Real estate finished November as the second best performing group in the S&P 500 Index adding 12%, trailing slightly behind tech’s 13% gain. The momentum was fueled by bets the central bank may begin cutting rates as early as next year.
RELATED: Mortgage rates will decline further, economic signs indicate
In November, the interest-rate sensitive sector was a market outperformer as investors poured capital into the group. A pullback in Treasury yields has also supported trader optimism that the worst of it could be over. Additionally, U.S. real estate investment trusts, which have been beaten-down by surging interest rates and economic uncertainty, are now flashing signs of strength.
The group rallied 12% in November versus the S&P 500’s 9% gain, notching its best month since 2011. Bank of America said it’s overweight the real estate sector ahead of 2024, with Jeffrey Spector calling the REIT sector equity’s “diamond in the rough.” He listed American Homes 4 Rent, Americold Realty Trust, Empire State Realty Trust, Kimco Realty Corp., Prologis Inc. and Welltower Inc. as his top picks in a note to clients Friday.
Battered office landlord stocks have placed a overcast on the REIT sector as a whole, though office only represents a sliver of the group. Investors have been fleeing the office sector as fears of remote work and elevated borrowing costs destabilize the sector.
“Real estate has seen the biggest de-rating since 2021 among all industries on concerns over office, but office is less than 5% of real estate’s market cap,” he said.
While Bank of America remains cautious on the market entering 2024, it still sees real estate as underappreciated.
For homebuilding stocks, the bulk of the monthly advance was made during the first three sessions of November after the Federal Reserve announced it would hold its benchmark rate steady for a second meeting. The index posted three back-to-back gains of more than 4%, ultimately sending the index to post its biggest monthly gain since 2020.
The recent pullback in mortgage rates is likely to further support the sector’s gains, enabling builders to buy down rates to 5.5%, a level that has previously helped demand, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Drew Reading said.
“This would actually make new home payments more favorable versus resales heading into the spring selling season, so the timing is great for the group,” he noted.
Although builder confidence has been on the decline, Capital Economics U.S. Property Economist Thomas Ryan says the sentiment is a misrepresentation of where larger public builders actually stand, as the gauge is largely comprised of smaller private builders.
As such, the typical strong correlation between NAHB homebuilder confidence and housing starts has broken down recently, he said. That divergence was underscored in November after the confidence gauge fell to its lowest level this year, despite housing starts unexpectedly rising to the highest in three months.
“While smaller homebuilders are finding it increasingly difficult to access the credit required to maintain construction activity, their giant competitors are in an extremely strong financial position,” Ryan wrote.
The real estate sector still lags behind the broader market year-to-date, but according to Bank of America, the group may be a bright spot heading into 2024.
The average American net worth varies due to many factors, with some people making far more than others. If you’re behind the national average, it may seem difficult to catch up, but whether you have bad credit or a lot of debt, you can still begin building your net worth by learning how to generate passive income.
Passive income is a great way to generate more income, pay down your debt, and start saving and investing for your future. Here you’ll learn what passive income is, as well as different ways to make passive income online and offline. With 25 passive income ideas, there is something for everyone.
25 Passive Income Ideas:
Write an E-Book
Start a YouTube Channel
Try Affiliate Marketing
Create a Blog
Sell Stock Photos and Videos
Create an Online Course
Make Sponsored Content
Invest in Dividend Stocks
Invest in REITs
Invest in Index Funds and ETFs
Try Peer-to-Peer Lending
Utilize High-Yield Savings Accounts
Buy Government Bonds
Invest in Art
Buy Property to Rent
Rent Out a Room in Your Home
Buy Domain Names
License Your Music
Design Custom Products
Rent Out Your Vehicle
Use Your Vehicle as Ad Space
Create an App
Flip Unique Items
Rent Out Your Parking Space
What Is Passive Income?
Passive income is a type of income that comes from sources other than your regular employment, and involves a more hands-off approach. Passive income isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme, though some companies make big claims about generating passive income without any work. Passive income does take work to set up, but the goal is that you can make money without managing it on a day-to-day basis.
You’ll generally do most of the work by setting up your source of passive income. While it may require some upkeep every now and then, like updating a product or maintaining a rental property, you’ll earn the majority of your income while pursuing other endeavors.
Like other sources of additional income, passive income is taxable, but when done correctly, you can make enough passive income to surpass your tax bill.
1. Write an E-Book
Whether you’re a writer or not, an e-book can be a fantastic way to generate passive income. We no longer live in a world where publishers are the gatekeepers of books, so you can self-publish a book that can generate passive income. Various websites let you self-publish books, like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Some of these sites also offer print-on-demand services for customers who want physical copies.
You can write a nonfiction book if you’re knowledgeable about a certain subject, or you can write fiction if you have an interesting story idea. Although this can generate passive income, self-publishing can require a bit of an investment. You’ll need to pay for an editor and book cover designer, and you may also want to pay for advertisements. But if you can do the cover art and marketing on your own, you may be able to save some money.
2. Start a YouTube Channel
There are many ways to make money using social media, but YouTube is one of the best ways to make passive income. YouTube pays content creators to run ads on their videos. In order to qualify for the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll need at least 500 subscribers, three new videos within the last 90 days, and 3,000 watch hours within the last year. Previously, you needed 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours, but the policy was updated in June 2023 with lower requirements.
Like other sources of passive income, making money from YouTube will require an up-front investment of time and money. You need a stable internet connection, camera, microphone, computer, and editing software. You also need to make consistent videos to qualify for the partner program. You can eventually generate passive income by making evergreen videos, because people will watch old videos that bring in revenue—and the more videos you have on your channel, the more money you can make.
3. Try Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you share a link to a product or service, and the company gives you a percentage of any sales made through that link. You can share these links on your social media pages, blog, newsletter, or anywhere else that allows you to post a link. Affiliate marketing is one of the best online passive income opportunities, and you can combine it with any other online method we mention in this article.
One of the most popular affiliate link programs is Amazon Associates. Let’s say you have a YouTube channel where you review electronics, and you make a video reviewing a new TV or laptop. If you link to that product on Amazon with your affiliate link, you’ll receive a percentage of the sale each time someone uses your link.
This isn’t only limited to Amazon, either. Many companies offer affiliate links, so it can be advantageous to reach out to companies for products and services you use regularly to see if they have an affiliate program.
4. Create a Blog
There are a variety of ways to make money from writing a blog. Like YouTube, old blog posts can generate passive income even if people read the post months or years after you wrote it. If you create your own website to host your blog, you can integrate Google Ads and use affiliate links to make money online.
Platforms like Substack combine blogs and newsletters, so every time you write a new post, subscribers receive an email. You can have paid subscriptions on Substack, so users pay a monthly fee to read your posts, and you can have free posts that go out to non-paying subscribers as well.
5. Sell Stock Photos and Videos
If you’re a photographer or videographer, you can earn money for your photos and videos. There are many different websites that buy stock photos and videos, like Shutterstock, iStock, and Getty Images. One thing to consider is that the website gets exclusive rights to your images or videos, but on some sites you can make between 15% and 45% in royalties.
6. Create an Online Course
Many people have expertise in a certain area, and utilizing your knowledge and skills to create an online course is a great way to make passive income online. For example, you can create a course for how to knit, how to take amazing photos, or how to program an app. Websites like Kajabi and Teachable allow you to host and sell your courses.
You may need to invest some time and possibly money in marketing your course to ensure you find the right audience. Some course-hosting platforms like Skillshare also categorize courses by topic for better discoverability.
If you start gaining a following on social media platforms or through a blog, you may get the opportunity to do sponsored content. Companies want to ensure they target the right audience, so if you have followers who may buy their product or service, they’re more likely to sponsor a piece of content. This typically means you discuss their product in a video or write about it in a caption.
In order to generate passive income from a sponsored opportunity, the company will give you an affiliate link. This allows you to make money up front for the sponsored content as well as passive income from anyone who uses your link to buy the product or service.
This route for passive income may take some time because companies typically want people to have a decent following before sponsoring content.
8. Invest in Dividend Stocks
Stocks can be a great way to make money while also investing in your future. When you buy a stock, you buy a small portion of a company. If the stock price rises and you sell it at a higher price, you make a profit, but the stock can also drop in price and lose you money. Some, but not all, stocks offer dividends, which pay investors a dividend per share if the company has a profitable quarter.
When the stock pays out dividends, you can receive the payment directly from your brokerage or reinvest the dividends by buying more of the stock. Like other investments, this can compound and turn into a lot of money over time if the company continues to profit. As you invest in dividend stocks, keep in mind the companies can raise or lower the dividend percentage at any time.
Use MarketBeat’s dividend calculator to look up specific stocks and estimate dividend returns.
9. Invest in REITs
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are another investment opportunity. Rather than investing directly in a property, you can invest in a REIT, which is a company that owns and manages real estate.
Similar to other investments, there is risk that comes along with investing in REITs. For example, there’s a possibility your REIT investments will lose money if there’s a drop in the housing market.
10. Invest in Index Funds and ETFs
Index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are some of the safest investments because they offer diversification. Rather than investing in one company, index funds and ETFs allow you to invest in multiple companies simultaneously.
Legendary investor and founder of Vanguard John Bogle was a major advocate for index fund investing. More specifically, he advised people to invest in the S&P 500, an index of the 500 largest companies in the United States. ETFs are slightly different because there are higher fees, but they allow you to invest in a group of stocks for a specific industry. For example, ARKK is an ETF that holds shares for companies that work on innovative technology.
There is still a risk when investing in index funds and ETFs, but they are often lower risk than other forms of stock investing.
11. Try Peer-to-Peer Lending
Another way to make passive income is to become your own type of “bank” by doing peer-to-peer lending, sometimes called P2P lending. Banks make money on loans by charging interest to customers, and P2P lending allows you to do the same thing. Websites like Prosper and Funding Circle allow everyday people to lend and borrow money with various interest rates.
12. Stake Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency investing is a highly volatile form of investing, making it especially high risk. Some cryptocurrency platforms allow you to “stake” your crypto, which is when you allow the platform to hold your crypto and lend it to other people. Similar to P2P lending, you make money off the interest.
Cryptocurrency lending and trading is also high risk because there is little to no regulation. Crypto platforms like Voyager have been known to offer extremely high returns and then go bankrupt, preventing them from paying back their users. In extreme cases, there are stories of fraudulent activity from crypto platforms. But if you have a high risk tolerance, this form of investing can be incredibly lucrative.
13. Utilize High-Yield Savings Accounts
A safer way to make passive income is to open up a high-yield savings account, which allows you to make money simply by holding it in your account. Banks use customer funds to lend out money, but unlike crypto staking, bank funds are backed by the U.S. government via the FDIC. This means that if, for some reason the bank doesn’t have the money when you want your funds, the government would provide the bank with the money to pay you up to $250,000.
Many banks and financial institutions offer high-yield savings accounts, with some offering an annual percentage yield (APY) of over 4%. So if you opened an account with a 4.5% APY and deposited $1,000, you would have $1,045 after a year.
People maximize their passive income by not touching this money because it compounds each year. So using that same example, in the second year, you would then earn 4.5% of the $1,045 rather than the original $1,000. And if you add to the savings account each month, you can make quite a bit of money over time.
14. Buy Government Bonds
Perhaps the safest way to earn passive income from investing is to buy government bonds. A government bond is basically a loan to the federal government that pays you back the original amount with interest over a certain period. The reason government bonds are so safe is because the government backs them. When buying a stock, it’s possible to lose your money if the company goes out of business. Bonds are safer because as long as the government exists, you’ll make your money back.
Although government bonds are very low risk, they also offer low returns. Depending on various factors, government bonds may offer a 3–5% return over two to 30 years. To put that into perspective, S&P 500 index fund investing offers an average return rate of over 7.5% .
15. Invest in Art
Similar to stocks, you can also invest in artwork. One way to do this is to buy works of art that you believe will increase in value later. If you’re knowledgeable about art and can find pieces selling for below their value that you can sell later for a profit, you can make a bit of money. Websites like Masterworks allow you to buy shares of artwork with other investors so you take on less risk.
16. Buy Property to Rent
Many people generate passive income by purchasing properties to rent. If you can afford the initial investment of buying a single-family home or condo, you can then rent them out to tenants for a profit. For example, if you buy a house and your mortgage is only $1,000, you can make a profit by charging any amount over your mortgage cost.
In order to take advantage of the passive income aspect of renting, you may benefit from hiring an individual or company to manage the property. Property managers collect the monthly rent and take care of maintenance issues for a fee. Should you decide to invest in rental properties, it’s helpful to factor in the cost of potential home repairs before, during, and after tenants live there.
17. Rent Out a Room in Your Home
If you don’t have the money for a down payment or don’t want to take on the risk of purchasing a rental home, you can always make some extra income by renting out a room. If you have a spare room in your home, you can rent it out for a monthly fee. This is a great option for families whose children recently moved out.
You can use websites like Airbnb and VRBO to connect you with renters. Although many people use Airbnb for short-term rentals during vacations, you can also offer long-term rentals through the website. These sites also let you vet renters before they move in, so you have control over who rents the room.
18. Buy Domain Names
Buying domain names is a sort of investing, so it does come with some risk. People and businesses buy domain names to host their websites, so you can purchase a variety of inexpensive domain names in hopes of people buying them from you later for more. You can typically buy domain names for less than $10 through websites like GoDaddy, but if they don’t sell, you’ll need to pay the annual cost to keep the name.
While this may be a risky investment, people have made a lot of money flipping domain names. It was a big money-maker during the “dot com boom” in the 1990s, Help.com sold for $3 million and NFTs.com sold for $15 million in 2023. Many domains don’t sell for millions, but you may still be able to make a decent profit off domain names in high demand.
19. License Your Music
If you’re a musician, you can license your music in a similar way to selling stock photos and videos. Some websites like Music Vine pay musicians 30% for nonexclusive deals or more for an exclusive license. There are also websites like Epidemic Sound that market to YouTubers and filmmakers by offering a subscription service for royalty-free music.
20. Design Custom Products
For those who are artistically inclined, you can make money creating designs and selling them on websites that sell custom products. Websites like Redbubble, Teespring, and Society6 offer print-on-demand services for your artwork. These websites sell a wide range of products like T-shirts, coffee mugs, phone cases, and more. You get a percentage of the sale every time a customer goes to the website and chooses your design for any of these products
If you have old artwork you created in the past or simply feel like creating in your spare time, you can generate passive income as long as your art is hosted on these types of websites.
