There are different ways to invest in real estate. If making money sooner rather than later is your goal, one of the key ways you can do that is by purchasing real estate that you can rent out. Another way to earn money is by buying undervalued real estate, fixing it up, and selling it for a profit. You may even be considering participating in real estate trust (REIT) exchanges. Whether you’re planning to become a landlord or a real estate flipper or diversify your portfolio, there are important factors to consider before investing in property. Let’s break down each of these:
Define your Investment purpose
Define your reasons for investing. What are your cash flow and profit expectations? Are your goals short-term or long-term?
As mentioned, there are different ways to invest in real estate. Are you buying property for self-use? This approach allows you to save on rent while also enjoying value appreciation. Or are you planning to be a landlord so that you can gain regular rental income and long-term value appreciation? There’s also the option to buy and sell or “flip a house” for a profit. There’s also the long-term buy and sell option, which means investing in real estate now in the hopes that it will appreciate over a long period and satisfy your long-term goals.
Understand the importance of location
“Location, location, location.” Location cannot be stressed enough because renters and home buyers will also be prioritizing the location of their houses. A potential tenant or buyer may love the home but will hesitate if its location is in a “bad” neighborhood or “off-grid.” Unless the renter or buyer’s goal is a secluded home in isolation, they’re likely looking for access to markets, healthcare facilities, schools, gas stations, and public transportation.
Generally, the closer your investment is to local amenities, the better. We live in a day when “30 minutes or less” and “same-day delivery” is still not fast enough for most consumers. The same goes for traveling to amenities such as grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Renters and homeowners also want easy access to public transportation to ease their commute to school and work. This includes a preference for properties closer to highways, bus stops, and train stations.
But what do you do when supply is low, and prices are high in the best neighborhoods? You do your research and look for the locations that have potential. Look for signs that a community is growing. Watch out for access to major roadways, new constructions, declining crime rates, and city development projects. It’s also a good sign if the area has popular chain businesses coming soon or if an established company has announced they’ll be opening a branch or office in the area. Any sign of new construction and businesses mean more jobs. And more jobs mean more people are moving to the area and looking for homes.