How to Write a Real Estate Investment Business Plan: Complete Guide

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Mike Blankenship

Last updated on December 19, 2023

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Building an investing business without a real estate investment business plan is sort of like riding a bike without handlebars. 

You might be able to do it… but why would you? 

It’s far easier and more practical to set out on your venture with a business plan that outlines things like your lead-flow, where you’ll find funding, and which market(s) you’ll operate. 

Plus, according to Entrepreneur, having a business plan increases your chances of growth by 30%. 

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So don’t skip this critical first step. 

Here’s how to do it. 

Real Estate Investment Business Plan Guide

In this article we’re going to discuss:

  • What is a real estate investment business plan?
  • Create your mission and vision
  • Run market analysis
  • Choose your business model(s)
  • Determine your business goals
  • Find funding / Cash buyers
  • Identify lead-flow source
  • Gather property analysis information
  • Create your brand
  • Set growth milestones
  • Plan to Delegate

What is a Real Estate Investment Business Plan and Why Does it Matter?

A real estate investment business plan is a document that outlines your goals, your vision, and your plan for growing the business . 

It should detail the real estate business model you’re going to pursue, your chosen method for lead-gen, how you’ll find funding, and how you plan to close deals. 

The kit and caboodle. 

It shouldn’t be overly complicated. 

Whether this real estate investment business plan is only for your personal use or to present to someone else, simplicity is best. Be thorough, be clear, but don’t over-explain what you’re going to do. 

As far as why you should have a business plan, consider that it gives you a 30% better chance of growing your business. 

Also, consider that setting out  without  a plan would be like — full of unexpected twists and turns — is that something you want to do? 

Probably not. 

It’s worth taking a few days or weeks to put together a business plan, even if it’s just for your own sake. By the time you’re complete, you’ll have greater confidence in the business you’re setting out to build. 

And an entrepreneur’s confidence is everything. 

How to Create Your Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Now we get into the nitty-gritty. 

How do you create your real estate investment business plan? Here are the 10 steps!

1. Create Your Mission & Vision

This can be considered your “summary” section. You might not think that you need a mission statement or vision for your real estate business. 

And you don’t. 

We know a lot of real estate investors (many of our members, in fact) don’t have a clear mission or vision that they’ve outlined — and they’re successful regardless. 

But if you’re just getting started…

Then we think it’s a worthwhile use of your time. 

Because if you don’t know why you’re going to build your real estate investing business, if you don’t see what purpose it serves on a personal and professional level, then it’s not going to be very exciting to you. 

You can either use this time to create a mission for your business… or a mission statement for you as it relates to growing your business (depending on your goals).

For instance…

  • Our mission is to create affordable house opportunities in the Roseburg, Oregon community. 
  • Our mission is to provide homeowners with an exceptional experience when selling their properties for cash. 

Or you could go a more personal route…

  • My mission is to create a business that supports my family. 
  • My mission is to build a company that gives me more time for what matters most to me.

Or you could do both…

  • My mission is to create a business that supports my family, and my business’ mission is to provide homeowners with an exceptional experience when selling their properties for cash. 

Either way, it’s good to think about this before getting started. 

Because if you know why you’re going to build your business — and if, ideally, that reason resonates with you — then you’ll be more excited and determined to work hard toward your goals. 

It is also an excellent opportunity to outline the core values you’ll adhere to within your business as Brian Rockwell does on his website …

add core value to your real estate website

With this information in hand, you’re ready to move on to the next step. 

2. Run Competitive Market Analysis

Which market are you going to operate in? 

That might be an easy question to answer — if you’re just going to operate in the town where you live, fair enough. 

But it’s worth keeping in mind that today’s technology has made it possible to become a real estate investor in any market from pretty much any location (remotely). 

So if the market you’re in is lacking in opportunity, then you might consider investing elsewhere. 

How do you know which market to choose? 

Here are the 10 top real estate markets for investors, according to our own Carrot member data of over 7000 accounts, based on lead volume…

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Charlotte, NC
  • New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ

And here are the top 20 states…

  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oregon 

That’ll give you some ideas. 

But what makes a market good or bad for real estate investors? Here are some metrics to pay attention to when you’re doing your research. 

  • Median Home Value — This will tell you how much the average home sells for in the market, which will impact whether you’ll be willing to operate there. Because obviously, you want to play with numbers that feel reasonable to you. 
  • Median Home Value Increase Year Over Year — Ideally, you want to invest in a market where homes are appreciating every year. And a positive increase in this metric is a good sign that the properties you invest in will continue to increase in value. 
  • Occupied Housing Rate — A high housing occupancy rate means it’s easy to find tenants, and there’s a healthy demand for housing. That’s a good sign. 
  • Median Rent — This is the average cost of rent in the market and will give you a good idea of how much you’ll be able to charge on any rentals you own. 
  • Median Rent Increase Year Over Year — If you’re going to buy rentals, it’s a good sign if rental costs increase every year.
  • Population Growth — When the population grows, it creates demand for housing, both rentals and on the MLS. That’s a good sign for a real estate investor. 
  • Job Growth — Job growth is a sign of a healthy economy and indicates that you’ll have an easier time capitalizing on your real estate investments. 

Fortunately, all of this research is super easy to do on Google. 

You can just type in the market and the metric in Google and you’ll get meaningful results. 

Thank god for technology. 

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3. Choose Your Business Model(s)

There’s not just one real estate business model . 

There are many. 

And the market you’re in — as well as your business goals — will determine which business model you choose. 

Here’s a brief overview of each…

  • Wholesaling — Is a prevalent business model in the real estate world. Wholesalers find deals and flip them to other cash buyers for an assignment fee, typically somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000. It’s low risk and requires little capital upfront (you can get started with as little as $2,000). 
  • Wholetailing — Wholetailing is a mix between wholesaling and house flipping. A wholetailer will find a deal, do some very minor repairs (if any), and sell the house on the MLS themselves. It results in large profits with far less work. But wholetail deals are hard to come by. 
  • BRRRR — This stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat. It’s a long-term process for buying and holding rental properties. It’s a great way to build net worth and create generational wealth. 
  • Flipping — House flipping is the most popularized real estate investing method. It consists of purchasing distressed properties, fixing them up, and selling them at a good profit on the MLS, often making upwards of $100,000 per deal. However, this method involves much more risk than the other methods and each deal takes a lot longer to complete. 

If you’re just getting started, then we recommend choosing just one business model and doing that until you’ve mastered it. 

Down the road, you will likely want to use multiple business models. 

We know the most successful real estate investors are wholesalers, wholesalers, flippers,  and  they own some rental properties. 

That allows them to make the most of every opportunity that comes their way. 

But again… to start, just choose one. 

4. Determine Your Business Goals

At this point, you should have a pretty clear idea of why you’re going to build your real estate investing business. 

Are you going to build it because you want to make an impact in your community? Because you want more financial freedom? Because you want more time freedom? 

All of the above? 

Whatever the case, now it’s time to set some goals related to your mission for the business. 

Remember the SMART acronym for goal setting…

Start by thinking about how much money you’d like to make per month — this should be the first income threshold that you’re excited to hit.

Let’s pretend you said $10,000 per month. 

Okay, now take a look at your business model. How many properties do you need to have cash-flowing to hit that number? How many deals do you have to do per month? How many flips? 

Try to be as realistic with your numbers as possible. 

Here are some baselines to consider for the different business models at the $10k/month threshold…

  • Wholesaling – 2-3 Deals Per Month
  • Wholetailing – 2-3 Deals Per Month
  • BRRRR – $1 Million in Assets
  • Flipping – 1-2 Flips Per Year

Now you have a general idea of the results you’ll need to hit your first income threshold. 

But we haven’t talked about overhead costs. 

How much will you need to spend to get those results? 

Your answer to that question will be influenced by the market analysis you already did. But it’s pretty standard for the price of finding a deal to hover around $2,000 for a real estate investor (if you’re doing your own advertising). 

So now you’re spending $2,000 per deal, or whatever your specific number is. That’s going to have an impact on how much money you’re making. So now we can adjust your goals to be more realistic for hitting that $10k per month marker…

  • Wholesaling – 4-5 Deals Per Month
  • Wholetailing – 4-5 Deals Per Month
  • BRRRR – $1.5 Million in Assets
  • Flipping – 2-3 Flips Per Year

The idea here is to figure out how many deals you’ll have to do per month to hit your income goals. 

Then work that back into figuring out how much you’ll need to spend every month to realistically and predictably hit your goals. 

At $2k per deal and intending to hit $10k/month, here’s what your deal-finding costs might look like…

  • Wholesaling – 4-5 Deals Per Month – $8k-$10k/month
  • Wholetailing – 4-5 Deals Per Month – $8k-$10k/month
  • BRRRR – $1.5 Million in Assets – $6k-$8k/month
  • Flipping – 2-3 Flips Per Year – $4k-$6k/month

That should give you a baseline. 

How do those numbers look? 

If they feel too high for you right now, lower your initial goal — you want to make your first goal something that you know you can accomplish. 

Then, as you gain experience, you can increase your goals and make more money down the road. 

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5. Find Funding / Cash Buyers

Are you going to fund your own deals or find private investors ? Or maybe you’re going to get a business loan from a bank? 

If you’re just starting as a wholesaler or wholetailer, then it’s recommended funding your own first few deals — that should only cost $2,000 to $5,000… and why overcomplicate things in the beginning when you’re still trying to learn the ropes? 

However, as a wholesaler or wholetailer, you’ll still need to find some cash buyers. 

Here’s a great video that’ll teach you how to do that…

How To Find A Cash Buyer For Your Wholesale Deal

To consistently grow your cash buyer list (which is an important part of the wholesaling and wholestailing business model), we also recommend creating a buyer website like this…

Cash Buyer - Investment Property Website

Learn more about creating your cash buyer website with Carrot over here . 

To scale, you might seek out other sources of funding. 

Here are some options…

  • Bank Loan — Getting a loan from a bank might be the most straightforward strategy if you’re just getting started. But keep in mind that the requirements for a loan on an investment property will be more stringent than the requirements were for your primary residence mortgage. And the interest rate will likely be higher as well. For that reason, you might seek out some of the other options. 
  • Hard Money — Hard money loans come from companies that specifically serve real estate investors. They are easier and faster to secure than a bank loan and hard money lenders typically base their approval of the loan on the quality of the investment property rather than the investor’s financial standing. 
  • Private Money — Whereas a hard money loan comes from a company; a private money loan comes from an individual with a good chunk of capital they’re looking to invest. That could be a friend, family member, coworker, and acquaintance. Interest rates and terms on these loans are typically very flexible and the interest rate is usually quite good. Private money is an excellent option for real estate investors looking to scale their business. 

But before you seek out funding from those sources, get clear on what exactly you’re going to use those funds for. 

Finding funding is even more critical. In fact — if you’re flipping properties or using the BRRRR method. 

(It’s a key part of the BRRRR method)

You’ll likely want to use hard money or private money to fund your deals as you grow your business.

But how do you find and secure those loans? 

Hard money lenders are easy to find — just Google for hard money lenders in your area and call the companies that pop up to get more details. 

Private money (which usually has more favorable terms than hard money) is a bit trickier to find but not at all impossible. 

To find private money lenders, you can…

  • Tell Friends & Family — This should be the first thing you do. Tell everyone you can about the business you’re building and the returns you can offer investors. Then ask them if they know anyone who might be interested in investing. 
  • Network — After you’ve exhausted all your friends and family, make a point of getting to know people everywhere you go. The easiest way to do this is to wear branded clothing so people ask about what you do. Talk to people at coffee shops, grocery stores, movie theaters, and anywhere else that you frequent. You never know who you might meet. 
  • Attend Foreclosure Auctions — Foreclosure auctions are jam-packed with people who have cash-on-hand to buy properties. These people might also be interested in investing in your real estate endeavors. Or they might know where to find private money. Either way, it’s in your interest to build relationships with these people. Attend foreclosure auctions and bring some business cards. 

Here are some tips on finding private money lenders…

How to Find Private Money Lenders for Real Estate Investing

6. Identify Lead-Flow Source

Now let’s talk about how you will generate a consistent flow of motivated leads for your business. 

Because no matter which of the business models you’ve chosen… you’re going to need to find motivated sellers.

And you’re going to need to find those people every single month. 

There are essentially two parts to a successful lead generation strategy for real estate investing business. 

Both pieces are critical… 

  • The Short Term — We call this “hamster-wheel marketing” because it requires you to  keep working  and  spending money  to generate leads. Examples include Facebook ads, direct mail, bandit signs, cold calling, driving for dollars, and other tit-for-tat strategies that will burn you out if you’re not careful.
  • The Long Term — We call this “evergreen marketing” because it requires an upfront investment… but that investment pays off for years and years to come. Examples include increasing brand awareness for your business in your target market(s) and improving your website’s SEO , so that motivated sellers find you . 

Short-term tactics are critical when you’re first starting — in fact, they are likely going to be your only source of leads for at least the first few months. 

Here are some more details on the most popular and effective methods… 

  • Tax default mailing lists
  • Vacant house lists
  • Expired listing lists
  • Pre-foreclosure lists
  • Out-of-state landlord lists
  • Cold Calling — This might be more uncomfortable than stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture, but it can still be effective for finding motivated sellers. We have an article all about colding calling — it even has scripts for you to use. 
  • Facebook Ads — Facebook ads is another excellent method for generating leads so long as you have a high-converting website to send them to . If you don’t, get yourself a Carrot website . Each Carrot site is built to convert. Here are some more details about running successful ads on Facebook for your real estate investing business.
  • Google Ads — Google Ads is one of the most popular platforms for real estate professionals needing to provide quick results with a minimal to high investment depending on markets.

But over time, the goal is to invest in more long-term evergreen marketing tactics so that you can get off the hamster wheel and build a more sustainable business. 

Check out the video below to learn more about the critical distinction between short-term and long-term marketing. 

At Carrot, we’ve created an online marketing system that makes generating leads super easy and simple for real estate investors. 

And it’s 100% evergreen. 

Here’s an example of one of our members’ websites that converts like crazy…

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7. Gather Property Analysis Information

We just talked about how you can generate leads.

But once someone calls you, once you’re checking out a property… How will you  know  if the property is a good fit for your chosen business model? 

After all, not every property will be a fit. 

First, ask the following questions when the seller calls…

  • What is the address of the house you want to sell?
  • How many bedrooms, bathrooms does it have?
  • Does it have a garage, basement, or pool?
  • If you were going to list it with a Realtor, what repairs and/or updating would you say would be needed?
  • How much is owed on the house?
  • Do you have an asking price in mind?
  • Is the house behind on payments?
  • If I come out and look at the property and make you a cash offer to buy it ‘As-Is’ and close as soon as you want, what would be the least you would be willing to take?

That will provide you with a lot of critical information about what you’re dealing with. 

Next, once you’re off the phone, do a bit of due diligence and look at what nearby properties of similar size have sold for in the last 90 days or so — that should give you a ballpark idea for the after-repair value of the property. 

If you decide that the property sounds promising, you’ll want to walk through it and take pictures of anything and everything that’ll need to be repaired. 

Back at the office, estimate the cost of those repairs — here’s a great resource from REISift that’ll help you estimate rehab costs . 

You’ll need to go through this entire process regardless of your business model so that you understand your max offer on the property. 

So how do you calculate your max offer? 

Use the 75% rule — check out this video from Ryan Dossey…

What Is The 75 Percent Rule In Wholesaling And Flipping Houses?

With that, you’ll know how much to pay for the property, how much to spend on repairs, and how much it’ll sell for. 

The more you streamline this part of the process, the better. 

8. Create Your Brand

Building a company is one thing. 

Building an easily recognizable brand and known to be reputable in your marketplace is quite another.

But that’s an integral part of the process. Consider some of these statistics…

  • Using a signature color can increase brand recognition by 80 percent.
  • It takes about 50 milliseconds (0.05 seconds) for people to form an opinion about your website.
  • Consistent presentation of a brand has seen to increase revenue by 33 percent.
  • 66 percent of consumers think transparency is one of the most attractive qualities in a brand.

When it comes to building a real estate investing brand, your goals are to…

  • Establish Rapport 
  • Create Easy Recognizability
  • Dominate The Conversation

The first step in this process is building an online presence – that means creating a high-converting website (i.e., one that systematically turns visitors into leads by capturing their contact information), running advertisements, and ranking in Google for important keywords. 

That’s what we can help you with at Carrot . 

Out of the box, our website templates are built to convert visitors into leads – and you can customize them however you want with your branding materials…

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You’ll even receive immediate text notifications when someone signs up to be a lead so that you can contact them right away (speed is the name of the game!). 

Having a high-converting website is ground zero for brand-building success. If you don’t have a website that systematically converts visitors into leads, then every dollar you spend on advertising is going to be wasted. 

So that’s where we start. 

Once you’ve got your website up and running, then – if you’re on our Content Pro or Advanced Marketer plan – we’ll provide you with blog posts every single month that are written to rank in Google for high-value keywords relevant to your specific market …

real estate investor blog posts

You just upload, make some minor tweaks, and publish – and the more you publish, the more traffic you’ll drive. 

To help you become a true authority in your market, we also have the following tools…

  • Keyword Ranking Tracker
  • SEO Tool For Optimizing All Pages
  • Text Notifications For Leads
  • World-Class Support
  • Campaign Tracking Links
  • Coaching Calls

We want to make generating leads as easy as possible for you… so you can focus on closing deals and growing your business. 

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If you get yourself a Carrot website, that’ll take care of the “Dominate The Conversation” part of the branding process.

But what about these parts? 

Super easy. 

Establishing rapport is simply a matter of putting testimonials and case studies on your website. The more of these you have, the more people will trust your brand when they arrive on your website for the first time. 

real estate investor testimonials

As for creating an easily recognizable brand, create a simple branding package…

  • Brand Colors

And then be consistent across all platforms. Use the same colors, font, logo, and brand name on everything – online and offline. 

That’ll make it feel like you’re everywhere – which is what you want. 

So there you go. 

That’s how you create a brand identity as a real estate investor. You’ll know you’ve done it right if people are coming to you out of nowhere – because a friend of a friend told them about you. 

And if you want a brand that dominates your market without all of the footwork, we’ve got just the thing – it’s called the Authority Leader Plan … and we’ll do everything for you. 

9. Set Growth Milestones

Okay – let’s pretend that you’ve taken all of the steps above. 

You’ve got yourself a functioning business and brand with funding, you’ve got consistent lead-flow, and you’re even closing some deals. 

Now what? 

Well… you want to grow, of course!

You don’t just want to do one deal per month… you want to do three, five, or even ten deals per month.

You want to make more money, increase your net worth, grow your business, and have a significant impact. 

How do you do that? 

First, you set new goals and milestones for your business’ growth – how many deals do you want to be doing per month in 6 months? In a year? 

Then break those goals down by quarter – and turn them into actionable to-dos. 

For example, if you’re currently doing one deal per month and you want to be doing five deals per month by the end of Q2, here’s what your goals might look like…

  • Send 10,000 Mailers Per Month
  • Spend $5,000 on Facebook Ads Per Month
  • Hire Salesperson To Answer Phone
  • Hire Acquisition Manager
  • Create Workflow Process

Or maybe it’ll look a bit different. Make your to-dos as realistic as possible so that if you do those things … you’re virtually guaranteed to hit your goals. 

After all, what’s the point of having goals if you’re not going to hit them? 

All in all…

Set milestone goals to grow your business, turn those into to-dos and break them down by quarter. The next and final step of your real estate investment business plan might be even more important… 

10. Plan To Delegate

At some point, every real estate investor has to come to terms with a straightforward fact…

You can’t build the business of your dreams on your own . You need to delegate .

You’ve got to partner with other people, build critical relationships, hire people, manage people, create systems and processes to streamline your team’s workflow, and lots more. 

One of the most important areas that deserve a highlight is your client communications and satisfaction. Consider setting up a robust cloud contact center software to manage all the communications that will lead to long-term partnerships.

Building a business isn’t so much about hustling and bustling as it is about putting the right pieces in the right place. 

How do you scale your business? 

