Coming to “Terms” with Real Estate Investing

Have you ever considered investing in real estate?

As with all types of investments, there are risks and time horizons that may or may not be consistent with individual goals and objectives. With this in mind, here is a quick overview of some of the different types of real estate investments.

  • Multi-Family Housing: These homes or apartment complexes generally have two or more living units that share some common facilities (e.g., laundry, parking, storage space, etc.).
  • Real Estate Limited Partnership: A mechanism that allows several real estate investors to pool assets into a partnership that subsequently purchases and manages a desired investment property.
  • Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): A professionally managed portfolio of real estate holdings in which investors are able to purchase shares.
  • Commercial and Industrial Real Estate: Office or industrial space, shopping malls, warehouses, or storage facilities are all forms of commercial real estate.
  • Time Share: A sharing of ownership in a particular piece of property (typically a condominium or room in a resort or vacation community) in which the share-owner is able to use the property for a specific increment during a specific time of the year.


Be sure to review the tax, investment, property management, and liability issues that relate to investing in real estate with your financial services professional before you invest.

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  1. Riley Ellis on October 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for these definitions! Understanding the real estate market can be confusing and messy. Your blog helps make these terms simple!

  2. Amanda Lacey on October 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Great info to know!

  3. Charly Neel on October 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Very nice, easy to understand definitions for seemingly complicated terms

  4. Daniella Gordon on October 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Yet another great article from you guys laying out difficult concepts in laymans terms. Love it!

  5. Mabel Smith on October 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    This is a super helpful article! Thank you for sharing

  6. Natalie Schobert on October 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I appreciate how everything is explained in simple terms. I did not know about some of these terms. Is there a specific time of year where it is best to invest in real estate?

  7. Alexandra Moua on November 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This is an extremely help article! I have always wanted to invest in real estate, but honestly did not know what questions I should be asking or how to even begin. I honestly didn’t know that there were so many different types of real estate investing. Thank you for breaking them down and explaining each one!

  8. Justin Donnell on November 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Real estate investing is becoming such a popular thing now.