Investing in the real estate business is one of the most complex, yet most rewarding business activities in the entire face of money-generating business groups in the world. The fact is, investing in real estate is a popular investment vehicle, particularly for the middle-upper class. More and more people who have started doing this activity said that they found it very rewarding even though running a rental property or fixing up a house requires a lot of work. Investing in real estate is one of the most important financial decisions you will make in life that's why you have to really think if this is a career you want and if you can handle it, because the truth is investing in real estate can be learned, but learning how to invest is not an easy procedure. There are many things that go into buying a house. First thing, you have to figure out what type of real estate investment you want to make before you even start looking for a house. I did research on where the most common places to find investment properties and here's the list of common sources of investment properties. It includes real estate agents, foreclosure sales, MLS or Multiple Listing Service and private sales. Once you found your potential investment property, you must investigate and verify its overall condition. If you are satisfied with the results, talk to the seller about the property sale price and the sale terms. If you both agreed on these, you can now ask for a contract of sale. Remember, once you had handed out the payment, you may not be able to refund it and this is what we called the serious point for investors like you. You are lucky if you are still in the contingency period because you can obtain a refund of earnest money deposits, but if this period is over during the time that you want to refund, this will result penalties for you to pay so plan ahead. There are two ways to make money out of your investment properties. First is to have it rented out. Renting out the property will give you monthly income and that rent pays can eventually pay off the mortgage and it will be "all profit". The second way is by appreciating the property's value. For example, the home you bought for 40,000 can be sold double its original price after few years.