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Your Guide To Buying Investment Property

Mar 12, 2008
When one mentions real estate and investing, some will roll their eyes and shrug away the prospect. Others, however, will jump into the conversation with both feet, a twinkle in their eye, and a smile on their lips. Those that shrug simply do not realize all of the positive aspects that come with investing in properties. They do not realize that taking a chance on a property is not the same as rolling the dice and hoping for a positive outcome. When done properly, the reasons for investing and results of that quest are positive and lucrative.

- People invest in properties for several reasons. Some simply like the income potential from buying and selling. Others like the idea of owning a piece of property and being able to section off that property and lease or rent it in sections believing that to be a more lucrative attempt, than buying and selling. Overall there is a common belief that all property investors hold, investing in a property or several properties will bring income in a way that working for someone else cannot do. There is not as much income potential when working to make others money as there is when the person that will profit most is the investor.

- The first and most important thing you can do when considering investment in a property is to gather as much information about the property as possible, especially if you are planning on selling it. Be sure to find out if all of the taxes are paid to date as well as if there are any liens against the property. If you purchase it without this knowledge, those back taxes and liens become yours once the sale has closed. In addition, if you're planning on keeping the property for business leasing or renting be sure that the zoning is appropriate for your needs. Make sure that the spaces available for lease or rent, whether there is only one large one or several smaller ones, have everything they need for the type of businesses you want to draw there. The last thing you want when investing in a property is to have to take on the expense of adding electrical or plumbing to an existing building. Finally, take a good, hard, and close look around the exterior of the building for signs of any problems that could lead to costly repairs. If possible, bring an expert along with you as they are more likely to know what the beginnings of any problem will look like.

- Once you have seen the building inside and out chances are you would have already begun speaking with a real estate professional that has been handed the task of selling the property; let that professional tell you what price the Seller is asking for, then offer something reasonable. In negotiations, it's best to start with a low offer and meet the Seller somewhere in the middle. If a property owner is asking far above what you can afford, move to another property. The owner will only be willing to go down so much and if you can't meet them in the middle, do not make the mistake of overextending yourself in credit; that has a possibility of leading to financial disaster. Be sure that you can afford the offer that you are making.

Investing in property is certainly a risk, but an educated risk will leave little room for a financial loss. Those that succeed in investing do so because they always invest within their means and they always do their homework before investing. A well planned investment will be a lucrative investment.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. When it comes to sourcing buy to let investment property , he recommends Newcastle Residential Investments.
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