How Young People Can Invest in Real Estate

Unlocking real estate investment opportunities through low down payments and starter homes


Dear clients and friends,

Today, I want to share a secret with you, particularly aimed at the young and the renters among us. It’s about real estate investment, a term that might seem daunting or out of reach at first glance. I believe it’s crucial to share this often overlooked wealth-building strategy: getting started early in the real estate investment game.

Now, when we talk about residential real estate investment, many might envision it as a ‘get rich slowly’ path. But in reality, it’s more akin to a ‘slowly and then suddenly’ journey toward wealth accumulation. The beauty of this approach lies in its accessibility, especially for young people and renters. The common misconception is that real estate investment is all about multifamily units, large apartment complexes housing numerous families under one roof. However, there’s another, perhaps even more accessible, path – investing in single-family real estate, particularly starter homes.

Why starter homes, you might ask? Well, for starters (no pun intended), they make excellent rental properties. As a renter, if you shift your perspective from just paying rent to owning a starter home, you open up a world of possibilities. One of the most significant advantages of buying a starter home is the potential for a low down payment. This is what we in the industry refer to as a high loan to value ratio, or LTV. In simpler terms, this means you, as an owner-occupant, can get into a home with as little as 1%, sometimes even 0% down. This is a game-changer.

Imagine this: instead of stretching your budget to its limits to buy your ultimate dream home, you start with a simple, more affordable starter home. This is not your forever home, but rather your first step into the world of real estate investment. Over time, you can renovate this property, gradually increasing its value, and build equity. You then have the option to refinance, rent it out, and repeat the process with another starter home, benefitting again from the low down payment options.

This cycle of buying, renovating, renting, and repeating every 12 to 24 months is a powerful wealth-building strategy. In just a few years, you, particularly as a younger individual, could build up a portfolio of several such properties, all generating rental income.

However, like any strategic game, real estate investment requires knowledge, expertise, and a good understanding of the rules. That’s where my team and I come in. We’re here to guide you, to help you understand the nuances and capitalize on opportunities.

If you, or someone you know, are renting and think that real estate investment is out of reach, think again. We’re here to show you that it’s not only possible but also potentially lucrative. Reach out to us, and let’s discuss how you can transform your current situation into a thriving investment journey.

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Peter Chabris

Licensed in 2002, Peter launched The Chabris Group in 2007, which has earned the title of Cincinnati’s #1 real estate sales team since 2013. The team serves several hundred families every year and is recognized as the top sales team in Keller Williams’ Ohio Valley Region.