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CHAPTER 2

Why Invest in Real Estate

Every one of us has at least once tried to imagine what our lives may be 20 or more years from now. We all want to be happily settled down with the assurance of a good home and a sufficient savings to meet all our expenses without having to work through what should be an easy retirement. As we move quickly towards those 20 years, we need to find out a way to achieve our goal. Fortunately, the ball is in our court. Saving and reducing expenses are one of the two most prominent means of increasing our wealth. We can get a better idea of our net worth by simply adding up all our assets (home equity, personal property owned, savings accounts, investments, etc.) and reduce them by our liabilities (mortgage balance, credit card and other consumer debt balances, etc.) It is every persons dream to make a fortune on the stock market. There is no doubt that this is true. Real estate is now a booming industry and the stock market is now every persons dream ride to fortune. However, with real estate, land has long been viewed as a solid and tangible investment and yes, you have a tangible asset you can actually see, use and touch! Real estate prices are sky rocketing at a high pace as there is great demand for new commercial space, production facilities and housing. Real estate investment requires a lot of wise thinking. You have to manage your investments properly in order to meet your goals. It is better to invest over long term to mitigate the risk that is associated with the stock market. The stock market goes up and down from time to time.

For most people, their home is their largest asset. With the way the real estate industry is booming, one can realize how owning investment real estate can build ones net worth quicker than nearly any other investment. Though there are some inherent risks with investing in real estate, it can be a great investment for someone who knows what they're doing. Most people concentrate on trying to grow their net worth, but they really need to work on increasing their assets and reducing liabilities. Here are some tips that will help you plan your financial future:

The first thing to do is to get out of debt. This alone will help to increase your net worth by a large amount. Try to do more saving. This will bring surplus returns in the future. Reduce your mortgage by trying to pay off a small amount every month. This reduces your interest payments and builds equity. As you go ahead with the savings, get in touch with a professional and learn about various loan programs. Ask the help of a professional realtor to find your first investment property. As the saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race.” The best way to increase your net worth is one month at a time. You can start by simply spending less than you earn and applying the difference toward investments and debt reduction.

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