The answer is quite simple: you do the same things you’re doing now… but at scale – that means hiring people, training people, and creating clean-cut systems. 

That’s how you grow your business. 

Automate, delegate, and step outside of your business as much as possible to build a real estate investment company that serves you rather than enslaves you. 

Final Thoughts on Real Estate Investment Business Plan

What more is there? 

You know how to create a mission and vision statement, run market analysis, choose an REI business model, set goals, find funding, generate leads, analyze properties, create a brand, set long-term growth milestones, and delegate. 

All that’s left is action. 

And reach out anytime with questions – we’re always here to help!

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How To Write A Real Estate Business Plan

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What is a real estate business plan?

8 must-haves in a business plan

How to write a business plan

Real estate business plan tips

Success in the real estate investing industry won’t happen overnight, and it definitely won’t happen without proper planning or implementation. For entrepreneurs, a  real estate development business plan can serve as a road map to all of your business operations. Simply put, a real estate business plan will serve an essential role in forming your investing career.

Investors will need to strategize several key elements to create a successful business plan. These include future goals, company values, financing strategies, and more. Once complete, a business plan can create the foundation for smooth operations and outline a future with unlimited potential for your investing career. Keep reading to learn how to create a real estate investment business plan today.

What Is A Real Estate Investing Business Plan?

A real estate business plan is a living document that provides the framework for business operations and goals. A business plan will include future goals for the company and organized steps to get there. While business plans can vary from investor to investor, they will typically include planning for one to five years at a time.

Drafting a business plan for real estate investing purposes is, without a doubt, one of the single most important steps a new investor can take. An REI business plan will help you avoid potential obstacles while simultaneously placing you in a position to succeed. It is a blueprint to follow when things are going according to plan and even when they veer off course. If for nothing else, a real estate company’s business plan will ensure that investors know which steps to follow to achieve their goals. In many ways, nothing is more valuable to today’s investors. It is the plan, after all, to follow the most direct path to success.

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8 Must-Haves In A Real Estate Business Plan

As a whole, a real estate business plan should address a company’s short and long-term goals. To accurately portray a company’s vision, the right business plan will require more information than a future vision. A strong real estate investing business plan will provide a detailed look at its ins and outs. This can include the organizational structure, financial information, marketing outline, and more.  When done right, it will serve as a comprehensive overview for anyone who interacts with your business, whether internally or externally.

That said, creating an REI business plan will require a persistent attention to detail. For new investors drafting a real estate company business plan may seem like a daunting task, and quite honestly it is. The secret is knowing which ingredients must be added (and when). Below are seven must-haves for a well executed business plan:

Outline the company values and mission statement.

Break down future goals into short and long term.

Strategize the strengths and weaknesses of the company.

Formulate the best investment strategy for each property and your respective goals.

Include potential marketing and branding efforts.

State how the company will be financed (and by whom).

Explain who is working for the business.

Answer any “what ifs” with backup plans and exit strategies.

These components matter the most, and a quality real estate business plan will delve into each category to ensure maximum optimization.

A company vision statement is essentially your mission statement and values. While these may not be the first step in planning your company, a vision will be crucial to the success of your business. Company values will guide you through investment decisions and inspire others to work with your business time and time again. They should align potential employees, lenders, and possible tenants with the motivations behind your company.

Before writing your company vision, think through examples you like both in and out of the real estate industry. Is there a company whose values you identify with? Or, are there mission statements you dislike? Use other companies as a starting point when creating your own set of values. Feel free to reach out to your mentor or other network connections for feedback as you plan. Most importantly, think about the qualities you value and how they can fit into your business plan.

Goals are one of the most important elements in a successful business plan. This is because not only do goals provide an end goal for your company, but they also outline the steps required to get there. It can be helpful to think about goals in two categories: short-term and long-term. Long-term goals will typically outline your plans for the company. These can include ideal investment types, profit numbers, and company size. Short-term goals are the smaller, actionable steps required to get there.

For example, one long-term business goal could be to land four wholesale deals by the end of the year. Short-term goals will make this more achievable by breaking it into smaller steps. A few short-term goals that might help you land those four wholesale deals could be to create a direct mail campaign for your market area, establish a buyers list with 50 contacts, and secure your first property under contract. Breaking down long-term goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable, create deadlines and accomplish what you set out to.

3. SWOT Analysis

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. A SWOT analysis involves thinking through each of these areas as you evaluate your company and potential competitors. This framework allows business owners to better understand what is working for the company and identify potential areas for improvement. SWOT analyses are used across industries as a way to create more actionable solutions to potential issues.

To think through a SWOT analysis for your real estate business plan, first, identify your company’s potential strengths and weaknesses. Do you have high-quality tenants? Are you struggling to raise capital? Be honest with yourself as you write out each category. Then, take a step back and look at your market area and competitors to identify threats and opportunities. A potential threat could be whether or not your rental prices are in line with comparable properties. On the other hand, a potential opportunity could boost your property’s amenities to be more competitive in the area.

4. Investment Strategy

Any good real estate investment business plan requires the ability to implement a sound investment strategy. If for nothing else, there are several exit strategies a business may execute to secure profits: rehabbing, wholesaling, and renting — to name a few. Investors will want to analyze their market and determine which strategy will best suit their goals. Those with long-term retirement goals may want to consider leaning heavily into rental properties. However, those without the funds to build a rental portfolio may want to consider getting started by wholesaling. Whatever the case may be, now is the time to figure out what you want to do with each property you come across. It is important to note, however, that this strategy will change from property to property. Therefore, investors need to determine their exit strategy based on the asset and their current goals. This section needs to be added to a real estate investment business plan because it will come in handy once a prospective deal is found.

5. Marketing Plan

While marketing may seem like the cherry on top of a sound business plan, marketing efforts will actually play an integral role in your business’s foundation. A marketing plan should include your business logo, website, social media outlets, and advertising efforts. Together these elements can build a solid brand for your business, which will help you build a strong business reputation and ultimately build trust with investors, clients, and more.

First, to plan your marketing, think about how your brand can illustrate the company values and mission statement you have created. Consider the ways you can incorporate your vision into your logo or website. Remember, in addition to attracting new clients, marketing efforts can also help maintain relationships with existing connections. For a step by step guide to drafting a real estate marketing plan , be sure to read this guide.

6. Financing Plan

Writing the financial portion of a business plan can be tricky, especially if you are starting your business. As a general rule, a financial plan will include the income statement, cash flow, and balance sheet for a business. A financial plan should also include short and long-term goals regarding the profits and losses of a company. Together, this information will help make business decisions, raise capital, and report on business performance.

Perhaps the most important factor when creating a financial plan is accuracy. While many investors want to report on high profits or low losses, manipulating data will not boost your business performance in any way. Come up with a system of organization that works for you and always ensure your financial statements are authentic. As a whole, a financial plan should help you identify what is and isn’t working for your business.

7. Teams & Small Business Systems

No successful business plan is complete without an outline of the operations and management. Think: how your business is being run and by whom. This information will include the organizational structure, office management (if any), and an outline of any ongoing projects or properties. Investors can even include future goals for team growth and operational changes when planning this information.

Even if you are just starting or have yet to launch your business, it is still necessary to plan your business structure. Start by planning what tasks you will be responsible for, and look for areas you will need help with. If you have a business partner, think through your strengths and weaknesses and look for areas you can best complement each other. For additional guidance, set up a meeting with your real estate mentor. They can provide valuable insights into their own business structure, which can serve as a jumping-off point for your planning.

8. Exit Strategies & Back Up Plans

Believe it or not, every successful company out there has a backup plan. Businesses fail every day, but investors can position themselves to survive even the worst-case scenario by creating a backup plan. That’s why it’s crucial to strategize alternative exit strategies and backup plans for your investment business. These will help you create a plan of action if something goes wrong and help you address any potential problems before they happen.

This section of a business plan should answer all of the “what if” questions a potential lender, employee, or client might have. What if a property remains on the market for longer than expected? What if a seller backs out before closing? What if a property has a higher than average vacancy rate? These questions (and many more) are worth thinking through as you create your business plan.

How To Write A Real Estate Investment Business Plan: Template

The impact of a truly great real estate investment business plan can last for the duration of your entire career, whereas a poor plan can get in the way of your future goals. The truth is: a real estate business plan is of the utmost importance, and as a new investor it deserves your undivided attention. Again, writing a business plan for real estate investing is no simple task, but it can be done correctly. Follow our real estate investment business plan template to ensure you get it right the first time around:

Write an executive summary that provides a birds eye view of the company.

Include a description of company goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Demonstrate your expertise with a thorough market analysis.

Specify who is working at your company and their qualifications.

Summarize what products and services your business has to offer.

Outline the intended marketing strategy for each aspect of your business.

1. Executive Summary

The first step is to define your mission and vision. In a nutshell, your executive summary is a snapshot of your business as a whole, and it will generally include a mission statement, company description, growth data, products and services, financial strategy, and future aspirations. This is the “why” of your business plan, and it should be clearly defined.

2. Company Description

The next step is to examine your business and provide a high-level review of the various elements, including goals and how you intend to achieve them. Investors should describe the nature of their business, as well as their targeted marketplace. Explain how services or products will meet said needs, address specific customers, organizations, or businesses the company will serve, and explain the competitive advantage the business offers.

3. Market Analysis

This section will identify and illustrate your knowledge of the industry. It will generally consist of information about your target market, including distinguishing characteristics, size, market shares, and pricing and gross margin targets. A thorough market outline will also include your SWOT analysis.

4. Organization & Management

This is where you explain who does what in your business. This section should include your company’s organizational structure, details of the ownership, profiles on the management team, and qualifications. While this may seem unnecessary as a real estate investor, the people reading your business plan may want to know who’s in charge. Make sure you leave no stone unturned.

5. Services Or Products

What are you selling? How will it benefit your customers? This is the part of your real estate business plan where you provide information on your product or service, including its benefits over competitors. In essence, it will offer a description of your product/service, details on its life cycle, information on intellectual property, as well as research and development activities, which could include future R&D activities and efforts. Since real estate investment is more of a service, beginner investors must identify why their service is better than others in the industry. It could include experience.

6. Marketing Strategy

A marketing strategy will generally encompass how a business owner intends to market or sell their product and service. This includes a market penetration strategy, a plan for future growth, distribution channels, and a comprehensive communication strategy. When creating a marketing strategy for a real estate business plan, investors should think about how they plan to identify and contact new leads. They should then think about the various communication options: social media, direct mail, a company website, etc. Your business plan’s marketing portion should essentially cover the practical steps of operating and growing your business.

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Additional Real Estate Business Plan Tips

A successful business plan is no impossible to create; however, it will take time to get it right. Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind as you develop a plan for your real estate investing business:

Tailor Your Executive Summary To Different Audiences: An executive summary will open your business plan and introduce the company. Though the bulk of your business plan will remain consistent, the executive summary should be tailored to the specific audience at hand. A business plan is not only for you but potential investors, lenders, and clients. Keep your intended audience in mind when drafting the executive summary and answer any potential questions they may have.

Articulate What You Want: Too often, investors working on their business plan will hide what they are looking for, whether it be funding or a joint venture. Do not bury the lede when trying to get your point across. Be clear about your goals up front in a business plan, and get your point across early.

Prove You Know The Market: When you write the company description, it is crucial to include information about your market area. This could include average sale prices, median income, vacancy rates, and more. If you intend to acquire rental properties, you may even want to go a step further and answer questions about new developments and housing trends. Show that you have your finger on the pulse of a market, and your business plan will be much more compelling for those who read it.

Do Homework On The Competition: Many real estate business plans fail to fully analyze the competition. This may be partly because it can be difficult to see what your competitors are doing, unlike a business with tangible products. While you won’t get a tour of a competitor’s company, you can play prospect and see what they offer. Subscribe to their newsletter, check out their website, or visit their open house. Getting a first-hand look at what others are doing in your market can greatly help create a business plan.

Be Realistic With Your Operations & Management: It can be easy to overestimate your projections when creating a business plan, specifically when it comes to the organization and management section. Some investors will claim they do everything themselves, while others predict hiring a much larger team than they do. It is important to really think through how your business will operate regularly. When writing your business plan, be realistic about what needs to be done and who will be doing it.

Create Example Deals: At this point, investors will want to find a way to illustrate their plans moving forward. Literally or figuratively, illustrate the steps involved in future deals: purchases, cash flow, appreciation, sales, trades, 1031 exchanges, cash-on-cash return, and more. Doing so should give investors a good idea of what their deals will look like in the future. While it’s not guaranteed to happen, envisioning things has a way of making them easier in the future.

Schedule Business Update Sessions: Your real estate business plan is not an ironclad document that you complete and then never look at again. It’s an evolving outline that should continually be reviewed and tweaked. One good technique is to schedule regular review sessions to go over your business plan. Look for ways to improve and streamline your business plan so it’s as clear and persuasive as you want it to be.

Reevauating Your Real Estate Business Plan

A business plan will serve as a guide for every decision you make in your company, which is exactly why it should be reevaluated regularly. It is recommended to reassess your business plan each year to account for growth and changes. This will allow you to update your business goals, accounting books, and organizational structures. While you want to avoid changing things like your logo or branding too frequently, it can be helpful to update department budgets or business procedures each year.

The size of your business is crucial to keep in mind as you reevaluate annually. Not only in terms of employees and management structures but also in terms of marketing plans and business activities. Always incorporate new expenses and income into your business plan to help ensure you make the most of your resources. This will help your business stay on an upward trajectory over time and allow you to stay focused on your end goals.

Above all else, a  real estate development business plan will be inspiring and informative. It should reveal why your business is more than just a dream and include actionable steps to make your vision a reality. No matter where you are with your investing career, a detailed business plan can guide your future in more ways than one. After all, a thorough plan will anticipate the best path to success. Follow the template above as you plan your real estate business, and make sure it’s a good one.

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Your 10 Step Guide to Building a Real Estate Investing Business Plan

Real estate empires grow from a blueprint, not last-minute hunches. This guide outlines how to create a real estate investing business plan to help you navigate market dynamics, seek funding, and add to your team so that you can successfully grow your business.

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Let’s be honest, the idea of drafting a formal real estate investing business plan probably doesn’t excite you. After all, you got into real estate investing to scout deals and transform properties, not write novels full of financial projections.

But experienced investors know a solid plan spells the difference between profitability and major headaches. It forces clarity on direction and feasibility before you sink hundreds of thousands into property purchases and rehabs.

Think of your business plan as a blueprint for success tailored to your unique investment goals and market conditions. Whether you currently own a few rentals or are launching a full-fledged development firm, a plan guides decisions, aligns partners, and demonstrates viability to secure financing.

So how do you build one effectively without needless complexity? What key strategy areas require your focus? Let’s explore components that set you up for growth while avoiding common first-timer pitfalls. With realistic planning as your foundation, your investing journey can start smooth and stay the course.

What is a real estate investing business plan?

At its core, a real estate investment business plan is simply a strategic guide outlining your intended real estate approach. It defines target markets, preferred project types based on expertise, capital sources, growth strategy, key operational procedures, and other investment specifics tailored to your situation.

View your plan as an evolving document rather than a rigid static rulebook collecting dust. It should provide goalposts and guardrails as markets shift over time and new opportunities appear. You'll be able to refer back to the plan to confirm that these new opportunities align with proven tactics that yield predictable returns.

Detailed upfront planning provides a sound foundation for confident direction. It protects stakeholders by identifying potential pitfalls and mitigation strategies before costly surprises trip up the stability of your real estate business.

So, it's worth it to take the time and develop a customized plan aligned to your niche, resources, and risk tolerance. While initially tedious, the practice of putting together your strategic real estate business plan ultimately provides clarity and confidence moving forward.

Importance of having a business plan

Now that we’ve defined what a business plan is, let’s explore why having one matters — especially if you want to grow a successful real estate investment company.

Have you considered what originally attracted you to investing in properties? Whether it was rehabbing flips, acquiring rentals, or simply a lucrative hobby, your motivations and ideal path can get lost in the daily distractions of life. That’s where an intentional business plan provides clarity and conviction moving forward.

Reasons every real estate investor should prioritize planning are:

  • Goals and vision : You might be wanting to quit your day job and focus on real estate full time, or you might simply want to generate some extra income on the side. Either way, a business plan forces you to define what success looks like for you.
  • Due diligence : Creating a plan forces you to research the real estate markets you want to invest in — analyzing sales, rents, permits, zoning, demographics, and growth projections. This helps you objectively identify high-potential neighborhoods and properties rather than relying on hearsay or intuition.
  • Funding and financing : Lenders and potential investors will want to review your business plan to evaluate the viability and profitability of your real estate investment business before offering any financing . A complete plan builds credibility and confidence with stakeholders.
  • Guide decision-making : It's easy to get distracted by the latest real estate seminar or shiny new construction techniques. But sticking to the parameters and strategies laid out in your plan prevents you from making hasty changes or going down rabbit holes.
  • Identify potential risks : There are always things that can unexpectedly go wrong: what if interest rates spike and make your loans unaffordable, or your best tenants move out and unreliable folks move in? Brainstorming these scenarios in advance allows you to minimize risks and have contingency plans.
  • Systemize operations : As you grow, how will you scale operations? A business plan helps you identify areas that will require attention as your business evolves, like creating maintenance checklists for rentals, standardizing lease agreements , or automating accounting procedures.
  • Build the right team : Your business plan provides guidance on the team you'll need for your business. Know if you require a real estate agent to help you find deals or a property manager to handle tenant complaints at 2 AM.
  • Track progress : Your plan helps you compare things like actual rehab costs, rental occupancy rates, cash flow, etc. to your initial projections and determine whether you're on track.  You can then make adjustments as needed.
  • Maintain strategy : As you scale your operations with new hires or partnerships, you'll want to maintain direction in alignment with your original business plan. For example, if you are considering new verticals like commercial real estate, does evaluation criteria match your proven risk metrics and return hurdles? A real estate business plan keeps everyone focused on the same goals as your business grows.

What to include in a real estate investment business plan

A good real estate investing business plan covers everything from business goals to financing strategy. Here are the ten key elements you should include:

1. Executive summary

The executive summary provides a high-level overview of your real estate investment business plan. It briefly describes your company mission, objectives, competitive advantages, growth strategies, team strengths, and financial outlook.

Think of it as the elevator pitch for your business plan, and write it last after you have completed the full plan. Limit it to 1-2 pages at most.

Make your executive summary compelling and motivate investors or lenders to learn more. Be sure to also summarize your past successes and experiences to build credibility.

2. Company description

The company description section provides background details on your real estate investment company. Keep this section brief, but use it to legitimize your business and team.

  • Business model : Explain your core business model and investment strategies. Will you primarily flip properties, buy and hold rentals, conduct wholesale deals, or use another approach?
  • Company history and achievements : Provide a brief timeline of your company's history, including its formation, past projects, key milestones, and achievements.
  • Legal business structure : Identify your corporate structure, such as LLC , S-Corp , C-Corp, or sole proprietorship.
  • Office location : Provide your company's office address, which lends you credibility. If you are initially working from home, consider establishing a local PO Box or virtual address.
  • Founders and key team members : Introduce your founders and key team members. Highlight relevant real estate, finance, management expertise, and credentials.
  • Past projects : Provide an overview of any successful prior real estate projects your company or founders have executed.
  • Competitive advantages : Explain unique resources, systems, or other strengths that give your company an edge over competitors. These could be proprietary analytic models, contractor relationships, deal access, or specialized expertise.
  • Technologies and tools : Discuss technologies, software programs, or tools your company uses to streamline processes and optimize operations.

3. Market analysis

The market analysis section validates whether your real estate investment strategy makes sense in a given area.

Conduct detailed research from multiple sources to create realistic real estate investment market projections and identify potentially profitable opportunities.

Outline why certain neighborhoods, property types, or price points pique your interest more than others.

