The latest SoWal Real Estate Report includes all of South Walton real estate activity for September 2017, including statistics for single family homes, townhomes, and condos in Walton County, Florida.Median sales price was up a whopping 17.6%. Dollar volume was up 11.5% over last year at $154.9 Million. We’re seeing a trend lately of big gains in dollar volume every month.
How does that translate into real estate investments? Investing has always been a part of balanced portfolios, and right now, there are not too many options on the market that are generating the same kind of steady growth as real estate. Here are three real estate options to consider to boost your retirement income.
Buy Into Publicly-Traded REITs. If you’re not willing to put the time into being a landlord, consider buying into a REIT, or Real Estate Investment Trust. These are companies that are publicly traded, and they’re so important that the S&P 500 added real estate as its 11th industry group this year. One of the big appeals of an REIT is that the companies are required to send 90% of their taxable income back to the investors. It’s required by the same law that gives these companies special tax breaks. As a result, you can potentially see much higher returns from trading REITs than you would on some other dividend stocks. Bear in mind that you can also invest in REITs through an ETF or exchange-traded fund, which will help keep the investment more diverse and secure.
Crowdfunding. If you’re not keen on playing the stocks either, then there’s still one more option for you heading into 2018 – you can invest in real estate through online crowdfunding. There are several companies, like DiversyFund and FundRise, which use the crowdfunding techniques of sites like Kickstarter to purchase real estate. That way, everyone who contributed to buying the house gets to share in the property’s success.
Buy and Rent a Home. Of course, this is the most straightforward way of investing in the real estate market in our area. The pros: When you buy in a good location at the right price point, you should enjoy a healthy ROI, along with a place you can come and relax at the most beautiful beaches around. The cons: That deal you thought you wanted may come at a price, when you pay for a full on reno, to make a home attractive. Be sure and do your due diligence when looking into a vacation rental.
It’s important for you to diversify for today’s changing market landscape by taking more than just stocks and bonds into consideration. Ultimately, if you haven’t spoken with your financial advisor about real estate, and the ways in which you can use it to help boost your retirement income, then it may be time for a financial review. Connect with us to request yours at no cost and no obligation to view properties that could revolutionize our retirement strategy.
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