How To Invest In Real Estate Even If You Have Very Little Money

Not everyone has enough cash to get involved in the real estate game.

Then of course you have issues with collecting rent, broken toilets etc. etc.

Luckily, using options, there is a way to gain exposure to the real estate market without having to put up any cash (or at least very little).

No, I’m not some crazy real estate spruiker trying to sell you some shady deal.

This really is possible and today I’ll show you how.

The strategy is called a Risk Reversal, which might sound complicated but really it’s very simple.

All you do is sell a put and buy a higher call in the same expiry month. If you can use the same strikes for the put and call, then it would be called a Synthetic Long Stock Position.

I tend to prefer the Risk Reversal, but really there isn’t too much difference between the two.

I’ve talked a little bit about IYR recently, so I’ll use that as our example again because it gives a broad and diversified exposure to the real estate market.

For this example, I go out as far in duration as I can which means using the Jan 17th, 2020 options. That gives me a long time for the trade to work out in my favor.

As of June 22nd with IYR trading at 80.70, I could sell an $80 put for $6.59 and buy an $81 call for $4.51

This gives me a net credit in my account of $208 which is mine to keep no matter what.

I actually get paid to make the trade, so there must be a catch right?

Not so much a catch, but yes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. In order to maintain this exposure, we need to put up some margin. So the trade doesn’t quite cost us nothing, but we can gain exposure for very little.

In this example, the margin requirement is likely to be around $2,500. That could vary from broker to broker and it will change as the underlying instrument moves in price.

While the trade doesn’t require much capital, it’s important to remember that the exposure is similar to owning 100 shares of IYR which would normally set you back about $8,000.

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Disclaimer: The information above is for educational purposes only and should not be treated as investment advice. The strategy presented would not be suitable for investors who are ...

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