Your market analysis should dig deep into factors like:

  • Local sales and rental price trends : Analyze pricing history and current trends for both sales and rents. Look at different property types, sizes, and neighborhoods.
  • Housing inventory and demand analysis : Research the balance of supply and demand and how that impacts prices. Is the market undersupplied or oversupplied?
  • Market growth projections : Review forecasts from real estate analysts on expected market growth or decline in coming years. Incorporate these projections into your analysis.
  • Competitor analysis : Identify other real estate investors actively acquiring or managing properties in your target areas. Look at their business models and strategies.
  • Target neighborhood and property analysis : Provide an in-depth analysis of your chosen neighborhoods and target property types. Outline positive attributes, risks, and opportunities.
  • Demographic analysis : Analyze the demographics of potential tenants or homebuyers for your target properties. Factors like income, age, and family size impact demand.
  • Local construction and renovation costs : Research materials and labor costs for accurate budgets and understand the permitting process and timelines.
  • Regional economic outlook : Factor in projections for job growth, new employers, infrastructure projects, and how they may impact the real estate market.

4. SWOT analysis

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Conducting a SWOT analysis means stepping back from day-to-day business to assess your broader position and path from a strategic lens.

Internal strengths for your real estate investment business may include an experienced team skilled in major rehab projects, strong contractor relationships, or access to private lending capital. Weaknesses might be limited staff for handling tenant maintenance issues across a growing rental portfolio or only having a small number of referral partners for deal flow.

External opportunities can come from accelerating population growth and development in your target market, new zoning favorable to multifamily housing, or record-low mortgage interest rates. Threats could be rising material prices that hurt your flip margins, laws imposing restrictions on non-primary residence owners, or an oversupply of new luxury rentals, allowing tenants to be choosy.

The SWOT analysis highlights strengths to double down on and risks to mitigate in the real estate market.

5. Financial projections

The financial plan helps for both internal preparation and attracting investors. For real estate companies, the financial plan section should cover:

  • Startup costs : Include the expected startup costs involved to start your investment project, such as getting licenses and permits or paying for legal fees.
  • Profit and loss forecasts : Create projected profit and loss statements that outline what you think your revenues and expenses will be over the next 3-5 years.
  • Cash flow projections : Put together projected cash flow statements that show expected cash flow for each month.
  • Return on investment projections : Project your company's expected ROI over time under the different investment scenarios.
  • Funding requirements : Based on your forecasts, detail exactly how much capital you will need to start and operate your business until it is profitable. Specify whether you plan to use debt or equity financing.

6. Investment strategy

The investment strategy outlines your niche — will you focus on flipping, buying rentals, commercial properties, or a blend? Define any geographic targets like certain cities or zip codes backed by your research on growth potential.

Specify your criteria for ideal investment properties based on your goals. Decide which factors — age, size, layout, condition, or price point — matter most to you.

You can also use this section to explain how you plan to find deals, whether that's by scouting listed properties, attending foreclosure auctions, or networking to create off-market opportunities.

Clearly conveying your approach allows lenders and potential private investors to grasp your niche, planned pursuits, and process for finding deals. Having a strong strategy that summarizes how you locate, evaluate and capture deals matching your investing thesis can increase lender and private investor confidence in your ability to execute.

7. Marketing plan

Real estate marketing can’t just be an afterthought; it helps attract profitable deals, financing, and tenants to your business, making it a necessary component of your business plan to prioritize.

Components of your marketing plan can include:

  • Networking: Actively networking at local real estate meetups puts you directly in front of promising off-market opportunities and partnerships with motivated sellers, lenders and contractors in your community.
  • Social media: Consistently nurturing your social media presence can also pay off to help you find opportunities or potential investors.
  • Direct marketing: Never underestimate old school direct marketing — sending postcards to addresses with outdated “We Buy Houses” signs or calling the For Sale by Owners numbers from public listings can help you reach motivated sellers.
  • Listings management: Note that marketing does not end once you own property. To keep rental vacancies filled, leverage listing sites that can publish your units to a wide audience of prospective tenants.

8. Operations plan

Without systems, real estate investors struggle through renovations plagued by cost overruns, shoddy contractors who never call back, and frustrating tenants who always pay late . The operations component of your plan should consider aspects like:

  • Renovations: Ever lined up a contractor who juggles too many clients and leaves your projects languishing? Create standardized processes for accurate scoping, vetting subs, enforcing deadlines contractually, and maintaining contingency funds.
  • Business technologies: As your portfolio grows, tasks like tracking income, expenses , assets, and communicating with tenants can quickly overwhelm. Identify technologies early on that help centralize details to avoid getting swamped. Look into property management platforms that automate listings, tenant screening , digitized lease agreements, maintenance work order flows, and communications.
  • Insurance: Tenants or contractors can sometimes damage assets. Discuss landlord insurance policies to protect you against lawsuits, natural disasters, and major property repairs as you scale up.

9. Team structure

If you plan to grow your team beyond just yourself or a few partners, your business plan should outline your organization's key roles and responsibilities. This helps you consider what positions you may need to fill as your company scales.

  • Partners or co-founders: These are the main decision-makers and equity holders. Outline their background, skills, and the value they bring.
  • Property manager: This person handles day-to-day management of properties, tenants and maintenance issues.
  • Bookkeeper: You may need daily help managing bank accounts, invoices, taxes, and financial reporting.
  • Contractors and project managers : You'll need trusted renovations, repairs, and landscaping contractors. Dedicated project managers help oversee large jobs.
  • Leasing agents : As you grow and add more properties, leasing agents handle showings, applications, and signing new tenants.
  • Real estate attorneys : Real estate investing requires proper legal filings and compliance. Attorneys can help you manage this risk.

10. Exit strategies

Every wise investor plans their exit strategy upfront before acquiring a property. Will you aim to flip the asset quickly or retain it as a rental long-term? What factors determine ideal timing and the right profit margin for you to walk away?

Build flexibility into your strategy, as markets move in unpredictable ways. Especially with flips, have contingency plans if your listing gets lowballs or no offers. Be willing to rent short-term, refinance and hold if possible, convert to condos, or just patiently wait until the market changes. Having reserves and backup options allows you to avoid a distress sale.

Also include plans for strategies after a property sale, like a 1031 exchange to defer capital gains taxes and reinvest in another property. You may want to use sale proceeds to reduce or clear outstanding debts, enhancing cash flow and financial standing.

Tips for your real estate business plan 

Now that you know what to include, consider the following four tips to help your real estate investment business plan stand out.

1. Be detailed and specific

Resist the urge to gloss over details as you put together your plan. Drill down on the specifics for parameters like:

  • Target purchase and rehab costs.
  • Timelines for completing projects.
  • Minimum profit margins.
  • Maximum allowable vacancy rates .
  • Minimum cash reserves.

2. Refine and update regularly

Markets change, so don't create your business plan and file it away. Review your plan regularly to see how market conditions and your actual results compare to projections.

Make adjustments as needed. Tweak your approach if your rehabs are going over budget or your properties aren't selling as quickly as expected.

Aim to update your full plan annually at a minimum. Even if your overall strategy remains consistent, refresh the details around market factors, financials, tactics, risks, and projections.

3. Seek expert feedback

Before implementing your new real estate investment business plan, seek feedback from advisors who can identify potential issues or weaknesses.

Ask experienced real estate investors in your area to review your plan and provide constructive input. It's also a good idea to share your plan and numbers with your CPA and legal counsel as well.

4. Keep it simple

While specificity is good, don't over complicate your business plan to the point where it becomes difficult to follow. You want to inform readers without confusing them.

The goal is for stakeholders, such as co-investors, lenders, and partners, to easily digest your plan and understand it after a quick skim. Make it easy for readers to grasp your reasons behind focusing on a given area or project type based on market conditions and opportunity.

A property investment business plan fit to your goals

After finally finishing your business plan, you’re probably eager to dive into tangible investments rather than tweaking spreadsheets. But in the real estate industry, even experienced investors periodically step back and update strategies.

Approach your business plan as a living document that evolves as the market shifts, as you create new partnerships, or when you need to make changes in strategy. Set reminders to revisit quarterly and confirm your activities of today still align with the vision from day one.

Solid planning is proven to improve outcomes in dynamic industries like real estate investing. Though preparation isn’t glamorous, it pays dividends. Thoughtfully constructing your playbook puts the odds of executing successfully in your favor.

With a solid blueprint backed by your research, you’re now ready to capture the best real estate investment opportunities.

Business plan real estate investor FAQs

How do i stay flexible and adapt my business plan to changes in the market.

To stay flexible, review your real estate investing business plan regularly and update it based on changes in market conditions, trends, and opportunities. If things change in the market, find ways to adapt your strategy. This can include your goals, target market, financing, and even your exit plans.

How do I know if my real estate investing business plan is effective?

You'll know your business plan is effective if you're meeting the key objectives and metrics you outlined. Let's say your plan called for you to purchase a certain number of properties and achieve a specific cash flow or rate of return. If you're falling short, you can use the plan to course-correct.

Are there any specific software or tools for creating a real estate investing business plan?

Azibo is a helpful software tool for creating real estate investing business plans. This comprehensive platform has templates and tools to build out key sections of your plan. Its robust accounting and financial capabilities help construct accurate statements and projections.

Incorporating Azibo's online rent collection allows you to model cash flows. By centralizing lease documents , accounting, and portfolio management, Azibo streamlines the process of putting together a strategically sound real estate business plan.

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Nichole co-founded Gateway Private Equity Group, with a history of investments in single-family and multi-family properties, and now a specialization in hotel real estate investments. She is also the creator of NicsGuide.com, a blog dedicated to real estate investing.

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Real Estate Investment Business Plan

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Things to Consider Before Writing a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Select the right property location.

Selecting the right location to invest in is one of the primary requirements for a real estate business’s success. You should select the location based on what is the potential of infrastructural development in the area. Is it a preferable location for commercialization and urbanization or not? You should always keep these things in mind to ensure the maximum possible returns on your investment.

Know the purpose of your investment

Do your research, know all of your options, how can a real estate investment business plan help you.

You may want to start investing as soon as possible, after all, investments take time to grow, right? But just like a stitch in time saves nine, a real estate investment business plan can help your investment business prosper in the future even if it seems time-consuming at the moment.

It can help you design a proper business model and formulate a great business growth strategy. Moreover, it can also help you track your progress along the way.

All in all, it can make your investments way smoother than going about without a business plan.

Chalking out Your Business Plan

The real estate sector is one of the most profitable sectors to invest in. Many investors swear by it as a bankable source of secondary income.

Not just that, the real estate investment market increased from 9.6 trillion dollars in 2019 to 10.5 trillion dollars in 2020. Although it may take time, investment in the housing market can help your money grow.

And though the above information invests in the real estate sector as a rosy prospect, it can go horribly wrong without a proper business plan and investment strategy.

Read on to find out what a business plan can do for your investment business.

Real estate investment business plan outline

This is the standard real estate investment business plan outline which will cover all important sections that you should include in your business plan.

  • Purpose of the Plan
  • Introduction
  • The Problem
  • The Solution
  • A fundamental change in the US housing market
  • All three legs of the apartment investment stool are in place
  • Weak Housing Market
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Business Model
  • Growth Opportunity
  • Corporate Structure Overview
  • Source and Use of Funds
  • Return on Investment
  • Mission Statement
  • Business Objectives
  • Legal Structure
  • Company Ownership
  • Location and Premises
  • Intellectual Property
  • CREI Business Model
  • Revenue Projections
  • The Amount of Investment Funds Requested
  • Business Benefits
  • Investment Repayments
  • Good Investment Trends in Apartment Rentals
  • Rent Spikes Coming For a Good Investment in Apartment Buildings
  • Apartments Continue as Good Investment Through 2012 and Beyond
  • Apartment Buildings Going From Good Investment to Great
  • Filling Basic Needs Makes for a Good Investment
  • More Americans renting by choice
  • The Apartment Building Investment Triple Opportunity Is Right Now
  • Internet Growth Allows Renters to Locate Good Apartments
  • Industry Participants
  • Competitive Advantages
  • Strategic Initiatives?
  • Brand Strategy
  • Provide Individuals, Families, and Businesses with Quality Rental Properties at an Affordable Price.
  • Positioning Statement
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Sales Strategy
  • Sales Forecast
  • Sales Programs
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Social networking websites
  • Email campaigns
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) PPC
  • Banner advertisements
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Organizational Structure
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Key Assumptions
  • Key Financial Indicators
  • Explanation of Break-even Analysis
  • Business Ratios
  • Long-term Plan and Financial Highlights
  • Projected Income Statement
  • Projected Cash Flow
  • Projected Balance Sheet

How to Write a Real Estate Investment Business Plan?

A real estate investment business plan consists of several key areas that must be included in it and add things that would be unique to you and your business.

Also, there are several ways in which you can write a business plan including online business plan software and pre-designed templates. You can choose the method that works best for your individual needs.

What to Include in a Real Estate Investment Business Plan?

Although a business plan should be customized as per the needs of an individual and market situation, there are certain areas that every real estate investment business plan must include. They are as follows:

1. Executive Summary

The executive summary section is the first and foremost section of your business plan. It consists of what your entire business stands for. It focuses on everything ranging from opportunities and threats, competitive advantages your business has, the structure of the current market as well as the financial needs of the business.

Most importantly for a real estate investment business plan, it would also consist of the prospective return of investment one can expect from the business as well as the expected duration of time for that growth to happen.

2. Business Concept and Revenue Model

This section would include the type of investment concept and revenue model you plan on following with your business. So, before writing this section it is a good practice to analyze the current trends in the market as well as your own finances, to find the concept that fits the best for you in the current market situation.

In this section, you can also include methods of tracking the progress of your investments.

3. Market Analysis

Whenever one starts a new business it is mandatory to carry out market analysis to flourish in it. It not only helps you in understanding the market, but it also helps you in choosing the right strategy for your own business.

For example, in the US rent spikes and increasing demand for rental accommodations make the rent department an extremely profitable segment in the real estate market. A thorough analysis of the market can thus help you choose the most favorable market segment as well as the best locality to invest in.

4. Growth Strategy

In this section, you should include the milestones you plan on having for your investment business. It helps you set well-defined tasks to achieve those milestones and keeps you motivated while doing the same. Also, with the help of milestones, you can always pinpoint when and where you are going wrong and need a shift in direction.

5. Web Plan

Having a web presence can be immensely helpful in building your network and reaching out to potential partners and organizations that can help you grow.

For building an online presence you can use various tools like social media, email marketing, optimized web pages, etc.

6. Management Summary

This segment includes information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the people in your business. The people in your business are a major aspect that decides its success or downfall, therefore a thorough detail of their work and progress is an essential part of your business plan.

7. SWOT Analysis

Carrying out a SWOT analysis before writing your business plan can make the process faster, easier, and way more well-defined. Hence, including it in your business plan is always a good idea.

8. Financial analysis

Even though financial analysis is crucial for any business, it is especially important for investment businesses. In this section, you can include the time required to reach the break-even point, the projected growth of your business, long-term finances as well and strategies to deal with potential changes in the market.

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Frequently asked questions, do you need a business plan for real estate investing.

Indeed. Whether you plan to start a real estate investing, development, or mortgage broker business—you need a solid business plan to make your real estate business a runaway success. You can use Upmetrics’ real estate & rental business plan templates to get started writing your plan.

What's the importance of a marketing strategy in a real estate investment business plan?

Marketing strategy is a key component of your real estate investment business plan. Whether it is about achieving certain business goals or helping your investors understand your plan to maximize their return on investment—an impactful marketing strategy is the way to do it!

Here are a few pointers to help you understand the importance of having an impactful marketing strategy:

  • It provides your business an edge over your competitors.
  • It helps investors better understand your business and growth potential.
  • It helps you develop products with the best profit potential.
  • It helps you set accurate pricing for your products or services.

What is the easiest way to write your real estate investment business plan?

A lot of research is necessary for writing a business plan, but you can write your plan most efficiently with the help of any real estate investment business plan example and edit it as per your need. You can also quickly finish your plan in just a few hours or less with the help of our business planning tool .

How do I write a good market analysis in a real estate investment business plan?

Market analysis is one of the key components of your business plan that requires deep research and a thorough understanding of your industry.

We can categorize the process of writing a good market analysis section into the following steps:

  • Stating the objective of your market analysis—e.g., investor funding.
  • Industry study—market size, growth potential, market trends, etc.
  • Identifying target market—based on user behavior and demographics.
  • Analyzing direct and indirect competitors.
  • Calculating market share—understanding TAM, SAM, and SOM.
  • Knowing regulations and restrictions
  • Organizing data and writing the first draft.

Writing a marketing analysis section can be overwhelming, but using ChatGPT for market research can make things easier.

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Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Over the past 20+ years, we have helped over 5,000 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans to start and grow their real estate investment businesses. On this page, we will first give you some background information with regards to the importance of business planning. We will then go through a real estate investing business plan template step-by-step so you can create your plan today.

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What Is a Business Plan?

A business plan provides a snapshot of your real estate investing business as it stands today, and lays out your growth plan for the next five years. It explains your business goals and your strategy for reaching them. It also includes market research to support your plans.

Why You Need a Business Plan

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Source of Funding for Real Estate Investment Companies

With regards to funding, the main sources of funding for a real estate investment business are personal savings, credit cards, bank loans and angel investors. With regards to bank loans, banks will want to review your business plan and gain confidence that you will be able to repay your loan and interest. To acquire this confidence, the loan officer will not only want to confirm that your financials are reasonable. But they will want to see a professional plan. Such a plan will give them the confidence that you can successfully and professionally operate a business.

The second most common form of funding for a real estate investment business is angel investors. Angel investors are wealthy individuals who will write you a check. They will either take equity in return for their funding, or, like a bank, they will give you a loan.

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How to write a business plan for a real estate investment company.

Your business plan should include 10 sections as follows:

Executive Summary

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The goal of your Executive Summary is to quickly engage the reader. Explain to them the type of real estate investing business you are operating and the status; for example, are you a startup, do you have a business that you would like to grow, or are you operating a chain of real estate investment companies.

Next, provide an overview of each of the subsequent sections of your plan. For example, give a brief overview of the real estate investment industry. Discuss the type of real estate investment business you are operating. Detail your direct competitors. Give an overview of your target customers. Provide a snapshot of your marketing plan. Identify the key members of your team. And offer an overview of your financial plan.

Company Analysis

In your company analysis, you will detail the type of real estate investment business you are operating.

For example, you might operate one of the following types: Real estate investment companies do two basic things: invest in real estate and trade in real estate.

  • Real estate investment is a long-term investment wherein you purchase real estate with the intent of keeping properties to rent out.
  • Real estate trading is a short-term investment, wherein you buy a property that needs fixing up and flip it for a higher price soon after.

In addition to explaining the type of real estate investment company you operate, the Company Analysis section of your business plan needs to provide background on the business.

Include answers to question such as:

  • When and why did you start the business?
  • What milestones have you achieved to date? Milestones could include sales goals you’ve reached, new store openings, etc.
  • Your legal structure. Are you incorporated as an S-Corp? An LLC? A sole proprietorship? Explain your legal structure here.

Industry Analysis

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While this may seem unnecessary, it serves multiple purposes.

First, researching the real estate investment industry educates you. It helps you understand the market in which you are operating. 

Secondly, market research can improve your strategy particularly if your research identifies market trends. For example, if there was a trend towards increasing foreclosures in a particular city, it would be helpful to ensure your plan calls for an increased focus in this market.

The third reason for market research is to prove to readers that you are an expert in your industry. By conducting the research and presenting it in your plan, you achieve just that.

The following questions should be answered in the industry analysis section of your real estate investing business plan:

  • How big is the real estate investment industry (in dollars)?
  • Is the market declining or increasing?
  • Who are the key competitors in the market?
  • Who are the key suppliers in the market?
  • What trends are affecting the industry?
  • What is the industry’s growth forecast over the next 5 – 10 years?
  • What is the relevant market size? That is, how big is the potential market for your real estate investment business. You can extrapolate such a figure by assessing the size of the market in the entire country and then applying that figure to your local population.

Customer Analysis

The customer analysis section of your real estate investing business plan must detail the customers you serve and/or expect to serve.

The following are examples of customer segments: mortgage holders, home buyers, renters, etc.

