The most obvious way to capitalize on the current booming housing market is to invest in traditional real estate opportunities. However, there is a myriad of other ways to grow your wealth through real estate by going through less risky back channels. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
EXPLORE NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION: Limited inventory of existing homes has led to an even bigger boom in the new home construction sector. Real estate experts expect this trend to continue for decades to come, making this industry sector a safe bet for your investment dollars.
PUT MONEY INTO REAL ESTATE FUNDS: As the stock market continues to see unprecedented growth, many financial experts are recommending investing in both real estate focused exchange-traded funds (ETF), as well as real estate specific mutual funds. By diversifying your accounts across a wide range of real estate markets, you will mitigate risk and have the opportunity to jump into emerging global housing markets.
LOOK ONLINE FOR OPPORTUNITIES: In today’s high tech market, digital is king. The real estate industry has not been left out of this trend and it seems like new online real estate companies are popping up every day. To capitalize on this emerging market, it would be wise to look into investing your real estate dollars into commercial and residential markets while receiving cash flow dividends in return.
INVEST IN A REAL ESTATE SPECIFIC COMPANY: Savvy investors often look to bypass the traditional real estate investments, instead choosing to place their funds into companies focused on real estate. Some examples of this type of company would be classic residential real estate companies, resorts, and timeshares.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS: These REIT’s are a popular way to put your money into this strong housing market without having to hold any physical property. This strategy is also an ideal way for novices to the field of real estate to get their feet wet and learn about the market without taking on the risk of buying property or having to learn how to be a property manager. Because REIT’s are required by law to provide a minimum of 90 percent of their taxable income to shareholder dividends, investors are guaranteed cash flow.
Mark Twain famously advised, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” For most of modern history, this has been sage advice. Now, more than ever, following this advice can often lead to big investment returns.
The stock market has seen a nine-year run up. Many experts expect a correction. Cryptocurrency has been hot, but it’s speculative and risky. Bitcoin and its brethren are no place to park money you are counting on for the future. What if you want more safety but a decent, predictable return?
Real estate investing provides the perfect solution. It provides real returns without the risk of a chunk of your cash disappearing overnight. However, many potential investors fail to realize that you can get started in real estate with as little as a few hundred dollars.
As noted in an article on Penny Hoarder, real estate starter portfolios, such as the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, have investment minimums of just $500, at a time. Investors buy shares of a diverse real estate portfolio that encompasses rental properties, land investments, commercial real estate, and other large projects. Investors have access to a dashboard that shows the properties they are invested in and their performance. The Fundrise Starter Portfolio pays a quarterly dividend and enjoyed an 11.44 percent gain in 2017.
For small investors who want direct ownership, raw land offers big opportunities. The price is generally cheap, and so is the ongoing costs of ownership, as explained by Fortune Builders writer JD Esajian. Property taxes can be as little as $100 per year. You are free to develop the land or sell it at a profit. Many raw land deals can be funded with just a few thousand dollars or less. Buyers should always beware if the land comes with any covenants or restrictions and consider only buying land unencumbered by a homeowners’ association. For example, a neighborhood association could restrict certain types of development or require development by a certain date. They can also prevent you from selling your land or force you to sell it.
Those enjoy being hands-on do well with fix-and-flip investment properties. Many lenders provide loans based on the after repaired value, which, if you find the right property, can mean $0 down and even cash in your pocket to fund the improvements. If being this hands on doesn’t interest you, you can get in on the lending side. Many private lenders are seeking investors with investment minimums of just a few thousand.
Snowboarding and surfboarding are two sister sports that many believe are very similar to one another. While that may be true, the two sports also contain a few key differences that would make it somewhat difficult for someone to transfer between the two sports. Below we will examine the key similarities and difference between these two boardsports that have grown so much in the previous years.
Both snowboarding and surfing require a boarder to balance themselves on their boards. In order to participate in either sport, a boarder must master balancing. Balance is essential when not only standing still, but when moving as well.
Snowboarders and surfers need to wait before riding. Surfers often need to wait among masses of other surfers before hitting a wave, while snowboarders often need to wait to board a chair lift or hit a slope. Both require waits to ensure that someone does not get hit while a boarder is riding. Riders in both sports are very careful not to cut someone off and disturb their line.