21. Rent Out Your Vehicle
Services like Uber and Lyft are popular side hustles, but you can make passive income by renting out your vehicle instead. When people are traveling or have their car in the repair shop, they often need a vehicle to get around. Rather than going to a rental car company, they can rent a vehicle through other websites like Turo or Getaround.
22. Use Your Vehicle as Ad Space
In addition to renting out your vehicle, you can make passive income by using your vehicle as ad space.
Websites like Wrapify connect businesses and drivers, and depending on how much of your car you’re willing to cover with ads, Wrapify will pay you between $181 and $452 per month. There are also sites like FreeCarMedia.com that pay you for wrapping your vehicle or simply advertising on your rear window.
23. Create an App
If you’re a programmer who can create an app, this may be the best way for you to make passive income. Whether it’s a fun game or an app that provides value and convenience, use your creativity and skills to generate income. Apple and Google allow developers to submit their apps, giving you a percentage of the sale each time someone buys the app.
24. Flip Unique Items
One of the oldest ways to generate passive income is to buy unique items, hold them, and sell them at a later date for a profit. If you’re knowledgeable about a certain type of item or are willing to learn, you can make a decent amount of money by buying and holding items.
This is ideal for people who like shopping at thrift stores or going to garage sales. You may find antique toys, memorabilia, sports trading cards, comic books, or other items for a low price that are either worth a lot of money now or will be in the future.
To sell the items or see how much items are selling for, you can use websites like eBay, OfferUp, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.
25. Rent Out Your Parking Space
Some people are willing to pay for a good parking spot. If you have a space you’re not using or don’t mind giving up, you can make money renting it out—especially if you live in an urban area. Websites like SpotHero allow you to list your space.
What’s the Best Source of Passive Income?
The best source of passive income is unique to each individual. There are many options on this list, and some allow you to capitalize on different skill sets. For example, if you have expertise in certain subjects, the best sources of passive income may be online courses and e-books. If you have knowledge about stocks or are willing to learn, investing may be the best option.
When deciding which passive income sources are right for you, it may be beneficial to weigh out the pros, cons, and risks of each one. Remember that many of these options require an initial investment of money and time to get started. Consider your own risk tolerance and financial situation before going all in on any of these methods.
Do You Need Money to Make Passive Income?
While you’ll need money to get started with many passive income ideas, this isn’t the case for every method. For example, if you own a vehicle or have an extra room in your home, you can start renting them out. If you have a computer and internet connection, you have even more options.
Many people who make passive income succeed because they are willing to learn and can invest time into researching these topics. There’s a wealth of information online where you can learn how to excel at specific passive income opportunities like writing an e-book, succeeding as a YouTuber, or using affiliate links.
The Benefits of Multiple Streams of Income
Depending on your specific situation, you may want more than one source of passive income. Whether you’re already in a healthy financial situation or are trying to build your personal wealth and credit score, more income streams means more financial freedom.
The primary benefit of passive income is that you can make money with minimal effort. This means once you get one source of passive income rolling, you can begin adding others so you have multiple income streams that don’t require too much time or attention.
How Passive Income Can Help Improve Your Credit Score
A poor credit score can lead to many challenges—like making it difficult to get approved for new lines of credit, loans, and rental applications—and cost you a lot of money in interest in the long run. Passive income can help you fix your credit by allowing you to pay off your debts. Lenders also look at your total income, so making additional income can help with approvals for new lines of credit, which can also help improve your score. It’s important to know the current state of your credit health. You can get a free credit report card on Credit.com which breaks down your credit score factors and assigns a letter grade for each area, or sign up for our ExtraCredit® subscription for additional credit tools.
If sky-high house prices and mortgage rates have made you hit pause on your home buying plans, you may want to think again, or so says personal finance personality Dave Ramsey.
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 7.79% last week — up from the prior week’s average of 7.63% — and hitting (another) highest level since 2000. At the same time, house prices continue to rise, primarily due to low inventory.
“[House] prices aren’t going to go anywhere but up, even with interest rates going up,” Ramsey said on a recent episode of “FOX & Friends.”
“The housing market is just stalled and, man, we’ve got Bloody Sunday with the student loans kicking back in [as of Oct. 1] and Christmas is bearing down on us so it is time to get on a budget and get on a plan.”
With that in mind, Ramsey says you shouldn’t sit back and wait for conditions to improve — reminding potential buyers that you can always refinance your home loan to get a better rate down the road. In fact, if you meet two criteria — “you’re out of debt and you’ve got your emergency fund” — Ramsey suggests going for it now.
Here’s how you can hit Ramsey’s critical financial conditions to buy your dream home — plus some other ways to invest in real estate while dodging housing market headwinds.
Become debt free
Ramsey was joined on “FOX & Friends” by his “The Ramsey Show” co-host George Kamel, who backed Ramsey’s bold housing call and mirrored his advice around becoming debt free.
“If you’re a millennial or you’re Gen Z, you’re feeling hopeless right now, you’re feeling cynical,” says Kamel. “Your parents are saying: ‘You’re throwing away money on rent, get a house, get a house, get a house’ — and you’re broke.
“You’ve got to have some patience because rent and mortgages are not apples to apples,” Kamel said, adding buying a home also comes with taxes and insurance — and in some cases, homeowners’ association fees and private mortgage insurance. All those expenses can add up, which is why the Ramsey camp argues it’s important to ensure you’re debt free with an emergency fund established before making an offer.
There are many different ways to handle debt, but in his well-known seven “baby steps” to financial success, Ramsey advocates for the snowball method. With this strategy, you pay off the smallest debt (or account with the lowest balance) first and make only minimum payments on all of your other outstanding debts. Once you’ve paid off your smallest debt, you move on to the next smallest debt, and so on.
But how much interest you end up paying on your debt is an important factor. If you’ve got a pile of high-interest debt on your credit card or your car loan, you could fall behind on your payments, be subject to financial penalties and your balance can quickly spiral out of control, making it even harder to get debt free. For you, it might make more sense to use the “avalanche method” of debt repayment, where you tackle the loan with the highest interest rate first and go from there.
Regardless, to succeed in this journey, you’ll need to stick to a budget that breaks down your monthly income into necessities, wants, savings and debt repayments.
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Build an emergency fund
Ramsey believes every adult American should have at least $1,000 set aside to cover life’s inevitable surprises, like you’re suddenly slapped with a big medical bill or your car breaks down. That back-up fund will stop you from falling into financial distress.
But that’s just meant to get you started. Once you’ve paid down your debts, Ramsey suggests revisiting your emergency fund to set aside three to six months worth of living expenses — including your rent or mortgage, other loan repayments, grocery and energy bills and other regular expenditures — to cover larger surprises like a job layoff or a long hospital stay.
Wherever you are on your savings journey, you might consider stashing some cash in a high-yield savings account (HYSA). With an HYSA, you could earn more interest on your money and benefit from greater compound growth than you would with a traditional savings or checking account.
You may also want to consider using other high-yield savings products like money market deposit accounts (MMDA) or a certificate of deposit (CD) to make the most of the current high interest rates. But remember that banks and credit unions will often charge an early withdrawal penalty for taking money out of a CD before its maturity date.
Other real estate options
Once you’ve hit those two financial milestones — paying down your debt and building an emergency fund — then Ramsey says you should go ahead and buy a house (if that’s what you want to do). But if you’re unconvinced, there are other ways to get a foothold in the real estate market without dealing with the extensive costs of homeownership.
For instance, you may want to consider putting your money in a real estate investment trust (REIT), which are publicly-traded companies that collect rent from tenants and pass that rent to shareholders in the form of regular dividend payments.
There are also online crowdfunding platforms that allow everyday investors to pool their money to purchase property (or a share of property) as a group.
If you don’t want to make investment decisions on your own, some new online platforms can even help you invest in diversified real estate portfolios that will maximize your returns while keeping your fees low.
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Inside: Are you looking for ways to make money on the side? This guide has everything you need to know about the best side hustles for men. From turning your passion into profit with these gig ideas!
In this post, I collaborated with my husband. Together, we combined our ideas and expertise after work to generate ideas centered around how men specifically can make money. His input and insights were remarkably vital to this post.
Break free from the 9-to-5 grind and embark on a journey towards a fulfilling side hustle – it’s a game-changer for gentlemen looking to beef up their bank accounts.
In the ever-evolving landscape of side hustles, now is your year to supercharge your earnings. There’s a treasure trove of opportunities waiting for you to delve into, all while indulging in your passions. From tech-savvy endeavors to unleashing your creative genius and practical gigs that pay, our guide is here to unveil the ultimate side hustles that can set you on the path to financial triumph.
Ready to boost your income? Fantastic! You’re on the path to prosperity.
Here, we’ll explore the 40 best side hustles for men in 2024.
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Embracing the Hustle: Why Men Should Consider Side Hustles
Side hustles are more than mere cash generators – they’re the keys to a world of freedom, flexibility, and endless growth potential.
If you’re a gentleman with a hunger for financial prosperity, a side hustle can be your golden ticket. It empowers you to call the shots and maintain your existing commitments while paving your way to success.
While women tend to lean towards side hustles for women, it’s high time for men to dive headfirst into the captivating world of side hustles!
How can a guy make extra money?
Making extra money doesn’t have to be monotonous. Whether you’re a tech whizz, an avid creator, or a hands-on worker, there’s something for you.
There are so many ways to make money. I just read this story about a college kid starting with $300 and turning his sticker side hustle into a full time business. 1
These options can yield solid income by leveraging your unique skills and interests. Want to learn more? Keep reading; we have plenty of ideas for you!
Top Side Hustles for Men
As my hubby said, extra income takes the financial strain off the normal job. With side hustles, you can choose how you want to spend your time – watching sports, playing video games, or making money.
The choice is yours!
Right now, learning to make money online for beginners is the most popular place to start.
1. Invest in Real Estate
Around here at Money Bliss, we always stress how to make your money work for you and real estate is no different.
Real estate investment is a golden opportunity that not only offers a steady income but also the potential for property value to soar. Keep in mind, that it’s a long-term game that requires a significant upfront investment.
However, there are many options like flipping properties, renting properties, or even investing through a REIT. Dive into the world of real estate to maximize your returns. Let your money do the heavy lifting for you.
2. Day Trader
Many men opt for trading stocks and options as a side hustle for several compelling reasons.
Trading offers flexibility, as your research can be done at any time, making it convenient to manage along with a nine-to-five job.
It has an immense profit potential, given the volatility and opportunities present in the global stock markets.
Many want to earn a rate of return greater than the average return of the S&P 500 – a common benchmark index for that competitor inside them.
Finally, trading presents an opportunity for continual learning and development, as successful trading requires staying updated with financial news, stock apps, market analysis, and economic trends, thereby enhancing one’s financial literacy.
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Learn to trade stocks with confidence.
Whether you want to:
Retire in peace without financial anxiety
Pay your bills without taking on a side hustle
Quit your 9-5 and do what you love
Or just make more than your current income….
Making $1,000 every.single.day is NOT a pie-in-the-sky goal.
It’s been done over and over again, and the 30,000 students that Teri has helped to be financially independent and fulfill their financial dreams are my witnesses…
3. Become an Umpire or Referee
Sports fans, here’s your calling! Transform your passion into a profitable part-time gig by becoming a sports referee.
There is a HUGE shortage of umpires and referees.2 Rates per game can range from $20 to $60, and over time, you can earn even more as you referee older leagues. Plus many leagues are paying more to incentivize refs to come back to the fields.
Not only does it assure good pay, but it also lets you enjoy your favorite sport, exercise, and create exhilarating moments. Check it at your local club or league for training and to get started today.
This is something my brother-in-law did all the time and easily made 200 dollars a day.
4. Participate In Medical Studies
If adding to medical knowledge interests you while earning, consider participating in clinical trials.
Compensation depends on various factors like the study’s length and complexity. You can earn $50 to $300 a day!
It’s worth considering if you’re comfortable with potential risks and lengthy commitments. Websites like ClinicalTrials.gov or your local hospital could help you get started. It’s a unique way of contributing to medical research while making money. Do check the risks before diving in!
5. Moving and Heavy Item Delivery
Feel like adding some muscle? Moving and heavy item delivery might be your perfect hustle. If you’ve got a buddy, a solid back, and a truck (or can rent one), this is the gig.
You could easily earn about $20-$25 an hour helping people move houses or delivering large items. Opt for evening or weekend gigs to fit around your day job.
Get started by advertising your services or using apps like TaskRabbit or NextDoor. An excellent way to stay fit and earn some extra dollars at the same time!
6. Rent Out Your Extra Room
Do you have a spare room? Then, transform that neglected space into a cash cow.
Airbnb or VRBO can help you lease it out to travelers. Its user-friendly platform lets you manage rentals with aplomb. Plus, you get the chance to grow into a SuperHost.
Another option is to look at investing in a duplex where you live on one side and rent out the other.
This takes a special talent like my father-in-law had. He and his boys were known for crafting Adirondacks chairs, bedroom furniture, and patio tables.
So, if you have this woodworking knack, then this side hustle could be a golden ticket. The key to success is to perfect your craft to a few select items to be efficient with your time, so, you can better the profit. Let your handyman skills shine and earn you some extra cash!
The average earnings of a woodworking side hustle in the U.S. can range from approximately $500 to $3,000 or more per month, depending on factors such as the complexity of projects and marketing efforts.
Honey, take note! If you’re not deterred by bees and are interested in agriculture, try your hand at beekeeping. This might be a family affair – like my daughter’s soccer coach.
Honey sells for around $20 a pound, and bees virtually do all the work! Plus, you contribute to pollination and the environment.
Combined with pest control services (like removing large nests), you can amplify your earnings. However, getting comfortable with bees might take time. But, once you do, the sticky sweet liquid gold that is raw honey could put a sizeable amount of money in your pocket.
9. Detail Cars
If you have a passion for cars and cleanliness, consider detailing cars as your side hustle. There’s something gratifying about transforming a dusty vehicle into a sparkling gem.
Depending on the quality of your service, you can earn up to $500 in a single weekend! Start by experimenting with your own car and build a portfolio to attract customers.
You’ll need tools like a good shop vacuum and detailing brushes. I have seen plenty of men showcasing their work on social media with before-and-after photos. Polish those wheels and drive towards profit!
10. Landscaping Side Hustle
Armed with green fingers? Eager to perform hard physical labor? Then a side gig in landscaping can do wonders for your wallet.
From regular lawn care to fall leaf cleanup to full-on backyard redesigns, there’s something for everyone. Look to websites like Lawn Love to match you with your first clients.
Potential income for this venture depends on how many hours of your time you are willing to trade.
