Is It Safe To Invest In Real Estate Online? Why Or Why Not?

Investing Online In Real Estate? How To Do It Right
In this constantly-connected world, it makes sense to invest online. We have at our fingertips all the information we need, the ability to communicate instantly, have queries answered, tour properties virtually and more. So, investing online in real estate does seem to make a lot of sense, especially in these times of COVID when people are still reluctant to travel. It is only obvious that our clients and people who attend our seminars often have this question for me: can I invest in real estate online? My answer is, yes and no.

Investing in real estate online is a good idea.

You have access to thousands of options – you can see images, watch videos, take virtual tours to see what it is like indoors and outdoors to get a real sense of a property. You can exchange emails to have all your queries answered. You can read reviews of brokers or property developers or managers, and even check what people say about them on social media. You can read up on all the news and market analysis for the region you’re interested in investing in.
All this is possible online and one must take advantage of the speed and convenience and economy of this. One would be unwise not to! However, the rule of thumb here is that it is a good idea to go and physically visit the market one wants to invest in. This gives you a sense of the sort of neighborhood, the area, the property and so on.  

My advice for investing in real estate online.

Even if it’s only a short visit, just one day to drive around the area and personally meet some of the people involved, an actual visit to the market is a good idea. You can speak to the property manager, take some pictures on your own and get a much better sense of the decision you’re about to take. In the end this is going to give you a great sense of confidence about your investment. Plus this is going to be important for when the nay-sayers among your friends and family have questions about your decision!
Check out this episode to know my views on whether you should invest in real estate online. Reach out to us at ICG Real Estate to know about our properties or to book an appointment. 

What is the Best Type of Real Estate Investment and Why?

The Single Family Home is the American Dream – And Your Best Choice
So here’s a question I get a lot – something that most investors wonder about at some or other time: what is the best type of real estate to invest in? Clients that work with us at ICG Real Estate and people who attend our real estate expos often have this question for us and the answer is simple, really – for several reasons…

Many types of real estate investments.

There are a lot of options when it comes to real estate investments. There are apartment complexes with different types of units – condos, duplexes, triplexes and so on. You could also buy into land or commercial property as a real estate investment. However, the best option is to buy single family homes. These give you the best returns and they are a more liquid asset compared to other types of real estate. They also offer you the option of that greatest gift of all – the 30-year fixed-rate loan, all of which I explain in greater detail in this under 5-minute podcast.

Single family homes are the best choice.

The thing to remember is this: the single family home personifies the American Dream. Those lovely sloping roofs and the patio with the rocking chair! The yard where they’re going to shoot hoops with their kids and where people are going to have their barbecues! The pretty garden, the climber roses and the picket fences – all that happens in single family homes! People with their 2.2 kids and the dog aren’t looking to live in apartments in crummy neighborhoods. They are looking to live in good communities with good schools and room to grow and spread out!
Apart from the idyllic picture of the American Dream, there are sound financial reasons for investors to opt for the single family home option, which is still affordable in many of the good markets. It is this that will yield the best returns on your investment and which is going to be attractive for people looking for rental accommodation. So, go with the single family home – there is no better way to secure your financial future. 

How to Take the First Step to Secure Your Financial Future with Real Estate Investing

Get the ICG Advantage – Here’s How It Can Be Transformative
Are you a first time investor; someone who is brand new to the whole concept of real estate investment? Well, then I understand your reticence about taking that first step towards growing your financial future. Where to invest? What to buy? What to do first? All this can seem complex and confusing. So here is what you, as a first time investor, should do to create your retirement riches.

Simplify, don’t complicate.

At ICGRE we are in the business of helping you build a safe and financially secure future for yourself. We have the knowhow, the networks and the contacts to help you invest in ways that work for you. We know the builders, the developers, the property managers and the finance people, and can put you in touch with all these to streamline processes. Doing all of this on your own can be extremely intimidating if not actually impossible!
We guide and advise first time investors through it all. We conduct seminars and events that help people understand what we are about. You can check out our exclusive properties and ask to be added to our quick list. Or you can just schedule a personal meeting to have any doubts or queries addressed. I honestly feel that this can make a huge difference to investing outcomes. Not only do we help invest in properties that will appreciate over time, but we also help generate a passive rent income right away!

Book an appointment.

This is one of the things about my job that I really like and which I prioritize – meeting personally with clients! A major chunk of my time is devoted to meeting investors and to understanding their needs, and then customizing investing solutions for their needs.
So if you are a first time investor, I would advise you to reach out to us at Just pick up the phone to get in touch, send us an email at or fill out our Contact Form to set up an appointment today!