You have probably heard it before, investing in real-estate is among the best investments you could make. Usually, the value of real estate properties increases. It may sound easy, but beginners would usually find out that it is not that easy. It would require knowledge which could be achieved through research, planning and hard work. There are common mistakes in real-estate investing which could lead to serious pitfalls.
Before you buy any kind of investment, you would have to be familiar with the laws covering the property. Different states would usually have different laws covering property acquisition. There are legal procedures that you would have to undergo or complete to fully claim your right to the property.
Your investment could also provide passive income which would require you to look into houses or properties that could house a number of families. We generally call them Multi-Family Unit Properties; however they can be Single Family Properties converted to Multi-Family Units. These houses could be rented out. This kind of investment may have drawbacks since the property may end up with a bad tenant or without any tenant at all. If directly managing the homes or rental units is not your cup of tea, then you could try getting a real estate investment group or bring on a JV Partner that has the network to help you get tenants and manage the property. They would be building or managing the property for you in exchange of a percentage of tenants’ monthly payments. A WIN-WIN!!
If it is your first time to venture in real-estate investing, then you would have to be aware of common beginner’s mistakes. One common mistake is speculation. Beginners would usually follow the media, buy a property and wait for its value to increase. This could be risky. As mentioned earlier, real-estate investing requires research. Aside from that, you would also have to be prepared for the worst. If nobody buys the property, then you would have to think of other methods on how you could generate income from it. You could lease it, rent it and think about other exit strategies.
Another common mistake is developing emotions for your first investment. Emotions may cause problems when making business decisions like qualified prospective buyers being cut-off even though they are offering the best deal. Before you start looking for properties, make sure that you have developed some king of real estate team and they are ready.
Most people think that they could start investing on their own, big mistake. A good real-estate investment team and mentor would surely help you move quickly towards your goal. Who do you need in your team? You would need a mentor, real-estate agent, funding partner or loan office, tax adviser, contractor and even a lawyer.
When property hunting, keep two things in mind: location and value.
I am going to be repetitive here LOCATION and VALUE. There are newly-developing places where real-estate could provide you with greater financial returns in the future. Usually, you would find a great property in a great location, it may need some updating; but it could be addressed inexpensively. You may also want to think twice about buying a good property or residential house when it is located in areas with high foreclosures rates. Also, think about buying a property close to your home. This way you could focus and check on the property without being hassled with travelling for hours each week.
Real-estate investing would not make you a rich overnight. It would require you hard work and good marketing strategies. You would have to be mentally, emotionally and psychologically prepared for it. But when strummed in the right strings, it could definitely provide you financial stability. So think of each property has being one step closer to a nice retire package with residual income. "Better than what the bank will pay you, this I guarantee!"
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