I’m sure you are most likely to be familiar with real estate. Even it you are not in real estate business, you might in on one way or customers have a friend or you know someone who is a real estate investor. What about those many classified adverts we see everyday in our newspapers or bandit signs showing us that there is a property being sold.
To bring you closer to the topic; real estate business involves buying and selling of property. The market is growing so as the property value. There is never ending demand for housing across the world-whether it is residential or commercial.
In the virtual world there exists also virtual real estate and as the name suggest the business is virtual in nature, no physical property as in real estate. While the two nearly have the same concept and leverage, virtual real estate involves creation of and building of online businesses-it involves product creation and selling. Your website is your virtual office or store. To clearly understand, compare, differentiate or make choices between the two, let us look at the following factors.
Financing and capital
Both real estate and virtual real estate you have nearly equal leverage on finances but real estate has a slight lead. Although real estate requires huge capital to start and operate, you can readily access the funding. Thanks to financial lending institutions and other private lenders. It is possible to start your real estate business with nothing down. This however comes with high interest rates. For instance, you can purchase a property worth $100,000.00, with only $10,000.00 as your down payment with&$ 90,000.00 is financed through a mortgage. Start-up capital for a virtual real estate is negligible if you can compare with real estate. It is not uncommon to find someone who which to start up his/her virtual real estate business with $500.00.
Income and value
Given the fact that, real estate business requires large sum of money to operate, so does the profit. It is only that sometimes it hardly comes. It is possible to make few deals per month and end up profiting heavily. In addition to that you can rent you property to tenants who will generate your monthly cash flow. The downside of it is that you will have to pay interest on loans, insurance and of course tax which will decimate your balance.
Virtual real estate operate on a different platform, most of the income is generated through selling of products. You can generate few dollars from each sale but if you consider those huge sales volume and lower operational cost it is possible to outdo real estate business in terms of cashflow. Moreover you can even sell your website at exorbitantly high price generating huge profits.
The value of a real estate property appreciates in a more sure and slow rate compare to virtual real estate. Virtual real estate can go either way but when it appreciates you can reap a lot. Imagine developing a web business which you cash in $ 500,000.00 from sale in just one year.