How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing: The Different types of Real Estate You Need to Know About

So You want to Invest in Real Estate?


Do you know What type of real estate you want to invest?

WHAT? you say?

You didn’t know there are different kinds of real estate to invest in?

In this article I list, very simply,

The types of real estate you can choose to invest in.

1. The most common type of investing, for several reasons, which I’ll briefly go into, is Residential.
Residential includes:

single family, detached homes

single family, attached homes (think townhomes or condos)

Multi family detached homes up to quads (2 to 4 units per building)

The reasons this is so common are because they are fairly affordable and quite abundant. They are wonderful for either long term hold strategies or to wholesale (at the right buy price) or to flip. (see my other articles about Wholesaling or About Flipping)

2. The next common type of real estate is Commercial. This has several types within it. This is a great type of real estate to step up into investing from residential because of the passive income that can be generated from it.

The types of Commercial properties you could invest in are:
office buildings

retail strips (think stores)

apartment buildings also known as multi family (from a 5 units to hundreds)

storage units or buildings

hotels and motels

As you can imagine, having multiple renters paying month after month who are on 12 months to 20 year leases can provide you with a nice monthly passive & residual income.  This is a very attractive type of real estate to hold in your investment portfolio for the long term. (Think Warren Buffet!)

3. The 3rd type of real estate investment is Industrial.
Industrial includes warehouses,

manufacturing facilities, and

distribution centers.
If you are or become knowledgeable in this type of investment, it can be a great strategy for long term holds like commercial properties.

So, now that you know the 3 types of real estate investments, where will you start? Or what do you already have experience in? Comment below, I’d love to know.



  1. January 5, 2016    

    You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually one thing which I believe I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I am having a look ahead to your next put up, I will try to get the hang of it!|

  2. March 19, 2016    

    Good Post…. I like it Thanks for Sharing

  3. April 21, 2016    

    Thank you very much for the information i really appreciate it. keep it up

  4. April 25, 2016    

    Hii buddy..!!!
    Great post buddy. Really helpful those who are new to this business. You are an awesome blogger.
    thumbs buddy.!!!
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  5. July 22, 2016    

    Very accurate! It’s just last year that I started venturing in real estate, and I can totally relate with number 4! It’s my greatest fear, that I might not be responsible enough to handle everything on my own. Sure I attended few seminars about investing and I am already fully aware of the pros and cons of it, and the thing about bankruptcy is what triggered my fear! I started investing in a condominium and hired a rightful manager, consulted experts and everything turned out well. Believe me when I say never ever regret getting a manager! Sure it’ll cost you, but the profit will definitely get back ten folds!

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