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How to Make Real Estate Investing Work for You

Whether you are looking to earn some extra income through renting, are interested in the tax benefits that come with owning real estate, or you want to work towards replacing the income from your day job, having a strategy and a plan for successful real estate investing is critical. Here are some valuable tips and suggestions that will help you get started and achieve your goal.

The first question to answer is what type of real estate you should invest in. This important decision can have a long-term impact on your financial success. There are many different types of real estate investments available, including residential properties such as single-family homes, multi-family homes, condominiums, townhomes and apartments; commercial properties such as office buildings, retail stores, and warehouses; and land investments such as farmland, timberland and raw land. Each type of investment has its own set of benefits and risks that should be carefully considered before making an investment. 

Next, consider where and how you can find properties that are worth your time and investment dollars. Consulting with a real estate professional who can provide advice about the types of properties available in the areas you’re considering, along with their associated risks and rewards can be helpful. A real estate broker or agent can provide insight into the local market, including current prices, rental rates, trends, and other valuable information that can help you make an informed investment decision. 

Exploring properties online can help you to expand your real estate investment horizons without having to physically travel to different locations. In addition to providing a wide range of potential options, the internet can provide up-to-date information about market trends, rental rates and other valuable data. 

When it comes to finding rental properties worth owning, there are several key considerations that should be considered. First, the location of the property is critical. Properties located in areas with high demand and low vacancy rates will command higher rents and enjoy better appreciation over time. The condition of a property also has an effect on its value, as properties in need of significant repairs or upgrades will typically have lower rents and slower appreciation. Finally, the tenant mix can play a role in determining which types of rental properties are worth owning. Properties with good tenants who pay rent on time and treat the property with respect tend to be more profitable investments than those with difficult tenants or low occupancy rates.

Once you have decided on a type of property to invest in, it is important to thoroughly research your potential investments before committing any money. This includes researching the area, visiting the property, and talking to potential tenants or buyers. It is also important to determine a realistic budget for your investment and make sure that you are able to cover all associated costs before committing any money. 

There are several different strategies to consider when investing in real estate. Diversification is key. Investing in multiple types of properties or in different geographic areas can help spread out the risk and provide more potential opportunities for growth and income. Additionally, taking advantage of tax deductions available to real estate investors can help lower your tax burden and increase your net return on investments. 

Taking time to evaluate each potential investment thoroughly is another key strategy. Look at factors such as location, local zoning laws, neighborhood demographics and any other relevant information that can have an impact on the future value of your investment. It’s also important to understand the details of any financing options that may be available, and how they might affect your overall financial situation.

Before investing, it is also important to develop a sound financial plan and understand how to manage the cash flow associated with real estate investment properties. Working with an experienced accountant or financial advisor can help ensure that you are making smart decisions that will provide long-term success. 

Be sure to consult a qualified tax advisor for advice about ways to maximize potential deductions and other advantages related to real estate investing. By understanding the various tax implications associated with owning real estate, you can ensure that you are taking full advantage of all potential benefits. 

When it comes to calculating potential returns on a real estate investment, there are several key metrics that should be taken into consideration. These include the current market value of the property, projected rental income, expected appreciation, and potential tax benefits. By carefully evaluating each metric, you can make an informed decision about which type of real estate is worth investing in. 

It is essential to have the right team in place to help ensure success. This team should include a qualified real estate professional such as a broker or agent who can provide valuable insight into the local market and advise on potential investments. Additionally, investors should seek out an experienced accountant, financial planner, and tax attorney who can provide advice on tax implications and other financial matters.

A property manager is a vital part of any real estate investment team, particularly for out-of-town properties, or if you simply don’t want to handle the day-to-day operations of the property. This includes tenant relations, maintenance and repair, rent collection and compliance with local laws. In addition to ensuring that the rental property runs smoothly and efficiently, a property manager can also help investors maximize their return on investment.

