As you are getting started real estate investing, you might be seeing offerings for passive investment.
Some of these investment offerings require their investors be accredited. So what does that mean?
The full requirements are linked here:
For an individual to be considered an accredited investor:
their net worth (not counting their primary residence) is $1,000,000 + OR
they make $200,000/year in gross income in the past 2 years OR
they make $300,000/year in gross income filing jointly with a spouse in the past 2 years
These rules exist to help protect investors who could be “duped” by investment offerings, hoping that investing in these types of offerings wouldn’t be catastrophic for the average individual.
It is still very possible to invest in real estate without being accredited, but certain offerings are only available to those individuals.