Have you ever thought about investing in real estate for retirement?  While investing in real estate does require a lot of liquid cash, the returns are known to be much better than any other investment.

One of the quickest ways to make money in the real estate market is by real estate trading.  With this method, traders buy properties from owners with the idea of holding onto them temporarily and selling them for a better profit at a later time.  This is also known as “flipping properties”, and those who do this will usually purchase properties that are highly undervalued.  In most cases, traders will purchase cheaper properties and try to increase their value by doing renovations and repairs.  These renovations can actually result in a huge profit for the trader.

The majority of people believe that the money saved through their 401 (k) is just for retirement.  While this is true in most cases, some investors have figured out different ways to invest in real estate without disrupting the money they have saved for retirement.  Those with a 401 (k) account are allowed to take out a loan against their account.  They money that comes from the loan can then be used to buy real estate.  It is important to remember however, that there is a cap on the amount that can be borrowed.  This amount is normally $50,000, but it can be less depending on the amount of money in your 401 (k) account.

When it comes to investing in real estate, one of the easiest ways to do so is by putting your money in a Real Estate Investment Fund (REIT’s).  This type of account is created when an investor’s money is used by a corporation to buy and operate properties.  When the time comes, the corporation must pay out 90% of all its taxable profits in the form of dividends to all its investors.  By paying the dividends, the REIT does not have to pay corporate income tax.  This is a great choice for people who’d like to earn regular income.

If you have a vacation home, renting it out can also be another source of retirement income.  One advantage is, unlike bond income, rental income has the potential to increase as time goes on.  There is also the potential for capital appreciation, which means that your property’s value could go up. While there are no guarantees for any property in particular, the long-term appreciation rate for residential real estate has been about 3.4%.  This was measured by the Case-Shiller index, which has measured the sales price of existing homes from 1987 until now.

Investing in real estate takes knowledge, skill, and intuition.  If you have all of these things, and you do it right, real estate can be a great way to save for retirement.