Whether you are interested in renting properties, the tax benefits that come with owning real estate, or want to work towards replacing the income from your day job, with careful planning and dedication, real estate investing can be a great way to build wealth in the long term.

About Brian T. Boyd, Esq.

Attorney Brian Boyd helps clients with real estate, construction, and other business matters, while at the same time growing his real estate portfolio to a six-figure income. He earned a JD from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. His newest book is Replace Your Income: A Lawyer’s Guide to Finding, Funding, and Managing Real Estate Investments.

Sustainable Packaging with AeroFlexx

Can the liquid packaging industry — a frequent target of environmentalists — find a path to sustainability that’s also economically viable? Andrew Meyer, CEO of liquid packaging solution AeroFlexx, says the answer must be yes. “We have always had an obligation to society and future generations to do our part,” he says. “Now, we have the technology to build a sustainable future.”

According to environmental advocacy group earth.org, the world generates 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, 60% of which ends up in landfills or somewhere else in the environment. Estimates are that 40% of the ocean surface is now covered with plastic debris, and that amount is increasing at an alarming rate each year.

As for why this is, Meyer points out that only about 9% of plastic globally is ultimately recycled, a sobering statistic that he says underlines the need to address plastic waste at its source. The AeroFlexx Paks are made with up to 70% less plastic and can incorporate up to 50% recycled content. Compared to the traditional rigid bottle, that translates to up to 85% less virgin plastic used for each package — and, yes, they can be recycled.

In 2020, AeroFlexx won the “Highest Achievement Award” at the 64th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition. In 2018, it took top honors at Dow’s 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation. The main reason was more than just environmental stewardship; it also delivers a superior consumer experience and gives any organization an opportunity to improve brand value. Simply stated, AeroFlexx requires less to package more. Major consumer brands are taking notice to accelerate their sustainability commitments.

“By using 50-70% less plastic than traditional packaging, we not only conserve resources, but our packages cost less to ship,” Meyer says. “Unfilled, AeroFlexx Pak can be shipped flat so fewer ships and trucks are needed along the supply chain. And, once filled, they don’t break or spill. They don’t even need additional packaging, which saves more space as well as cardboard and those annoying styrofoam peanuts.” Additional commercial benefits, he says, include edge-to-edge artwork potential and flexible size options from 6 to 40 ounces.

Moreover, the AeroFlexx customizable package is opened with a simple tear at the top, then dispenses a precise amount of liquid per squeeze, conserving the contents more effectively than a traditional bottle. It is able to do this by using a unique airframe and integrated valve design that lends “tailored rigidity” to a flexible package without the need for a discrete closure, cap, or pump.

Since its inception, AeroFlexx has been a part of the Innventure portfolio, meaning the disruptive company originators have expectations of AeroFlexx becoming a billion-dollar brand in the near future. Even if AeroFlexx captures just a sliver of its potential addressable market with its current value proposition, i.e. the best combination of rigid and flexible, Meyer says the company will hit its goal. According to Allied Market Research, the global liquid packaging market was valued at $331.8 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $463.2 billion by 2027 — an annual growth rate of about 5%. This growth rate isn’t too surprising, however, when one considers that over 1 million plastic bottles are sold worldwide every minute, adding up to more than 500 billion every year.

Meyer says that converting just 500 million packaging units to Aeroflexx’s effective packaging solution could save over 13 million gallons of gas, 51 million pounds of carbon dioxide, and 120 million kilowatts of energy. He hopes to realize these potential savings fivefold within the next five years.

“Innventure only invests in what it calls transformative technologies,” Meyer observes, “and AeroFlexx is truly a game changer. It’s a technological breakthrough that combines the best attributes of flexibles and rigids to create a new-to-the-world package form. The industry has been starving for this type of disruption, so we expect AeroFlexx to quickly become a leader commercially.”

In other words, AeroFlexx is not just improving the consumer goods industry’s economics at a time when every penny counts, it’s also carving a clear path to help exceed or accelerate the sustainability goals of any consumer products company.