By startingpoint March 13, 2014

Real estate investment clubs give you an insight into today’s market that you may otherwise miss out on. There are many clubs to choose from, so before committing to one, make sure you do your research and attend several meetings to ensure it’s the right place for you and your investments.

To quote howstuffworks.com, “you’ll seek out a real estate investment club to gain knowledge about investment practices; get hot tips about available commercial or rental properties; become familiar with laws and regulations; get the advise of legal and financial professionals; and, to learn from guest speakers.”

Many are unaware that these “clubs” exist and seek out on their own in an attempt to “strike real estate gold” when in some cases, there is strength in numbers. Working with a club can give you more security in unsure economic times. Connections that members of the club have forged will benefit you in the long term, as you will be given insider information on properties that have not yet been listed or are being listed “quietly.”

Chances are, you are not well versed in real estate and financial law. If you are, kudos! To be safe and informed when making investments, many rely on the expertise that is provided by the professional guidance of those within an investment club. These professionals can help ensure that you get the most real estate for your dollar, and that you don’t end up in a loop of constant paperwork and red tape.

As a member of a club- you are not investing alone. Because of this, there are benefits such as smaller down payments on your initial investments. However, when it’s time to cash in your investment- it’s divided among all who invested within the club, so the payout is smaller.

Joining a club is a great way to start out in the real estate market. Most clubs provide an array of opportunities to continue your education through seminars and special events. These experiences may give you the confidence you need to begin investing independently.