11. Drive for Ridesharing Apps
Like to drive? Awesome, do it for cash! Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft got you covered.
Be your boss, and work on your terms.
You need to make sure you have a nice car, proper insurance, and learn the busiest routes to maximize your earnings. Do pay heed to your vehicle’s wear and tear, though. However, this is one of the jobs that pay weekly.
12. Snow Plowing
Living in a snowy region? Consider snow plowing. This is a quick way to make money! I can attest to my kids quickly making $200+ a day from snow shoveling.
Even better is to have business clients that need this service. As such, all you need is a reliable truck or SUV with four-wheel drive and a snowplow. Plus, you can upsell by offering extra services like salting and hand shoveling.
This lucrative side gig can result in you earning thousands each winter. It’s an opportunity to put your vehicle to good use and tackle Mother Nature for a handsome payout.
16. Knife Sharpening
If you have a knack for precision and patience, knife sharpening could be a rewarding side hustle. Businesses like restaurants butcheries, and home cooks are potential clients.
All you need is a quality knife sharpening setup and knowledge of the right techniques. Advertising your services on social media can help bring in customers. Who knew such an unusual skill could be so profitable?!
17. Plasma Donation Centers
While this one is probably more geared to side hustles for college students have you ever considered donating plasma for cash?
You help others, and it earns you up to $500 a month. It’s a generous deed with a minimal time commitment.
Search for “where to sell plasma in [your city]where to sell plasma in [your city]” to get started. Remember, most places have similar requirements to blood donation and may require a short medical screening first.
Good with numbers? Have an eye for detail? Look into bookkeeping.
Services like generating invoices, managing accounts payable, and preparing tax returns are always in demand. Overhead costs are low as you only need a computer and accounting software. Plus, payment is high at around $50 per hour!
For most bookkeepers, referrals are their bread and butter. To start out check the local Chamber of Commerce to start meeting other business people.
Turn your love for crunching numbers into a lucrative side hustle.
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19. White Label Software
Dip your toes into software reselling by using white-label software. This is great for someone who is good with technology and understands SaaS. However, no coding or IT background is necessary.
All you need to do is buy “seats” of an existing software at a wholesale rate, then resell them at retail.
Use any software name or category on Google and add “White Label” at the end to find options. Build a website, market your product, and start earning by becoming a digital intermediary! Start earning by becoming a digital middleman!
20. Work as a Translator
In the United States, nearly 20% of the population, roughly 67.8 million people, speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic being the most prevalent.3 If you’re fluent in another language, this opens doors to flexible and potentially lucrative side hustle in translation and interpretation.
Earnings in the language translation side hustle can fluctuate based on the client’s requirements and your preferences. For instance, you might find translation opportunities on platforms like Freelancer.com offering rates of up to $60 per hour, while translators on Fiverr can charge as much as $125 per project.
21. Pallet Flipping
Are you inclined towards an entrepreneurial middleman ship? Pallet flipping could be your ticket to substantial income.
This is similar to buying storage units unseen and flipping for a profit. With pallet flipping, the process involves buying and reselling pallets of customer returns, overstocked items, or unsold merchandise, often from major online platforms. Connect businesses that need pallets to ship their products with those looking to get rid of them.
Whether you start small or aim high, scalability and considerable earnings are within reach. Check out this Pallet Flipping book to get started.
22. Help Others Write Resumes
If you have a talent for crafting impressive resumes, there’s a lucrative side hustle waiting for you. Job seekers are constantly looking for professionals who can help them stand out in the competitive job market.
According to our research, professionals skilled in resume writing can start charging for their services on platforms like Fiverr, often earning anywhere from $50 to $150 per resume service including cover letters and LinkedIn profiles.
Mastering the art of creating effective resumes, including understanding industry-specific keywords, is the secret sauce to success in this field. By assisting others with their career aspirations, you can collect a decent income while making a meaningful impact on their job prospects.
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Here’s an unconventional yet profitable idea – owning a laundromat! It’s an already profitable model (as it has been around for years) and most processes are automated.
Integrating some digital marketing skills and making tweaks like improving your online presence could earn you significant profit. But be aware, that this does involve an initial investment. Scope out opportunities to buy a laundromat near you.
Also, another trend is starting a laundry business where you take care of others’ laundry needs. Who would have thought laundry could be so rewarding?
24. Start a Consulting Side Hustle
Do you have expertise in a specific area? Consider starting a consulting side hustle.
Consulting is often about solving problems and providing strategies. Whether you’re skilled in marketing, HR, tech, or any other field, your knowledge can be valuable to businesses. Use your existing network to start and gradually grow your client base.
With the right marketing and a robust network, consulting can be highly rewarding. Honestly, this is a popular job after retirement for many. So why wait? Start monetizing your wisdom today!
25. Furniture Flipping
Ever heard of furniture flipping? It’s about buying used furniture at low prices, revamping it, and selling it for a profit.
Furniture flippers can be a goldmine especially if you know what to look for. Unearth the potential in old furniture and flip it into a profit with this artistic hustle.
You can source items from yard sales, flea markets, or online. Sanding and repainting can transform items into showpieces. This gig is perfect if you love hands-on projects that require creativity and patience. Remember, a great photo makes the sale for your final piece!
26. Walk Dogs
Dog lovers, rejoice! Here’s the perfect gig for you – dog walking. If you love playing with our furry friends and love the outdoors, why not get paid for it?
Apps like Rover can connect you with dog owners in your area in need of walking services. Dog walking can fetch (pun intended!) you around $10–$18 per walk. If you’re passionate about spending time with fidos, this side hustle is a pleasure that pays!
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27. Find Odd Jobs in Your Area
Not afraid to roll up your sleeves? Awesome! Odd jobs can be a treasure trove of opportunities.
Think yard work or furniture assembly. Seek out these gigs on platforms like TaskRabbit, Nextdoor, Craigslist, or Fiverr, and a few hours of work can earn you a tidy sum. It’s the perfect hustle for those in search of quick cash injections!
Find local jobs that fit your skills and schedule.
With TaskRabbit, you have the freedom and support to be your own boss.
Plus set your own rates!
Are you skilled at capturing beautiful moments? Turn your passion into a lucrative side hustle by becoming a photographer.
With average rates of earning 500 dollars per day, your earnings could easily surpass those of a full-time job. You can explore areas like wedding photography, senior photos, or commercial product photography.
The best way to gain clients is through referrals or a fundraiser. Grab your professional camera and start capturing memorable moments while boosting your income. Focus your lens and let your creativity shine!
29. Unusual Rentals
Get creative! As this man demonstrated, unconventional rentals like a power washer can earn you thousands of dollars every month. 4
You can rent out spaces like your garage, or backyard to pet owners, or even invest in items like portable hot tubs or bounce houses. Platforms like Airbnb, Sniffspot, Vrbo, and Neighbor can help you get started.
Your unused space or items can transform into extraordinary sources of income. Dive into the world of rentals and unveil massive profits!
Crypto investment is a popular side hustle that can yield incredible returns (and significant losses).
However, keep in mind that the cryptocurrency market is volatile, and you should only risk what you can afford to lose.
Crypto is not for the faint-hearted, but with the potential for high returns, it could be your golden opportunity.
31. Teach Music Classes
Do you possess a hidden musical talent? Then, teach music class!
With countless adults and children seeking music lessons, you can make good money sharing your skills. Offer piano lessons, guitar instruction, drumming, or any instrument you excel in. You can use platforms like Skillshare or provide private lessons.
On average, music instructors can charge anywhere from $40 to $100 or more per hour for online lessons depending on how advanced the lessons are. Sharing your passion for music while making money sounds like music to the ears, doesn’t it?
32. Sell on eBay
Have you ever visited a garage sale? Turn those finds into a profitable hustle by selling on eBay. eBay is an excellent platform for selling a wide range of items.
Some personal successes include flipping items like electronics, old iPods and iPhones, sneakers, and furniture. Successful eBay selling boils down to recognizing profitable items and securing a bargain purchase.
Are you ready to flip and fill your wallet with extra cash? You could sell on Facebook Marketplace, too.
33. Reselling on Amazon
Reselling products on Amazon is the trend of the hour. Scout for items cheaper in your area than online, including toys, limited edition shoes, or seasonal delicacies.
Consider trying dropshipping to curate your product lineup without worrying about inventory. Armed with just an Amazon seller account and a keen eye for trends, you can dive into this lucrative venture!
34. Start A Freelance Business
Have niche skills? Time to cash them in by freelancing. This is a booming market.
Bid on projects that resonate with your skill set: graphics, writing, social media management, website design – you name it! Going freelance offers flexibility, and autonomy and can bring in some serious cash.
Be sure to create a compelling portfolio to attract clients and make sure you have solid reviews.
35. Play Games Online
Game on, fellas! Who said you can’t turn your gaming hobby into a money-making machine?
You can pocket money by playing games like Blackout Bingo and Solitaire Cube.
Just remember you can win real money, but you can suffer losses as well. Also, be sure to check if cash tournaments are available in your region.
36. Watch Videos Online
Do you enjoy watching videos? You can earn while indulging in your favorite pastime! Platforms like InboxDollars and MyPoints offer cash rewards for watching videos. Plus, you can claim a $5 sign-up bonus on InboxDollars.
While the earning potential might be relatively low, it’s a seamless background activity. You can make money while relaxing on the couch. So, why not unwind with your favorite video content and get paid for it?
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37. Start a Podcast
Do you have a passion for conversation? Starting a podcast is not just about speaking your mind; it’s a captivating path to potential profit.
With over 177 million podcast listeners in the U.S. alone, your words have a vast audience waiting to tune in.5
Dive into topics like BBQ techniques, current events, or life’s twists and turns, and you might be surprised to know that top podcasters earn money with sponsorships.
38. Delivery Gigs
Do you love driving, but want to limit contact with people? Consider delivery gigs.
Food delivery apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Instacart can pad your wallet. You can make deliveries on your schedule while retaining control over when and where you work.
These gigs typically pay $15 to $20 per hour, plus tips. Some companies even allow bicycle deliveries for a bit of exercise. Deliver your way to financial success with this flexible side hustle.
39. Start a YouTube Channel
Do you have a passion for digital creativity? Consider starting a YouTube channel – the “king of side hustles.”
Use your unique perspective to engage viewers, whether through personal vlogs, tech reviews, or evergreen content. The potential is boundless.
YouTubers earn money from ad revenue and sponsorships. With a staggering number of users on YouTube, why not tap into this vast audience?
Established channels can rake in thousands per video. However, remember that channel success hinges on content quality, relevance, and consistency. Get behind the camera and share your creativity with the world!
40. Freelance Writing
If you have a way with words, freelance writing is an attractive side hustle. Typically, writing is the most sought-after freelance service.
You can choose from various writing niches, including copywriting, blog writing, ebook, social media content creation, or creating detailed reports. Impress clients with samples of your best work.
For many, this was the first step before they went into to the world of blogging.
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42. Take Online Surveys
Have some free time and a reliable internet connection? Consider taking online surveys.
Websites like Swagbucks, Panel Place, or Survey Junkie are on the lookout for your opinions. It’s simple: sign up, share thoughts, and cash out! Look out for the highest-paying survey sites to maximize your profits.
Taking online surveys can typically amount to around $50 to $200 per month, depending on the frequency and length of surveys taken.
While it won’t make you a fortune, it’s an easy way to make a couple extra bucks during downtime. Start voicing your opinions for money today!
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43. Find a Flexible Part-Time Job
Finally, a part-time job can provide a steady cash stream.
Right now, you can find hiring signs everywhere! This is a great way to trade your time and make a little bit over minimum wage.
Apply to those vacant positions now, and sail towards extra cash!
Striking the Balance: Juggling Regular Jobs and Hustles
This is where my husband is always the most concerned because juggling your full-time job along with your side hustle can be tricky. Even more so, if you have a family.
The key is to create a feasible schedule that allows you to manage both without affecting the quality of work.
Keeping a time log can help identify how you can spare time for your hustle. Remember, side hustles should not hinder your regular job.
The goal is to make extra money, but not lose precious time with your family, so you must strike that balance for a smooth side-hustling journey. It’s all about dedication, time management, and commitment.
Now, are you ready to toss that juggling ball up in the air?
Frequently Asked Questions about Side Hustles
Personally, we feel the most profitable side hustles for men is real estate investment, followed closely by trading stocks and options.
These side hustles have a higher amount of money needed to start investing. So, we decided to consider your skills and interests to make a big impact now.
Making an extra $2000 a month is a game of adopting multiple hustles or honing in and being successful with one.
More importantly, it’s all about identifying your strengths, and interests and leveraging opportunities from there. Keep grinding, and you’ll find that fortune favoring your extra efforts!
Earning an extra $1000 a month might seem daunting, but it’s definitely achievable. Combining side hustles like driving for DoorDash, medical research studies, and flipping items can help you hit that target. Remember, the key lies in maximizing your skills, and efficiency, and choosing the right hustles. Embark on your side-hustling journey today and watch as your bank account flourishes!
Which Side Hustle for Guys Do You Like?
Now that we’ve explored these exciting side hustle opportunities, it’s time for you to take action. Which one resonates with you the most?
To truly excel in the world of side hustles, it’s crucial to approach your ventures with the right mindset. Your skills, hobbies, and interests should align with your chosen hustle, ensuring that you’re not just chasing dollars but pursuing something that genuinely excites you.
Remember that side hustles require time, commitment, and sometimes an upfront investment. The higher you’re willing to climb, the better your view (and the payouts) will be!
Don’t wait any longer. Start your side hustle journey today, and unlock the door to financial freedom and personal fulfillment.
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Many people are lured into the world of real estate investing by stories of millionaires who started their journey with no money down or no steady employment. But the reality is that making money in real estate isn’t easy; a good credit score, investment capital and steady income can help in the beginning.
You’ll also need to grasp the nuances of the local real estate market and learn how to manage financial aspects such as cash flow and property taxes. While real estate buying, selling, and renting may not be much like a game of Monopoly, it is possible to earn steady side income, supplement your retirement, or even build a full-time real estate investment business with the right tools, knowledge, and patience.
Unlike mutual funds, the stock market, cryptocurrency or many other investments, real estate is tangible. Real estate is a concrete asset—one can see, touch, and even reside in. That gives investors a sense of security. However, it also creates unique challenges.
Managed well, the stability and passive income from rental properties can be a safety net against more volatile investments.
This guide is here to clarify the process for beginners. It aims to empower you to make informed decisions, reduce risks, and lay a strong foundation for your real estate investing journey.
