by | 16, Jul 2022

YouTube Video: The Biggest Complaint Of Real Estate Investing

One of the biggest complaints in real estate investing that we hear is… it’s really hard to buy and sell.

It’s a legitimate concern. Real Estate is a very illiquid investment. It’s not like stocks, where you can theoretically pull your money out right away.

But this very complaint of illiquidity… might actually be one of the great parts of real estate investing!

How? Well Find out, in another bonus episode of Multifamily Investing Made Simple!

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The Biggest Complaint Of Real Estate Investing

[00:00:00] Anthony: The biggest complaint. I hear all the time about investing in real estate and it’s a legitimate. Concern it’s a legitimate gripe. Is that real? Estate’s really hard to buy and to sell it makes it a very illiquid investment. Unlike the stock market, where right now I could just pull up in my phone. I could get on Robin hood.

If I wanted to sell my entire stock portfolio, I could, if I wanted to get on coin base, assuming they haven’t put a freeze on my, my account, which is, you know, in crypto world, you never really know. Presumably, I could just sell everything really quickly and easily. And so liquidity is a nice thing in one sense that I can get in an in and out of opportunities very, very quickly.

But the downside of liquidity is that not only can I do that, but everybody else can. And so. The volatility that we see in the stock market or in crypto is a [00:01:00] direct result of how easy it is to transact in high stress situations. Let’s say when there’s panic, when there’s reason to suspect, oh, this thing’s gonna continue dropping, you know, the psychology of the masses is to go and sell the thing, which just exacerbates the issue.

So liquidity in real estate, like if I wanted to just turn around and spastically sell my building, I could try that. But it’s probably gonna take a month at minimum, maybe a couple of months, depending on how big the property is. To really prepare my, my asset for sale and to find a seller and to actually get to the closing table.

It can take really long time. So real, estate’s not prone to these wild swings and fluctuating values. It’s a lot like a tanker on the ocean. It takes a while to turn that bad boy around. Whereas the stock market’s much more like a speed boat. It’s very nimble. You can turn it really quickly, but the thing is like, you wouldn’t wanna take a speed boat across the Atlantic.

Good chance. You’re gonna catch some waves and you’re gonna capsize at some point. And so that’s the nice thing about real estate. it’s hard to get in and out of, but once you’re in it, it kind of forces you to stay the [00:02:00] course. And as a result, real estate’s values, don’t whipsaw back and forth. Like we’ve seen in the stock market, just in the last couple of months where, you know, 20% just disappears overnight.

It doesn’t really happen like that in real estate. And yes, there was a great financial crisis. And we did see across the board values dropping in single family homes. But when we’re talking about real estate understand there’s a lot of different types of real. What I’m talking about in particular is commercial real estate, which is valued based off of the performance of the building itself as a business.

So how profitable is this thing? And the, the truth of the matter is that the underlying fundamentals that make a building perform well, they don’t just change overnight. So if there’s high demand and residents needing a place to live, and it’s still commanding a good rent and you’re keeping the operating expenses reasonable, then it.

Going to continue cash flow. It’s gonna continue generating a return for you. And even if the value drops in the meantime, that doesn’t mean that the cash flow is going to disappear. So one of the cool things about real estate is just to understand that if you’re not forced. To sell the building at any given point.

And you can just [00:03:00] ride through the rough patches. You’re probably gonna come out on the other end, looking pretty good because real estate on a long enough timeframe, because it’s a limited supply, there’s not gonna be more of it being made. Anytime soon, it’s going to continue appreciating, assuming that you buy in the right location.

So when I think about real estate and this number one complaint that people have, which is that it’s a liquid, I think of it more that the lack of liquidity, it’s a feature, not a bug. all right. So if you guys found this valuable hit subscribe, hit, like, and make sure that you tune into the, the next video.

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