As you can imagine, the customer segment(s) you choose will have a great impact on the type of real estate investment business you operate. Clearly first-time home buyers would want different pricing and product options, and would respond to different marketing promotions than banks.

Try to break out your target customers in terms of their demographic and psychographic profiles. With regards to demographics, include a discussion of the ages, genders, locations and income levels of the customers you seek to serve. Because most real estate investment businesses primarily serve customers living in their same city or town, such demographic information is easy to find on government websites.

Psychographic profiles explain the wants and needs of your target customers. The more you can understand and define these needs, the better you will do in attracting and retaining your customers.

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Competitive Analysis

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Direct competitors are other real estate investment businesses.

Indirect competitors are other options that customers have to purchase from that aren’t direct competitors. This includes property management companies, realtors, and DIY home fixer-uppers. You need to mention such competition to show you understand that not everyone who purchases or leases real estate uses a real estate investment business to do so.

With regards to direct competition, you want to detail the other real estate investment businesses with which you compete. Most likely, your direct competitors will be real estate investment businesses located very close to your location.

For each such competitor, provide an overview of their businesses and document their strengths and weaknesses. Unless you once worked at your competitors’ businesses, it will be impossible to know everything about them. But you should be able to find out key things about them such as:

  • What types of customers do they serve?
  • What products do they offer?
  • What is their pricing (premium, low, etc.)?
  • What are they good at?
  • What are their weaknesses?

With regards to the last two questions, think about your answers from the customers’ perspective. And don’t be afraid to ask your competitors’ customers what they like most and least about them.

The final part of your competitive analysis section is to document your areas of competitive advantage. For example:

  • Will you specialize in a particular real estate type or market?
  • Will you provide services that your competitors don’t offer?
  • Will you make it easier or faster for customers to acquire your real estate?
  • Will you provide better customer service?
  • Will you offer better pricing?

Think about ways you will outperform your competition and document them in this section of your plan.

Marketing Plan

Traditionally, a marketing plan includes the four P’s: Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. For a real estate investment business plan, your marketing plan should include the following:

Product : in the product section you should reiterate the type of real estate investment company that you documented in your Company Analysis. Then, detail the specific products you will be offering. For example, will you offer residential properties, or commercial properties?

Price : Document the prices you will offer and how they compare to your competitors. Essentially in the product and price sub-sections of your marketing plan, you are presenting the types of real estate you offer and the current price ranges.

Place : Place refers to the location of your business. Document your location and mention how the location will impact your success. For example, is your real estate investment business located in a market with a high foreclosure rate, or with a low inventory of office space. Discuss how your location might provide a steady stream of customers. 

Promotions : the final part of your real estate investing marketing plan is the promotions section. Here you will document how you will drive customers to your location(s). The following are some promotional methods you might consider:

  • Advertising in local papers and magazines
  • Reaching out to local bloggers and websites 
  • Social media advertising
  • Local radio advertising
  • Banner ads at local venues

Operations Plan

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Everyday short-term processes include all of the tasks involved in running your real estate investment business such as finding properties to acquire, marketing completed properties, overseeing renovations, etc.

Long-term goals are the milestones you hope to achieve. These could include the dates when you expect to flip your 25th house, or when you hope to reach $X in sales. It could also be when you expect to hire your Xth employee or launch in a new market.

Management Team

To demonstrate your real estate investment business’s ability to succeed as a business, a strong management team is essential. Highlight your key players’ backgrounds, emphasizing those skills and experiences that prove their ability to grow a company. 

Ideally you and/or your team members have direct experience in real estate. If so, highlight this experience and expertise. But also highlight any experience that you think will help your business succeed.

If your team is lacking, consider assembling an advisory board. An advisory board would include 2 to 8 individuals who would act like mentors to your business. They would help answer questions and provide strategic guidance. If needed, look for advisory board members with experience in real estate investment businesses and/or successfully running small businesses.

Financial Plan

Your financial plan should include your 5-year financial statement broken out both monthly or quarterly for the first year and then annually. Your financial statements include your income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statements.

Income Statement

An income statement is more commonly called a Profit and Loss statement or P&L. It shows your revenues and then subtracts your costs to show whether you turned a profit or not.

In developing your income statement, you need to devise assumptions. For example, will sales grow by 2% or 10% per year? As you can imagine, your choice of assumptions will greatly impact the financial forecasts for your business. As much as possible, conduct research to try to root your assumptions in reality.

Balance Sheets

While balance sheets include much information, to simplify them to the key items you need to know about, balance sheets show your assets and liabilities. For instance, if you spend $100,000 on building out your real estate investment business, that will not give you immediate profits. Rather it is an asset that will hopefully help you generate profits for years to come. Likewise, if a bank writes you a check for $100.000, you don’t need to pay it back immediately. Rather, that is a liability you will pay back over time.

Cash Flow Statement

Your cash flow statement will help determine how much money you need to start or grow your business, and make sure you never run out of money. What most entrepreneurs and business owners don’t realize is that you can turn a profit but run out of money and go bankrupt. For example, let’s say you signed a commercial tenant that needs an extensive build out, that would cost you $50,000 to complete. Well, in most cases, you would have to pay that $50,000 now for materials, equipment rentals, employee salaries, etc. But rent will not cover build-out costs for 180 days. During that 180 day period, you could run out of money.

In developing your Income Statement and Balance Sheets be sure to include several of the key costs needed in starting or growing a real estate investment business:

  • Location build-out including design fees, construction, etc.
  • Cost of developing or refurbishing real estate assets
  • Cost of depreciation
  • Payroll or salaries paid to staff
  • Business insurance
  • Taxes and permits
  • Legal expenses

Attach your full financial projections in the appendix of your plan along with any supporting documents that make your plan more compelling. For example, you might include your store design blueprint or location lease.

Real Estate Investment Business Plan Summary

Putting together a business plan for your real estate investment company is a worthwhile endeavor. If you follow the template above, by the time you are done, you will truly be an expert. You will really understand the real estate investment market, your competition and your customers. You will have developed a marketing plan and will really understand what it takes to launch and grow a successful real estate investment business.

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The goal of your Executive Summary is to quickly engage the reader. Explain to them the type of real estate investment business you are operating and the status; for example, are you a startup, do you have a real estate investment business that you would like to grow, or are you operating a chain of real estate investment businesses.

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  • 1 Write Your Mission & Vision Statement
  • 2 Conduct a SWOT Analysis
  • 3 Choose a Real Estate Business Investing Model
  • 4 Set Specific & Measurable Goals
  • 5 Write a Company Summary
  • 6 Determine Your Financial Plan
  • 7 Perform a Rental Market Analysis
  • 8 Create a Marketing Plan
  • 9 Build a Team & Implement Systems
  • 10 Have an Exit Strategy
  • 11 Bottom Line

A real estate investment business plan is a guide with actionable steps for determining how you’ll operate your real estate investing business. It also indicates how you’ll measure your business’ success. The plan outlines your mission and vision statement, lets you conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, and sets goals in place. It’s similar to a business plan for any business, but the objectives are geared toward how you will manage the business, grow your investment, and secure funding.

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1. write your mission & vision statement.

Every real estate investment business plan should begin with a concrete mission statement and vision. A mission statement declares actions and strategies the organization will use—serving as its North Star in achieving its business or investment objectives. A strong mission statement directs a real estate business, keeps teams accountable, inspires customers, and helps you measure success.

Before you compose your mission statement, you need to think about the following questions to do it effectively:

  • What exactly is our business? The answer should encompass the essential functions of your real estate organization.
  • How are we doing it? The response must explain your real estate goals and methods based on your core principles.
  • Who are we doing it for? The response explains who your primary market is.
  • What are our guiding principles? The “why” for your real estate company’s existence.

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Mission statement example (Source: Oak Tree Capital )

The example above provides the mission statement of Oak Tree Capital. As a real estate investment business, it’s clear what its ultimate business objective is and how it will approach investing with integrity to maximize profit. Essentially, the investment company will drive monetary results—while maintaining its moral principles.

On the other hand, vision statements differ slightly from mission statements. They’re a bit more inspirational and provide some direction for future planning and execution of business investment strategies. Vision statements touch on a company’s desires and purpose beyond day-to-day operational activity. A vision statement outlines what the business desires to be once its mission statement is achieved.

For more mission statement examples, read our 16 Small Business Mission Statement Examples & Why They Inspire article and download our free mission statement template to get started.

If you want to write a vision statement that is truly aspirational and motivating, you should include your significant stakeholders as well as words that describe your products, services, values, initiatives, and goals. It would be best if you also answer the following questions:

  • What is the primary goal of your organization?
  • What are the key strengths of your business?
  • What are the core values of your company?
  • How do you aim to change the world as a business?
  • What kind of global influence do you want your business to have?
  • What needs and wants does your company have?
  • How would the world be different if our organization achieved its goals?

In the example below from Aguila Real Estate, it hopes to be the preferred real estate company in its market.

Example of a real estate vision statement.

Example of a vision statement (Source: Aguila Real Estate )

To make it easier, download our free template and follow our steps to create a vision statement for your small business. Take a look also at our 12 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples for Small Businesses in 2023 article to better understand how to create an impactful vision statement.

2. Conduct a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis section of your real estate investing business plan template helps identify a business’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This tool enables real estate investors to identify internal areas of improvement within their business through their strengths and weaknesses.

The opportunities and threats can assist with motivating a team to take actions that keep them ahead of an ever-changing real estate landscape. For a real estate business investor, the SWOT analysis is aimed at helping grow and protect investments over time.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Specifically for real estate investing, strengths and weaknesses correlate with the investment properties’ success and touch on items that will drive investment growth. The strengths can be the property’s location, condition, available amenities, and decreased vacancy. All of these items contribute to the success of a property.

On the contrary, the weaknesses include small unit sizes, excessive expenditures (finances to repair, upgrade, properties to acquire), low rents, and low cap rates. These weaknesses indicate less money is being collected and a lower overall return on investment (ROI). They are all factors that limit cash flow into the business and are internal factors that an investor can change.

See below for an example of strengths and weaknesses that could be included in a SWOT analysis:

Opportunities & Threats

Opportunities and threats are external factors that can affect an investment business. You don’t have control over these items, but you can maneuver your business to take advantage of the opportunities or mitigate any long-term effects of external threats. Opportunities relating to investment properties can be receiving certification with a city as a preferred development or having excess equity.

However, threats to an investment property do not need to be particularly connected to the property itself. They can be factors that affect your overall business. For example, interest rates may be high, which cuts your profits if you obtain a mortgage during that time frame.

An example of possible opportunities and threats for an investment business could be:

After creating your SWOT analysis, an investor can use these factors to develop business goals to support your strengths and opportunities while implementing change to combat the weaknesses and threats you anticipate. It also helps investors prioritize what items need to be addressed to succeed. These factors in a SWOT can change as the business grows, so don’t forget to revisit this portion and continuously reevaluate your SWOT.

3. Choose a Real Estate Business Investing Model

The core of real estate investing is to purchase and sell properties for a profit. How to make that profit is a factor in identifying your investment model. Different investing models are beneficial to an investor at different times.

For example, when interest rates are low, you may consider selling your property altogether. When interest rates are high and it is more difficult for people to obtain a mortgage, you may choose to rent out your properties instead. Sometimes, you must try a few models to see what works best for your business, given your area of expertise.

We’ve identified some investment business models to consider:

  • Buy and hold: This strategy mainly involves renting out the property and earning regular rental income. This is also considered the BRRRR method : buy, rehab, rent, refinance, and repeat until you have increased your portfolio.
  • Flipping properties : Flipping a property entails purchasing, adding value, and selling it higher than the investment costs. Many investors have a set profitability number they would like to hit but should consider market fluctuations on what they can realistically receive during the sale.
  • Owner-occupied: Investors can live in the property while renting out extra units to reduce their housing costs and have rental income coming in simultaneously. This model is best if you own multifamily units, especially duplexes, triplexes, or fourplexes . It’s also a great way to understand the complexities of being a landlord. You can transition your unit to another renter when you want to move.
  • Turnkey: Buying a turnkey property is the best option for investors who wish to enter the real estate market without having to deal with renovations or tenant management. It’s a practical way for seasoned investors to diversify their portfolios with fewer time commitments.

Investors don’t have to stick to one model, and they can have a few of these investment models within their portfolio, depending on how much effort they would like to put into each property. Before choosing an investment model, consider which will help you meet your investing goals most efficiently.

Read our Investing in Real Estate: The 14-Tip Guide for Beginners article to learn how real estate investment works and other investing business models. Also, if you’re new to real estate investing and are looking for foundational knowledge to get started or seeking information about the best online courses for real estate investing, look at our The 13 Best Real Estate Investing Courses Online 2023 article.

4. Set Specific & Measurable Goals

The next step to completing a real estate investment business plan for real estate investing is to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Creating goals that contain all of the criteria of SMART goals results in extremely specific goals, provides focus, and sets an investor up for achieving the goals. The process of creating these goals takes some experience and continued practice.

An investor’s goals can consist of small short-term goals and more monumental long-term goals. Whether big or small, ideal goals will propel your business forward. For example, your end goal could be having a specific number of properties in your portfolio or setting a particular return on investment (ROI) you want to achieve annually.

Remember that your SMART goals don’t always have to be property-related just because you’re an investor. They can be goals that help you improve your networking or public speaking skills that can also add to a growing business.

Example of improving goals with SMART in mind:

Begin creating SMART goals with an initial goal. Then, take that initial goal and break it down into the different SMART components. SMART goals leave no room for error or confusion. The specific, measurable, and time-bound criteria identify the exact components for success.

However, the relevant and achievable parts of the goal require a little extra work to identify. The relevancy should align with your company’s mission, and extra research must be performed to ensure the goal is attainable.

Initial goal: Receive a 5% return on investment from the property

Smart goal:

  • Specific: I want to achieve a 5% return on the 99 Park Place property.
  • Measurable: The goal is to sell it for greater than or equal to $499,000.
  • Achievable: The current market value for a two-bedroom in Chicago is selling for $500,000 and growing by 1% yearly.
  • Relevant: I aim to meet my overall portfolio returns by 20% annually.
  • Time-bound: I want to offload this property in the next three years.

5. Write a Company Summary

The company summary section of a business plan for investors is a high-level overview, giving insight into your business, its services, goals, and mission, and how you differentiate yourself from your competition. Other items that can be included in this overview are business legal structure, business location, and business goals. The company summary is beneficial if you want to involve outside investors or partners in your business.

Choueri Real Estate company summary

​​Example company profile from Choueri Real Estate

A company summary is customizable to your target audience. If you’re using this section to recruit high-level executives to your team, center it around business operations and corporate culture. However, if you’re looking to target funding and develop investor relationships for a new project, then you should include investor-specific topics relating to profitability, investment strategy, and company business structure.

Partners and outside investors will want to consider your company’s specific legal business structure to know what types of liabilities are at hand. Legal business structure determines how taxes are charged and paid and what legal entity owns the assets. This information helps determine how the liabilities are separated from personal assets. For example, if a tenant wants to seek legal damages against the landlord and the property is owned by an LLC, personal assets like your personal home will not be at risk.

6. Determine Your Financial Plan

The most essential part of creating a real estate investing business is the financial aspect since much of the business involves purchasing, managing, and selling real estate. To buy real estate initially, you’ll have to determine where funding will come from. Funding can come from your personal assets, a line of credit, or external investors.

A few options are available to real estate investors when obtaining a loan to purchase properties. The lending options available to most real estate investors include the following:

  • Mortgage: This is one of the most common means of obtaining financing. A financial institution will provide money based on a borrower’s credit score and ability to repay the loan.
  • Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans : This loan is secured by the FHA to assist with getting you a low down payment or lower closing costs, and sometimes easily obtain credit. There are some restrictions to qualify for this loan—but it could be suitable for newer investors who want to begin investing starting with their primary home.
  • Home equity line of credit (HELOC) : If you currently have property, obtain a HELOC by using your current property to secure the line of credit and borrow against the equity in your property. As you repay the loan, your available balance on the line of credit gets replenished.
  • Private lenders : These are lenders who are not financial institutions. These individual lenders typically have fewer restrictions than traditional lenders and will lend money to individuals who can grow their investments.
  • Hard-money loans : This loan requires a hard asset to be leveraged for money. For example, you can put up the home you want to purchase as the asset for cash upfront, and the hard-money loan will be paid back once the home is sold or other funding is secured. This is great for short-term deals due to quick approval and little upfront money.

After funding is obtained to purchase property, financial projections help investors understand their financial standing. These projections can tell you potential income, profits, and when you may need additional funding in the future. Similar to lending options, these calculations are specific to your investing model. If you’re not planning to rent out the property, then calculations like gross rent multiplier are not applicable.

For more information on what is needed to obtain financing, read our articles Investment Property Financing & Requirements and 5 Best Crowdfunding Sites for Investors 2023 .

Additional Investment Calculations

In a rental property business plan, it’s important to use a rental property calculator to determine a property’s potential return on investment. The calculator considers various factors, such as purchase price, operating expenses, monthly income, or vacancy rates, to determine whether a property is a good investment.

Click on the tabs below for the other important calculations all investors should be aware of when purchasing and managing rental properties :

  • Gross Operating Income
  • Gross Rent Multiplier
  • Vacancy Rate

The gross operating income (GOI) calculates the amount of rent and income received from a property minus any vacancy. It doesn’t take into account other expenses. It tells an investor how much income they’ll make after some assumed losses with vacancy.

GOI = Total rent + Other income – Vacancy losses

The capitalization (cap) rate calculates the return on investment (ROI) of a property. This equation is used to compare the return of one building to another. The higher the cap rate, the better since the purchase price is low.

Cap Rate = Net operating income / Purchase price

The gross rent multiplier (GRM) is a factor that helps determine a property’s potential profitability. It can be used to compare perspective buildings to determine which one is the better deal.

GRM = Property price / Gross annual income

The vacancy rate calculates the vacancy percentage of all your investment properties during a specific period. Percentage helps an investor determine how their property performs given current market conditions. If you have a high vacancy rate, you must determine the cause. Perhaps your asking rents are too high for the current housing market.

Vacancy Rate Formula = # of Vacant Units x 100 / Total # of Units

Cash flow is the movement of money in and out of your business, also known as net operating income. In an ideal scenario, investors will bring in more income than expenses, thus showing profit and a positive cash flow. Positive cash flow allows investors to decide how to use that profit. They can invest it in growing their portfolio or increasing their cash reserves for unexpected expenses.

Cash Flow = Gross rental income – Total expenses

Investors can use their current cash flow to forecast future cash flows, which will give you an idea of how much profit you will see over a specific period. Use past cash flow information to determine if there are any trends. For example, during the summer, your water expenses increase, or possibly every few months, you see an increase in property repairs. Consider these trends when estimating future cash flows and compare actual numbers to determine if your forecasting is accurate.

Use the template below to forecast future cash flow for six months and determine how much cash flow reserves you will have:

Cash Flow Template

Cash flow forecast template.

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In addition to the template, investing in property management software like TenantCloud will set you up for success. The free plan from TenantCloud will help you list apartments, collect rent payments, and screen applicants to maximize profits and minimize vacancies.

7. Perform a Rental Market Analysis

While determining what properties to purchase, investors should perform a rental market analysis (RMA) to gauge the investment potential of a rental property. The RMA consists of running comparables against current units on the market and collecting data that may affect your rental rate to understand if the rental property in question is a solid long-term investment. The analysis helps determine the average rental rate and future rent if you want to make any property upgrades.

Fit Small Business rental market analysis template.

Investors can use resources like Zillow to pull comparable property information and gather information on unit layout, building amenities, rental concessions offered, or listing prices. Once the information is gathered, the spreadsheet itemizes the average, median, highest, and lowest rent. When such information is available, it also provides an average price per square foot compared to the subject property. With this information, investors can decide whether the subject property is worth the investment.

Read our 10 Best States to Invest in Real Estate (& 5 Worst) in 2023 article to better understand which states yield a positive cash flow, build equity, and have long-term profitability.

