Finding Capital in Your First Investment Property

by William Fear 01/19/2020

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Dipping your toes in the real estate investing waters can feel intimidating--especially when it comes to making a large up-front investment. Although there are ways to get started in real estate with lower up-front costs (low- or no-down payment VA and FHA loans, for instance), it's smart to have some savings to cushion your first year. Here are a few ways to find the money for your first investment property--even if you're operating on a shoestring budget. 

1. Make Some Sacrifices 

Think investing should be sacrifice-free? It's a thought popular with the Instagram philosophers of today--you know, just secure the right mindset and the money will follow. Unfortunately, real life--at least, the real estate investing life--doesn't work that way, especially at first. Cut back your discretionary spending and earmark it to begin your investment portfolio. Your side hustle might be the springboard you need to save up a down payment for your first property--if you're willing to do the work. Tighten your belt until you close on your first property, and you'll reap the rewards in the long-term. 

2. House Hack Your Existing Property 

Already own your home? Consider renting out a room, or setting it up as an AirBnB. If you have a partially-finished basement or mother-in-law suite, you could even renovate to create a true ADU (additional dwelling unit). Et voila! You're off and running as a real estate investor, improving your monthly cash flow scenario in a way that allows you to save for a larger investment down the road. 

3. Know Where Your Money is Going 

If you don't already have a budget, get one. No matter what system you use, you need a system--whether it's Dave Ramsey's envelope system, an online program like YNAB or Minted, or an Excel spreadsheet of your own design. It's also smart to talk to a financial advisor and/or accountant as you set goals and adjust your budget to fit your needs. No matter how much capital you are (or aren't) working with right now, an advisor can help make sure you're taking big strides in the right direction. 

You'll find that if you're dedicated to your goals, it's incredible how quickly you can stack up enough savings for a down payment on your first property. Impatient to get started? While you're saving, learn everything you can about the market in your area. The time you spend saving and educating yourself will change your life. 

About the Author
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William Fear

Residential, Commercial and Investment & Concierge Services

Accomplished Broker, Bill Fear has acquired his extensive real estate knowledge by experiencing all economic market cycles during his 25 years as a licensed Real Estate Broker. This valued experience will enable Bill to bring your desires and dreams to a successful closing.

His related experience is comprised of: working as an Appraiser, Loan Officer, Property Manager, Investment Property Analyst. He is Nationally Certified as a Buyer and Tenant Representative, Senior Real Estate Representative, and a Negotiation Expert. Among his numerous Realtor designations, he is the recipient of the prestigious University of Michigan Alumni Realtor (RAM) designation, that encompassed the following diciplines: Real Property Law - Residential Construction & Development - General Business - Marketing - Taxation - Accounting - Computer Skills - Economics - Communications - Finance.

Bill’s success is attributed to is his genuine concern for helping people. His patience, determination, and strong work ethic has helped him grow a business that is highly referred-based.

Besides being recognized by the National Association of Realtor and the Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors. Bill also holds designations as a Nationally Certified as a Senior Real-Estate Specialist,Negotiation Expert, Buyer and Tenant Representative, As Graduate of the Real-estate Institute, he holds the GRI Realtor impressive designation, certifying his competence He is a candidate for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) commercial designation.

Bill stated “I’d like to think of ourselves as a company people want to work with. They want to buy from us. We don’t sell to people…people buy from us. We provide a service. And we’re compensated for what we provide. My personal and professional development increases my ability to give more, by helping people get what they want.”