Real Estate: Understand and minimise your risks involved

Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to make money, partially because of the many options it gives to both part-time and full-time investors. However, due to the many different opportunities, you have to make sure that you choose the right strategy to fit your budget, skills, personality, needs, and goals. To help you choose the right path for you, we will have a look at the top real estate investment strategies as well as their pros and cons.

1. Investing in Rental Properties (Passive Income)

The first way to invest in real estate is also the most popular one – buying an investment property to rent out to others. You can go for a traditional, long-term rental or for a vacation, short-term rental. The most important advantage of this investment strategy is that you can start making money right away – as soon as you buy a property, get it in a rentable shape, and find tenants. As long as you repair your property on time and are able to keep good tenants, you will have a reliable source of monthly income. Another major benefit of this strategy is that it allows you go grow quickly as an investor. You can use the rental income from your first property to buy another one, and so on and so forth. Within a few years, you can own an entire portfolio of real estate rental properties.

The main drawback of investing in rental properties is that it is an active investment endeavor. You have to maintain your property regularly, respond to urgent tenants’ requests and complaints, collect rent on monthly, deal with occasional evictions, etc. However, even this issue can be overcome with professional property management. In most cases the fees you pay to a property management company are worth it as these professionals will be able to find you the best tenants and keep your property in an upmost state, saving you all the headaches associated with being a landlord.

The key to success with rental properties is buying a profitable property in a top real estate market. To achieve this goal, you have to conduct both real estate market analysis and investment property analysis to know exactly how much rental income you will make (depending on your rental strategy) and how much your return will be. Remember to always go for positive cash flow properties from day one. Unless you have a positive cash flow rental, you will be losing money instead of making money, and no real estate investor wants that.

2. Buy and Hold (Capital Appreciation) 

The second real estate investment strategy is buy and hold. The idea is simple: you buy an investment property and sell it later on, after its value has significantly appreciated. The obvious pro of this strategy is that you have the potential to make a lot of money in the long term. Moreover, this return on investment will be largely passive as you don’t have to do anything to get natural real estate appreciation to work for you. If you want to have an even larger profit, you can force appreciation on your property by improving the inside and the outside. Just make sure to focus on relatively cheap improvements which bring a big increase in value.

However, you don’t get to make money in the short run unless you rent out the property. Thus, it is highly recommended to combine the buy and hold strategy with renting out for the maximum profit in both the short and the long term.

3. Real Estate Wholesaling (Real Estate Investings using a Holding Company)

If you are not sure you want to engage in real estate investments in the long run, you can try out wholesaling. Another benefit, in addition to the short timeframe, of this strategy is that you need only minimum capital as you are not actually buying a property. All you have to do is to get a house for sale under contract from the seller, market the property to potential buyers, and eventually assign the contract to a buyer.

The main drawback of wholesaling real estate is that you have to work within tight deadlines and under lots of pressure. However, you can make a significant profit within just a couple of weeks without spending any of your money. To be a successful wholesaler, you have to build a strong real estate network first, including property sellers and buyers, real estate investors, and other professionals.

4. Fix and Flip

Another short-term real estate investment strategy is fix and flip. Unlike wholesaling, with flipping houses you have to buy a property before you renovate it and sell it to the final investor or homebuyer. The good news is that fix and flip investors have access to more financing options than rental property investors as they need the money for only a short period of time and can afford paying a higher interest rate. Another difference between wholesaling and flipping is that in the latter case you don’t work on a fixed schedule. Nevertheless, it is in your best interest to fix and flip the property as quickly as possible to make profit and start another real estate investment project.

The main disadvantage of the fix and flip strategy is that it requires the active involvement and participation of the investor. You have to be able to locate properties for sale under market value; purchase them quickly before someone makes a better offer; perform major repairs and fixes (as most of these properties are in a distressed condition); and find property buyers. This requires a wide real estate network of sellers, buyers, agents, investors, financiers, handymen, and others. If you are looking for passive income from real estate investing, flipping is not the right choice for you.

5. REITs

The most passive form of real estate investment is investing your money in a REIT, or a real estate investment trust. With this strategy, all you have to worry about is choosing the best REITs and knowing when the right time to sell your shares has come. The potential for return is significant, and you can make money in both the short and the long term.

However, investing in a REIT is very similar to investing in stocks or shares. So if you have a passion for real estate and want some hands-on experience, this is not the optimal strategy for you.

Whether you are considering joining the real estate investment business on part-time or full-time basis in 2019, it is guaranteed to have the right strategy for you. If you don’t mind some hard work for a couple of weeks which will bring you quick cash, you can try out wholesaling or flipping. If, on the other hand, you would rather go for passive income in the short and long term, buy and hold rental properties are the best choice for you.

