The on-going financial crisis has frightened a casual investor from entering the real estate business. In fact, people have always been scared of dealing in real estate because a casual investor thinks that real estate is a game for those people who are loaded with cash. To an extent, they are right since most of property transactions involve lots of initial investment. Presently, in an environment of financial uncertainty, people are not taking any risks with their money. To be very frank, their attitude is very suitable in the current crisis. Still there are many ways in which you can invest in the real estate business. You don’t need to invest your own money; rather, you apply some techniques that require minimum upfront investment. These are time tested techniques and have been used by professional real investors. Some of those techniques are listed below. You need to be very patient in their application since no seed bears fruit immediately. But it is impossible to fail if you are hardworking, honest and sharp.Double escrow – buying and selling simultaneouslyThis is a very practicable method of investing in the real estate business with minimum capital. The method is very simple but needs certain amount of coordination and great timing. What you do is buy a property from seller at a discounted price. You must convince the seller that you will be able to make the payment after a short period of time. Within that time, you find a buyer for the same property but insist on immediate payment. When you receive cash from your buyer, you use that cash to pay off the seller. Your profit will be the difference amount of the buying and selling prices.The profit that you make in this investment can be used for buying another one. In this way you can make a career out of your real estate endeavors.Flipping or Fix and FlipThis is another feasible alternative to making money in the real estate business without investing your own. The process involves buying property or a house for less than its market value and then selling it for profit after getting it repaired and applying face-lift. It must be understood that there is much more to it than just buying, repairing and selling. In order to successfully flip house you must take into consideration the following points:Be on the look-out constantlyThis is a trait that you must develop if you have decided to flip properties for living. You must always be searching properties that could be bought and then, sold after minor adjustments. You must also let all your acquaintances know that you are into this business. Make sure that whenever a property comes up in the market, you are the first one to hear about it.Convert Information into dealsThe moment you receive news about a potential sale-out, you must be the first one to visit the place. Remember, your success in this business depends on how fast you can move. If the property is suitable cut the deal immediately.If you keep in mind the above points, there is nothing that can stop you from becoming successful.