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As you probably know, my expertise lies in US-based, small residential multifamily rental properties.  However, there are many alternative types of investment property that you might wish to consider either now or at some point in the future.  As such, I thought I’d take some time to describe some of the more common real estate investment alternatives out there.

Of course the most well-known alternative to residential property is commercial property.  With a commercial property, your tenants are basically small businesses instead of individuals or families.  Examples include office buildings, strip malls, warehouses, stand-alone retail stores, and even industrial properties, to name a few.  With commercial property, tenant turnover tends to be lower but it can sometimes take longer to find a tenant depending on the economic conditions within the local area.  Obviously commercial property will cost more than residential property, so it is common for multiple investors to partner up to make these types of acquisitions.

Land is another investment option that might be worth considering.  Because it is not possible to manufacture more land on Earth, it is guaranteed to appreciate in value over the long run.  Land can be flipped or developed, or even monetized in other ways such as erecting and then renting out a billboard.

Another category is overseas investment properties, which have gradually grown in popularity in conjunction with the globalization of our world.  Of course, before going down this road it is critical to understand the intricacies of the overseas market you wish to invest in.  Also, although highly profitable, overseas investments are logistically more complex and therefore inherently riskier.

Obviously, these examples represent only the tip of the proverbial iceberg; there are other categories as well such as buy-to-let properties, real estate investment trusts (REITs), summer rentals, and more.  No matter what your investment strategy, just make sure you always do your homework when considering any of these alternative real estate investment options.  As they say, ignorance it not an excuse for failure!

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