Real estate investment entails the buying, holding, control, occupancy, improvement and/orsale of real estate as a commercial purpose. Development of real estate as a part of an overall real estate investment plan is usually regarded as a sub-specialty of real estate investment known as real estate flipping. Flipping is often used as a means to create more money from real estate by purchasing properties at below market value and converting them into a profitable venture.
In the past, flipping was not really much sought after because it involved investing in properties which might not appreciate much. In order to flip properties, the investor needs to first possess the necessary funding and the personal connections. With the advent of the internet, this is no longer a problem because investors can utilize websites that help them find lenders who are willing to provide loan for the investment properties. The other option is to obtain a real estate agent and hold the title until the market value rises. A real estate agent is also useful because he can do background research on the area, making it easier for the investor to determine if it is a good area to invest.
There are different ways that the investor can convert his properties into profit. The most common method is to either rent them out or sell them. If the properties are under construction, the investor may convert them to rental establishments. On the other hand, when the properties have already started appreciating, the investor can sell them. This type of real estate investment requires less physical asset because everything is online and can be accessed through a computer.