With all of the shifts the economy has faced, both in the United States and globally, in the last couple of years, many individuals who are nearing retirement age have become concerned that they may not actually be able to retire “on time,” while those younger than them are wondering if they’ll ever see retirement at all. This is because, unfortunately, a lot of people were hit hard in 2008 when the real estate market collapsed and the stock market took a huge hit. Passive real estate investing may hold the answers as to how to get back on the retirement track quickly, or how to plan for retirement if it’s still a long way off.
Since 2008, the real estate market has continued to rebuild and rebound, with some markets ending up stronger than they were in the first place, and investors who were able to hold on to their properties are now finding themselves in a healthy position for retirement (or simply growing their wealth). However, people with most of their investments in the stock market may have taken a huge hit in which they weren’t able to recover from. After all, once the money they had invested was gone… it was gone, but those with real estate investments still had something tangible that they could hold onto and rebound with.
How Can I Benefit From Passive Real Estate Investing?
With that information at hand, it makes sense that investing in real estate could be a great solution to taming those retirement woes - and passive investing is one of the best ways to do it. Passive real estate investing differs from other forms of real estate investing in that the investor (that’s you!) is … well… passive! There’s no rent to collect, properties to maintain, or renovations to undertake. The investor simply invests their funds with a real estate investment firm, who then handles all of the nitty-gritty mentioned above, and collects a return check every month. As long as you’re working with a reputable investment firm with deep knowledge of the industry and their specific market, you should be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy walking to the mailbox every month as your form of collecting income.
Of course, when you’re planning to use passive real estate investing as a means to bolster your retirement account, it’s important to make sure you’re being prudent. To be frank, this sort of real estate investing is not a get rich quick scheme, unless you’ve got a large sum of money ready to invest right off the bat. However, by making smart investments over a number of years, it can provide a stable, recurring source of income for those looking forward to a peaceful, relaxing retirement period.
How It's Done
At Walnut Street Finance we work with our borrowers to ensure that the properties and plans they’re proposing are, in fact, the best option for our investors. If we feel that a proposal isn’t going to garner the best return on investment, then we simply don’t move forward. Additionally, we work to secure our investors’ funds by keeping tabs on the project every step of the way. If, for whatever reason, things seem to be moving too slowly or aren’t going the way that the developer and Walnut Street Finance had initially anticipated, we’ll step in to provide resources, guidance, or completely take over the project to ensure that our investors - and the borrower - end up with satisfactory results.
Read our Executive Summary and find out if passive real estate investing with Walnut Street Finance is right for you.