8. Create a Marketing Plan

Once you determine which property to invest in, investors should identify a marketing plan to list the vacant units. Some investors offload the marketing and advertising to real estate agents and brokerages, which will also collect a fee for renting out the property. Refer to some of the best real estate marketing materials to get started, or use our free real estate marketing plan template to lay out your objectives and tactics.

Image of Fit Small Business' free real estate marketing plan template.

A real estate marketing plan should include your goals, budget, target market, competitors, feasible marketing strategies, and unique selling offers. In addition, it’s crucial to balance your strategy and split your potential marketing plans into categories, like print materials, online ads, email, and social media, so that you can be very specific with your goals and metrics.

Here are some of the real estate marketing mediums to include as you set your marketing goals:

  • Real estate website and landing pages
  • Email marketing
  • SMS and text message marketing
  • Real estate ads
  • Social media marketing
  • Print marketing materials
  • Real estate signs

Download our marketing plan template by visiting our article Free Real Estate Marketing Plan Template & Strategy Guide .

9. Build a Team & Implement Systems

As a new investor, you may be unable to hire an entire team of employees to help perform research, run analysis, property management , and accounting duties. It is best to have a list of vendors you can rely on to assist you with purchasing, rehabilitating, and buying or selling your investment properties. Find vendors you trust so you can free yourself from having to micromanage them and know they have your best interest and the interest of your investments in mind.

Here are a few people you want to include on your team:

  • Contractors
  • Electricians
  • Property managers
  • Accountants

You should also utilize real estate investing apps and property intelligence software like Baselane that relieve you of manually performing daily duties to keep your investments profitable.

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Automated rent collection feature (Source: Baselane )

Baselane is an all-in-one solution—from banking to rent collection, bookkeeping, reporting, and analytics. This software will help you efficiently manage your portfolio and eliminate the need for manual tasks. Learn more about how Baselane can make you a better property owner.

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If you’re looking for more tools to help you get started, improve your portfolio management, and streamline your operations, read our 6 Best Real Estate Software for Investors 2023 article. We listed the six best software tools available for real estate investing based on affordability, customer reviews, features, and support to assist you in finding the best software that suits your needs.

10. Have an Exit Strategy

Since an investor’s money is tied up in the properties they own until they choose to sell, deciding when to sell or liquidate to get access to your money is part of an investor’s overall real estate exit strategy. The exit strategy for a real estate investment business is a plan for when an investor would like to remove themself from a deal or the business altogether. It helps weigh the different scenarios to minimize business risks and maximize the total return on investments.

A few exit strategy examples are:

The factors that an investor should consider when devising an exit strategy are minimizing financial loss, recouping as much of their original investment as possible, and avoiding any unseen fees that will cut into profits like tax consequences. An investor’s plan should always be to grow their original investment, but unforeseen circumstances may occur that will require you to plan on when to cut your losses as well.

Bottom Line

Before launching a successful real estate investment business, you must have an efficient business plan, aligning your strategies with your business objectives. Our real estate investment business plan template can help get you started. These plans act as a roadmap so you can focus on the steps required to grow your business. Business plans evolve, so continuously revisit and improve your strategies. There is no right or wrong way to write a real estate investor business plan as long as it is used to achieve your goals.

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How to Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan for Residential Rental Properties (Free Template)

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Ready to unlock the potential of real estate investment and build your financial future? Whether you’re an experienced investor or just starting out , crafting a well-thought-out business plan is critical if you're to succeed in the world of residential rental properties. 

This article will guide you through the essential steps, considerations, and components of creating a real estate investment business plan. Plus, we've got a valuable free template to make your journey even more manageable.

Why You Need a Business Plan for Real Estate Investment

Crafting an effective real estate investment business plan is about more than paperwork; it's about turning your aspirations into achievements.

Creating a formalized business plan for your real estate investment venture is tantamount to success. It forces you—the investor—to organize your thoughts, feelings, goals, and ideas moving forward in the business in a single, powerful document. 

Remember, this is a living document meant to be flexible as your business grows or changes tactics over the years. It keeps you on target, helps expand your business, and keeps your financial goals on track. 

It’s also a helpful document for potential investors, creditors, and partners to peruse before pursuing a business venture with you. 

And speaking of collaborators, finding sample real estate investment business plans or a template to download to get you started is a good idea. But before diving into that, let's look at a few general considerations that will shape your plan.

General Considerations for a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Before you start actually writing your business plan, there are a few general considerations to keep in mind:

  • The Why. When you start any new venture, it’s good to know you’ve got the strength to realize your goals, even when things get tricky. Defining why you’re embarking upon this real estate investment journey is necessary if you want  to reach your destination. Why do you want to invest in real estate? To create financial independence? To serve the community? To provide for your family? Everyone’s “why” is unique to them. As such, your underlying motivation should be the starting point of creating a business plan. Everything follows from this origin.
  • Financial Goals. Next, it’s wise to consider your financial goals. What are you hoping to accomplish financially? This is a business, and having defined financial goals will help keep your real estate investments trending in the right direction. 
  • Timeline. When do you want to achieve all this? Are you taking this business from now until retirement or looking to flip a few houses before the decade closes? Having a general timeline in mind when planning means you’ll be realistic about what goals you can accomplish. 
  • Real Estate Investment Strategy. There are countless ways to jumpstart your real estate investments. Doing a bit of research to discover which real estate investment strategies best suit your financial goals and desired timeline will ensure your business plan is realistic moving forward.

These considerations form the foundation of your real estate investment business plan. But how do you piece it together and create a comprehensive, winning document? 

Spoiler alert: Property managers can be your secret weapon in crafting an airtight plan and guiding you through your investment journey. 

But first, let's explore the essential components of your business plan and how a property manager can make the process smoother.

Essential Components of a Business Plan for Real Estate Investment 

A well-thought-out business plan for real estate investment should help you secure the financing and partnerships needed to bring your dream to fruition. 

To do this, it must include the following components:

  • Executive Summary: a bird’s eye view. The first section of a business plan is like an abstract for a research paper. Here, you’ll introduce the plan and give an overview of what comes later in the document. 
  • Define your team. Who are you bringing on this journey? What are their qualifications? This section can attract new investors and partners by touting the team's accomplishments. 
  • Outline marketing strategy. A business plan won’t succeed without a marketing strategy to connect with potential clients, in this case, future tenants. Your real estate business plan must include understanding the need for top-quality marketing and a method to market your business successfully. Will you run social media ads? Rent local billboard space? 
  • Demonstrate initiative and a willingness to learn. Include a section to show that you know this industry, have researched the competition, and are aware of local real estate market trends and areas for growth. This will communicate to potential investors you’re willing to put in the elbow grease it takes to succeed long-term in this business. 
  • Describe the “What”. What services will you offer? What type of properties will you invest in? What are the next steps to your plan moving forward? 

As you dive deeper into your real estate investment journey, remember that the strength of every property manager relationship reflects the property owner's dedication. 

How to Create a Residential Real Estate Business Plan Quickly 

If you're looking to create a residential real estate business plan quickly, here are a few must-have tips to get you started:

  • Define: Mission. Vision. Values. A business is only as strong as its “big three” pillars: the mission, vision, and values. Begin your business plan by defining what the purpose of your business is (its mission), your plan to bring this mission to life (vision), and the values that will guide your actions when the going gets tough. Careful consideration of these will give you clarity when finding team members to build your business later on. You need people who click with what your business stands for. 
  • Identify short and long-term goals. A real estate business is only as successful as it prepares to be. Remember the adage: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Spending time identifying short (3-12 months out) and long (1-5 years in the future) term goals gives you and your team ways to mark the journey to success with well-defined milestones. 
  • Figure out the finances. How will you fund your business? There are many ways to find capital to bring your real estate business plan to life, but you may have to get creative. And you’ll need to stay organized and on task to bring your financial goals to fruition. 
  • Find the perfect property manager. The quickest way to accomplish this magnificent business plan you’re creating? Hire a property manager to help you skip the grunt work. But while finding the right manager for your business isn’t easy—you’ll need to research and interview several property managers before you get a feel for what’s best for you—the road will be much less bumpy with a solid business plan in hand. 

How a Property Manager Can Help You Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

A property manager can help you create a real estate investment business plan in five important  ways. 

  • Provide you with insights into the local real estate market.
  • Help you identify and evaluate potential investment properties.
  • Help you develop a marketing strategy to attract tenants.
  • Help you manage your finances and keep track of your expenses.
  • Provide you with guidance and support throughout the investment process.

When you enter property manager interviews armed with a robust business plan, you demonstrate your commitment and pave the way for a successful partnership. 

Ultimately, creating the ideal business plan for real estate investment begins with you. Every property manager relationship is only as strong as the drive of the property owner. 

Download APM’s free sample real estate investment business plan template to get started.

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12 Best Real Estate Investing Business Plan Templates

Updated on September 26, 2023

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Investing in real estate can be lucrative, regardless of whether you make it your primary business or a side hustle. It can be a great source of ongoing income and profits from appreciation. Investing in real estate is also an excellent way to build wealth. These are some real estate investing business plan templates to help you get started.

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Key Components of a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

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However, real estate investing requires a business plan, as with all business ventures. A business plan is necessary to guide your decision-making and growth and help you finance your real estate and business operations.

A real estate investing business plan includes several components.

The executive summary introduces your business and provides an overview of your business and the contents of your business plan. It describes how you plan to succeed at your business. It also includes your mission and vision statement.

Your mission and vision statement articulates the values and direction of your real estate business. It is the guiding star that you use for developing your strategy. The mission statement should inspire customers and your team.

You’ll develop your mission and vision statement first, and your strategy will fit your vision. To create your mission and vision statement, consider companies that you admire. (They can be from any industry.) Then, find their mission and vision statements and use them to develop your own.

Your executive summary is the first part of your plan. However, you wait to write the executive summary after you’ve written the rest of the plan.

Your business plan should contain a brief overview of your company, your management team, and your expertise. It describes your legal structure, such as whether you are an S-Corp., LLC, or corporation.

It also describes the type of real estate investing business you will operate; for example, do you plan to make long-term investments in rental properties or embrace a short-term investment strategy where you buy a fixer-upper, renovate it and sell it quickly at a profit?

You’ll provide further details on your company in the rest of the business plan.

This section includes a market analysis, including any market trends that may affect your business. Writing this section requires that you research the business, which educates you. It also should prove to potential funding sources that you are knowledgeable.

The industry analysis section should include answers to several questions, such as

  • How big is the market?
  • Is it increasing or decreasing?
  • What trends are affecting the industry?
  • Who are your key competitors?

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Although you briefly mention your strategy for your investment properties in the company description, you’ll deal with it in depth. You’ll also discuss how your strategy will help you meet your business and personal goals.

For example, you may purchase real estate and want to focus on long-term investments that produce income while also appreciating. However, until you can build up sufficient capital, you may engage in wholesaling, where you put a contract on a home and then find an investor to buy it.

Your strategy should also include the types of properties you will invest in, for example, single-family homes, apartment buildings, or commercial properties. If your investments are within a specific geography, you’ll also list that geography in this section.

The customer analysis section briefly overviews your target customers, for example, renters or home buyers. A well-researched customer analysis will break their target market into demographic and psychographic groups.

The competitive analysis section overviews your competitors, their target market, products and services, and marketing share. Many real estate business plans also analyze their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), especially concerning their competitors. A SWOT analysis is an excellent way to find solutions to potential challenges.

The SWOT analysis starts with strengths and weaknesses. You might consider questions such as

  • Are you successful at finding high-quality tenants?
  • What is your track record in identifying good properties to renovate and sell?
  • What is your competitive advantage, i.e., what do you do better than your competitors?
  • How successful are you at raising capital?

The SWOT analysis also looks at opportunities and threats. A potential opportunity could be a new subway stop opening near a property you own that could boost its desirability or an opportunity to increase amenities at one of your apartment complexes. A threat could be a competitor renting similar properties at a lower price.

The marketing plan is a critical component of any business plan. The marketing plan should include

  • Your business logo. Your logo should reflect your mission statement in some way.
  • The value proposition of your real estate investing business. The value proposition is what the business offers customers that is unique.
  • Promotions strategy, including how you’ll gain referrals, use the Internet and social media, advertise in publications, and undertake other promotions.
  • Your plan to develop, maintain, and grow relationships with potential customers.
  • The type of products or services you will offer are property management services, renovated homes, or brokerage services.
  • Your pricing strategy and how that compares with competitors.

The Operations Plan describes how you operate from day to day. It includes information on how you:

  • Find properties to acquire
  • Oversee renovations
  • Market properties when you wish to sell them
  • Determine when to sell

It also should include information on how your company’s organizational structure is organized, the status of specific projects, milestones you expect to reach and when, and the steps you’ll take to reach them.

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You’ll have briefly discussed the expertise of your management team as a whole. You want to provide details in your real estate investment business plan. Highlight the experience of each key team member, emphasizing how each member will help you reach your business goals.

If you feel your team lacks experience, consider assembling an advisory board of experienced real estate professionals and noting the board’s existence in this section.

Also, note if you plan to hire additional managers as your real estate investment business reaches certain milestones. List what experience and skills you’ll seek in your new hires.

Financial information is a significant component of a real estate investment business plan. Begin this section by specifying the source of your revenue as well as what drives your costs. If the purpose of your business plan is to receive funding, state the amount of funding you need and what you’ll use it for.

Then, include financial projections for your real estate investment property and business for the next five years. You’ll include several types of financial statements in your financial plan. In each statement, you’ll also include the assumptions you used to arrive at the projects.

Income Statement

The income statement (or profit and loss statement) shows the revenues minus the costs to show the amount of profit. To derive your revenue projections, you’ll need to assume a certain level of sales or number of rental units at a specific price.

Your costs would include maintenance, repair, or renovation costs, salaries and commissions, office rent (if any), marketing costs, and the cost of utilities and software. Do market research to base your assumptions on reality as much as possible.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet is a snapshot of the assets and liabilities of your real estate investing business at a specific time. You’ll project assets, such as cash, real estate, and accounts receivables, for each of the five years. You’ll also project liabilities, such as debt and accounts payable. You’ll also launch the amount of equity for each of the five years.

Cash Flow Statements

The cash flow situation of a real estate investment business can significantly affect its success. Some businesses turn a profit but end up in bankruptcy because their cash flow is insufficient to pay bills when they are due.

For example, suppose a new commercial tenant requests a significant build-out. You’ll have to front the money to make the improvements and may not recoup it until the tenant has paid six months or more of rent. You may also have other expenses during that time.

If you have no other source of income, you could run out of money before you recoup your investment. Remember to list the assumptions that led you to project the cash flow as you did.

If potential funding sources will be scrutinizing your plan, add an appendix. The appendix might include all the documents related to your financial plans, such as leases and a potential exit strategy, as needed.

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Writing a business plan requires considerable research and strategy skills. It also requires a significant time commitment. Templates help reduce the time you need to write your business plan.

Many types of organizations offer business plan templates that you can download for free, although you may have to leave your email. Here are free business plan templates for the real estate investor.

Growthink Homepage

Growthink  is a consulting firm that helps companies develop business plans and raise capital. Its co-founders, Dave Lavinsky and Jay Turo, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and started Growthink to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The company’s values are “Integrity,” “Courage,” and “Positivity.”

Lavinsky  has designed  a real estate investing business plan template that includes most of the key elements above. Lavinsky also provides advice on how to complete each section.

Fit Small Business Homepage

Fit Small Business  is an online publication to answer questions from small business owners across all industries. It has industry-specific experts and a management team that supports the experts. The company, founded in 2013, claims 80,000 readers.

The publication provides tips on how to write your vision and mission statement, complete your SWOT analysis, and choose an investing model. It also provides tips on measuring business success, writing a company summary, and developing a financial plan. Its business plan template is free and  downloadable.

Upmetrics Homepage

Upmetrics  is a data analysis and data management software company. Its software is designed to help startups plan. Based in India, its software is used worldwide.

The company aims to help spark business growth, promote job creation, and help foster personal wealth. In addition to software, the company’s website offers several small business guides and resources.

The company provides 200 sample business plans across several industries, including  one  for a real estate investing business. It also explains the various sections of the plan and tips on completing the sections.

See Related: Best Real Estate Investment Websites

FortuneBuilders Homepage

FortuneBuilders  teaches people how to invest in real estate through courses, coaching, books, and podcasts. Its four founders have considerable experience in the real estate investment market, having invested more than $1 billion in residential and commercial properties.

They still manage real estate projects, generally 25 to 40 at a time. They also provide additional information through their blogs.

FortuneBuilders  bases its  real estate investing business plan template around eight “must-haves,” including a mission statement, goals, strengths and weakness analysis, investment strategy for each property, marketing plan, management team bios, explanation of financing, and answers to “what if” questions. The introduction to its full business planning template also has excellent information to help you determine whether you are likely to succeed in the real estate investment business.

BusinessPlanTemplate.com Homepage

BusinessPlanTemplate.com  has over 250 customizable business plans for small businesses across many industries. Dave Lavinsky, also a co-founder of Growthink, founded BusinessPlanTemplate.com more than 20 years ago, and BusinessPlanTemplate.com is a subsidiary of Growthink.

The company claims to be a leading resource for business plan templates. In addition to templates, it includes advice on writing a business plan.

The company  template  for a real estate investment business is highly detailed, with more than a page on how to write each of the nine sections. It is also updated for 2023.

PlanBuildr Homepage

PlanBuildr  is another Growthink company founded by Dave Lavinsky, who serves as its president. The company’s management team has deep entrepreneurial experience. Lavinsky, a managing partner in several other entrepreneurial ventures, previously worked as a marketing consultant.

Jay Turo is the CEO. Turo works with Lavinsky in many of his other ventures. He has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in international business.

The PlanBuildr real estate investment business plan template includes  sections  on the investment company’s success factors and most of the standard business plan sections. The customizable plan is also downloadable.

Real Estate Investing.org Homepage

Real Estate Investing.org  aims to help families “replace their income with passive income.” The company claims to have more than 25,000 investors.

It has articles and stories to help real estate investors succeed. Its values include having an abundance mindset and always empowering others.

Founder Eric Bowlin is an experienced real estate investor who has managed a portfolio of 450 properties. Real Estate Investing.org’s business plan template provides extensive advice on successfully projecting financials.

It also provides some information on other sections of the  plan.  Although you can download a plan for free, the plan’s information includes a link to a business plan software solution that you purchase.

IncFile Homepage

IncFile  helps small businesses manage the paperwork for forming or dissolving a new business or obtaining a trademark. The company also helps businesses develop an annual report and provides a free tax consultation.

It features a lot of information on business entity types. It claims to have more than 1 million customers.

IncFile’s blog contains several guides for startups, including a guide and template for a business plan for a real estate investment business. In addition to the more common sections of the business plan, it also  includes a section  on a backup business plan writing too. It links with a  template.

Carrot Homepage

Carrot  is an online lead generation hub for real estate agents and investors. The company says its members convert leads at a rate of seven times that of nonmembers and earn a profit that is $14,000 greater on each lead.

Carrot also provides SEO and other tools to help real estate business owners market and run their businesses. CEO Trevor Mauch is an experienced real estate investor with expertise in inbound marketing.

Carrot also includes advice on how a real estate investment business can develop a business plan. Its  free template  includes an executive summary, business description, competitive analysis, building credibility section, and marketing strategy.

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More than 19,000 people have downloaded the Wiki Download real estate investment business template. Available in a PDF or Microsoft Word format, the 12-page document outlines the business plan and uses questions to take you through developing a simple real estate investment plan yourself.

Sections include the executive summary, market analysis, implementation plan (operations plan), marketing efforts, sales strategy, financial forecasts, and assumptions.

Truic Homepage

Truic  provides business services such as business organization, accounting, and business banking. It provides many of these services through partners and receives a referral commission.

It also provides classes on setting up a small business. The company is mainly focused on helping LLCs.

Truic offers many guides for small business owners; the real estate investment business template is one of those guides. Truic’s real estate business plan guide primarily aims at those who invest in and sell residential properties. Its  template  also differs slightly from others because it starts from the owner’s financial goals.

