"A Real Estate Investment Strategy Can Take Many Forms..."

By: Al-Yassa Al-Mahi

...But only one real estate investment tactic undoubtedly stands out in today's market as being the top and safest for "small time" investors like you and me (and no, this is not a sales pitch...just free, unadulterated investment property advice).


The overarching goal of your real estate investment strategy should be to build up savings over time. Your strategy should seek monthly income. Your strategy should not seek short-term profits. Unless you really like risk, a long-term strategy is the only way to go.

Your real estate investment strategy should focus on building long-term (free) equity by renting out 2-8 unit multifamily rental properties that you get hold of with very little out-of-pocket money. Whether you are a inexperienced or part-time investor, buying and holding for at least 10 years is the best way to optimize the power of control, free equity, tax deductibility, and price appreciation.

The bottom line is that unless you have access to a lot of capital (i.e., cash on-hand, or an on-call private lender), you'll find it easier said than done to implement a profitable short-term strategy. Want to do some flipping? Get a job at Burger King.

In today's market, straight-out flipping in basic terms makes no sense for small timers like you and me. The only viable short-term strategy is to purchase a fixer-upper, make the cosmetic improvements, and resell for a profit. But even a strategy focused on fixer-upper homes has challenges, and it too is more likely to succeed if you have a long-term view.


Ok, so now you comprehend that rental property investing or any of the additional real estate investment strategies operate best as a long-term endeavor. But how long? Well, that depends on your particular goals.

If your goal is to fund college for your kids, and the oldest one is 5, then your minimum time horizon is about 13 years. If on the other hand your goal is to help fund your retirement, then subtract your age from 55 (or 60, or 65, or...) to figure out how long to cling to your rental properties.


Aside from your goals and time horizon, the final pillars in your real estate investment strategy are what and where to buy. As I've already mentioned, you should target 2-8 unit multifamily rental properties. Regarding location, you’ll want to target a lower income, geographically narrow area – like a single town or county – within a 60-minute drive from your home. Trust me, it makes life easier.


Ok, so there you go. That's all there is to it. To sum up, the overall framework of your real estate investment strategy is as follows:
Determine your goal, and then how many multifamily rental properties you must acquire to achieve it.
Pick a lower-income town or county no more than 60 minutes from your home.
Look for 2-8 unit, non-owner occupied, older rental properties with cosmetic deficiencies.
Minimize out of pocket expenses by using leverage to the max.
Plan to hold and rent out each rental property for at least 10 years.
...see you on the next article!

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To learn more about Al-Yassa's investing strategies visit MogulsinRealEstate.com or visit his blog.blog Al-Yassa Al-Mahi’s real estate education started in 1988 when his mother bought her first rental property. After buying his first property from his mother in 1997, he quickly acquired more property in the Washington DC Metro area, as well as Baltimore and Philadelphia. Al-Yassa currently instructs private clients on how to acquire and manage Business Credit to fund their real estate deals, developing land projects in Pennsylvania with partners, and has become one of the first persons in the country to be awarded the designation of CLO (Certified Lodging Owner) by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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