Investment Options

Accessibility Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Time Commitment for investment 4 Months 1 Month 1 Month
Initial investment cost High Variable Variable
Possibility to use financing Yes Yes Not Directly
Suited for long-term investment Yes Yes Yes
Growth Potential
Growth Potential Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Opportunity for value appreciation High Moderate to High Low
Immediate cash flow potential Post-refurbishment Immediate Immediate
Investment diversification potential Low to Moderate Moderate to High Moderate
Scalability potential Moderate to High Moderate High
Typical exit strategy Retail buyers Investors / Retail buyers Investors
Asset Management
Asset Management Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Ownership of physical property Yes Yes No
May inherit pre-existing lease terms No Yes Yes
Requires comprehensive rehabilitation Yes No No
Involves active property management Yes Yes No
Need for marketing and tenant search Yes Yes No
Risk Management
Risk Management Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Control over property Full Full Limited
Exposure to default risk Yes Yes Yes
Legal / foreclosure process duration Approx. 1 Month Approx. 1 Month Approx. 1 Month
Investment Considerations
Investment Considerations Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Characterized as a passive investment Varies Generally Yes Yes
Potential for equity growth Yes Yes No
Possibility of >10% cash on cash return Possible Possible Less Likely
Potential for >10% annual overall return Yes Yes Yes
Property is considered an intangible asset No No Yes
Access to rental or income history No Yes Yes
Expenses & Considerations
Expenses & Considerations Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Ongoing maintenance costs Yes Yes No
Risk of vacancy costs Yes No No
Responsibility for property taxes Yes Yes No
Insurance obligations Yes Yes No
Acts as lender in the transaction No No Yes
Accrues interest Not Directly Not Directly Yes
Presence of a maturity date No No Yes
Market Environment Affects
Market Environment Affects Fix and Flip Direct Ownership Land Contract (LC)
Regulatory and legal complexity High Moderate High
Market flexibility Moderate High Low
Environmental and social impact Variable Variable Low


Any questions

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing refers to housing units designed to be accessible to low- and moderate-income families, typically costing no more than 30% of their gross income.

The definition of “affordable” typically varies depending on location and income levels but generally encompasses rent or purchase prices that don’t exceed a certain percentage of a household’s income.

What is Section 8 housing in the US?

Section 8 is a federal rental assistance program in the US run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that helps low-income families and individuals afford decent and safe housing in the private market. 

The program provides eligible households housing choice vouchers that cover a portion of the rent directly to the landlord, with the tenant paying the remaining amount. Property owners who participate in Section 8 agree to rent units to qualified individuals and families at a rate approved by the program.

How can I invest in Section 8 housing?

There are several ways to invest in Section 8 housing:

  1. Direct ownership: You can purchase a property approved for Section 8 and rent it to a qualified tenant using a voucher and receive rent subsidized by the government.
  2. Real estate investment trusts (REITs): REITs pool investor funds to purchase and manage income-producing real estate, including affordable housing.
  3. Limited partnerships: Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) offer another option for investors to pool resources and invest in affordable housing projects.
What is the difference between multi-family and single-family properties?

Single-family property: This refers to a standalone house or unit designed for and rented to one household.

Multi-family property: This refers to a property containing multiple dwelling units, such as a duplex, apartment building, or condominium complex. Multi-family properties offer the potential for higher rental income but typically require different management strategies and considerations compared to single-family homes.

What is the difference between buying and flipping houses?

Buying and holding: This involves purchasing a property to keep it as a long-term investment, generating rental income and potentially appreciating in value over time.

Flipping: This involves buying a property, renovating it to increase its value, and then selling it quickly for a profit. This is a more hands-on strategy with higher risks and rewards compared to buying and holding.

How much do I need to start investing in affordable housing real estate?

The minimum investment required varies depending on the chosen method. Direct ownership typically requires a higher initial investment for the property purchase, and renovation up to Section 8 standards, while other options like REITs might have lower minimum investment amounts.

Do I need to be a US citizen to invest and own the property?

No, US citizenship is not a mandatory requirement for investing in affordable housing in the US. However, specific restrictions or regulations might apply depending on the investment method and your residency status.

It’s crucial to consult with a professional to understand the legal and tax implications for non-citizens.

Do I need to pay US tax as an overseas investor?

This depends on the type of investment, your residency status, and any applicable tax treaties between your home country and the US.

Consulting with a tax professional specializing in international investments is highly recommended.