The goal of any real estate investor is to earn as much as possible with minimal risk. Only if you know how to make smart choices will you be able to achieve this. Luckily, if you know the three things that indicate a great real estate investment, you are a step closer to achieving that.

The first thing is to find something with a good return on investment. Real estate is an illiquid asset that require you to take money out of your liquid assets. What you should look for is to get the same or similar rate of return. In other words, you want a good cash flow property, and not a property that will only cost you more money.

Applying this to real estate investment, what you are looking for is not appreciation, but rather cash flow. Cash flow is what actually comes into your bank account from your rental properties after you have met your financial obligations. What you should do is leave your cash flow alone, and keep that as savings as much as possible. Your cash flow will also go up as rent prices go up. If your mortgage payments stay the same, then your cash flow will be even better. You should make sure that at least 20% of the money you get is cash flow. Spend some time using the internet to work out exactly how much your cash flow is.

You may want to consider investing through a REIT (real estate investment rrust). Although this means you don’t need as much money to get started, it also means the returns are smaller. When you sign up with a REIT, your money is invested in real estate corporations. This includes things such as shopping malls and industrial complexes. You can find the value of a REIT on the stock exchange and NASDAQ. A REIT, essentially, is like a mutual fund that only looks at real estate. Before investing in a REIT, there are a few things to learn about. The economic conditions of the key holdings is one. Find out how the REIT has performed in the past. You should also consider their future plans. Find out who the manager is and what they history is. Lastly, you need to look into the current state of the real estate market and how the REIT is expected to respond to that.