Benefits of Investing in Real Estate
The allure of real estate goes beyond the mere ownership of tangible assets. It presents a robust suite of financial benefits that have the potential to amplify wealth and provide stability in uncertain times. As we navigate the advantages, it becomes evident why many seasoned investors prioritize real estate in their portfolios.
Steady and Passive Income
Real estate investing, especially in rental properties, stands out for its potential to provide a consistent revenue stream. When you own a rental property, the monthly or quarterly distributions from tenants contribute to steady income, which can safeguard your finances against unexpected events or economic downturns.
This consistency contrasts with the often erratic nature of the stock market, which can fluctuate daily based on global events, company performances, and other factors. Additionally, for those aiming to attain financial freedom, the passive income generated from real estate can be a step closer to achieving that goal. Over time, as the mortgage payment decreases or remains static, rental rates may rise, increasing your monthly cash flow.
Every investor dreams of their assets appreciating, and real estate often doesn’t disappoint. While there can be periodic downturns in the real estate market, historical trends suggest that properties generally gain value over the long run.
This means that not only can investors benefit from rental income, but they can also potentially see substantial gains when they choose to sell the property.
Navigating the world of taxes can be intricate, but real estate investors often find several advantages here. The ability to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from taxable income can be a significant financial boon.
Furthermore, strategies like depreciation allow real estate investors to offset rental income, reducing their tax burden. Consulting with a financial advisor can help investors maximize these benefits and understand other potential tax advantages, such as 1031 exchanges or deductions related to property management.
The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is sound investment advice. Diversification is a fundamental strategy to mitigate risks. By adding real estate to an investment portfolio, investors introduce a separate asset class that doesn’t directly correlate with the stock market or mutual funds. This can provide a buffer, ensuring that a downturn in one sector doesn’t wholly derail an investor’s financial trajectory.
Leverage, in the context of real estate investing, refers to the ability to use borrowed capital to increase the potential return on an investment. When you purchase property with a mortgage loan, you’re often putting down only a fraction of the property’s total cost, while still reaping the benefits of its entire value in terms of appreciation and rental income.
This magnifies the return on investment, as the gains and income generated are based on the property’s total value, not just the down payment. It’s a powerful tool but should be used wisely. Over-leveraging or not accounting for potential rental vacancies can turn leverage into a double-edged sword.
Types of Real Estate Investments
As one dives deeper into the world of real estate, it becomes evident that this asset class is multifaceted, with various avenues to explore and invest in. The right choice often depends on an investor’s goals, risk tolerance, budget, and expertise. Here’s a closer look at some prominent types of real estate investments:
Residential properties cater to individuals or families. They range from single-family homes to duplexes, triplexes, high-rise buildings with apartments, and other multi-unit properties. You may encounter the term “MDU” or “MUD,” which stand for multi-dwelling unit or multi-unit dwelling, to describe anything more than a single family home, or SFR (single family real estate).
Investing in residential real estate, especially the SFR market, is often a beginner’s first step due to its familiarity and the perpetual demand for housing. While these properties can be a reliable source of rental income, investors should be prepared for the challenges tied to property management, tenant turnover, and ongoing maintenance.
Commercial Real Estate
When one thinks of skyscrapers lining city horizons or sprawling office parks in suburban locales, that’s commercial real estate. These properties are tailored to businesses, and can include complete corporate headquarters or individual offices.
Commercial leases often run longer than residential ones, offering the potential for stable, long-term rental income. However, the entry point can be higher, with larger down payments and a more extensive due diligence process. Additionally, commercial real estate values can be closely tied to the business environment of the locality.
Industrial real estate encompasses properties like warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. They’re integral to business operations, ensuring products move efficiently from manufacturers to consumers.
Investing in this sector can offer substantial rental yields, especially if the property is strategically located near transportation hubs. However, the nuances of industrial real estate, such as zoning laws and environmental concerns, necessitate a more in-depth understanding than residential or commercial sectors.
This sector includes shopping malls, strip malls, and standalone stores. What’s unique about retail real estate is that leases sometimes include a provision where the landlord gets a percentage of the store’s profits, termed as “percentage rent.”
In a thriving commercial area, retail properties can be quite profitable, with long-term leases and the potential for appreciating property values. However, investors should be mindful of shifts in consumer behavior and the evolving retail landscape, especially with the rise of e-commerce.
A new breed of commercial real estate has emerged to compete with the growth of e-commerce. Multi-purpose commercial spaces blend housing units with office space and retail, often adding hospitality and entertainment venues.
Typically, these spaces are the domain of large real estate investment and property management firms. But if you invest in commercial office space or retail, you will be competing with these multi-purpose properties for tenants, so they are worth acknowledging.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
For those not keen on direct property ownership, REITs present an attractive alternative. These are companies that own, operate, or finance income-producing real estate across various sectors. What makes REITs distinctive is that they’re traded on stock exchanges, similar to stocks.
By investing in a REIT, you’re buying shares of a company that manages a portfolio of properties, thus gaining exposure to real estate without the hassles of property management. Moreover, by law, REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to shareholders, leading to potentially attractive dividend yields. However, it’s essential to remember that like all publicly traded entities, REITs can be subject to market volatility.
9 Ways to Invest in Real Estate
Investing in real estate can seem tricky for beginners. But, with time and patience, anyone can master it. Focus on simple investment methods first to get to know your local property scene, meet experienced investors, and learn how to handle money wisely. As you learn and grow, you can dive into more complex investment options.
Here are some great ways for beginners to start in real estate:
Acting as the bridge between property sellers and eager buyers, this method primarily focuses on securing properties at a rate below the prevailing market value. The secured contract is then transferred to an interested buyer, ensuring a margin for the wholesaler.
Unlike intensive property renovations, prehabbing is about amplifying a property’s appeal through minimalistic enhancements. These properties, once given their facelift, usually attract investors with a keen eye for larger renovation projects.
3. Purchasing Rental Properties
An avenue promising consistent returns, this involves acquiring properties to lease them out. For those not inclined towards the intricacies of landlord duties, there’s always the option of hiring seasoned property management professionals.
4. House Flipping
A strategy that has garnered significant attention, house flipping involves a cycle of purchasing, upgrading, and promptly reselling properties, aiming for a profit. The emphasis is on swift transactions and keen market acumen.
5. Real Estate Syndication
Envision a collective where like-minded investors come together, pooling both resources and expertise. Such collectives venture into large-scale property acquisitions, and the ensuing profits or rental incomes are distributed among the participants.
6. Real Estate Investment Groups (REIG)
Primarily, these are conglomerates that steer their operations around real estate investments. By amassing capital from a plethora of investors, they dive into acquisitions of sizeable multi-unit residences or commercial holdings.
7. Investing in REITs
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) revolve around the ownership and meticulous management of properties that yield income. However, investors don’t have to handle the management themselves. Instead, participants can relish the benefits of the real estate sector without the responsibilities of direct property ownership.
8. Online Real Estate Platforms
A fusion of technology with real estate, these platforms seamlessly connect potential investors with vetted property developers. This synergy enables backers to finance promising property ventures and, in exchange, enjoy periodic returns that encompass interest.
9. House Hacking
A blend of homeownership and investment, house hacking is about maximizing the potential of a multi-unit property or a single-family home. Investors live in one segment while leasing out the remaining portions. This dual approach can significantly reduce or even negate monthly housing expenses, serving as an excellent introduction to the world of property management for novice investors.
6 Steps to Get Started in Real Estate Investing
Starting on the path of real estate investing requires careful planning, due diligence, and a methodical approach to ensure that your investments are sound and have the potential for fruitful returns. Whether you’re dreaming of becoming a millionaire real estate investor or merely looking to diversify your investment portfolio, following a structured process can be the key to success. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:
1. Assess Your Financial Health
Every investment journey should begin with introspection. As an aspiring real estate investor, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of your current financial standing. Ask yourself questions like:
How much capital am I willing to invest?
What are my short-term and long-term financial goals?
Do I have an emergency fund set aside?
Evaluating your risk tolerance is equally crucial. Some might be comfortable flipping houses, while others might prefer the steadiness of rental properties. Consulting a financial advisor at this stage can provide insights tailored to your financial health, enabling you to make informed decisions as you proceed.
2. Dive Deep into Market Research
Knowledge is power in the world of real estate. The local market can be significantly different from national or even statewide trends. Delve deep into understanding:
The demand for rental properties in your target area.
The average property values and rental rates.
The historical appreciation rates.
Any upcoming infrastructure projects or urban development initiatives.
Furthermore, familiarize yourself with real estate terminology. Phrases like “cap rate,” “loan-to-value,” and “operating expenses” will become a regular part of your vocabulary. The better informed you are, the more confidently you can navigate your investments.
3. Assemble Your Real Estate Team
No investor is an island. Success in the real estate business often hinges on the strength and expertise of your team. Look for professionals with a proven track record and positive reviews. Your team might include:
Real estate agents who understand the investor’s perspective.
Property managers to streamline tenant interactions and maintenance.
Lawyers specializing in real estate transactions.
Accountants familiar with the tax implications of real estate investments.
4. Explore Financing Options
The path to acquiring a property is paved with various financing methods. Traditional mortgages are common, but the real estate industry offers other mechanisms like:
Hard money loans.
Private money loans.
Real estate syndication where multiple investors pool resources.
Each of these has different pros and cons, interest rates, and repayment terms. Understand each deeply to determine which aligns best with your financial strategy.
5. Analyze Potential Properties
The crux of real estate investing is ensuring that the numbers make sense. Before purchasing, assess the property’s potential for generating rental income. Break down:
Monthly mortgage payments
Potential vacancy rates
Your goal should be a positive cash flow, where the monthly income from the property (rent) exceeds all these expenses.
6. Negotiate and Close the Deal
Once you’ve zeroed in on a property, the negotiation phase begins. Here, understanding the property’s market value, any existing damages or repair needs, and the local real estate market dynamics can give you an edge.
When it comes to closing, be aware of all associated costs. These might include inspection fees, title insurance, and escrow fees. Being well-informed can help you negotiate these fees and ensure that you’re not overpaying.
Risks and How to Mitigate Them
Like any investment, real estate comes with its set of challenges and uncertainties. The difference between successful real estate investors and those who falter is often the ability to anticipate risks and prepare for them. Here’s an exploration of some prevalent risks in real estate and actionable steps to manage them:
1. Market Fluctuations
Real estate markets can be volatile, with property values rising and falling based on a myriad of factors.
Mitigation: To protect against market downturns, it’s essential to buy properties below their market value. Conducting comprehensive research and seeking expert investment advice can help investors make informed decisions. Remember, real estate is often a long-term game, so a short-term dip can be offset by long-term appreciation.
2. Unexpected Repairs and Maintenance
Properties can often come with surprises, from plumbing issues to roof repairs.
Mitigation: Regular property inspections can catch potential problems before they become major expenses. Setting aside a buffer fund specifically for maintenance can also cushion the financial blow of unforeseen repairs.
3. Vacancy Periods
There might be periods where your property remains unoccupied, leading to loss of rental income.
Mitigation: Properly vetting and building a good relationship with tenants can lead to longer lease periods. Diversifying your investment properties across different areas can also help, as vacancy rates might vary from one location to another.
4. Legal and Tax Implications
Real estate investors can sometimes find themselves entangled in legal disputes or facing unexpected tax bills.
Mitigation: Regular consultations with a tax professional or attorney familiar with the real estate industry can keep investors informed and protected.
Long-term Strategy and Growth
Real estate investing is not just about making a quick buck; it’s about building lasting wealth. Adopting a long-term perspective and continuously refining your strategy can pave the way for consistent growth in the real estate industry. Here’s how:
1. Define Your Real Estate Identity
Are you more comfortable with a buy-and-hold strategy, where properties are retained for long-term growth and steady rental income? Or do you thrive on the excitement of flipping houses, where properties are bought, renovated, and sold for profit? Understanding your preference can help tailor your investment strategy.
2. Reinvestment is Key
For those adopting a buy-and-hold strategy, reinvesting the rental income can substantially grow your real estate portfolio. By channeling profits into purchasing additional properties, investors can benefit from compounded growth.
3. Diversify Your Portfolio
As you gain experience, consider diversifying across various real estate sectors. Branching out into commercial real estate or exploring real estate investment trusts (REITs) can provide additional avenues for income and growth.
4. Continue Your Education
The real estate industry is continually evolving. By staying updated on market trends, attending seminars, and networking with other real estate professionals, you can adapt your strategy and seize new opportunities as they arise.
5. Scale Strategically
A real estate empire begins with just one property. With time, dedication, and a sound strategy, it’s possible to grow your holdings into a substantial full-time income. As you scale, ensure you’re not overextending; always prioritize the quality of investments over quantity.
Key Tips for Beginners
Embarking on a journey into real estate investing can be thrilling, yet the complexities of the industry can sometimes overwhelm beginners. Simplifying the learning curve is essential for novice investors to make informed decisions and find success. Here are some pivotal tips to guide those just starting out:
1. Start Small and Scale Gradually
Many millionaire real estate investors began their journey with a modest property. Purchasing a smaller, more manageable property as your first investment can help you navigate the nuances of the real estate business without being overwhelmed. As you gain confidence and experience, you can then venture into bigger and more diverse properties to scale your portfolio.
2. Prioritize Education
The world of real estate is vast and ever-evolving. Leverage online real estate platforms to learn about market trends, investment strategies, and financing options. Additionally, joining real estate investment groups can be invaluable. These groups not only provide mentorship but also offer opportunities to share resources, insights, and deals with other investors.
3. Location is Crucial
In the real estate realm, location often takes precedence over the type or condition of a property. A mediocre house in a prime location can fetch better returns than a grand mansion in a less desirable area. Research local market dynamics, neighborhood amenities, future development plans, and other location-specific factors before making an investment decision.
4. Networking is Key
Surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people can fast-track your learning process. By connecting with seasoned real estate investors, you can gain insights from their experiences, avoid common pitfalls, and even discover potential partnership opportunities. Attend local real estate seminars, join investor forums online, and participate actively in real estate conferences to grow your network.
5. Stay Updated and Adapt
The real estate industry is not static. Market conditions, property values, and investment strategies can change. Being adaptable and staying updated on industry trends will ensure you remain ahead of the curve and can capitalize on new opportunities.
6. Always Conduct Due Diligence
Before diving into any real estate transaction, thorough due diligence is imperative. From understanding property taxes and zoning laws to estimating potential repair costs and evaluating tenant profiles, leaving no stone unturned will protect you from potential setbacks.