Paddling versus Chair Lifts
To ride the waves, a surf boarder needs to paddle out to the wave and time their movements with the wave. On the other hand, a snowboarder has to take a chair lift to the top of a slope in order to ride the mountain. Though both involve some sort of preparation in order to hit a line, the preparation required for both are different.
Both sports require balance in order to stand on the board, but surfing requires a different kind of balance. The water, underneath a surfboard is already moving, which can make it difficult to stand up straight. Standing on a snowboard is somewhat difficult to the slipperiness of the ice and slopes, but the ground does not move as you try to maintain your balance on the board.
Though the snowboarding and surfing share their similarities, they have major differences that make it somewhat complicated to transition from one to the next. Both sports are great and teach essential skills in balance and general riding. Therefore, getting better in one of the sports may make it easier to transition to the other.
If you’re a serious winter sports enthusiast, you know that great destinations are worth some travel time. Traveling to great winter sports locations can be incredibly rewarding, offering world-class facilities and the ability to see places you might not have otherwise. If you’re starting to plan your next big trip, read on for some suggestions on where you might want to consider booking tickets to.
Japan isn’t often thought of as a haven for snowboarders and skiers, but those in the know consider it a top destination. Hokkaido, the country’s northernmost island, is located in the path of consistent weather conditions that provide it with a constant supply of fresh snow. Better yet, the snow is known for being incredibly dry – perfect for winter sports. The island is home to a few great resorts too, so getting comfortable after a day of activities is easy.
Wanaka, New Zealand
Visiting New Zealand for a winter sports vacation is an experience like no other. The resorts are open snowfields, meaning that there are no trees to block the sightline. It feels like skiing or snowboarding in an endless sea of snow! This incredible sight is only furthered by the other natural wonders in New Zealand. Volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls are all only a short drive from where most of the resorts are located. Better yet, lines are often short since the resorts are generally not too crowded.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is an absolutely beautiful place to ski and snowboard. This location is a great place for everyone, as it offers groomed runs for beginners and more adventurous tree runs, cliffs, and open bowls for experienced athletes. It’s an absolutely enormous area, so visitors can ski and snowboard somewhere new every day. Whistler Blackcomb is also home to the largest vertical drop for any resort in the world.
Verbier is a freeriding paradise. Accordingly, it attracts many extreme riders, but its luxury also attracts families and more casual athletes from around the globe. It’s known around the world for its unrivaled terrain, making it pricier than some other locations. However, this also makes for a lively, international clientele, as well as thrilling spectator events. Consider planning your trip around one of these events to really get the most value for money.
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Skiing and snowboarding are sports that are open for typically one season a year (depending on your location) but it requires year-round work to maintain physical shape. Athletes all over the world have to train during summer months to stay in shape and maintain their skill-set for the winter season. Here’s how they do it!
This one may seem obvious but the exercises done inside of the gym is where things get interesting. Winter athletes need to engage specific muscles to maintain their shape for their sport of choice and utilize unique training methods such as ab wheels, rowing, high-intensity cardio training, and agility work. Look to your favorite pro’s and see if they put out the specific workouts they do to stay in shape.
The cool thing about skiing and snowboarding is that they can both essentially be done in the summer- just using a different medium (aka water). There are obviously differences in water and snow, however, wakeboarding or water-skiing is the closest you’re going to get to replicating the experience and engaging the muscles in a similar fashion.
Skating is both easy to pick up and fun! It also helps maintain balance and mental stamina (you don’t want to fall while snowboarding or skating). While your feet will be positioned differently on a skateboard than a snowboard it is still a fun way to get some good practice in and can still improve your snowboarding game.
Biking is hands down one of the best ways you can keep your legs in shape for snowboarding and skiing. You should be biking as much as you absolutely can be- take it to work, to the coffee shop, to the gym, for a casual ride, just make sure you do it! If you can take it up and down some hills or a mountain that’s even better.
There are many things winter athletes (and you) can do to stay in shape during the summer. Activities as simple as getting in the gym or taking it up a notch and learning other extreme sports like mountain biking or surfing will contribute to a better winter season ensuring that when you get back in the snow, you will be ready to pick up right where you left off!