Real Estate Investing: How to Start with Little or Zero Capital

It is no news that investing in real estate is a lucrative way to build wealth. However, one of the biggest hurdles that new investors or intending investors face is finding the money to get started. Fortunately, there are ways you can get into real estate with little to no money down. This article outlines some strategies on how you can get started. 


  1. Research Government Programs


One way to invest in real estate with little to no money down is to research government programs that support real estate investment. In Nigeria, for example, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) offers a variety of programs that can help you finance your real estate investment, including the National Housing Fund and the Rent-to-Own Scheme. These programs can provide low-interest loans and other forms of financing to help you get started with your real estate investment. 


2. Leverage Your Network


Investing in real estate can be a daunting task, however one way to make the investment less risky and more lucrative is by personally collaborating with like-minded investors who share your vision for success. By pooling your resources, you can increase your buying power and tackle larger projects that may not have been possible alone. Connect with other potential investors, talk to your family, friends, and colleagues to see if anyone is interested in partnering with you to invest in real estate. By pooling your resources, you can make a more substantial investment thereby leading to greater profits, I recommend youstart by joining BERSAMA.


3. Through Other People’s Money (OPM)


Real estate investors can use other people's money (OPM) to finance their desired investments. OPM involves finding investors or lenders who are willing to finance the property purchase in exchange for a share of the profits. This strategy is commonly used in real estate syndications and private equity deals. 


4. Joint Investment or Co-Ownership: This entails and sharing risks and rewards, you can make a more substantial investment than you would be able to on your own by co investing with other investors thereby by getting a return on investment on yearly or monthly basis based on its agreement. Several real estate companies these days offer this investment scheme.


5. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs): REITs are companies that own and manage income-generating properties. By purchasing shares in a REIT, you can indirectly invest in real estate without buying properties directly.


6. Home Equity: If you already own a property, you can leverage the equity you have built up by taking out a home equity loan or line of credit. The borrowed funds can then be used for real estate investment purposes.


In conclusion, by exploring government programs, considering joint investments, and exploring alternative financing options, you can overcome the hurdle of finding initial capital.

However, to truly maximize your potential in the real estate industry and ensure long-term success, it's crucial to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and skills. That's why I recommend signing up for the Real Estate Business Course offered by the School of Estate.


This comprehensive course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of real estate investing, financing, property management, and market analysis. You'll learn from industry experts who have a wealth of experience and practical insights to share. The course will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the real estate market confidently and make informed investment decisions.


By Dare Adeleke