Owning investment property can be a profitable endeavor, even for the neophytes in the field of real estate. The crux of the business lies in finding affordable investment property that is likely to be lucrative. Although there are scads of books, guides and other online sources of information, loads of advice at the outset can often leave a newbie investor perplexed as to what’s the right road to follow. It’s best to know the basics first, and then move on to the avant-garde tips and tricks of the profession.
While searching for investment property keep several options open, including the Internet, paper ads, and even other realtors. However, by purchasing investment property directly from the owner, you can save some hard earned money – since there is no intermediary realtor, no commissions need be mete out. Therefore, it’s better to seek houses listed For Sale By Owner (FSBO). But if getting hold of an FSBO property seems like a cumbersome chore, you may look for hard-to-sell investment property that is listed with realtors. Such properties often need refurbishing and, therefore, can be bagged at a lower commission.
It is recommended that you visit in person the investment property that you wish to purchase. Pictures render a glossy, almost perfect look to everything – the obscured glitches are often revealed on a closer, personal inspection. In addition, you may also survey the neighborhood to get a fair knowledge about the living conditions and the kind of people that inhabit the locality. This information would prove invaluable in a typical remodel and sell scenario – you must know what type of clientele is likely to buy the house, prior to remodeling it.
A thorough inspection can make the difference between a lucrative deal and a money sapping investment. It is best to take a property inspector along with you, when you go for an investment property inspection. The inspector would analyze the house and ensure that it boasts of a solid foundation, is free from any leaks in the water system or any glitches in the heating system, and the floor and walls are in good condition. Whatever the anomalies, you must assess the repair costs and further discern if the deal is profitable or not.
Some repairs, such as mending or replacing heating ducts or air conditioning conduits, can be costly and typically require the services of an expert. On the other hand, some trivial flaws, such as a dripping shower head or bathroom faucet, might well be rectified by you, in order to keep the repair costs to a minimum.
Bearing in mind the advice given here, you could very well excel in real estate, and bag a few money-spinning investment property deals.
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