8 Terms Beginner Real Estate Investors Should Know
Venturing into real estate can feel like you’ve entered a world with its own language. Don’t worry; everyone feels this way at the start. Knowing basic real estate terms can help you communicate confidently and make informed decisions.
Dive into these essential terms every beginner should grasp:
Appreciation: Appreciation is the increase in the value of a property over time. It’s one of the primary ways real estate investors make money, especially in growing markets. Appreciation can result from factors like inflation, increased demand, or improvements made to the property.
Capitalization rate (cap rate): Think of the cap rate as a tool to gauge the potential return on a property. It’s a percentage derived from comparing a property’s net operating income to its current market price.
Cash flow: This term captures the money dance – what’s coming in and what’s going out. In the context of rental properties, it means the rental earnings minus all the costs. Positive cash flow indicates you’re earning more than you’re spending.
Equity: Equity represents the value of ownership in a property. It’s calculated by taking the market value of the property and subtracting any outstanding mortgage or loans against it. As an investor pays down their mortgage or if the property appreciates in value, their equity in the property increases. This equity can be tapped into for various financial needs or reinvested.
Leverage: This term refers to the concept of using borrowed money, often in the form of a mortgage, to invest in real estate. It allows investors to purchase properties with a small down payment and finance the remainder. When used correctly, leverage can amplify returns, but it can also increase the risk if property values decline.
Net operating income (NOI): Simplified, NOI is the profit made from a property after deducting all operational costs. It’s your rental income minus all the expenses, showing the true earning potential of a property.
Real estate owned (REO): An REO property is one that didn’t sell at a foreclosure auction and is now owned by the bank. These properties are often sold at a lower price because banks aim to sell them quickly, making them attractive to investors.
Return on investment (ROI): In simple terms, ROI measures the bang you get for your buck. It’s calculated by comparing the profit you made to the amount you invested. The higher the ROI, the better your investment performed.
Real estate investing offers an avenue to diversify your portfolio, generate steady income, and potentially achieve long-term growth. With due diligence, a clear strategy, and the right team, beginners can successfully navigate the complexities of the real estate industry and lay the foundation for a prosperous investment journey. Remember, every millionaire real estate investor started with their first property. Your journey is just beginning.
Some investment terms and definitions may seem complex, but a little research can take the mystery out of most common investing terminology. That can help investors feel even more confident about starting their investing journey. It’s more or less the same as starting any new endeavor — from rock climbing to investing — at first, you need to get familiar with new words and phrases.
Given the girth of the investment space, the sheer amount of investment terminology investors need to know can be intimidating. But the more you read, invest, and envelope yourself in it, the easier it’ll become. If you’re just starting out, though, it may be helpful to get a big rundown of some of the more common investing terms. 💡 Quick Tip: How do you decide if a certain trading platform or app is right for you? Ideally, the investment platform you choose offers the features that you need for your investment goals or strategy, e.g., an easy-to-use interface, data analysis, educational tools.
Investment Terminology Every Beginner Investor Needs to Know
Here are a slew of common investing terms and definitions (in alphabetical order) that investors may benefit from committing to memory.
Alpha is used to gauge the success of an investment strategy, portfolio, portfolio manager, or trader compared with a relevant benchmark. You may also hear alpha defined as “excess return” in that it refers to returns that can be attributed to active management, over and above market returns.
An asset is anything that holds value that can be converted to cash. Personal assets might include your home, a car, other valuables. Business assets might include machinery, patents. When it comes to investing, assets are typically the securities you invest in.
3. Asset Class
An asset class is a group of investments with similar characteristics that is likely to perform differently in the market than another asset class. Types of asset classes include stocks, bonds, real estate, currencies, and more. Given the same market conditions, stocks and bonds often move in opposite directions. Most financial advisors typically recommend you invest in multiple asset classes in order to have a well-diversified portfolio and minimize risk.
4. Asset Allocation Fund
An asset allocation fund is a diversified portfolio consisting of various asset classes. Most asset allocation funds have a mix of stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents. These types of funds can be popular as some advisors stress the importance of having diverse portfolios to minimize potential losses.
Beta refers to how risky or volatile a security or portfolio is compared with the market overall. Calculating the beta of the stocks in your portfolio can help you determine how your portfolio might respond to market volatility. You can also gauge the beta of a stock to help determine how much risk it might add to your portfolio.
6. Bear Market
A bear market occurs when the market declines, typically when broad market indexes fall 20% or more in two months or less. Bear markets can accompany a recession, but not always. They often signal that investors feel pessimistic about their investments’ ability to make money and the market’s ability to rebound.
7. Bull Market
A bull market is the opposite of a bear market, meaning prices are rising or are expected to rise for extended periods of time. Bull markets usually mean security prices are rising for months or even years at a time.
8. Blue Chip
Blue chip companies are generally thought to be well-established, financially sound, and therefore high-quality investments. Blue chip stocks are typically large companies, and many of them are household names. In some cases, blue chips may be more expensive to invest in since they can be considered relatively stable and likely to grow.
When governments or corporations need to borrow money they issue bonds. Investors who buy the bonds are effectively loaning that entity cash, which will be repaid according to the terms of the bond (e.g. a 10-year bond with an interest rate of 3%). Bonds are often considered to be relatively stable, lower-risk investments compared with stocks.
An investment broker, whether a person or a firm, acts as a middleman to help investors buy and sell securities. Brokers may be necessary because some securities exchanges only allow members of that exchange to make an investment order. A broker’s primary function is to help clients place trades, although many brokers also help clients with market research and investment planning.
You’ve probably heard that you should aim to have a diversified portfolio. That means investing in a range of asset classes that are likely to behave differently under different market conditions, in order to mitigate risk. A portfolio of only stocks, for instance, could be more vulnerable to market volatility than a portfolio that also included bonds, real estate, commodities, and so on.
When a company shares their profits with investors, these are called dividends. Dividends are often paid in cash (although they can be paid in stocks). Some companies — e.g. many blue chip firms — pay dividends, but not all companies do. Ordinary dividends are taxed differently than qualified dividends, so you may want to consult a tax professional if you own dividend-paying stocks.
13. Dollar Based Investing
Also called fractional share investing, dollar based investing is a way for investors to buy partial shares of stocks. Instead of buying shares of a company, you instead invest a dollar amount. Dollar based investing is a great way for smaller investors to buy into popular companies that they may otherwise be priced out of.
EBITDA is a way to evaluate a company’s performance that is considered more precise than simply looking at net income. EBITDA stands for: earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. To calculate EBITDA, use the following formula: Net Income + Interest + Taxes + Depreciation + Amortization.
EBIT is a simpler way to calculate a company’s profits than EBITDA, as it’s only one part of the EBITDA equation (literally!). It stands for “earnings before interest and taxes.” It’s calculated using this formula: Net Income + Interest + Taxes.
EPS stands for earnings per share, which is a common way investors measure how well a stock is performing. EPS is calculated by finding a company’s quarterly or annual net income and dividing it by the company’s outstanding shares of stock. Increases in EPS can be a sign that the company’s profit performance is on the upswing, whereas a decrease can be a red flag for investors.
Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are similar to mutual funds in that the fund’s portfolio can include dozens or even hundreds of different securities, and investors buy shares of the fund. Unlike mutual funds, ETF shares can be traded like stocks throughout the day (mutual fund shares are traded once a day). Most ETFs are considered lower-cost, passive investments because they track an index, although there are actively managed ETFs.
18. Expense Ratio
An expense ratio is an annual fee investors pay to cover the operating costs of mutual funds, index funds, ETFs and other types of funds. Fees are typically deducted from your investments automatically (you don’t pay a separate charge), and they can reduce your returns over time so it’s wise to shop around for lower fees. Expense ratios are calculated using this formula: Total Funds Costs / Total Fund Assets Under Management.
Free cash flow is the money a company has after it has paid its expenses. This number is important to investors because it can show them how likely it is that a company could have extra cash for dividends or share buybacks. A continuous decrease in free cash flow over a few years can also be a red flag to investors.
20. Growth Stock
Growth stocks are shares in a company that’s growing faster than its competitors, typically showing potential for higher revenue or sales. Growth stock companies may be considered leaders in their industry.
21. Hedge Fund
Hedge funds are usually managed by an LLC or limited partnership that invests in securities and other assets using money from multiple investors. Hedge funds tend to be more risky and expensive than mutual funds or ETFs, which often makes them accessible to more wealthy investors.
22. Index Fund
Index funds are a type of mutual fund that invest in securities that mirror a particular index, such as the S&P 500 Index or the MSCI World Index. Indexes track many different sectors, from smaller U.S. companies to big global companies to various kinds of bonds. Each index acts as a proxy for how that market sector is performing; the corresponding index funds reflect that performance.
23. Interest Rate
The interest rate is the amount a lender charges to borrow money — and it can also mean the amount your cash earns in a savings, money market or CD account. The baseline interest rate in the U.S. is set by the Federal Reserve. This rate in turn influences savings rates, mortgage rates, credit card rates, and more. Generally, when the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, the stock market tends to rise.
24. Large Cap
A large-cap company has $10 billion or more in market capitalization. These companies are often considered industry leaders, and are relatively conservative, low-risk, and safe investments. A company’s stock may be considered large cap, mid cap, or small cap.
25. Market Cap
Market capitalization, or market cap, is the value of a company’s total outstanding shares. It’s often used to measure a company’s value and build a diversified portfolio. You can calculate market cap by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by the current price per share. Companies with lower market caps usually have more room to grow and usually are associated with newer companies, meaning they can also be riskier.
26. Mid Cap
Mid-cap companies are usually between $2 billion to $10 billion in market capitalization, putting them somewhere between small- and large-cap companies. Many mid-cap companies are in a growth phase, making them attractive to some investors who believe the company may grow into a large-cap over time, although this is not guaranteed to happen.
27. Mega Cap
Mega-cap companies are the largest companies you can invest in, with a market value of $1 trillion or more. Mega-cap stocks are typically industry leaders and household name brands.
28. Mutual Fund
Mutual funds may invest in stocks, bonds, and other securities — or a combination of these (e.g. a blended fund). Mutual funds can also be industry-specific (such as a mutual fund consisting only of energy stocks, green bonds, or tech companies, and so on).
29. Net Income
When talking about investing, net income usually refers to how much a company makes (or its total losses) after it has paid all its expenses. Net income is therefore usually calculated by subtracting a company’s expenses from its revenue. Investors may want to know a company’s net income because it can help determine how profitable the company is, although EBITDA (defined above) is another measure.
30. Over-the-Counter Stocks
Not all stocks are publicly traded. These “private” stocks, often called over-the-counter stocks, usually have to be traded through a broker. Companies may offer OTC stocks if they don’t meet the requirements to be traded publicly. Such companies are often startups or other small companies. So, while these companies may eventually grow to be able to trade publicly, investing in them also carries the risk that they may fold or even engage in fraudulent activity since the market is far less regulated than publicly traded markets are.
31. Price-to-Earnings Ratio
Investors commonly use P/E, or price-to-earnings ratios, to gain insight into how profitable a company is compared to its stock price. In other words, price-to-earnings ratios can help investors decide if the price of a stock is worth it when compared to how much a company is making.
32. Prime Interest Rate
Banks are likely to offer their best customers — those with the best credit histories and the lowest risk of defaulting — a prime interest rate for a loan. The prime interest rate is generally the lowest rate the bank will offer. A bank’s criteria for determining their prime interest rate may vary, but most banks consider the federal funds rate when setting any interest rate.
33. Portfolio Management
Portfolio management simply refers to how you select and manage the investments in your portfolio. There are many different management styles, such as active or passive, growth or value. Additionally, you can elect to manage your own portfolio or hire an individual or group to manage it for you.
34. Preferred Stock
A preferred stock means investors own shares in a company and get scheduled dividends, similar to how bond interest payments work. Preferred socks may not fluctuate in price like common stocks do, meaning they are often less volatile and risky.
35. Profit & Loss Statement
You probably know what profit and losses are, but do you know how to read a company’s P&L, or profit & loss statement? It can help you determine a company’s bottom line, as it can show you how well a company is doing compared to its peers in the same industry. If you’ve never read one before, this article about profit & loss statements could give you some tips on what to look for.
Companies that offer stocks, bonds, and mutual funds to investors are required to file a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission that provides details about the investment they are offering (e.g. the expense ratio, the constituents of a fund, and more). Investors can use the prospectus to better understand a given security and how it might fit in their portfolio, or not.
A recession is a period of economic contraction. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) defines a recession further as a decline in monthly employment, personal income, and industrial production. As an investor, a recession may indicate a drop in the value of your portfolio, although this may be temporary: When looking at the history of U.S. recessions, the stock market has always rebounded, sooner or later, after recessions.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a way that investors can further diversify their portfolios. Instead of having the responsibility of managing an investment property yourself, you can invest in REITs, which are generally large-scale real estate projects that investors can help fund in exchange for partial ownership. Most REITs are publicly traded and pay dividends to investors.
39. Retained Earnings
When looking for a company’s net income statement, you may come across the term “retained earnings,” also sometimes called unappropriated profit, uncovered loss, member capital, earnings surplus, or accumulated earnings. In general, retained earnings is the amount of money a company keeps and potentially reinvests after it gives its investors a dividend payout.
As an investor, knowing whether a company had positive retained earnings can help you determine how much money it has to continue growing. If its retained earnings are negative, that could be a sign the company is in debt and may not be a good investment.
40. Return on Equity
Return on equity, sometimes called return on net worth, can help investors compare how well companies are managing their stockholders’ contributions. You can calculate it using this formula: Net income/Average shareholder equity. A higher return on equity can signal to investors that a company is managing its money efficiently.
Return on investment (ROI) is just that: the return you get after making an investment in a stock, bond, mutual fund, and so forth. Investors generally hope for a positive ROI, meaning that their investment has made a profit. While a good ROI will vary depending on the type of investments you’re making, some investors look to the historic return of the stock market (about 7% annually) as a barometer.
42. Small Cap
A small-cap company usually has a market cap of $250 million to $2 billion. Investors may be attracted to a small-cap company because they believe it has growth potential or may be undervalued.
SPAC stands for special purpose acquisition company. SPACs are shell companies that list shares on an exchange to raise money so they can merge with a privately held company. Once the merger between the public SPAC and the private company is complete, that company is now in effect a public company — which is why a SPAC is sometimes called a backdoor IPO. Many companies may elect to use SPACs instead of traditional IPOs because they are often faster and less expensive.
If you’ve made it this far, you probably know what a stock is. To review, a stock is a way to buy a piece of ownership into a company. You can buy and sell your stocks depending on whether you anticipate your stocks will decrease or increase in value.