The owner decides how much they wish to earn, then defines the amount of revenue required, and then the number of houses that must be purchased. It also offers advice on tailoring your business plan to potential readers, including lenders and investors.

Property Geek Homepage

Property Geek’s  business plan template is aimed at property investment businesses. Rob Dix, a writer, founded Property Geek in 2012, and property soon became his life. He later launched Property Hub, which offers free courses and a YouTube channel, and created an investment app called Portfolio.

He also has written books and podcasts on property investment issues. He aims to make property investment fun. His website offers investment strategy, financing, property management software, and tax advice.

Property Geek’s real estate investment business plan development starts by determining goals. Then, you build a strategy to get from where you are now to the goal you hope to achieve.

Much of the strategy is developed around compensating for a lack of cash. The site offers a  free downloadable  business plan worksheet.

A business plan will help you succeed at any real estate investment endeavor, no matter the scale or time frame. Startups with plans are likelier to launch and grow than those without.

No, many companies in the real estate industry offer free worksheets and templates for real estate investment businesses. They also provide advice on writing the plan. Most real estate investors can complete the business plan with these resources. If you need additional advice, you can generally obtain it through the SBA or another nonprofit.

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Hailing from a lineage of industrious Midwestern entrepreneurs and creatives, his business instincts are deeply ingrained. This background fuels his entrepreneurial spirit and underpins his commitment to responsible investment. As the Founder and Owner of The Impact Investor, Kyle fervently advocates for increased awareness of ethically invested funds, empowering individuals to make judicious investment decisions.

Striving to marry financial prudence with positive societal impact, Kyle imparts practical strategies for saving and investing, underlined by a robust ethos of conscientious capitalism. His ambition transcends personal gain, aiming instead to spark transformative global change through the power of responsible investment.

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Zenith Real Estate Investments

Executive summary.

Zenith Real Estate Investments specializes in acquiring undervalued properties to renovate, rent, or resell for profit. Our mission is to create value through strategic investments in the residential and commercial real estate markets, offering lucrative opportunities for our investors and enhancing community value.

Company Purpose / Mission Statement

To identify and capitalize on real estate investment opportunities that provide superior returns for our investors while contributing to the revitalization and growth of communities.

Problem We Solve

The real estate market often presents undervalued properties due to various factors, including distressed sales, poor management, or deferred maintenance. These situations create opportunities for investment and improvement but require expertise, capital, and strategic vision to unlock their potential value.

Our Solution

Zenith Real Estate Investments leverages market insights, extensive due diligence, and a network of industry professionals to identify promising investment opportunities. We specialize in refurbishing properties to enhance their market value, optimizing rental income, or preparing them for profitable resale.

Target Market

Our target market includes individual and institutional investors seeking to diversify their portfolios with real estate assets, as well as communities in need of revitalization through property improvements and investments.

Financial Summary

Zenith Real Estate Investments aims for robust growth with projected returns of 15-20% on investment annually. Our model focuses on strategic acquisitions, efficient capital deployment, and maximizing value creation for sustainable profitability.

Funding Needed

We seek $5 million in initial capital to fund property acquisitions, renovations, and operational expenses, with a structured investment plan offering competitive returns to our investors.

Products & Services

Problem worth solving.

The challenge of accessing and transforming undervalued properties into profitable investments requires specialized knowledge, experience, and capital, which many investors lack.

We provide a turnkey real estate investment solution, managing all aspects from acquisition to renovation and either rental or sale, delivering value to both investors and communities.

Market Size & Segments

Our focus is on emerging and stable markets with potential for growth, targeting both residential and commercial properties that offer significant upside potential through strategic investments.

Competition

Current alternatives.

  • Other real estate investment firms
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Individual investors

Our Advantages

Our competitive edge lies in our local market expertise, agile investment strategy, and commitment to ethical investments that contribute to community development.

Marketing & Sales

Market positioning.

Zenith Real Estate Investments positions itself as a strategic partner for investors looking for opportunities in real estate with a balance of risk and reward, prioritizing long-term value over short-term gains.

Unique Value Proposition

Our unique value proposition is our ability to uncover and transform undervalued real estate assets into high-yielding investments through meticulous market analysis, renovation, and property management.

Location & Facilities

Our operations are based in a central office that serves as the hub for our investment, renovation, and property management activities, equipped with the latest technology for market analysis and project management.

We utilize advanced real estate analytics and project management software to identify investment opportunities, track renovation progress, and manage properties efficiently.

  • Acquisition of first property portfolio by Q2 2024
  • Completion of initial renovation projects and rental/sale by Q4 2024
  • Expansion into new markets by 2025

Company Overview and Team

Organizational structure.

Our organizational structure is designed to support a seamless investment process, with dedicated teams for market analysis, acquisitions, renovations, property management, and investor relations.

Led by a seasoned real estate professional with a track record of successful investments, our team includes experts in market analysis, property management, renovation, and finance, ensuring comprehensive expertise in every aspect of the investment process.

Financial Plan and Forecast

Projected profit and loss.

Our financial strategy projects escalating profits as we scale our portfolio, with a focus on reinvesting in new opportunities to compound returns for our investors.

Use of Funds

The raised capital will be allocated towards property acquisitions, renovation costs, and operational expenses, with a clear strategy for maximizing investment returns.

Additional materials, including detailed case studies of past projects, market analysis reports, and investment prospectuses, are available to provide further insight into our approach and track record in real estate investment.

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Creating a Winning Business Plan for Real Estate Investors

Creating a Winning Business Plan for Real Estate Investors is essential for success in the real estate investing world. It takes time to put together a comprehensive plan that outlines your goals, strategies, and expected return on investment. This blog will provide tips and best practices on how to craft an effective business plan that will help you achieve success. With the right plan in place, you'll be better prepared to make the right decisions, minimize risks, and maximize returns.

In this blog post, you will learn:

  • How to get started in real estate investing and set achievable goals
  • What strategies can be used to help you reach your investment goals
  • How to finance your real estate investments and develop a winning business plan
  • How to find the right property and close the deal
  • How to monitor and adjust your investments over time for maximum returns
  • The benefits of having a business plan for real estate investments

Introduction to Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing can be a great way to generate passive income and build your wealth. Investing in real estate can be a lucrative business if done correctly. It can be a source of long-term income, and it can even be used to finance retirement. In order to get the most out of your investment, it is important to understand the different aspects of real estate investing. This guide will provide an introduction to real estate investing, including identifying your investment goals, determining your investment strategies, financing your investment, developing a real estate investment business plan, setting a budget and timetable, finding the right property, closing the deal, monitoring your investment, making adjustments to your plan, and the benefits of having a winning business plan.

Identifying Your Investment Goals

The first step in successful real estate investing is to identify your investment goals. Do you want to generate short-term income, or are you looking to build long-term wealth? Are you looking to invest in properties that can be rented out, or do you want to buy and flip properties? Knowing your goals will help you determine which investment strategies are right for you.

Determining Your Investment Strategies

Once you have identified your investment goals, you will need to determine the best investment strategies for achieving those goals. There are a number of different strategies, such as buying and holding, buying and flipping, and house hacking. Each strategy has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to do your research and choose the one that is best for you.

Financing Your Investment

After you have chosen an investment strategy, you will need to finance your investment. This can be done through a variety of sources, such as traditional bank loans, government-backed loans, private investors, and other sources. It is important to understand the different financing options and choose the one that is best for your situation.

Developing a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Developing a real estate investment business plan is an important step in setting yourself up for success. A business plan will help you define your investment goals and strategies, as well as determine the budget and timeline for your investment. It will also help you stay organized and on track with your investment goals.

Setting a Budget and Timetable

Once you have developed your business plan, it is important to set a budget and timetable for your investment. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you are not overspending. It is also important to set realistic goals and timelines so that you don't become discouraged if things don't happen as quickly as you had hoped.

Finding the Right Property

Once you have determined your budget and timeline, it's time to start looking for the right property. You should take into account the location, size, condition, and other factors when selecting a property. You should also consider the potential for appreciation and rental income when selecting a property.

Closing the Deal

Once you have found the right property, it's time to close the deal. This involves negotiating the purchase price and terms, as well as obtaining the necessary financing. It is important to have an experienced real estate professional to help you with this process.

Monitoring Your Investment

Once you have closed the deal, it is important to monitor your investment to ensure that it is performing as expected. This includes keeping track of rental income, cash flow, appreciation, and other factors. It is also important to make adjustments to your plan as needed to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment.

Making Adjustments to Your Plan

As your investment progresses, it Below we answer common questions entrepreneurs have about these topics.

1. Introduction to Real Estate Investing

What is real estate investing and why is it an attractive investment option.

The number one reason to invest in real estate is the power of leverage. For example, if an investor puts down $50,000 and buys a $500,000 property (20% down payment) they have access to $450,000 of investment capital. This is a much higher return than most other investments.

What are the different types of real estate investments available?

The best way to answer the question, What are the different types of real estate investments available? is to discuss the different kinds of real estate assets. Real estate assets include land, buildings, and other improvements on those buildings. There are many different types of real estate investments that an entrepreneur can pursue, including buying and renting out commercial or residential property, buying and leasing out commercial property, and investing in real estate securities.

An entrepreneur should also be sure to explain the risks associated with real estate investments, including the possibility of depreciation, the possibility of being sued, and the possibility of losing money if the property is not properly maintained.

2. Identifying Your Investment Goals

What are your long-term financial goals.

One thing to include in your answer to the question, "What are your long-term financial goals?" is the desire to build the company's brand. Many entrepreneurs want to build a company that lasts. Because of that, they want to ensure that the company's brand remains strong and continues to grow. To do that, they need to figure out how to market the company and make it more visible. They also want to make sure they can find employees who are committed to the company's mission and values.

How much risk are you willing to take on investing?

An entrepreneur should consider their appetite for risk in relation to their long-term goals. For example, if your goal is to grow your business to a certain size within the next five years, you may be more willing to take risks than an entrepreneur who is looking to build something that will outlive them. Additionally, your risk tolerance may change over time depending on your personal and professional experiences.

3. Determining Your Investment Strategies

What type of investments do you want to make.

Don't be afraid to say yes. An investor who wants to see their investment grow appreciates an entrepreneur with unwavering goals. For example, if you want to hire another employee, say so! It's better to be honest about what you want to accomplish so that an investor can understand your vision.

What level of risk are you willing to take on?

The right level of risk for you is based on your tolerance. If you are an entrepreneur who doesn't mind the possibility of failure, you shouldn't be afraid to take risks. After all, you don't always have to win. If you take enough risks, you will eventually succeed. The key is to know your limits. If you are risk-averse, you should avoid risks. That doesn't mean you should never take them. It just means you should be smart about the risks you take.

4. Financing Your Investment

What sources of financing are available to fund your investment.

As an entrepreneur, you should be prepared to answer this question. One of the most important sources of financing for new businesses is investors. Potential investors want to know that you are a good risk. They want to see that you are willing to work hard and that you have a good plan for the future of your business. They also want to see that you have a realistic idea of what you can achieve with their money. Remember, investors want to see a return on their money. So you have to show them that you have a good business plan and that you have a good chance of success.

What are the associated costs and risks of each financing option?

Entrepreneurs should consider answering the question about associated costs and risks of each financing option by stating that, for example, seeking out an investor is a more risky option than obtaining a line of credit from a bank. This is because, with an investor, there is no guarantee that they will actually follow through and provide the funding, whereas with a line of credit, there is a guarantee that you will receive the money if you meet the terms of the agreement with the bank.

5. Developing a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

What are the various steps involved in creating a real estate investment business plan.

Before you can begin writing a real estate investment business plan, you'll need to do your research. Look into the local market, find out what's currently available, and try to get a feel for what properties are currently selling for. Then, you'll need to figure out your target market. Who are you trying to attract as tenants? How much are you willing to spend on advertising and how will you do it? Finally, you'll need to assess your own strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur and decide whether you're ready to take the plunge into real estate investing.

How can a real estate investor use the business plan to confidently assess potential investments?

A real estate investor's plan should include a detailed marketing plan. This plan should include the investor's strategies to attract tenants, as well as the steps they will take to maintain the property. It should also include a plan for the eventual sale of the property, including the steps the investor will take to find a buyer. By including a detailed marketing plan, an investor can assess potential investments and be confident that they will be able to find tenants and buyers for their property.

6. Setting a Budget and Timetable

What is your expected budget for this project.

The first thing that comes to mind for me when thinking about answering this question is to be honest. If you don't know an exact number, don't try to make one up. If you don't have a good idea of how much you can put into a project, just say so. Entrepreneurs have to be realistic with their budgets and if you don't have a good estimate, it's best to just say so. Otherwise, you're just setting yourself and your potential partner up for failure in the long run.

What is the timeline for completing the project?

There is a difference between a realistic timeframe and one that is overly optimistic. The best way to approach this answer is to have a clear idea of what can be done in terms of planning, and what will require more time for execution. For example, it is possible to have a detailed plan for the first three months but know that the last six months will require more improvisation.

7. Finding the Right Property

What types of properties should i consider when searching for a rental property.

The location of the property is the most important aspect. A property in a location with high rent should be considered over a property in a location with low rent. It is much easier to increase rent in a high rent area than to increase rent in a low rent area. The amenities are also important, but secondary to the location. A property in a high rent area with good amenities is likely to be more successful than a property in a low rent area with good amenities.

What are some tips to help me find the best property for my needs?

When you're looking for the best property for your needs, the first step is to decide what kind of property you're looking for. Do you want an apartment building, a single-family home, a commercial building, or something else? Once you have that figured out, then you can start looking for properties that fit your needs.

8. Closing the Deal

Are you ready to move forward with this project.

Being an entrepreneur is challenging, and moving forward with a project is no different. You need to be sure that your project is doable and that your business has what it takes to handle it. So, when asked, Are you ready to move forward with this project? You should respond with a clear and confident, Yes.

What is the next step in our collaboration?

It's essential for an entrepreneur to be open about your next step in collaboration. If you're having difficulty in deciding, it's okay to say that you need more time to think about it. You can also ask the other party for advice or suggestions. You should never feel pressured to make a decision right away, especially if it's a big one.

9. Monitoring Your Investment

How frequently should i review and monitor my investment.

Entrepreneurs should think about reviewing and monitoring their investment on a daily basis. There are so many things that can happen within a day that can make or break your investment. It's important to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your business and make sure there is no slowdown in production or any other issues that could be detrimental to your business.

What financial metrics should I use to evaluate the performance of my investment?

A common financial metric used to evaluate the performance of an investment is the rate of return. This measures the total amount of profit made from an investment, divided by the amount of money invested. It's usually expressed as a percentage. So, for example, if you invested $10,000 and made $1,000 in profit, your rate of return would be 10%.

10. Making Adjustments to Your Plan

What processes can you use to measure your progress towards achieving your goals.

As a small business owner, I find that the best way to measure my progress is to simply look at how much revenue we've generated in a given period. It's a simple and direct way of measuring success, and it's one that we keep top of mind at all times. Of course, there are other ways to measure success as well, such as tracking website traffic or customer satisfaction. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide how you want to measure your business's progress, but in my opinion, revenue is a good place to start.

What strategies can you use to stay on track and make necessary adjustments to your plan?

Often, entrepreneurs will get the question about staying on track and making adjustments to a business plan. A great strategy is to make sure you're not only focusing on short-term goals, but also on long-term goals. This will help you make sure that any adjustments you make are still in line with where you want to go long-term.

11. The Benefits of Having a Winning Business Plan

What advantages does having a winning business plan offer.

An entrepreneur should think about answering the question, "What advantages does having a winning business plan offer?" by explaining what a winning business plan is. A winning business plan is one that is carefully thought out and written down. It is a plan that is adaptable to change and one that gives a clear picture of what the company will look like in the future. An entrepreneur should also explain how a winning business plan can help them succeed. A winning business plan can help an entrepreneur succeed by providing a roadmap for their business and by providing a clear picture of where they want the business to be.

How does having a successful business plan contribute to a company's success?

There is one thing that every successful business has in common, and that is a fearless leader. A fearless leader is someone who is not afraid to take risks, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to make their company successful. Without a fearless leader, it would be impossible for a company to be successful.

12. Conclusion

What have we learned from this study.

If you think about it, the question, What have we learned from this study? is essentially asking, what is the biggest takeaway from the data we have collected? The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on the type of business you are in. If you are in a highly regulated industry, for example, the most important takeaway from your data may be that your data is not being collected correctly. If you are in a more customer-facing industry, the most important takeaway may be that your customers love a new product you have started selling. There are so many different variables that go into the answer to this question, but one thing is for certain, it should be tailored to the industry you are in and the data you have collected.

What further steps can we take to improve our understanding of this topic?

When you're invited to pitch to investors, you need to be prepared. Research the investors and their portfolios. Have an elevator pitch ready. Have a 30-second pitch ready. Have a 1-minute pitch ready. Know your numbers. Know your competitors. Have multiple slides with different variations of the same information. You never know what will resonate with investors, so be ready to present in many different ways.

Key Takeaways:

  • Real estate investing is a great way to diversify your investments and increase your wealth.
  • Establish your investment goals and strategies beforehand to ensure you are making sound investments.
  • Financing and budgeting are essential when planning your real estate investments.
  • Developing a business plan is beneficial to help you make the best decisions and maximize your success.
  • Monitor your investments and adjust your plans as needed to ensure you are on track to reach your goals.

Real estate investing is an excellent way to build wealth and financial freedom. It requires careful planning, research, and due diligence. Following the steps outlined in this article can put you on the path to success and help you achieve your financial goals. Investing in real estate requires hard work, dedication, and a strategic plan. With the right knowledge, tools, and support, you can become a successful real estate investor and enjoy the financial rewards that come with it.

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How to Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Starting a real estate investment business can be a great way to grow your wealth. However, it’s important to have a well-thought-out plan in place before you get started. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps you need to take to create a successful real estate investment business plan. We’ll talk about setting short-term and long-term goals, as well as how to financially plan for growing your real estate portfolio.

 If you’re ready to start investing in real estate, let’s dive in!

Before creating your real estate investment plan, it’s important to know why you’re investing in the first place. 

What is your motivation for wanting to invest? Are you getting in the market now to save up for retirement? Are you hoping to become a full-time real estate flipper?

Once you have a good understanding of why you’re doing this, it will be easier to come up with goals, strategies, and action plans that fit with what you want to achieve.

Why create a real estate investment plan

There are a few key reasons why you should create a real estate investment plan:

  • To set short-term and long-term goals for your business: without having clear goals in place, you may be prone to making impulsive or impractical decisions as you begin your investment journey. Use your goals as a barometer.
  • To figure out how much money you need to save up for your investments: creating a business plan means getting crystal clear on the out-of-pocket expenses to expect as you grow your portfolio.
  • To develop strategies for finding good deals and growing your portfolio: your business plan should have a clear and repeatable strategy you can use to source, acquire, and manage your investments.

Now that we know why a plan is so important, here are the 10 steps you need to follow in order to create a real estate investment business plan.

Step #01: Define your short-term goals

What are your goals for the next 12-24 months? What do you hope to achieve in that time frame? Your short-term goals should be realistic and achievable, and they should help you move closer to your long-term goals.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • when do you want to buy your first property?
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  • what sort of returns (if any) are you looking for in your first 12-24 months?
  • what other expenses are you saving up for?

Step #02: Define your long-term goals

Here’s where we get into the fun stuff! Your long-term goals should be even more ambitious than your short-term goals. What do you hope to achieve in the next five, ten, or twenty years? How will your real estate investment business help you reach these goals?

Are you hoping to build a nest egg so you have money for your child’s college tuition? Are you planning on saving up for retirement?

Remember, real estate is a long-term game that works best when you’re prepared to hold onto your properties. When setting financial goals, look at both the potential rental income and appreciation over time to get a better idea of your return.

Step #03: Assess your current financial situation

Before you can start investing in real estate, you need to know where you stand financially. How much money do you have to invest? What is your credit score? How much debt do you currently have? Answer these questions and more in order to get a clear picture of your current financial situation.

Once you know how much money you’re working with, assess whether it’s enough for you to get started (comfortably) in traditional real estate investing.

