Developing a successful realty investment business requires thorough understanding of the market. Investors need to obtain an education in real estate law, lending practices, property management, and standard business practices.
Realty investments are divided into two categories – residential and commercial. Residential real estate consists of single family residences (SFR), duplexes, individual condo units, mobile homes and manufactured homes.
Commercial real estate consists of retail stores, shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes and condominiums. Raw land falls into either category.
It is important for realty investors to understand the different types of properties, as well as which ones produce the most income. Investors can specialize in one specific niche such as house flipping or wholesaling, or develop diverse portfolios consisting of a variety of investment properties.