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By Nick Sakalis | Agent in Syosset, NY

Knowing what type of Investor you are

Often customers or clients approach me and ask: Nick, can you find me a good property to invest in? I then in return always ask the individual what type of property are you looking for? At that point, 99% of the time I get a blank stares or answers such as: just find me something good and that's a deal. I then have to take out my Professor's hat and have to start educating. I can literally write a book on each individual form of investing in Real Estate and I will write small summaries on each type in the near future. For now though, I just want to break down the general groups of investors and investments. The following is a list the most common types of property investing.

Note, that all groups listed can be further broken down to multiple sub-groups.

Types of Real Estate Investments

  1. Land
  2. Residential (1-4 Family Homes & Condos/Coops)
  3. Multi-Family Residential (Apartment Buildings)
  4. Commercial
  5. Mixed-Use (combination of Residential & Commercial on in one building or permitted on one lot)
  6. Commercial (Office Space/units)
  7. Commercial (Industrial)
The following is a list of the general types of investors in Real Estate. Note, each Investor type can be broken down to multiple sub-categories.
Real Estate Investors
  1. First Time Investor
  2. Professional Investor (someone who has taken Real Estate investing as a profession)
  3. Professional Landlord
  4. Cash Flow Investors
  5. Equity Investors
  6. Fix & Flippers
  7. Builders / Developers
  8. Speculator
  9. Entrepeneur / Self user

It's a good idea to try to specialize in a certain sector of Real Estate investing. One can be involved in multiple types of property, but I feel the most success comes to those who focus in one particular field and become experts in it. Often, investors begin with simple transactions and evolve towards the more complicated deals.

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