Make sure you have enough money to cover:

  • the closing costs (lawyer’s fees, surveys, title search, realtors, etc.),
  • one-time repairs,
  • property management fees,
  • utilities, mortgage costs, and taxes, and
  • ongoing maintenance and repairs.

These expenses can really add up, so be sure to factor them into your financial plan. In fact, it’s this step that makes many people rethink real estate investing altogether!

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Step #04: Create a solid financial plan

Now that you have an idea of what you need to begin investing in real estate, it’s time to build out a solid financial plan.

Investing in real estate can be a great way to grow your wealth, but it’s important to understand how to invest and what to expect before you get started.

  • Anticipate your monthly expenses. In your area, what are average management costs? What about heat, electricity, and water?
  • Look at potential rental income. What can you expect for a 1, 2, or 3-bedroom rental in your area?
  • What monthly net income can you expect? After all expenses, work out what you expect to receive monthly.
  • What annual appreciation are you expecting? Look at your local market to determine these rates.
  • How will you continue to invest? Will you be able to leverage your current assets to continue growing your portfolio?

Step #05: Research the market

Before you invest in any property, it’s important to do your research and understand the current real estate market conditions.

First, decide on the area you want to invest in. Do you want to stay local or are you open to investing out of city, province, or state?

Next, take a close look at your chosen area. Are prices rising or falling? What are the current vacancy rates? How much competition is there for properties in your area?

Knowing this information will help you make smarter investment decisions.

Step #06: Choose your investment strategy

There are many different ways to invest in real estate, and each comes with its own set of risks and rewards. First, do some research and decide which investment strategy is right for you. Maybe you want to buy and hold properties for the long term, or maybe you’re interested in flipping houses for a quick profit.

Next, decide on which type of real estate investment you’d like to start with. Are you looking for single-families with lower repair and maintenance costs, or multi-family buildings that can yield a higher return but are more expensive to get started.

Are you hoping to quickly leverage your properties to grow your portfolio, or are more interested in buying properties with the potential to appreciate over time?

Having a clear strategy in place before you start investing is the best way to ensure you’ll meet your short and long-term goals!

Now it’s time to create your business plan

Even if you’re not raising funds or seeking outside investment, it’s always a good idea to have a business plan in place. This will help you stay organized and keep track of your progress over time. It can also be helpful when applying for loans or other financing.

Now that you know your goals and what you need to do to achieve them, it’s time to put together a real estate investment business plan. This will act as your roadmap for growing your portfolio and achieving success in real estate investing.

Your business plan should include the following:

– A description of your business

– The goals you hope to achieve with real estate investing

– How you plan to finance your investments

– Strategies for finding and evaluating deals

– Plans for managing your properties

– Marketing and sales strategies

– Projected income and expenses

– A risk management plan

Creating a business plan is not easy, but it is essential if you want to be successful in real estate investing. It will help you stay on track and make smart decisions as your business grows. So take the time to create a plan that is tailored to your specific goals and needs.

With a well-constructed business plan, you can confidently move forward with your real estate investment business and achieve the success you desire.

Real estate investing can be a great way to build wealth and create financial security for yourself and your family. But like any business, it takes planning, hard work, and dedication to succeed.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can create a real estate investment business plan that will help you reach your goals. Stay focused on your goals, do your research, and take action to make your dreams a reality.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning today and see how real estate investing can change your life!

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How to Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan in 4 Steps

by Garrett Sutton, Esq | Sep 19, 2015 | REAL ESTATE

We’ve all heard the expression, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” In real estate, this saying certainly holds true. It’s essential that you develop a workable plan and start building a team of experts before you get started, so that you start off on the path to success. For those of you just getting started, you’re wondering where to begin. And the answer is, with taking a good, hard look at your financial affairs in order to develop an accurate, comprehensive financial report card.

Step #1: Preparing Your Financial Report Card

You can’t move forward until you determine where you are right now. Unfortunately, this basic premise is overlooked by many investors, and it’s a crucial foundation for success.

Start creating your financial statement by developing an income statement that lists your monthly income and expenses. Most of us are checkbook-driven; we put our paychecks into our checking accounts, pay bills with that income throughout the month, and, if we’re lucky, we have enough income each month to pay those bills. The income statement will show you your monthly financial activity.

Next, you’ll create a balance sheet, which lists your assets and liabilities.

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Your personal financial statement will bring your financial goals into sharp relief. You’ll see where your debt is concentrated or how to pay it down, and you might see where you could bolster your asset column. (Here’s a list of 29 small business financial resources .)It may lead you to form a plan to decrease expenses or increase income. Some decide to downsize their homes in order to free up some money for investment, while others may opt to rent out their existing home and move to a smaller home to generate cash flow, increase passive income and decrease expenses. Only you can decide how to address your financial situation. Seeing your assets and liabilities in black and white will open up a lot of possibilities you hadn’t considered before.

But unless you plan to increase your working hours, ask for a raise, or seek a better-paying job, your income options will be limited. The only real way to significantly improve your income will be to increase your passive or portfolio income.

Step #2: Setting Your Real Estate Goals

Passive income is the suggested method for growing wealth. It is not only the fastest method, but is also the easiest, because it means other people’s money, time, and energy are working for you.

If you’re like most people, your financial report card reveals that zero percent of your income is passive. So your first step is to determine what percentage of your income you’d like to make passive. Start with where you’d like to be one year from now, as well as a longer-term goal of five years from now. What would a reasonable monthly passive income goal be? $1,000? $5,000? $10,000? More than that?

Remember that your goals are dependent on what you’re willing to do to make them happen. Know that you can also re-calibrate your goals down the road as you learn more and determine what works and what doesn’t.

A lot of people, once they’ve made up their minds to invest in real estate, decide to jump right in and figure things out as they go along. Some people learn best by doing and making the occasional mistake, while others do what they can to head off those mistakes by completely educating themselves first and consulting with advisors and investors. Everyone is different, and you should do whatever is most comfortable for you.

Essentially you’ll want to determine something specific—how much you want to save, how much of an initial investment you plan to make, what you’ll do with that initial investment, and over what period of time.

For example, maybe you’ve decided that within six months, you want to save $10,000, which you’ll then turn around and invest into a piece of rental property by the end of one year. If this is doable for you, it’s a worthy goal. From there, perhaps, you might decide that within ten years you want to have five rental properties.

Beyond that, you have other decisions to make: What kind of properties you’ll invest in, where, and what to do with them.

The following are your numerous real estate options:

  • Single-family homes
  • Condominiums
  • Trailer parks
  • Commercial office space
  • Commercial industrial space
  • Storefront retail

Each of these has its own choices as well—apartment complexes vary in size, so are you interested in 20-unit complexes, 100, or more? Starter-market or high-end gated communities? High-rise office, strip-mall retail… your choices are plentiful. Then you must decide where you want your properties to be. Are you looking for properties nearby in your town, in a neighboring town, in another state, near water, urban, rural?

Now, what will you do with the property? You could:

  • Buy foreclosures cheaply, without intending to earn immediate cash flow from them,
  • Fix and flip, intending to purchase cheaply, refurbish, and resell for a profit,
  • Buy and hold, capitalizing on appreciation, or
  • Buy, hold, and rent, earning both appreciation and cash flow.

The Rich Dad strategy is buying and renting, which maximizes short- and long-term income potential.

3. The Wisdom of Investment Specialization

Because the real estate world offers so many options, it’s a good idea to focus on a particular area of specialization. For instance, you might become an expert in buying, holding, and renting small, one and two-bedroom apartment buildings in a particular area of town. Perhaps you used to live in an apartment in that area years ago and understand the needs of that community and that type of resident. Each geographic area has its own unique dynamic, its own zoning regulations and its own distinctive resident, so it’s a good idea to focus on one particular area. As you become an expert in one investment area, you will be more apt to learn another area quickly.

Another word of advice: Start small. You will make mistakes, so make them early on, with low-risk, low-end properties in which there isn’t as much at stake for you.

4. Stick With Your Game Plan

One final point about why it’s a good idea to stick to the same game plan when you’re investing in real estate: When you assemble your team of advisors, one of them will be your real estate agent. He or she will be an expert in one particular sector—the one you’re investing in—but most likely won’t be an expert in other sectors. For example, he or she might specialize in duplexes, but not strip malls.

So by sticking with one sector, you can retain the same team of advisors without having to seek others. And as far as your team is concerned, it’s best to find them, understand their strengths and use them as your investment vehicle. This leverages experience. When you’re ready to broaden your investment horizons, you can seek new team members.

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Real Estate Investment Business Plan: Benefits and Tips

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Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Are you thinking of starting a real estate investment business? If so, it’s crucial to create an effective business plan. A good business plan will help you stay organized and focused on your goals while also helping you secure financing if needed. Having a clear strategy in place also makes measuring progress easier and identifying areas where improvement is needed.

This article will discuss the benefits of creating real estate investment business plans and provide tips for successfully doing so. Read on to learn more.

Real Estate Investment Business Plan

A real estate investment business plan is an organized approach to detailing the goals, objectives, and strategies of your real estate investment business. It should cover your business’s short-term and long-term strategy, including investment goals, target markets, financial projections, etc. Because a real estate investment business plan is so comprehensive, it can take significant time to create.

But it is essential. Not only should you have a business plan if you are seeking financing, but you should also use it to chart the course of your real estate investment business, measure progress, and provide a framework for making informed decisions.

Benefits Of Having A Real Estate Investment Business Plan

Creating an effective business plan for your real estate investment business can provide you with numerous benefits, including the following:

1. A clear roadmap for success

Many people fail to achieve their goals due to a lack of planning and direction. A business plan provides a structured approach for developing your real estate investment strategy, from setting goals to creating a timeline for achieving them. If you are serious about success, you need to have a business plan in place.

2. Improved organization and productivity

Creating a business plan helps you be more organized and productive in your real estate investment business. It can help you stay focused on the tasks that you need to complete and the goals you need to achieve rather than getting bogged down in day-to-day operations.

3. Increased credibility

Trust is a significant factor in any successful business. A well-crafted business plan can help you increase your credibility with potential investors and partners, as it demonstrates that you have a clear vision and an organized approach to achieving your goals.

4. Easier financing

A well-thought-out business plan can also make it easier to secure funding or investment capital, as your real estate investor can get a clear picture of your cash flow, including your goals and strategies. You can also use your business plan to demonstrate how you will use the investor’s money in your real estate investment business.

5. A better understanding of your market

Creating a business plan for your real estate investing business can also help you better understand the market, as it forces you to do research and consider factors such as competition, location, and customer demographics. Not only will this help you make more informed decisions, but it can also give you an edge over competitors who are not taking the time to research the real estate investment market.

Must-Haves In A Real Estate Business Plan

Certain must-have elements should be included when creating a business plan for your real estate investment business. As you plan, make sure to consider the following:

1. Vision statement

Your vision statement in your executive summary should concisely explain your real estate investment business’s purpose and the primary goals you want to achieve. It should be motivational and inspirational, so it should include your values and what sets you apart from other real estate investors.

An excellent way to create a vision statement is to ask yourself why you are doing this in the first place and what you hope to accomplish. It would be best if you also considered how you want others to perceive your business. If done right, your vision statement will serve as a guiding light for the entire business plan.

2. Investment goals

Your investment goals should explain the specific types of real estate investments you are interested in and how they fit into your overall strategy. Do you want to purchase rental properties to generate income, or are you looking for undervalued properties to fix and flip? Ensure your business plan has SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).

Additionally, you want to define both your short-term and long-term goals so you have a clear plan for the future. Not only will this help you stay motivated and on track, but it can also provide potential investors with an idea of your strategy. Whatever your goals may be, make sure they are clearly outlined in your business plan.

3. Financial projections

Of course, your financial projections are one of the most important aspects of any real estate investment business plan. This should include a detailed budget explaining how you will fund the various investments you plan to make and a forecast for your expected income and expenses over the next few years.

Having a comprehensive financial plan in place can help you stay on track and avoid any financial pitfalls as you build your real estate investment business. Even if you are not seeking financing, it is still important because it helps you better understand your cash flow and gives you an idea of what to expect.

4. Marketing plan

Your business plan should also include a detailed marketing strategy. Investment properties are, after all, a product that you must sell. As such, you need to have a plan for how you will reach potential buyers and renters. Your marketing plan should include your market research, everything from the types of marketing you will use (social media, direct mail, etc.) to your target markets and how much you plan to spend on each channel.

Start with market analysis to identify the best methods for reaching your target audience and how to reach them effectively. Make sure to include metrics in your plan to track your progress and measure the success of your marketing efforts. Apart from these, if you are planning to sell your property, you can check out the ways to sell land by staying in profits.

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5. SWOT analysis

You should include a SWOT analysis in your business plan. This type of analysis helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your real estate investment business as well as potential opportunities and threats that may arise.

You can also use it to evaluate potential investments and strategies. A SWOT analysis can help you gain insight into your business and make more informed decisions. If done right, it can give you a better understanding of the real estate investment market and how to best position your business for success.

6. Investment portfolio

Every real estate investor should have an investment portfolio. This section of the business plan should explain the types of properties you are interested in and why, as well as the strategies you plan to use for finding and evaluating potential investments.

Your real estate investment plan should also include any current and past investments you have made and their performance. This will give potential investors an idea of your experience and track record.

7. Exit strategy

Finally, it is important to have an exit strategy when creating a real estate investment business plan. Your investment property portfolio will likely change over time, so you need a clear plan for how to exit certain investments and move on to new ones.

Your exit strategy should also consider any potential losses or unforeseen circumstances. It is crucial to be prepared for the worst-case scenario to avoid any setbacks down the road. Many real estate investors also benefit from having a mentor or professional advisor to help them develop and execute an exit strategy.

Real Estate Business Plan Tips And Tricks

As you create your real estate investment business plan, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier. Here are a few to keep in mind:

1. Start with a template

Creating a business plan from scratch can be overwhelming. To simplify the process, start with a template. There are numerous options available online or through your local Small Business Administration office. Having a template can also help you save time by providing the structure and guidance you need to create an effective plan.

2. Research the market

No real estate investment business plan is complete without thorough research on the current market. This includes analyzing local trends, researching competition, and understanding the needs of your target market. The more knowledgeable you are about real estate, the better decisions you will be able to make.

3. Work with professionals

If you need help creating your business plan, consider working with a professional. Hiring a real estate attorney or financial advisor can be invaluable as they can bring expertise and experience to the process. You may also work with real estate agents or mentors who deeply understand the market and can provide valuable advice. You can even hire a real estate investment company to help with the process.

4. Monitor progress

Once you have completed your real estate investment business plan, it is important to track your progress. Make sure you are regularly reviewing and updating your business plan as needed and measuring performance against goals. This will help you stay organized, motivated, and on track.

5. Stay flexible

Finally, it is important to remain flexible and open to change. The real estate market is constantly evolving, so you need to be able to adapt to changing conditions and take advantage of new opportunities.

Creating a real estate investment business plan doesn’t have to be intimidating. By following the tips and tricks above, you can create an effective business plan to reach your goals in the real estate industry. With a clear strategy and the right resources, you can set yourself up for success.

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Creating an Effective Real Estate Fund Pitch Deck

When it comes to attracting investors and securing funding for a real estate project, a well-crafted pitch deck can make all the difference. A pitch deck serves as a powerful tool that concisely presents the key aspects of your real estate fund and highlights its unique value proposition. In this article, we will explore the essential elements of creating an effective real estate fund pitch deck that captures investors’ attention and convinces them to partner with you.

Investment Thesis for Your Real Estate Fund Pitch Deck

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The investment thesis forms the foundation of your real estate fund pitch deck . It outlines your overarching strategy and the rationale behind your real estate fund. Clearly articulate your fund’s objectives, target market, and investment approach. Explain how your fund aims to generate returns and mitigate risks.

Offering Summary – Real Estate Fund Pitch Deck

In this section, provide a concise summary of your real estate fund’s offering. Outline the investment opportunity you are presenting to potential investors, emphasizing the key benefits and value proposition. Clearly state the investment size, expected returns, and any unique features or incentives that set your fund apart from others in the market.

Under this heading, highlight the key strengths and advantages of your real estate fund. Showcase your track record, successful projects, and notable achievements. Include information about your team’s experience, expertise, and qualifications, as well as any industry affiliations or recognitions. Present compelling data and statistics that support your investment thesis and demonstrate the potential for success.

Explain the timing and market conditions that make your real estate fund particularly attractive. Discuss any relevant trends, market insights, or economic factors that create a favorable environment for investment. Address why investors should consider allocating their capital to your fund at this specific time and how it aligns with their investment goals.

Property & Market

Provide a comprehensive overview of the target market for your real estate fund. Include relevant demographic information, market size, and growth projections. Discuss the market dynamics, such as supply and demand trends, rental rates, and occupancy rates. Present market research data and analysis to support your assertions and highlight the attractiveness of the market.

Zoom in on the specific sub-market where your real estate investments will be focused. Describe the location’s unique advantages, such as proximity to transportation hubs, amenities, or emerging developments. Discuss any favorable regulatory or zoning conditions that may enhance the investment potential of the area.

Highlight the nearby attractions and amenities that add value to your real estate properties. This can include shopping centers, schools, parks, entertainment venues, or cultural landmarks. Emphasize how these attractions contribute to the desirability and long-term growth prospects of your investments.

Provide a detailed description of the physical characteristics of the properties in your real estate fund. Include information on property types, sizes, conditions, and architectural features. Showcase high-quality images or renderings of the properties to give investors a visual representation of the assets they would be investing in.

Under this heading, elaborate on the exterior and interior design elements of the properties. Discuss any unique architectural features, amenities, or upgrades that enhance the properties’ appeal and marketability. Use visual aids such as floor plans or virtual tours to help investors visualize the properties’ layout and potential.

Explain the unit mix within your real estate fund’s portfolio. Describe the different types of units or spaces available, such as residential apartments, commercial offices, or retail units. Provide information on the size, configuration, and market demand for each type of unit. Discuss the rental rates or potential sales prices to demonstrate the income-generating potential of the fund.

Fund Process & Strategy

Present a clear and detailed business plan that outlines your real estate fund’s operational and investment strategies. Describe how you identify and source investment opportunities, conduct due diligence, and execute transactions. Highlight your risk management approach and how you plan to monitor and mitigate potential risks throughout the investment lifecycle.

Provide an overview of the acquisition process for properties in your real estate fund. Explain your criteria for selecting properties, the negotiation and purchase process, and any value-add strategies you employ to maximize returns. Discuss your exit strategies for each investment, including potential timelines and methods for divestment.

Outline your financing strategy for the real estate fund. Discuss how you plan to raise capital, whether through equity contributions, debt financing, or a combination of both. Highlight any relationships or partnerships with lenders or financial institutions that enhance your ability to secure favorable financing terms. Explain how you plan to structure investor returns and distribute profits.

Under this heading, discuss any strategic partnerships or collaborations that support your real estate fund. Highlight relationships with developers, property management firms, construction companies, or other industry stakeholders. Explain how these partnerships contribute to the fund’s success and provide added value to investors.

Present a comprehensive analysis of the projected returns for your real estate fund. Provide detailed financial forecasts, including projected cash flows, net operating income, and return on investment. Use various scenarios and sensitivity analyses to demonstrate the fund’s resilience to market fluctuations and potential upside opportunities.

Explain your exit strategy for the real estate fund’s investments. Discuss the potential avenues for divestment, such as selling properties individually, exiting through a public offering, or selling the entire portfolio to a strategic buyer. Present case studies or examples of successful exits from previous projects to showcase your team’s ability to generate attractive returns for investors.

Under this heading, provide evidence of your real estate fund’s past successes and accomplishments. Showcase track records, case studies, and testimonials from satisfied investors or partners. Highlight any industry recognition or awards that validate the performance and reputation of your fund.

Include additional supporting materials in the appendix section of your real estate fund  deck . This can include floor plans, market research reports, legal documentation, or any other relevant information that enhances investors’ understanding of the fund and its investment thesis.

Provide detailed floor plans for the properties in your real estate fund. Clearly label the different units, common areas, and amenities. Use visuals and annotations to help investors visualize the layout and potential of the properties.

