Tuesday, February 24, 2009

REITS - A Sound Investment

Some REIT Markets are Stronger than Others

If you are worried about the state of the economy and what you should do with your investing dollars, you may be able to take a little bit of solace in knowing that things are not always as bad as they seem. Perhaps you just need to look at them differently.

Let's look at real estate investing. Many people like the idea of REITs or real estate investment trusts because they know real estate is always a sound investment. After all, the worst-case scenario is a piece of property loses a little value, but it will never become worthless and always has some trading clout.

But with the housing market struggling in the US over the past year, you may be wondering just how smart it is to fund real estate investment ventures.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that real estate investment is not only available in the US. There are REIT funds that are putting money into real estate all over the world. In many developing countries real estate developers have so many projects they don't know what to do as countries develop and need new infrastructure. Getting in on one of these investing options could reap large rewards.

There are a wide variety of options available in these countries where you can invest your money. You could look into commercial real estate funds that will help businesses grow in these budding countries. Another option is to have put your money into residential real estate fund programs in the cities of these developing countries. When a country is developing and industrializing, people often move to the city to take part in the growth. This means those residential real estate investments stand to make a great profit.

But how do you know what markets are about to make that boom or are just starting to hit their stride so you know where to invest? This is going to take a little research on your part. If you are a pro in the real estate investing arena, you can do this yourself. If you're not, you may prefer to get a helping hand from some pros.

A website like REITBuyer.com is a great place to start. Not only are they real estate brokers that can help you purchase the REIT funds you want, but they are also a great place to get all the information you need to know which REITs are the best to buy.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

REIT Buyer: Check out the New REIT Buyer Site

Investing in Real Estate: Don't Run Away from REITs Just Yet

In the face of the current economic climate, many people believe that anything related to real estate, the stock market and investing in general is poisoned water.

While it is true that the market as well as real estate investments have been through a hard time over the past year, there is always a silver lining to the clouds in the sky.

First, you have to face the reality. There were a number of real estate investing opportunities, stocks and funds out there that were a bad idea in recent years. Many companies, real estate investment firms and stock market analysts got a little to cozy with things going well all the time. The economic climate started to shift and soon almost every stock, fund, and investment on the market took a nosedive, taking all of us with it.

Now that we are coming out of the nosedive many people are thinking it's time to take whatever they have left and run for it. This is not the right answer. The correct answer to what you should be doing is that you should jump right back up on the horse, but make wiser decisions the next time to avoid another major fall.

While it is true that REITs had a rough year, there are still some of them out there that are getting a good return on their money. Look for preferred funds and take a close look at their track record. While they may not be making big double-digit gains right now, they are moving in a positive direction and some are also doing better than any other investment options you could be looking into. For example, some of the preferred REITs out there are seeing gains of 7, 9 or even up to 12 percent. That is much better than you are going to find in other offerings.

For many people trying to sort all of this out is a lot to take on. Never fear, there are companies like http://reitbuyer.com/ that specialize in this type of investing and can help you make the right investments to see your full potential.

Sure, times have changed, but as with everything else, this too shall pass. So, as you consider where you want to put your money, you may want to listen to the man who knows more about money than most of us, Donald Trump, who said, "Real estate is always good, as far as I'm concerned."

Another quote from Trump will be able to explain what to do in this current financial market, "What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."

Essentially, we are in that time of reaction. You can let the credit crisis and last years tumbling investment market, stocks, funds and real estate prices get you down and they win or you can choose to pick yourself up and try again.

Also remember, real estate is always going to be hot. While things may be a little soft right now, there will always be people wanting to purchase new homes, others who are following their dreams and want to start a business of their own and those property investments that may be slow now will climb again. If you're vested with them that means those rises will translate to profits for you.

This article was written by Earl E Bird III, spokesperson for the http://www.reitbuyer.com/ an online service for people who wish to invest in real estate without the headaches and liability exposure that go with being a landlord.