45. Stock Exchange
A stock exchange is the place where you buy, sell, or trade stocks. Common U.S. stock exchanges are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq.
46. Stop-Loss Order
A stop-loss order can help investors have more control over their stocks. When a stock reaches a certain price that you choose, your broker will sell, buy, or trade that stock. Having a stop-loss order can help you limit how much money you make or lose in the stock market.
47. Target Date Fund
A target date fund is a type of mutual fund that includes a mix of asset classes to provide investors with a portfolio that adjusts over time to become more conservative as they age. Target date funds are often used to help investors plan their retirements. Target funds are typically constructed around various target retirement years (e.g. 2030, 2040, 2050) so investors can pick a date that corresponds with their hoped-for retirement.
48. Value Stock
A value stock is a stock that investors believe is undervalued and/or inexpensive compared to its past prices on the stock market or with its competitors. Investors may consider a stock’s price-to-earnings ratio to help them determine if something is a value stock.
49. Venture Capital
Venture capital is money a startup uses to grow its business. This money usually comes from private investors or venture capital firms. Investors may elect to invest venture capital into startups they believe have the potential to be profitable with time.
Yield is another way of referring to the return of an investment over a set period of time, expressed as a percentage. You may hear the term in relation to bonds (e.g. high-yield bonds), but yield is more accurately a measure of the cash flow an investor gets on the amount they invested in a security during that time period, and is different from total return. 💡 Quick Tip: The best stock trading app? That’s a personal preference, of course. Generally speaking, though, a great app is one with an intuitive interface and powerful features to help make trades quickly and easily.
Getting familiar with a few key investing words and phrases can go a long way in helping you gain confidence when you’re new to investing. Getting fluent with investing terminology is like any other pursuit — there’s a learning curve at first, but the terms will feel more natural as you move forward and start investing regularly.
Learning key investing terms and definitions is only the beginning, though. Putting your knowledge into practice is another thing entirely. Although, it is helpful to know the lingo before diving into investing.
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What are the main investment types?
There are many types of investments, but perhaps the main investment types would include stocks, bonds, funds (mutual funds, index funds, exchange-traded funds), and options, though there are more.
What is the basic rule of investing?
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For example, bank regulators in July released a plan to increase capital requirements for residential mortgages, the Basel III Endgame rules. Redwood executives are positioning the company to acquire mortgage loans in the market, mainly jumbos, with the expectation that banks will have a reduced appetite.
Abate doesn’t think “banks are going to necessarily exit the mortgage market,” but they will “be heavily disincentivized from growing mortgage portfolios.” Ultimately, “the real shift is going to be all those jumbos that were going to banks will come back out, hopefully to non-banks like us.”
Another opportunity is in the home equity space. Redwood launched in September its in-house home equity investment (HEI) origination platform called Aspire. Through Aspire, Redwood plans to directly originate HEIs by leveraging the company’s nationwide correspondent network of loan officers and establishing direct-to-consumer origination channels, the company said.
“The interesting thing about HEIs is instead of a homeowner taking out equity in the form of cash and paying a mortgage on it, there is no monthly payment within HEI,” Abate said. “The way the investor gets paid is that you share in the upside of the home.”
Abate explained the impacts of the Basel III Endgame rules on the market, the rationale behind the home equity investment product, and more about Redwood strategies in an interview with HousingWire from a company’s office in New York last week.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Flávia Nunes: How has Redwood strategically positioned itself in the residential mortgage space amid all of these potential regulatory changes?
Christopher Abate: Redwood is almost a 30-year-old company. The company was originally built to serve banks and others with the thought that there was no private sector [to invest in mortgage assets], only Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We would partner with banks to buy their loans and securitize them so the banks could recycle their capital. We don’t originate residential mortgages. We don’t service them. We’re very similar to the GSEs. We modeled the business to serve that role in the private sector. The mortgage market has changed over the decades. We’ve seen a few cycles. We’ve got the Great Financial Crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, and now we’ve had a lot of interest rate volatility. Along the way, there have been many regulatory changes that have impacted the market; the CFPB has been created, and there’s the Dodd-Frank Act. Then there are the Basel rules, the regulatory capital rules for banks. And that’s what’s really in play today.
We’ve positioned the company, from a strategic perspective, with the thought that banks will be heavily disincentivized from growing mortgage portfolios as an earning asset class. The banks are not going to necessarily exit the mortgage market because the mortgage asset is the biggest that a client takes out, and you want to be there for all the cross-selling in all the other consumer products. Banks will always serve their best clients. But viewing the mortgage portfolio as an investment class, that’s where the posture will shift because the capital required to hold against it [residential mortgages] is going to go up. And just based on the rapidly rising rate of deposits, just given where interest rates are at, the net interest income that they earn is getting squeezed. Banks move slowly. This will be an evolutionary shift, not an overnight shift.
Nunes:As you noted, bank regulators released a plan to increase capital requirements for mortgages through the Basel III Endgame rules. Can we expect changes to what was proposed?
Abate: Yes, it will change. In particular, some of the sliding scale capital charges are based on things like LTV [loan-to-value]; there’s a fair likelihood that that changes because of the way it disproportionately impacts first-time homebuyers and underserved communities. But the rule is not going away. Bank regulators are paid to keep things safe. And the idea that regulators are going to allow banks to continue to do what a First Republic or Silicon Valley Bank did, I don’t see that in the cards.
We saw significant changes after the Great Financial Crisis, which was more of a credit crisis. We saw banks getting out of risky credit mortgages like option ARMs and some subprime lending happening back then. There will be changes. Banks will not wait for the rule to be finalized to start implementing it. There will be some evolution to the rule itself. But the thrust of the rule is that it’s going to be more expensive for banks to hold mortgages.
Nunes:If banks won’t wait for the Basel III Endgame to be finalized, how are they anticipating the rules?
Abate: A year ago, banks were very happy to hold mortgages, deposit rates were sticky, and the cost of deposits was still very low. Now, all of them are looking for a capital partner, at least an option to have liquidity. The tone has changed dramatically amongst bank executives. Some banks move more slowly than others.
I like to remind people that independent mortgage banks live and die by liquidity. They care about the basis point. Banks don’t operate that close to the ground. Things take longer to develop, but the relationships are also typically stickier. Once you forge a strong partnership with a bank partner, the likelihood of them shopping for that liquidity is much less than an independent mortgage bank that is trying to optimize every dollar.
Nunes: In your recent 2Q 2023 earnings report, you mentioned acquiring three bulk pools of loans from depositories, primarily with seasoned underlying loans at attractive discounts. How is the secondary market now for these trades in terms of volumes and prices?
Abate: I certainly expect RMBS volumes to go up significantly over time. It’s not something that happens overnight. We’ve been active. We just completed a deal in August. I would expect us to continue using securitization.
Right now, we’re in this hybrid phase where loans that are getting securitized are partially seasoned loans, and some of the loans have gone down in value–the lower coupon mortgages. The banks have been slowly selling some of those, and Wall Street dealers have quite a bit in inventory. We’re still seeing a lot of that aged collateral coming out through securitization. Issuers like Redwood have been combining current coupon mortgages. We saw this last year in the private sector securitization market, where we had all of this aged inventory. It was hard to get investors to focus on the collateral because there was so much sitting in inventory that they could price it wherever they wanted to. The pricing now is probably the best it’s been in a year, maybe two years. So, the market is finally starting to cross back into more current coupon on-the-run production, which is what we’re focused on.
We’ve completed well over 100 residential securitizations, close to 140 If we factor CoreVest. There’s been years we’ve done 12-15 securitizations. There’s been years where we’ve done none or one. So, we very much want to get volume going again to the extent we could be in the market with certainly a deal a quarter, but if not two or three, that would feel the base to me.
Nunes:In terms of products, what the current landscape brings in terms of opportunities?
Abate: Right now, the biggest opportunity, ironically, is in the regular prime jumbo market because that was the product banks were most focused on. And they weren’t wrong to focus on it from a credit standpoint because when the banks got through the Great Financial Crisis, all the big regulatory shifts were to get them out of taking risky mortgages on the balance sheet. Then, they started taking less risky mortgages, which are jumbos. The real shift is going to be all those jumbos that were going to banks will come back out, hopefully to non-banks like us.
Nunes:Redwood also launched a home equity platform. What is the strategy here?
Abate: When you look at prime rates in the high single digits and add a credit spread to that, even for the most well-qualified borrowers, you are looking at a 10% to 12% interest rate on a second mortgage. For a well-qualified borrower, 750 FICO or above, and a low-LTV first mortgage, you might be comfortable paying 10% to 12%. But that’s the best-case scenario. For everybody else, unlocking that equity is even more expensive. We’re seeing that for the traditional second mortgage products, there’s way more investor demand than consumer demand.
We’ve rolled out the traditional products and a newer product called home equity investment [HEI] options. The interesting thing about HEIs is instead of a homeowner taking out equity in the form of cash and paying a mortgage on it, there is no monthly payment within HEI. The way the investor gets paid is that you share in the upside of the home, so the home price appreciation. There are a lot of use cases for HEI over traditional products. If you think about somebody with a lot of student debt or lower FICO, they’re going to qualify for a very expensive second mortgage. So, this is a good option. It doesn’t add to their monthly payment obligation. You can do what you want with the cash, just like with a home equity line of credit, but not having the payment. It’s a bridge until the second mortgage is cheaper.
Nunes:To invest in this product, investors must believe home prices will keep rising, right?
Abate: There are a couple of things investors care about. You haveto believe in a HPA [home price appreciation] story. But one way we mitigate that is we strike the price of the home at a discount to its current appraised value. So that, even if the home is sold next week, the investor will make money. If you believe that interest rates are nearing the top, as far as the Fed’s rate hike cycle, HPA should start to realign. If rates are going down, HPAs are going up. Investors are starting to get comfortable with this huge move in rates, hopefully, this fall is gonna pause.
Then, ultimately, the investors want to understand if we give you $100,000 with this HEI, when do they get their money back? Because it’s a 30-year product. And that’s where we’ve designed the product, which is unique to Redwood, that creates strong incentives for the homeowner to refi.
Nunes: How did you get the property at a discount?
Abate: The product is for people in their homes that are not moving out. There isn’t an actual transaction on the property. It’s somebody that wants to stay in their home. And if it’s a $1 million home, and we offer you $150,000 HEI, we might strike that HEI at $900,000. Let’s say it’s a $1 million home, and for purposes of coming up with the investor return, we’re going to call it a home at $850,000. Even if they sold the home at a $50,000 loss, the investor would still generate a return, and that’s what gets investor capital into the asset class. But what the homeowner gets is all of the proceeds, the cash and no monthly payments
The investors are institutional investors, well-known institutions, firms, pension funds, and life companies; they’re all just to varying degrees focused on HEI now. And the big reason is that nobody’s been able to tap this massive home equity opportunity. We are going to give it a try.
Nunes: Residential mortgages are just one facet of the business. What are your plans for commercial real estate, which has had a challenging year?
Abate:What we do here in New York is our business-purpose lending platform. We realized a number of years ago that investors are becoming a much bigger participant in the real estate markets. Serving them and providing bridge loans to investors who want to flip homes or provide turned-out financing for investors who want to rent homes, that’s an entire other residential business that we run under the flag of CoreVest. In residential, we’ve more or less stuck to our knitting of non-agency. We’ve had opportunities to enter the agency space in the past and participated in certain instances, but mostly, what we do is non-agency.
Nunes: You mentioned banks, but what are the business opportunities with IMBs?
Abate: We’ve had a great long-term relationship with the IMBs. The IMBs have a big opportunity to pick up some [market] share. Since the Great Financial Crisis, most of our business has been with the IMBs. We have a network of between 150 to 200 [partners], predominantly non-banks that we will buy mortgages from. We expect that to rebalance in the next few years. But the IMBs are also a big opportunity to take clients from the banks.
Nunes: And what are the plans for servicing mortgage rights?
Abate: Servicing will continue to move out of the banks. That’s another big opportunity that we’ll focus on. We don’t plan to operate as a servicer, but we might own servicing rights. What we’ve done typically is when we own servicing rights, we will subservice. We want to hire somebody with a call center. And we’ll pay them a monthly fee. But when you balance out the revenue potential with the servicing asset, with the cost of service, there are still good opportunities. There’s a lot of competition for servicing. For some mortgage REITs, that’s their primary asset class, just not for us.
Nunes:Can you shed some light on your partnership with Oaktree and Riverbend?
Abate: Both of those are related to the business-purpose lender space. Oaktree is a great example of us expanding our capital partnerships into the private credit sector. Redwood is a publicly traded company, and historically, when we needed to raise money, we would do a common stock offering or a public market deal. When rates started going up, things got pretty ugly for the mortgage REIT space and the public markets. We and all other mortgage REITs started trading at discounts. Raising money in that environment hasn’t been overly attractive. So, building partnerships with private credit firms like Oaktree to focus on specific asset classes is a big part of what we want to do. One aspect that’s attractive to us is we can earn asset management fees.
The Oaktree model is something that we want to replicate on the residential side as the jumbo opportunity picks up. We’ve been in discussions with other private credit investors and institutional investors who see the same opportunity as in jumbo and non-QM.
Nunes: With a reported cash and cash equivalents of $357 million as of June 2023, can we anticipate any M&A activities, especially considering the challenges faced by many lenders in the industry?
Abate: M&A activity has picked up in the space and based on our track record, we are a logical call. Part of our strategy is: to be active in M&A, you have to be active. It’s not efficient to call on at eight, seven different firms. You start with the ones that have shown interest in actually transacting. We have seen some opportunities, and nothing I can share in this interview, but it’s safe to say we’ve been active in M&As and we’ll continue to focus on that as part of our growth strategy.
We haven’t been open to it [acquiring a lender]. For many years, we’ve wanted to keep the business sort of regulator-light. The best way to do that is not to directly face consumers with products. We’re comfortable originating to investors, that’s what CoreWest does. But investors are sophisticated business-run ventures and not homeowners who may or may not be sophisticated in the financial markets. We have tended to not originate, but I think where we’re at as a company is from a strategic standpoint, we’d be much more open to it through M&A.
Nunes: What do you expect for the macro landscape in the coming year?
Abate: There’s such a vast shortage of supply of homes in many parts of the country, which is supporting home prices. The Fed consciously inflated home prices, particularly during the COVID years. These high asset values prevented normal credit losses you might see through a cycle. The combination of QE-fueled asset prices with an economy that hasn’t dropped off too much has created a strong housing market.
