A few days back I wrote about investing in real estate to create wealth. If you have a positive cash flow for every month, your mortgage is paid off, etc. You can seriously start looking for real estate property for insurance. You can rent out the property and that will cover the mortgage cost.
As per Wikipedia, below are the source for finding real estate investment property.
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If you’re thinking of buying a property to let for the first time, or you’re looking to increase your current property portfolio, there are always a number of steps you should go through before deciding on the ideal property investment. From examining mortgage rates, to researching the prospective area and thinking about your target tenant you need to think long and hard about this important decision.
Here are some important considerations you should always take into account.
Research the market
As is the case with any investment you need to think long and hard before you commit to anything. This involves researching the market thoroughly and investigating current house prices, the potential of growth of the housing market, levels of rent and the rates for buy to let mortgages.
above Wikipedia hints can be used to search for the perfect property in the market. Investing is all about picking the right thing at right time. Researching thoroughly will allow you to get access to the best property around.
Choose the right area
Making the right decision when it comes to the location of the property is extremely important. It’s vital to choose a promising area where you can be sure to get value from your investment. This doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive or the cheapest, it’s about understanding which areas are desirable to live in. Desirability depends on various factors such as transport links and local schools, but will also depend on the type of tenant you envisage letting the property to.
Pick the right mortgage
It’s not just a case of walking into the first bank or building society and signing up for the first buy to let mortgage they offer you. Take your time and shop around. Different providers will offer you different options often with different interest rates.
So you will need to know which type of mortgage such as Fixed, Tracker etc suits you best. There are lots of fee options too, so it’s important to factor in all financial issues when making this decision.
Before making any commitment, utilize all the options available to you, such as an online mortgage calculator. This will enable you to gauge an understanding of the potential mortgage available to you and will assist you when sitting down with your broker, or with the lender directly.
Push on the price
As a buy to let investor you’re in a strong position, much like a first time buyer, as you are not reliant on selling a property before you can buy. If the seller is looking for a quick sale, it puts you at an advantage as you are free to move quickly. You can use this as a basis on which to attempt to push the price down.
Here’s the realtor.com article on price negotiation tips.
Know the pitfalls
As is the case with any investment, you can’t go in blind. It’s vital that you get to grips with all the potential pitfalls as well as the benefits. What happens if prices drop? Can you hold onto your investment? What if your tenant doesn’t pay the rent or you struggle to rent out the property at all? What will happen if you can’t remortgage? You can only make a true informed decision once you analyse all the potential scenarios; good and bad.
How you want to operate
Once the purchase goes through you need to consider how you want it to work and how hands on you want to be. Will you rent it out yourself or get an agent to do so? There are pros and cons of each. For example you’ll need to pay a management fee for the agents, but they’ll deal with any problems when they arise.
As per Investopedia
|Despite the drawbacks of having to rely on someone else, a good agent is worth my money unless I have right education, time, energy and marketing experience to sell my home.|
Readers, are you a real estate investor or planning to invest in real estate market? what other tips you can share?