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Sep 2, 2021

One of the top questions I get here at Flipping America goes something like this: “I want to keep my day job but I want to invest in real estate on the side. You have several options and today we are going to talk about them. 

The REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) is one of the first passive real estate investment vehicles created. The REIT raises capital from ordinary investors who purchase shares, in a manner similar to buying stocks. The REIT then purchases and manages real estate. The laws governing REITS require almost all of the profits to be paid out to the shareholders. Your return will be based on the performance of the REIT. 

Many REITs consistently provide returns of well over 10% annually and some approach 20% returns. And now you know why this is a topic we all should explore. Why would you go to all the trouble and effort of a fix and flip that will pay you a 10% return on your investment? Hint: You should not do that deal. You’re better off in a REIT. 

I’m famous for saying “Compare everything with everything.” Learn about REITs and compare them with what you are already doing. You may find that this is a direction you want to go.

Deidre Woolard is Editor in Chief of, a division of The Motley Fool investment advisors. She recently spoke at a live Flipping America REIA event and we have pulled some of the audio from that interview for you today. If you want to watch the entire video, go to for details. 

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Questions from Listeners:

  • Altomar, Lancaster, PA, “I’m in a medium sized town and most of the possibilities here either don’t have enough profit or are too old with huge rehabs. What would you recommend?”
  • Kimberly, Vickie, Steven, Christopher, Brian, Chris, Jeff, Steve, Kristen, Casey, “Help! I just spent ($30-65k) learning how to do this business but I don’t know what to do next. Or I don’t know what to do first. What should I do?”
    • Get information. Including information on how to own and run a business.
    • Get a mentor,
    • Get a property,
    • Get crackin. 


  • What are some of the best tax strategies for flippers? (recap question from RILA)
  • Most millennials aren’t buying homes but renting or staying home with their parents. As a millennial investor, I am concerned about  where the real estate market is heading being that millennials seem to be settling later in life

Motivational Quote:

"It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong." — George Soros