Investing in real estate can be very profitable if done correctly. However, it can be daunting for someone who knows little about real estate investment or has little capital to invest. Just as there are investment clubs for stocks there are also investment clubs for those who want to invest in real estate. The purpose of a real estate investment club is to get a group together who can pool their resources and knowledge to invest in real estate.
The internet is a good place to research and learn about real estate investment clubs. Most clubs online ultimately want you to join and may not provide enough information until after a commitment is made. While most of these are legitimate you should research them before you make any type of commitment. You can attend meetings for other clubs to get a feel on how they operate. It’s helpful to have some first hand knowledge about real estate investment clubs before opting to start your own.
Be familiar with the relevant laws of your state before starting a real estate investment club. You and your group will need to know how real estate transactions are handled so you won’t lose money on your deals. It’s always helpful to find at least one member who understands these laws. In fact, members who have specialized knowledge such as accounting, law, finance and real estate can be beneficial for the group.
Many real estate investment clubs hold regular meetings, at least once a month. These meetings are used to make key decisions for the group. The group can elect officers such as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary to preside over meetings and manage the club. Additionally, you can form committees that perform special tasks such as scouting out potential property investments. Meetings can be held in person or as teleconference over the internet if many members are not local.
Monthly correspondence in the form of a newsletter can be sent out to members to keep them up to date on current events as well as when the next meeting will take place. It’s good to invite professionals such as real estate planners, realtors and brokers, financial planners and tax specialists to speak at meetings to share their experiences and educate the group members.
Deciding how much money to invest can be tricky. It is often best to start out small and work your way up to larger investments. The more members you have the less money each will need to invest. On the other hand, the more members you have the harder it would be to come to unanimous decisions. When starting a real estate investment club, write up bylaws that everyone agrees to. Be sure to include how decisions will be made and what power the president has, if any, to resolve disputes or override decisions.