But credit in residential housing should perform immensely better than many facets of the commercial real estate market. There’s so much vacancy in these central business districts. These buildings are valued based on cash flows– not like a residential home, which is an appraisal. If it’s 50% full, it’s worth half as much. From a credit standpoint, certain facets of the commercial real estate sector will have a rough road ahead.
I’m probably supposed to say this, but I feel better about my sector. The technical supporting housing will continue to be strong. The big challenge with residential today is just transaction activity. If you own a home with a 3% mortgage, you don’t want to sell it. If your home suits your needs, the prospect of doubling your monthly payment to move is very unappealing. The real challenge in residential has been a lot of capacity to make loans, but there’s not much demand. If rates do stabilize, that will change quickly. When the market thought in January that rates were stabilizing, we saw a pickup in loan activity, and then they started going up again; we’ll see what happens this fall.
Nunes:Do you see a crisis on the commercial side of the market? If so, how could it impact the residential side?
Abate: It’s hard to say. The only real obvious driver for a crisis is what could be a permanent impairment of occupancy in these commercial office buildings. The way that can affect our markets is there’s a trickle-down effect. If the buildings aren’t full, the restaurants aren’t full, the delis aren’t full, the subways are not full, and the hotels aren’t full because people aren’t traveling to see people in the office. That could have an effect on the economy in general, which would impact housing indirectly. As far as the economy goes, the airports seem more full than ever, and hotels seem to be doing fine. Overall, [the problem] is probably mostly office. But if it keeps getting worse, it certainly could have downstream effects.
Looking to build wealth with the best income-generating assets? As you set out on the path to financial freedom, understanding the different types of income-generating assets can truly change your life. This is because you can invest in assets that will generate you income, earning you more passive income. Today’s article will introduce you to…
Looking to build wealth with the best income-generating assets?
As you set out on the path to financial freedom, understanding the different types of income-generating assets can truly change your life.
This is because you can invest in assets that will generate you income, earning you more passive income.
Today’s article will introduce you to a range of assets that reliably bring in cash, giving you peace of mind and the freedom to live life on your own terms.
From traditional investments like stocks and bonds to more creative options like peer-to-peer lending or real estate, income-generating assets give you the power to diversify your portfolio and build wealth over time.
What are income generating assets?
Before we begin, I want to talk about the basics on income-generating assets, in case you are new to the subject or if you want a background first.
Income-generating assets are investments that, as the name suggests, generate income for you. These are assets that provide you with a steady cash flow, allowing you to earn passive income and build your wealth over time.
Examples include rental real estate and dividend-paying stocks (we will go over 17 different types of income-generating assets below in more detail).
There are several benefits of the best income-generating assets such as:
Passive income: You earn money without actively working, and this can provide financial freedom and the ability to focus on other things in life. You can earn money in your sleep, while on vacation, making dinner, and more.
Diversification: You can diversify your investments so that all of your income is not coming from just one source.
Wealth building: Earning income and generating a steady cash flow can help you build your wealth over time.
Note: Please keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when investing in any of these income-producing assets. Everyone is different and while one asset may work great for someone, it may not be the right asset for you. I recommend doing as much research as you can if you are interested in one of the asset investments I talk about below.
Types Of Income Generating Assets
There are many types of income-generating assets. Some may be more traditional such as dividend-paying stocks, and others may be more alternative income-generating assets, such as selling stock photos, and even renting out your driveway.
Today, I will talk about 17 different types of income-generating assets, but this is not a full list of the best income-producing assets. There are many, many more!
The different types of income-generating assets that I will talk about today include:
1. Dividend-paying stocks
One of the best assets to invest in are dividend-paying stocks.
Dividends are simply a payment in cash or stock that public companies distribute to their shareholders.
The amount of a dividend is determined by a company’s board of directors, and they are given as a way to reward those who have stock in their company. Both private and public companies pay dividends, but not all companies pay dividends.
How do dividends work? If you own shares of a dividend-paying stock, then a dividend is paid per share of that stock. So, if you have 10 shares in Company ABC, and they pay $5 in cash dividends each year, then you will get $50 in dividends that year. While dividends can be paid on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis, they are most commonly paid out quarterly — so, four times a year. In this example, the $5 in cash dividends the company pays each year will most likely be distributed as $1.25 per quarter for each share of stock.
The most common type of dividends are cash dividends. Shareholders may choose to get this deposited right into their brokerage account. Stock dividends are another common type of dividend. In this case, shareholders get extra shares of stock instead of cash.
Both cash dividends and stock dividends are great income-generating assets that will earn more money for you.
As a shareholder, you can earn income when companies distribute profits to their shareholders. Look for stocks with a history of consistent dividend payouts and a high dividend yield. Keep in mind that dividend stocks are still subject to market fluctuations, and just because a company has paid a dividend in the past does not mean that they always will in the future.
2. High-yield savings accounts and CDs
High-yield savings accounts and CDs are a great way to grow your savings, but most people have their money in accounts with low rates. Unfortunately, that means many of you are losing out on some easy money.
Savings accounts at brick-and-mortar banks are known for having really low interest rates. That’s because they have a much higher overhead — paying for the building, paying the tellers to help you in person at the bank, etc.
High-yield savings accounts offer an easy option for earning interest on your cash. Online banks often offer higher interest rates than traditional banks. As of the writing of this blog post, you can easily find high-yield savings accounts that can earn you above 4.00%.
Certificates of Deposit (CDs), another form of income-generating assets, are FDIC insured and provide a guaranteed interest rate over a specific term. Remember that access to your money is limited during the term of the CD. You will agree upon the term before putting your money in the CD. The terms typically vary in length from around 3 months to 5 years.
Money market accounts are also offered by banks and often with a higher yield than other types of savings accounts.
3. Real estate
Real estate is one of the most common income-generating assets that people think of.
Investing in rental properties is a popular way to generate steady cash flow. You can earn rental income from tenants, and properties typically appreciate in value over time.
Location and property management are important factors that can impact your return on investment.
By investing in real estate, you may be investing in residential properties, commercial real estate, short-term rentals, REITs, and more.
Recommended reading: How This Woman In Her 30s Owns 7 Rental Homes
4. Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
An REIT is a company that owns and manages income-producing real estate. They then sell shares to investors like stock.
By investing in REITs, you can make money in the real estate market without actually owning real estate.
So, if you don’t want to be a landlord, then this may be something for you to look into. This makes it much more passive than actually owning real estate and having to manage it.
You can even diversify your income stream with REITs by investing in different property types, such as residential homes, commercial office space, industrial, and retail store properties.
Bonds are fixed-income investments that are issued by governments and companies. If you own a bond, you receive interest payments from borrowers on a regular basis.
An easy way to explain this is: When you buy a bond, you are giving someone a loan and they are agreeing to pay you back with interest.
Bonds with higher credit ratings are generally a safer investment but may offer lower interest rates.
6. Mutual funds
Mutual funds gather funds from investors to invest in stocks, bonds, or other securities. Basically, the funds are pooled together and there’s a fund manager who chooses the best investments.
Income-generating assets like this have multiple types of mutual funds available for multiple types of investors. Some of these fund types include bond funds, stock funds, balanced funds, and index funds.
Mutual funds typically have higher fees because they have fund managers who are actively trying to beat the market.
With a mutual fund, you get diversification because the fund manager mixes the assets in it.
7. Index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
ETFs and index funds are popular options for those who are looking to diversify their portfolio of income-generating assets.
This is because index funds and ETFs track a specific market index and invest in a wide range of stocks or other assets, instead of picking and choosing stocks in an attempt to beat the market. This is what makes them different from mutual funds.
They often have lower fees and higher diversification compared to actively managed funds.
Annuities are long-term investments offered by insurance companies that give you a guaranteed income stream to build wealth. In exchange for a lump-sum payment or periodic contributions (such as monthly or annually), you’ll receive steady payments in the future.
The way it works is you pay premiums into the annuity for a set amount of time. Later, you stop paying premiums, and the annuity starts sending regular payments to you. Some are even set up to pay you back with a lump sum.
Annuities can be fixed or variable. A fixed annuity offers a guaranteed payment amount — which means a predictable income for you. As for a variable annuity, the payment amount does vary, depending on how the market is doing.
9. Websites and blogs
Starting a website can generate income through the money-making assets of advertising, affiliate marketing, or the sale of products and services.
Since I started Making Sense of Cents, I have earned over $5,000,000 from my blog through affiliate marketing, sponsored partnerships, display advertising, and online courses. These income-generating assets make sense for building wealth.
Blogging allows me to travel as much as I want, have a flexible schedule — and I earn a great income doing it.
Now, it’s not entirely passive, but I do earn semi-passive income from my blog.
You can learn how to start a blog in my How To Start a Blog FREE Course.
Here’s a quick outline of what you will learn:
Day 1: Why you should start a blog
Day 2: How to decide what to write about (your blog niche!)
Day 3: How to create your blog (in this lesson, you will learn how to start a blog on WordPress)
Day 4: The different ways to make money with your blog
Day 5: My advice for making passive income with your blog
Day 6: How to get pageviews
Day 7: Other blogging tips to help you see success
Recommended reading: The 25 Most-Asked Blogging Questions To Get You Started Today
10. Royalties and intellectual property
Intellectual property, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks, can generate income through licensing fees or royalties. This particular option is good for creative professionals, such as authors, musicians, and inventors, who are looking for income-generating assets.
Royalties are a way to earn income from your creative work or intellectual property. By granting others permission to use or distribute your intellectual property, you can receive ongoing payments known as royalties.
Whether you’re a musician, author, inventor, or artist, royalties offer a passive income stream as your creations continue to generate revenue over time.
Royalties can be paid out periodically or as a lump sum on these passive income assets, depending on your agreement with the licensee.
11. Stock photos
If you have a talent for photography, you can monetize your skills by selling stock photos on platforms such as Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. The more high-quality images you upload, the more potential passive income you can generate.
With stock photography, you simply upload photos that you have taken to a platform such as DepositPhotos, turning your pictures into income-generating assets. Then, you will receive a commission whenever someone buys one of your stock photos.
Stock photos are used for all sorts of reasons by websites, companies, blogs, and more. Businesses need stock photos because they are not usually in the business of taking photos of everything that they need. Instead, they can use stock photos to make their content, website, or business more visually appealing.
Some examples of stock photography include pictures of:
Travel, vacations, landmarks, outdoor adventures
Family members, such as parents, children, family gatherings
Food and drink
Cars, boats, RVs
Businesses, pictures of people in meetings, in an office.
Sports, professional events
Animals, such as household pets or wildlife
The photo possibilities are almost endless for this type of income-generating asset.
Recommended reading: 18 Ways You Can Get Paid To Take Pictures
12. Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending
Crowdfunding platforms enable you to invest in real estate deals with a smaller amount of money than buying real estate up front, giving you a passive income through rental income or even a property increasing in value.
Peer-to-peer lending platforms allow you to lend money directly to borrowers. Typically you can earn higher returns than traditional savings accounts, though there’s always the risk of a borrower not paying you back.
Both of these types of assets — crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending — use technology to connect investors with those looking for funding.
13. Renting out storage space
If you own unused land or unused space in your home, renting it out for storage can be a simple way to generate passive income.
You can offer storage solutions for vehicles or boats. If you have a smaller space, then offer it to store personal belongings. You can rent out your driveway, closet, basement, attic, and more. You can even rent out a shelf.
A website where you can list your storage space is Neighbor. You can earn $100 to $400+ each month on this platform. This depends on the demand in your area and the type of income-generating assets you are renting out. And, you can choose who, what, and when — who to rent to, what things are stored, and when it will happen.
You can learn more at Neighbor Review: Make Money Renting Your Storage Space.
14. Short-term rentals
Short-term rentals can be a lucrative income-generating asset if you own properties in popular tourist destinations or business hubs.
Websites like Airbnb provide a platform to rent out your property to travelers for short periods, potentially generating higher returns than traditional long-term leases.
Furnished Finder is another website for short-term rentals. This is a way to connect with travel nurses in need of short-term housing.
Keep in mind that rental income can be affected by local regulations, potential vacancies, or seasonal fluctuations.
15. Car rentals
Car rental platforms like Turo allow you to rent out your car when you’re not using it. Assets that generate cash flow include your own wheels, and that means no significant initial investment besides the cost of the car you already own.
Be mindful of risks such as wear and tear, insurance, and potential damage caused by renters.
It’s an affordable alternative to traditional rental car companies for customers, and it’s a good way to make money if you’re already working from home and don’t need your car, or are a two-car household.
Turo is one of a few different places to rent out your car, turning your vehicle into one of your income-generating assets. Your car is covered by Turo with up to a $1 million insurance policy. You can also pick the dates for when your car is available and set your rates.
Turo says you can earn an average of $706 per month by listing your car on their site.
16. RV rentals
Similarly to car rentals, RV rentals can provide additional income by renting out your recreational vehicle when you’re not using it. Your RV could easily become one of your income-generating assets.
You may be able to earn $100 to $300 a day, or even more, by renting out your RV on RVShare.
If you have an RV that is just sitting there and not being used, then you may be able to earn an income with it by renting it out to others who are interested in RVing. Cash flow-generating assets like RVs are a win-win for both you and the renter who wants to experience life in a recreational vehicle.
You can learn more at How To Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your RV.
17. Vending machines
With a vending machine business, you can generate income by selling a variety of products, from food to fishing supplies, beauty products to baby items, and more.
You may be able to earn $1,000+ a month by running a vending machine business. That’s enough reason to take a closer look at income-producing assets like this.
You can learn more at How To Start A Vending Machine Business – How I Make $7,000 Monthly.
Questions about income generating assets
Here are common questions that you may have about income-generating assets:
How do I start passive income from nothing?
Starting passive income from nothing requires creativity and resourcefulness. You can begin by identifying skills you possess or interests that can be turned into income-generating opportunities.
What are the assets that generate income?
The assets I talked about above include:
Dividend-paying stocks and stock market investing
High-yield savings accounts and CDs
Index funds and exchange-traded funds
Websites and online businesses
Royalties and intellectual property
Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending
Renting out your storage space
How do I start buying income generating assets?
There are traditional investments or more creative options. Do as much research as you can before deciding which option fits you best.
What are good assets to buy?
After deciding if you want to purchase traditional investments or more creative options, choose an asset that you can afford and best fits your lifestyle.
What are the best assets to buy for beginners?
For beginners seeking income-generating assets, you may want to look into:
Dividend-paying stocks for your investment portfolio
Crowdfunded real estate investing: Platforms like Fundrise allow smaller investments with lower risk exposure.
