over, or for "student rentals" - students must find temporary housing while at college.

This can be a boon for those who have investments in the apartment industry. While this is not recommending that you go out and purchase an apartment complex, you may want to look at some interests in the apartment sector. One way to do this is through real estate investment trusts or REITs.

A REIT is a fund that shareholders purchase a portion of in order to become part of a real estate investment group. It could be that it is a real estate construction group that is going to build a new apartment complex or perhaps you would prefer to get in with a real estate management group that is already running a complex.

The way you make money from REITs is through the money they make from their customers. The more people are renting those units, the more money the REIT makes. In the United States, REITs must give at least 90% of the profits they make in a year back to their investors.

With the numbers of people losing homes and moving into apartments that means there well could be a number of new leases being started up. That translates into more profit for you in those dividends from the funds.

Before you jump into anything, it's wise to do your research and know what you are getting into. In this case that means getting to better know the world of REITs and finding out what is out there and how they have been performing.

Begin this research by going to REITBuyer.com. This is a website that will have all the ins and outs of REIT buying as well as a lot of great tips and tools to help you in your investment purchases.

As you look through past performances, make sure you also look at overall market movements in that time period. Remember, we are coming out of an economic tough time and that means things will still look a bit rocky. But you are also looking at a market that may start to get better because of this situation.

Next, you will have to choose which REITs to purchase and make the buy. With REITBuyer.com you can do that all in one place as in addition to being an information source they are also a complete investment real estate broker.

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