Blog :: 07-2014

Real Estate Investment 101

A home for sale.

Investing in any type of real estate can be a profitable venture; however, knowing key aspects of the practice makes all the difference when it comes to being successful. Here are a few elements to keep in mind before buying real estate and/or selling real estate in todays market.

  1. Know the Neighborhood. Be sure to get a good feel of the neighborhood before purchasing a house for investing. Know the demographics, school zone, income, housing marketing, etc. This will help project into possible future investment benefits.
    • Make sure there are not a high number of vacancies already available in the area. This may mean a lack of interest in the majority of homebuyers in the area. Choose a well-populated neighborhood that has a low turnover rate when it comes to moving.
  2. Have Goals. Create long- and short-term investment goals. This will help gauge a workable plan of action and will provide motivation to stick with this plan. It may be important to work alongside a professional Realtor, like one from Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, to determine the most profitable and realistic goals for a specific situation.
  3. Sorting Through Legalities. Develop a professional relationship with a real estate lawyer who has an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in real estate investment. A real estate lawyer can help develop contracts, answer legal questions, paperwork, etc.
  4. Get Pre-Approved. Before looking into any investment plans, get pre-approved for a loan or mortgage. This may reflect a more financially-stable individual, aiding in the offering and buying process.
  5. Comfort. Get comfortable with a property before buying. Visit the house more than once and really get to know the workings of the property. Rather than purchasing on impulse, it is best to always ask questions, familiarize with the neighborhood and the surrounding homes, and become at ease with the homes qualities. This can help provide a deeper insight before investing.
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