ETFs and index funds: They provide diversification and passive income through dividends.
What is income generating real estate?
Income-generating real estate refers to properties that produce regular rental income, such as apartments, commercial properties, or short-term vacation rentals.
How do I start passive income in real estate?
There are a few ways that you can earn passive income from real estate, including:
Buying a property, such as an apartment building or duplex, and renting it out to tenants
Using real estate crowdfunding platforms
Investing in REITs
How to make passive income with real estate without owning property?
You don’t need to actually own property in order to make money with real estate. Instead, you can earn passive income from real estate by investing in REITs and using real estate crowdfunding platforms.
This is an option for those who want to be diversified with their income-generating assets but don’t want to spend all of their money or time on a single piece of real estate.
How to make $1,000 a day in passive income?
Making $1,000 a day in passive income with assets that produce income will not be easy. If it were easy, then everyone would be doing it, after all.
Making $1,000 a day in passive income may require a large amount of money up front, diversifying into different assets mentioned above, and lots of patience from you because it will take time to make that kind of money.
You may want to start off by focusing on building multiple income streams and reinvesting your profits as you earn them.
What to think about before investing in income producing assets?
There are many different things to think about when it comes to income-generating assets. You want to find the best assets to invest your money in that will also be the best fit for you.
Remember, as I said at the beginning of this article, not everything will be applicable to everyone. Everyone is different! You may prefer to create a stock photo portfolio and hate real estate, whereas someone else may really enjoy being a real estate investor — or it may even be the other way around.
Here are some of my tips if you are interested in income-generating assets:
Do your research and talk to experts —I recommend researching as much as you can on the asset you are interested in. And, if you still have questions, don’t be afraid to talk to an expert.
Diversify — One of the important parts of building a successful income-generating portfolio is finding ways to be diversified.
Think about the risks —When making money, there’s usually some sort of risk. I recommend evaluating the risks and seeing what you are comfortable with.
What are the best books on income generating assets?
Some highly recommended books on income-generating assets include:
The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
Income Generating Assets — Summary
I hope you enjoyed this article on the best income-generating assets. As you learned, there are many different types of assets that you can invest in so that you can earn an income.
The best income-producing assets, if they’re right for you, can truly change your life.
With these assets, you can build wealth through a reliable passive income, giving you peace of mind and freedom to live life on your own terms.
Are you looking to build income-generating assets? What are your favorite ways?
Want to learn how to invest in self-storage? I have stored boxes of my stuff plenty of times over the years and there’s a good chance that you have as well (or perhaps you know someone who has). Investing in self-storage facilities can be a relatively low-risk asset for people looking to diversify their income…
Want to learn how to invest in self-storage?
I have stored boxes of my stuff plenty of times over the years and there’s a good chance that you have as well (or perhaps you know someone who has).
Investing in self-storage facilities can be a relatively low-risk asset for people looking to diversify their income streams. Or, perhaps you’re looking for a full-time income and are looking for your own business to start!
So, what exactly is investing in self-storage?
It is when you put your money into self-storage facilities and rent out units to renters.
I have personally used self-storage facilities for many reasons over the years for a short-term period, and nearly every single time I think about the profitability of it all and how passive it seems to be a self-storage owner or self-storage investor.
There are usually no customers at the facility (I’ve almost always been the only one there when dropping off or picking up), but every unit is being rented. Seems like an interesting way to make money with not too much work!
Plus, over 9% of households pay for self-storage units, and there is a lot of demand for new facilities.
Self-storage investing can be a way to make money and run a business with low expenses
There is a lot of demand for storage units, with many businesses having a very long waitlist
If you don’t want to run a business, you can also buy shares in an REIT or even just rent out your garage or basement
What is Self-Storage Investing?
To put it simply, self-storage investing is when you invest in storage facilities.
More and more people need storage units for many different reasons such as moving, downsizing a home, needing a place to store something that a person doesn’t have room for (such as an RV or boat), or even businesses that are storing extra inventory.
For example, someone might need a short-term lease to store their belongings due to being in between homes (like if they are moving but their next home isn’t ready yet). Or a person on a long trip may decide to sell their home, but they need a place to store their important items.
If you decide to invest in self-storage, you have a couple of options. You can start by purchasing and owning a facility yourself or passively invest by buying shares in a self-storage REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust). I will be going over each of the options further below.
Is Self-Storage a Good Investment?
Yes, deciding to invest in storage units can be a good idea.
According to Neighbor, the average profit margin on a self-storage unit is around 41%, and they typically have high occupancy levels of around 92%.
One of the main positives of investing in self-storage is being able to earn income with less work (you’re not dealing with customers all day long – people tend to store their stuff and not visit it often).
Self-storage facilities usually have low expenses compared to other types of commercial real estate investments. Also, self-storage is usually recession-resistant as people still need to store their stuff.
Another benefit of investing in self-storage is the flexibility it offers because you don’t need very many employees to run a storage lot. Some lots that I’ve been to don’t even have any employees – instead, you call the owner when you want to get your stuff and they then send someone down. People tend to store their stuff and not touch it for a while.
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Types of Self-Storage Facility for Investment
When investing in self-storage facilities, you may not know that there are a few different types.
This section will discuss the different self-storage facilities you can invest in.
1. Climate-Controlled Storage
Climate-controlled storage is something that more and more people want these days because it can protect their belongings from temperature changes and humidity.
After all, many places get very hot weather, and storage units can get quite hot inside. You don’t want your things to melt into each other.
These types of units are good for storing items like electronics, artwork, or documents.
Now, your location is important in deciding if you need climate-controlled self-storage, as areas with extreme temperatures or humidity obviously will need AC more. For example, a storage facility in Florida may be more likely to have air conditioning than a facility in Alaska. And, a facility in Alaska is more likely to have heat than a storage unit in Florida.
2. Mixed-Use Storage
Mixed-use storage facilities combine multiple types of storage units in one location.
For example, these types of facilities may have climate-controlled, drive-up, boat, and RV storage all in one place. Many storage facilities are like this. They cater to different customer needs and tend to have a broader target market due to being able to store so many different types of items.
People tend to like these forms of storage as they can store all of their belongings in one place, instead of having their stuff scattered across town.
3. RV and Vehicle Storage
With so many people owning RVs and extra vehicles, the demand for storage has increased over the years.
Also, many neighborhoods simply do not allow for RVs or extra vehicles to be parked in front of their home (or even in their driveway, backyard, etc.), so a storage lot is needed.
Some storage facilities may even just be massive warehouses where people can store their RVs, valuable cars, and boats inside.
We have stored an RV in a place like this many times. We have found the typical rent to be around $5 to $10 per foot for our RV in an indoor parking lot, so you can see how quickly storage revenue can add up! Some businesses even have private RV units, and those fetch a much higher rate, such as $400-$600+ per month.
4. Boat Storage
Boat storage facilities specialize in safe storage for boat owners during the off-season or when not in use. These types of facilities typically have long waitlists too.
Boat storage businesses sometimes have both indoor and outdoor options (or they may focus on one or the other), as well as extra services like boat maintenance, hauling, launching, and more.
Coastal regions or areas with nearby water access (such as Florida) are usually good locations for investing in boat storage facilities as there are more boats, of course.
We have used boat storage facilities many times over the years to store our own boat. The amount you can make per boat can be anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars each month, depending on the location and the type of boat (catamaran vs. small fishing boat, for example) you can store. We have paid anywhere from around $1,200 to over $2,000 a month in the past for boat storage.
5. Drive-Up and Outdoor Storage
This is the type of storage that pretty much everyone has seen, as they are very common.
With this type, customers can drive directly to their storage unit, making loading and unloading much easier. These types of facilities are usually single-story buildings. Many times they do not have AC or heat.
Drive-up and outdoor storage facilities give renters an easily accessible storage solution.
How to Invest in Self-Storage
If you want to invest in self-storage, there are a few different ways to do so.
1. Buy an Existing Self-Storage Facility
One of the easiest ways to enter the self-storage market is by purchasing an existing business, such as those for sale by mom-and-pop operations.
This can save you time as everything is in place and you already have customers with rented units. Yes, you can improve some of their processes, but a lot of the hard work is already done for you.
But, purchasing a facility can be expensive upfront, though, because you will be buying a business with land, a building, and an existing customer base.
Just as an FYI – As you’re looking for storage facilities that are for sale, you may come across different classes. Class A facilities usually are higher-quality climate-controlled storage units, whereas Class B and Class C facilities may be lower-quality.
Buying an existing storage lot can possibly make you more money than investing in REITs (discussed further below), but it also means more hands-on management and responsibility because you will be actively running a business and managing employees.
2. Build a New Self-Storage Facility
There are around 2 billion square feet of storage space in the U.S. alone, but there is a high demand for more. Many self-storage facilities have long waitlists even!
I have called many storage lots only to find out that they had waitlists that were years long. I have even several times called every single lot within a few state radius, and found that every single one had a waitlist.
Yes, the storage business is really in that much demand!
As a self-storage investor, you can take advantage of this high demand and build your own storage facility.
To create a self-storage facility from the ground up, you will need to do the following:
Find land to buy – Once you know that an area needs a storage facility, you will need to find land to buy to build on. You will also want to make sure that it is easy to drive to (for example, if you are building an RV storage lot, you don’t want low bridges as the only way to get to your lot because no one will be able to get there then).
Build – After you buy the land, you will need to think about what you want your facility to look like, then hire a construction company to build your plan.
Open up for business– Once the facility is built, you will need to market it and get customers. You will also want to set up the systems to manage daily operations effectively and as passively as possible.
Self-storage is in demand, so building a new storage business can be a way to get started and make money.
3. Buy Shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) That Focuses on Self-Storage
If you want to invest in self-storage without actually owning and managing a business, one way is to invest in an REIT.
REITs are a type of investment that allows you to buy shares in a company that owns self-storage facilities. Think of it like shares of stock in a company that you can buy.
With REITs, you can invest in a portfolio of self-storage properties without physically owning or managing the facilities yourself.
This is more passive because you don’t need to hire employees or do maintenance checks.
4. Rent Your Space on Neighbor.com
If you have extra space in your own home such as a garage, closet, driveway, or spare room, you can rent it out as storage space through a platform like Neighbor.
With this site, you can earn $100 to $400+ each month (the rate you can get depends on demand in your area and the type of storage you are renting out).
Here’s how Neighbor works:
Sign up for a free account – Create an account on Neighbor by clicking here.
Describe your space – Write a detailed description of your space, including the dimensions, location, and any features (such as air conditioning or heat). Add pictures of the space as well so that potential renters can see what you are renting out.
Set your price – Choose how much you want to charge for renting your space.
Manage rentals – Connect with interested renters, agree on terms, and manage ongoing rental contracts, all through the Neighbor platform.
You can learn more at Neighbor Review: Make Money Renting Your Storage Space.
Advice for managing a self-storage facility
If you decide to run your own storage facility, then here are my tips for new self-storage operators.
Making money from self-storage
To make money from your self-storage facility, you need to think about what your customers want. So, you may sell amenities to your renters, such as vehicle washing, starting up their vehicle or checking on it, electrical plugins to charge vehicles or RVs, and so on.
You’ll also want to think about how much money it will cost you to actually run the business. Will you need to hire workers? How much will maintenance cost you so that you can keep the facility in good condition?
Security in self-storage facilities
Security is very important for customers when choosing a self-storage facility. Customers care about their stuff and they don’t want anything happening to it, such as it being stolen.
So, you will want to make sure that your facility has a lot of light (especially at night time), security cameras aimed at different angles, and gates with codes. This helps your customers feel safer about leaving their stuff at your storage facility, and also helps to protect your business from liability issues and bad reviews (for example, if a person has their stuff stolen from your facility, they are likely to leave a bad review and this can cause others to not use your storage units as well).
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Invest In Self-Storage
Here are answers to common questions about investing in self-storage.
How can I find a self-storage business for sale?
To find a self-storage business for sale, you can start by searching on websites like LoopNet and BizBuySell. I took a quick look at both of these sites and found many for sale quite easily from anywhere in the hundreds of thousands to in the millions of dollars price range.
What are the best self-storage stocks to invest in?
The best self-storage stocks for you to invest in will depend on your own money goals and the amount of risk you want to take on. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you which is the best self-storage stock, as I am not your financial advisor and I do not know your specific situation. But, I can tell you which ones are popular.
Some of the most popular and best self-storage stocks include Public Storage (PSA), Extra Space Storage (EXR), and CubeSmart (CUBE).
Which self-storage REITs have the best returns?
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a popular way to passively invest in self-storage facilities. Several well-known self-storage REITs include Life Storage (LSI), National Storage Affiliates (NSA), and Simply Self Storage (SSS).
Keep in mind that past performance and dividends do not mean that the same will be true in the future, so it’s important to do your own research.
What risks are there with investing in self-storage?
Like with all businesses, there are risks when it comes to self-storage. Some risks include competition, changes in demand, and possible natural disasters that could hurt the facility (such as a severe storm or a flood).
Also, managing a self-storage facility will, of course, require at least some time from you and may even require employees, so you should also think about operational costs and business management.
How profitable can a self-storage business be?
The amount of money that a self-storage business can make depends on many things such as location, demand, and operating costs.
Can owning a self-storage unit generate passive income?
Having a self-storage facility can earn you passive income through rental fees. But, managing a self-storage facility also requires that someone works at the business, to check people in, show units, and check on the property. You could hire employees so that it is more passive for yourself.
You can also earn passive income by investing in self-storage REITs or stocks instead of owning and running a storage facility.
Does self-storage do well in a recession?
Self-storage in the past has performed relatively well during recessions, as people often downsize their homes or need temporary storage. Of course, though, the past doesn’t mean that it will always do well. So, it is always best to do your research and prepare as best as you can.
What is the future outlook for self-storage?
The future for self-storage looks to be positive, as there is a lot of demand for storage units and I’m still constantly seeing waitlists everywhere. In fact, whenever I need to store something even for just a few months, I’m always being told that I need to call a year in advance for a spot.
Many storage facilities have a high occupancy rate, long waitlists, and cannot keep up with demand.
How To Invest In Self-Storage – Summary
I hope you enjoyed today’s article on how to invest in self-storage.
If you are looking to add a new asset class to invest in, becoming a self-storage investor can be an interesting way to bring in a stable cash flow and make more money.
Self-storage is in high demand too, with many businesses currently having a long waitlist.
Factors such as location, demand, the quality of facilities (Class A, Class B, and Class C), and the type of storage lot all can change the success of a self-storage investment.
Are you interested in learning how to invest in self-storage?