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Investment Property Advice - For The Budding Investor

Apr 14, 2008
If you are a first time property investor, this article is for you. It is aimed at giving the beginning investor some sound investment property advice so that they are better equipped to start off their career in making money from property.

So, you want to become a property investor, and you know you need some help and advice before you embark on this potentially hazardous road. You have managed to save some money and you are ready to make the move from home owner or tenant to property investor.

The first thing you will need to do is decide what kind of property business you want to enter into. Take your time (but not to long) and research and look into the options that are available. There are many different ways to make money from property, but not all the ways might be right for you. And undoubtedly some may fit you better than others.

Turning to investment properties as your main source of income may seem like the perfect idea. However, as with any business, you will need a business plan in place that will guide you along the way to owning your own small, medium or large property empire.

Once you buy that first property to rent out or sell on, you are essentially a small business owner. There will be additional tax implications, property upkeep and some major decisions that will need to be made on a daily basis. The first of these decisions needs to be what kind of investor you want to become.

The two major types of property investors are flippers and buy to let investors. The flippers normally only buy a property for a short period of time and resell for a major gain, many times they will have done either minor or major renovation work on the property. The buy to let investor is in the market for a smaller gain over a longer period of time. Each of these real estate investors offers a unique challenge and some special skills.

The flipper will search for a property that is in need of a little fixing up and purchase the property below the potential resale price. They will then place money back into the property in the way of renovations on the property. After the property is renewed, they will place the property back on the market for sale and hope to return some sort of profit. This style of investor will need a larger bank roll in the beginning of the small business venture and have the knowledge and ability to know what things to change to make a house more resale friendly.

The buy to let investor is completely the opposite of the flipper. When buying a property to let, the investor will want to buy it at well below market value and place very little money back into the property before placing it on the market for letting.

A buy to let property investor often has to think outside the box to progress their property investment portfolio. They need to be careful that lenders don't think they are over stretching themselves and get concerned about their high debt to income ratio. The flipper and the buy to let investor are just two ways of making money from property, there are many more, which is why the first time property investor needs to do their research and make sure that they are following the right path for them. .

Property investing can be a profitable business. Before jumping head first into becoming an investor, take this small bit of investment property advice and decide whether you want a profit in the short or long term.
About the Author
Do you want some more tips, insider info and investment property advice? Carlton Johnson is a well respected author, investor and webmaster, visit one of his sites at http://www.investment-property-guru.com for some more great tips on making money from property.
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