Santa Cruz County Real Estate Investments: 4 Ways to Make Money

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Now is a great time to get into the investment real estate market. Not only does investment property give you a real tangible asset for your portfolio, you can also get Santa Cruz County real estate investments at great prices right now.

Here are four ways to make money from Santa Cruz County real estate investments that you might want to consider.

• Rental properties.  Not everyone enjoys owning rental property, but it is one of the most profitable ways to make money from real estate.  Rental properties give you a constant residual income that lasts as long as you keep the property.

• Flipping. While the house flipping craze of the 80s and 90s cooled down with the current mortgage and housing crunch, for serious investors who take the time to know what they are doing, it is still a viable means of making money in real estate.  This is typically a shorter term method of real estate investing.

• Rehabbing. Buying a house to live in while you fix it up and resell it is similar to flipping, except that most rehabbers take longer to renovate the home, and use it as their primary residence while doing the work. There are three reasons this is a more comfortable way to flip Santa Cruz County real estate investments. First, you have a place to live and don't have to pay a mortgage on another property.  Second, you don't have to feel as pressured to sell in a short period of time the way you do a flip.  Third, you may receive all the homeowner benefits like tax breaks and no capital gain tax.

• Subdivide. This form of investment requires a little advance preparation and investigation. When you discover a sizeable piece of land at a good price, find out if it is zoned so you can subdivide it.  If it is, you can profitably sell off individual parcels to those who want to build on it.

If you would like more information on ways to invest in real estate that makes sense for you, I can help. Contact me at 831.662.6522 or for additional information visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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