Include a comprehensive case study that showcases the success of a previous real estate project. Describe the investment thesis, execution strategy, and financial outcomes. Use this case study as a tangible example to illustrate your fund’s ability to deliver attractive returns.

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The pitch deck plays a crucial role in real estate fundraising because it serves as a powerful communication tool to convey the key aspects of your real estate investment opportunity. A well-crafted pitch deck enables you to concisely present your investment thesis, showcase the value proposition of your real estate project, and capture the attention of potential investors. It provides a structured overview of your strategy, track record, market analysis, financial projections, and exit plans, helping investors understand the potential returns and risks associated with the investment. A compelling pitch deck can significantly increase your chances of securing funding and attracting the right partners to fuel the success of your real estate venture. Therefore, dedicating time and effort to creating a comprehensive and visually appealing pitch deck is essential for effectively communicating your real estate investment opportunity to potential investors.

A real estate investment pitch deck should include several key components to effectively convey your investment opportunity to potential investors. Here are some real estate investment pitch deck examples:

Executive Summary: Provide a concise overview of the investment opportunity, highlighting the key points of your real estate project.

Investment Thesis: Clearly articulate your investment strategy, target market, and the rationale behind your investment decisions.

Market Analysis: Present a comprehensive analysis of the target market, including market size, trends, demographics, and competitive landscape.

Property Overview: Describe the properties within your investment portfolio, including their location, type, size, and unique features.

Financial Projections: Provide detailed financial forecasts, including projected cash flows, return on investment, and exit strategies.

Team and Track Record: Showcase your team’s experience, expertise, and successful track record in real estate investments.

Risk Assessment : Identify and discuss the potential risks and challenges associated with the investment, along with your risk mitigation strategies.

Competitive Advantage: Highlight your unique value proposition and any competitive advantages that differentiate your real estate investment from others in the market.

Exit Strategy: Outline your planned exit strategies for investors, whether through a sale, refinancing, or other methods.

Appendix: Include any additional supporting materials, such as property appraisals, market research reports, or case studies.

By including these components in your real estate investment pitch deck, you can provide potential investors with a comprehensive understanding of your investment opportunity and increase your chances of securing funding for your project.

A well-crafted commercial real estate investment pitch deck can be a powerful tool to attract potential investors. Here are some key factors that can make your pitch deck appealing to investors:

Clear Value Proposition: Clearly communicate the unique value proposition of your commercial real estate investment. Highlight the potential returns, growth marketing opportunities, and competitive advantages that set your project apart from others in the market.

Market Analysis: Include a comprehensive analysis of the target market, showcasing its growth potential, demand-supply dynamics, and any emerging trends. Provide data-driven insights to support your market projections.

Property Details: Provide detailed information about the commercial properties within your investment portfolio. Include property location, type, size, amenities, and any notable features that make them attractive investment opportunities.

Financial Projections: Present a realistic and well-supported financial forecast that demonstrates the potential return on investment. Include projected cash flows, net operating income, and any assumptions made in the analysis.

Track Record and Expertise: Showcase your team’s experience and successful track record in commercial real estate investments. Highlight any past projects, relevant achievements, and industry affiliations to instill confidence in potential investors.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Identify and address potential risks associated with commercial real estate investment. Clearly articulate your risk management strategies and demonstrate how you plan to mitigate those risks.

Exit Strategy: Outline your planned exit strategies, such as a sale, refinancing, or lease agreement. Provide a timeline and potential return scenarios to give investors a clear understanding of the exit options and potential profits.

Visual Presentation: Use visually appealing graphics, charts, and images to enhance the readability and impact of your pitch deck. A well-designed and professional-looking pitch deck can captivate investors’ attention and leave a lasting impression.

By incorporating these elements into your commercial real estate investment pitch deck, you can effectively showcase the investment opportunity and attract potential investors who align with your project’s goals and vision.

Creating an effective real estate fund pitch deck requires careful consideration of the key elements that investors seek. By crafting a compelling narrative, showcasing your team’s expertise and track record, and providing robust financial analysis, you can attract potential investors and secure the funding needed to realize your real estate investment goals.

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How to Use Real Estate in Your Portfolio

What you need to know about the advantages and risks of investing in real estate.

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Real estate—a broad asset class that includes both public and private investments as well as both equity and debt securities—is often touted as a good investment thanks to its potential to improve both returns and portfolio diversification.

In this series on portfolio basics, I’ll explain some of the fundamentals of putting together sound portfolios. I’ll start with some of the most widely used types of investments and walk through what you need to know to use them effectively in a portfolio.

What Is Real Estate?

The most familiar form of real estate for most people is the roof over their heads—the house, mobile home, or condominium they purchase as a place to live. Purchasing a home is often the only type of investment many people have. It can also play a crucial role in helping people lift themselves out of poverty, as monthly mortgage payments are a form of forced savings that build equity over time and offer the potential for building wealth (or simply a place to live) that can help the next generation.

Real estate as an investment asset can take many different forms, though. As mentioned above, real estate covers a broad range of investment types, including private equity investments in commercial or residential properties, private debt securities for similar properties, publicly traded real estate equity (offered via real estate investment trusts), and publicly traded real estate debt (offered via mortgage-backed securities). Many personal finance gurus also advocate investing directly in real estate, which involves purchasing residential or commercial property and using it to generate a monthly income stream.

In this article, I’ll focus mainly on real estate investment trusts and REIT funds, which are the most liquid type of real estate available to the average investor. In contrast to buying real estate directly, REITs don’t involve an extra operational burden of maintaining the property over time.

Based on data from Nareit, assets in REITs totaled about $1.9 trillion globally as of 2022. The broader real estate market of professionally managed real estate totals nearly $10 trillion globally based on data from MSCI. The sheer size of the real estate market would argue for making it a significant portfolio holding for people taking a “market basket” approach to asset allocation.

What Are the Advantages and Risks of Investing in Real Estate?

Real estate has two main advantages: diversification and the potential to perform better than other stocks over certain periods.

In the past, real estate has had relatively low correlations with the broader U.S. equity market. Rolling three-year correlations have dropped below 0.10 during some periods, such as the early 2000s. Being untethered to the overall equity market can lead to better risk-adjusted returns when real estate is added to a diversified portfolio. In recent years, however, real estate has generally moved more in tandem with the broader U.S. equity market. For the trailing three-year period ended Jan. 31, 2024, for example, the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index had a 0.87 correlation with the broader equity market.

Rolling Three-Year Correlation

A line graph showing the rolling three-year correlation for the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index versus the IA SBBI US Large Stock Index over time.

There have also been certain periods, such as the late 1970s, early 1980s, and early 2000s when real estate stocks have fared better than the overall U.S. equity market. These periods often overlap with periods of high inflation, as the sector’s limited supply and ability to increase rents can provide a hedge against inflationary pressures.

Along with their return potential, real estate stocks come with certain risks. Real estate is both highly cyclical and subject to periodic downturns, as its double-digit losses in both 2007 and 2008 made clear. Overall, real estate has generated both above-average risk and returns over longer time periods, as shown in the scatterplot below.

Trailing 20-Year Risk and Return: Real Estate and Other Assets

A scatterplot showing risk and return statistics for real estate and other major asset classes.

Historically, REITs have been subject to some painful downturns, including during the 1990 banking crisis, the global financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, and the pandemic-driven downturn in early 2020. On a quarterly basis, they’ve been subject to losses as large as 30% or more. In the past, REITs have always managed to rise from the ashes; the industry made a strong rebound after the 1990 banking crisis and after suffering double-digit losses in both 2007 and 2008. The Morningstar US REIT Index has recovered from its pandemic-driven losses, but it is still down from its more recent highs in early 2022.

Other Risk and Drawdown Stats (Since 1972)

A table showing risk and drawdown statistics for the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index and the IA SBBI US Large Stock Index.

How to Invest in Real Estate Stocks

There are two main ways to invest in REITs: by purchasing individual REITs or by purchasing a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund. There are about 200 U.S.-based REITs that are publicly traded. They span a variety of industry subgroups, including healthcare, hotels and motels, retail, office, industrial, and residential. It’s also possible to invest in diversified REITs, which are involved in buying, managing, and selling a variety of property holdings.

But purchasing a mutual fund or ETF is an easier way to get diversified market exposure for most investors. The table below shows a subset of real estate funds with Morningstar Medalist Ratings of Gold.

Highly Rated Real Estate Funds

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Tax considerations are another important point. Because of their legal structure, REITs don’t pay corporate taxes on their earnings. Instead, they’re required to pay out at least 90% of their income as dividends to shareholders, who eventually pay ordinary income taxes on the dividends they receive. For that reason, we’ve typically recommended that investors only hold REITs and REIT funds in tax-deferred accounts, such as 401(k)s and IRAs.

However, the tax-law changes that went into effect in 2018 make REITs and REIT funds slightly more attractive for taxable accounts. Taxpayers can now deduct up to 20% of income earned through qualified publicly traded partnerships and REITs that operate as pass-through entities. The IRS has issued guidance clarifying that this deduction also applies to taxpayers who own mutual funds that invest in REITs. (Note: Check with your tax advisor for more details about this deduction.)

When Do Real Estate Stocks Perform Best?

Like all stocks, real estate stocks typically perform best during periods of strong economic growth and rising corporate profits. As mentioned above, real estate can also perform well during periods of above-average inflation. The table below shows annualized returns for real estate stocks during some of their strongest periods.

Annualized Returns During the Best Times for Real Estate

A table showing returns for the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs Index and the IA SBBI US Large Stock Index over selected periods.

How Long Should I Hold My Investments in Real Estate?

Morningstar’s Role in Portfolio framework recommends holding REITs or other real estate exposure for at least 10 years. We came up with this guideline partly by looking at the historical frequency of losses over various rolling time periods ranging from one year to 10 years. We also considered the maximum time to recovery, or how long it usually takes to recover after a drawdown.

How Much of My Portfolio Should Be in Real Estate?

While institutional investors and endowment funds often invest much bigger chunks of their portfolios in real estate (including both public and private debt and equity securities), I’d argue that most individual investors should keep their real estate exposure limited (which Morningstar defines as 15% of assets or less). It’s also worth noting that most broad-market index funds already include exposure to real estate. So, if you already have one of those, you don’t necessarily need a separate allocation to real estate.

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  • I want to start investing in real estate, but I don't have a ton of disposable income.
  • A financial planner told me to consider house-hacking or REITs.
  • He also pointed to crowdfunding, and warned me to start slow.

At the end of 2023, I jotted down a list of things I wanted to do in 2024. One of those main goals was to finally invest in real estate . My investment portfolio is filled with stocks, mutual funds, and index funds. I wanted to start diversifying it with different types of investments.

But since I'm not a millionaire or someone with a lot of extra disposable income, I met with certified financial planner Jordan Leaman to find out a few ways that I could realistically invest in real estate, based on my current finances.

Before starting, Leaman told me not only to take a close look at my finances, but to understand market trends before getting into real estate investing. "Make sure you have financial stability and a solid foundation," he said. "Understand what your cash flow would look like with the potential addition of real estate investment expenses."

He then suggested spending time researching the real estate market, local trends, and identifying my personal risk tolerance . "Are you prepared for some of the fluctuation that can happen with real estate and unexpected expenses if you decide to purchase property?" he asked.

I assessed my finances and shared that I don't have debt and I do have an emergency fund. I also started diving into resources like real estate investing books and personal finance podcasts to learn more before deciding what to do with my money.

After that, we started chatting about three potential real estate investing options. Here's what Leaman recommended.

1. Buy an investment property or rent out your current space

The first option he shared was to buy a house that my family can live in and rent out a room to help generate additional income.

"This helps you get a sense for what it would look like to manage tenants and see if investing in properties you can rent out is something that interests you," he said.

He also recommended a concept called house hacking, where you buy a multifamily property, live in one of the units, and rent out the others so the income pays the mortgage and allows you to build equity in the property.

"This year, mortgage companies announced that they will accept a lower down payment, 5% instead of 15-25%, for owner-occupied multifamily properties," he said. "This makes it more affordable and accessible to invest in these types of properties."

These options would require more of my capital and be more of a financial risk. Plus, as a current renter, I'm not sure I'm ready to buy a property yet. Instead, when I look for a bigger apartment in 2024, I plan to find one where the management company would allow me to sublease a room, or the entire apartment when I'm traveling, so I can earn extra cash.

Check today's average mortgage rates and learn more about the amount of house you may be able to afford.

2. Buy real estate investment trusts

Since I'm not ready to buy a property, Leaman suggested an option that requires less risk and capital. He mentioned buying real estate investment trusts (REIT), companies that own or finance income-generating properties.

"If you go this route, you don't need to know as much about real estate investing or have the capital that would be required to buy a property," he said. "But you still get real estate exposure."

I had heard of REITs before and decided that these would be at the top of my list to invest in. After spending a few weeks researching the ones I'd want to buy and asking a financial advisor for advice, I could put a few thousand dollars in one or two REITs through my brokerage account.

3. Invest in real estate crowdfunding opportunities

While I found myself interested in buying REITs, I wanted to find another opportunity that I could try out in 2024. Leaman said that crowdfunding through real estate investing apps is a way to invest directly in real estate projects without owning a property entirely yourself.

"You could make monthly or quarterly income distributions from providing capital in a pooled real estate fund where they own a physical property," he said. "This could be a good way to be a real estate investor without investing in direct real estate yourself. Instead, you're contributing money to a fund."

Yieldstreet is one of the best real estate investing apps for those interested in real estate and alternative investments. Read our Yieldstreet review for more details.

I decided that this is an option I want to move forward with in 2024. I started looking at opportunities on platforms like Crowdstreet and Fundrise . I also started chatting with people on Reddit forums and inside Facebook groups who have done this type of investment to learn about their experiences.

While investing in real estate is a goal I will conquer by the end of 2024, it's one that Leaman doesn't think I should set a stern deadline for.

"Investing in real estate is trendy right now," he told me. "You open up social media and hear people claiming that they made millions in real estate. But as a new investor, start slow and small. Don't give into pressure to invest big right away."

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How to Create a Real Estate Investment Business Plan

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Starting a real estate investment business can be a great way to grow your wealth. However, it’s important to have a well-thought-out plan in place before you get started. In this article, we will discuss the steps you need to take to create a successful real estate investment business plan. We’ll talk about setting short-term and long-term goals, as well as how to financially plan for growing your real estate portfolio.

If you’re ready to start investing in real estate, let’s dive in!

Before creating your real estate investment plan, it’s important to know why you’re investing in the first place.

What is your motivation for wanting to invest? Are you getting in the market now to save up for retirement? Are you hoping to become a full-time real estate flipper?

Once you have a good understanding of why you’re doing this, it will be easier to come up with goals, strategies, and action plans that fit with what you want to achieve.

Why create a real estate investment plan?

There are a few key reasons why you should create a real estate investment plan:

  • To set short-term and long-term goals for your business Without having clear goals in place, you may be prone to making impulsive or impractical decisions as you begin your investment journey. Use your goals as a barometer.
  • To figure out how much money you need to save up for your investments Creating a business plan means getting crystal clear on what out-of-pocket expenses to expect as you grow your portfolio.
  • To develop strategies for finding good deals and growing your portfolio Your business plan should have a clear and repeatable strategy you can use to source, acquire, and manage your investments.

Now that we know why a plan is so important, here are the 10 steps you need to follow in order to create a real estate investment business plan.

Step 1: Define your short-term goals

What are your goals for the next 12-24 months? What do you hope to achieve in that time frame? Your short-term goals should be realistic and achievable, and they should help you move closer to your long-term goals.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • When do you want to buy your first property?
  • How much do you need to save up for a down payment? (If you think you need tens or hundreds of thousands to get your first investment, check out BuyProperly . They help investors get started for as little as $2,500 using a fractional ownership model.)
  • What sort of returns (if any) are you looking for in your first 12-24 months?
  • What other expenses are you saving up for?

Step 2: Define your long-term goals

Here’s where we get into the fun stuff! Your long-term goals should be even more ambitious than your short-term goals. What do you hope to achieve in the next five, ten, or 20 years? How will your real estate investment business help you reach these goals?

Are you hoping to build a nest egg so you have money for your child’s college tuition? Are you planning on saving up for retirement?

Remember, real estate is a long-term game that works best when you’re prepared to hold onto your properties. When setting financial goals, look at both the potential rental income and appreciation over time to get a better idea of your return.

Step 3: Assess your current financial situation

Before you can start investing in real estate, you need to know where you stand financially. How much money do you have to invest? What is your credit score? How much debt do you currently have? Answer these questions and more in order to get a clear picture of your current financial situation.

Once you know how much money you’re working with, assess whether it’s enough for you to get started (comfortably) in traditional real estate investing.

Make sure you have enough money to cover:

  • The closing costs (lawyer’s fees, surveys, title search, realtors, etc.)
  • One-time repairs
  • Property management fees
  • Utilities, mortgage costs, and taxes
  • Ongoing maintenance and repairs

These expenses can really add up, so be sure to factor them into your financial plan. In fact, it’s often this step that makes many people rethink real estate investing altogether.

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Step 4: create a solid financial plan.

Now that you have an idea of what you need to begin investing in real estate, it’s time to build out a solid financial plan.

Investing in real estate can be a great way to grow your wealth, but it’s important to understand how to invest and what to expect before you get started.

Anticipate your monthly expenses In your area, what are average management costs? What about heat, electricity, and water?

Look at potential rental income What can you expect for a 1, 2, or 3-bedroom rental in your area?

What monthly net income can you expect? After all expenses, work out what you expect to receive monthly.

What annual appreciation are you expecting? Look at your local market to determine these rates.

How will you continue to invest? Will you be able to leverage your current assets to continue growing your portfolio?

STEP 5: RESEARCH THE MARKET  

Before you invest in any property, it’s important to do your research and understand the current real estate market conditions.

First, decide on the area you want to invest in. Do you want to stay local or are you open to investing out of your city or province?

Next, take a close look at your chosen area. Are prices rising or falling? What are the current vacancy rates? How much competition is there for properties in your area?

Knowing this information will help you make smarter investment decisions.

STEP 6: CHOOSE YOUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY

There are many different ways to invest in real estate, and each comes with its own set of risks and rewards.

First, do some research and decide which investment strategy is right for you. Maybe you want to buy and hold properties for the long term, or maybe you’re interested in flipping houses for a quick profit.

Next, decide on which type of real estate investment you’d like to start with. Are you looking for single-family dwellings with lower repair and maintenance costs, or multi-family buildings that can yield a higher return but are more expensive to get underway?

Are you hoping to quickly leverage your properties to grow your portfolio, or are you more interested in buying properties that have the potential to appreciate over time?

Having a clear strategy in place before you start investing is the best way to ensure you’ll meet your short and long-term goals.

NOW IT’S TIME TO CREATE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

Even if you’re not raising funds or seeking outside investment, it’s always a good idea to have a business plan in place. This will help you stay organized and keep track of your progress over time. It can also be helpful when applying for loans or other financing.

Now that you know your goals and what you need to do to achieve them, it’s time to put together a real estate investment business plan. This will act as your roadmap for growing your portfolio and achieving success in real estate investing.

Your business plan should include the following:

– A description of your business

– The goals you hope to achieve with real estate investing

– How you plan to finance your investments

– Strategies for finding and evaluating deals

– Plans for managing your properties

– Marketing and sales strategies

– Projected income and expenses

– A risk management plan

Creating a business plan is not easy, but it is essential if you want to be successful in real estate investing. It will help you stay on track and make smart decisions as your business grows. So take the time to create a plan that is tailored to your specific goals and needs.

With a well-constructed business plan, you can confidently move forward with your real estate investment business and achieve the success you desire.

Real estate investing can be a great way to build wealth and create financial security for you and your family. But like any business, it takes planning, hard work, and dedication to succeed.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can create a real estate investment business plan that will help you reach your goals. Stay focused on your goals, do your research, and take action to make your dreams a reality!

So what are you waiting for? Start planning today and see how real estate investing can change your life.

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