Getting Started in Real Estate Investing: Overcoming Financing Hurdles

Real estate investment can be an excellent way to build wealth and secure your financial future. However, many potential investors find themselves hesitating
to jump into the real estate market due to financing concerns. Whether you’re concerned about not having enough money for a down payment or worried about
taking on debt, it’s important to remember that there are strategies and options available to overcome these financing hurdles. In this post, we’ll explore how
new real estate investors can get started with their investments while addressing common financing challenges.

Understand Your Financial Situation:

Before diving into real estate investing, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your current financial situation. Take stock of your assets, liabilities, and
monthly cash flow. Knowing where you stand financially will help you determine what types of real estate investments are feasible for you.

Start Small with House Hacking:

House hacking is a strategy where you live in one of the units of a multi-unit property while renting out the others. This approach can significantly reduce your
living expenses and provide you with a source of rental income to help cover your mortgage. It’s an excellent way to get started with real estate investing without
a massive down payment.

Buy a “Value-Add” Property:

Buying a property that is not “move-in” ready is a great way to start your investment journey. While you won’t be a landlord immediately, you can finance it
as your primary residence, meaning it will require a lower down payment (as low as 3.5% for an FHA loan, or 0% if you’re a veteran). With this strategy, you
live in the home while adding value to, or improving, the property. For tax reasons, you generally want to live in the home one to two years to lessen your tax
liability on your profits for later when you sell. And when you’re ready, you identify your next property and rent out this first one!

Explore Creative Financing Options:

Traditional mortgages may require a substantial down payment, but there are alternative financing options to consider. These include seller financing, lease
options, and partnerships with more experienced investors. You can research these methods to find out if they’re a fit for your situation, or you can engage with
a real estate professional who can refer you to lenders to further discuss how they work.

Invest in Your Knowledge and Raise Your Comfort:

Building confidence in real estate investing goes hand in hand with expanding your knowledge and expertise. Prioritize ongoing education by listening to
podcasts, finding online courses, and reading books or articles written by successful investors. The more you understand the nuances of the real estate market,
the more comfortable you’ll become with the process. Continuous learning is a powerful tool for success in this field.

Consider Your Risk Tolerance:

Every investment carries some level of risk. Be realistic about your risk tolerance and financial goals; your family situation, employment, savings, and age will
often impact where you fall on the spectrum. It’s okay to start small or take more calculated risks, and gradually expand your real estate portfolio as you become
more comfortable and experienced.

While it’s important to understand what you are getting into, financing should not be the sole barrier preventing you from venturing into real estate investing.
By taking a strategic and informed approach, new investors can overcome these hurdles and begin their journey towards building wealth through real estate.
Remember, real estate investing is a long-term game, and the key is to start taking small steps today, regardless of your initial financial limitations. As you gain
experience and confidence, you’ll find creative solutions to financing challenges and ultimately achieve your investment goals.

Traci de Wid is the Broker & Chief Wealth Builder at Residential Wealth Partners. Traci founded
Residential Wealth Partners aiming to transform the real estate landscape and get more people thinking
about their homes and investments from a long-term perspective. For more information, visit: