Who knows how many ways there are to invest creatively in real estate, but there is one key to all creative real estate investment.
An example of creative real estate investment? When I was young, I had a job that paid $3.40 an hour, and I somehow saved enough to buy my first piece of real estate – 2 acres near where I lived. It cost $3,500.
I spent a few hours removing brush, outlined a driveway with logs, and hand-painted a sign. Two weeks after I bought it I sold the land for $4,750, with $250 down, $100 per month, at 11% interest. With the capital gain, my annual return on investment was over 20%. This was my first real estate investment.
Creative Real Estate Investment – The Key
I bought the land cheaply because the seller needed fast cash. I solved his problem and sold the land higher than the market value because the buyer needed easy terms. The second problem was solved. Solving problems is the key to creative real estate investment.
Cell phone companies, radio stations, police departments, and others need hilltops for their towers. The problem is that they can’t tie up their capital by buying them. One creative investor found a way to solve their problem.
He got six-month options on hilltop properties for a few hundred dollars. Then, when he found those who needed them, he would get a long-term lease signed. They built the tower themselves, of course. With a lease in hand, it was easy to get financing to exercise the option and buy the properties. He invested a few hundred dollars to create years of income.
Trees are needed by lumber mills. A friend of mine solved this problem by letting a company cut half the trees on his small property. They paid $4,500, and I couldn’t see the difference when they were done. The property was worth as much the day after the cut as the day before. My friend lived there, but a creative investor could buy property like his, sell half the trees, maybe clay or gravel too, and then re-sell the land.
To solve problems, you have to figure out what they are. Do people need easy terms? Cleared lots? Lumber? Better access to a piece of property? Smaller pieces of land? Condos instead of apartments? The list could go on. Just remember that solving problems is the key to creative real estate investment.
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