DISCLOSURE: I am a qualified Real Estate Agent and I do not advise you to take risks you cannot afford, buy with a financial planning understanding the risks involved with interest rates and the balanced use of your CPF and Cash involved, I do not advise those to buy without any money involved even if you have high income, it is better to save for a rainny day and use Cash Deposits to pay off your loan, never use all your Cash to dump into a property, it is better to borrow against your Cash Deposit to pay off the loan and only pay the difference and the difference in interest repayments as consumption. Every case scenerio is different, you need to do you own research and only move forward when you have the potential of a postitive cashflow or you will definitely suffer because it is no longer an asset but a liability.

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Do you know your actual ROI for investing in Singapore properties?

The secret of investing in property for income was first popularized by Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”.

If you’ve read it, chances are you would be thinking how it can be done at all especially given Singapore’s insanely overpriced property market.

Singapore’s house price-to-income ratio (Property Price / Annual Income) is 25.38. That means most Singaporeans have to work more than 25 years to pay off their mortgage loans.

Compare this globally, it may surprise you:
∙U.S.’ average house price-to-income ratio is 2.16
Germany’s ratio is 4.78
∙U.K.’s ratio is 6.73
∙Japan’s ratio is 6.99

With the same amount of capital, Robert Kiyosaki can buy 11 properties in the US and you can only buy 1 in Singapore. He will then rent out 10 of them to collect income while an average Singaporean is still struggling to pay off his debt.

On top of that, average rental yield in Singapore is really low at around 2-3%

To put the figures into perspective. If you intend to use your rental to cover your mortgage payment. a 2% rental yield means that you definitely have a negative cash flow.

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I recommend every family to learn about risks and protect the goose that lay the golden egg in order to have very clear ideas on how to have financial literacy. Contributed by Oogle

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He was in financial distress partly due to gambling. But I suspect that the main cause was the loss of income from his job. He must have taken to gambling in the hope of earning some income.

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Binary options trading is feasible if properly regulated but not at present

Binary options trading

In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved exchange-traded binary options in 2008.[66] Trading commenced on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in May and June 2008.[67]

AMEX (now NYSE American) offers binary options on some exchange-traded funds and a few highly liquid equities such as Citigroup and Google. On the exchange binary options were called “fixed return options” (FROs); calls were named “finish high” and puts were named “finish low”.[citation needed] To reduce the threat of market manipulation of single stocks, FROs use a “settlement index” defined as a volume-weighted average of trades on the expiration day. AMEX and Donato A. Montanarosubmitted a patent application for exchange-listed binary options using a volume-weighted settlement index in 2005.[68] CBOE offers binary options on the S&P 500(SPX) and the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX).[69] The tickers for these are BSZ[70] and BVZ, respectively.[71]

NADEX, a U.S.-based Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulated exchange, launched binary options for a range of Forexcommodities, and stock indices‘ markets on June 2009,.[72] On March 30, 2010 the CFTC issued an amended Order of Designation to allow trades on NADEX to be intermediated.[73] NADEX have since offered binary options trading between buyers and sellers. They do not participate in the trades.[74]


On June 6, 2013, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly issued an Investor Alert to warn about fraudulent promotional schemes involving binary options and binary options trading platforms. The two agencies said that they had received numerous complaints of fraud about binary options trading sites, “including refusal to credit customer accounts or reimburse funds to customers; identity theft; and manipulation of software to generate losing trades”. Other binary options operations were violating requirements to register with regulators.[25][28]

In June 2013, U.S. regulators charged Israeli-Cypriot company Banc De Binary with illegally selling binary options to U.S. investors.[25][75] In February 2016, the company reached an $11 million settlement with U.S. authorities. Regulators found the company used a “virtual office” in New York’s Trump Tower in pursuit of its scheme, evading a ban on off-exchange binary option contracts. The company neither admitted nor denied the allegations.[76] In November 2016, SEC published yet another Investor Alert on binary options websites.[77] In 2016,

In February 2017 the Times of Israel reported that the FBI was conducting an active international investigation of binary option fraud, emphasizing its international nature, saying that the agency was “not limited to the USA”. Victims from around the world were asked to contact an FBI field office or the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The investigation is not limited to the binary options brokers, but is comprehensive and could include companies that provide services that allow the industry to operate. Credit card issuers will be informed of the fraudulent nature of much of the industry, which could possibly allow victims to receive a chargeback, or refund, of fraudulently obtained money.[6]

On March 13, 2017, the FBI reiterated its warning, declaring that the “perpetrators behind many of the binary options websites, primarily criminals located overseas, are only interested in one thing—taking your money”. They also provide a checklist on how to avoid being victimized.[78][7]

There is also a popular binary options recovery services scam, where fraudsters promise to “hunt” down the binary options scammers and retrieve the money from them through legal methods.[79][80] In January 2018, Boston federal prosecutors filed a complaint against Leonel Alexis Valerio Santana and Frank Gregory Cedeno, accusing them of such type of fraud.[81] In August 2018, Santana was sentenced to 63 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $105,869 (Cedeno was indicted in March and pleaded not guilty).[82]