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5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Rental Properties

Apr 30, 2008
If you are thinking about making a living from buying rental properties, then it is essential that you learn as much as possible about the most effective ways of doing it, as well as the things to avoid.

This article will help, by telling you 5 things you need to know before buying rental properties. By the end of the article you should have learned some useful things that will help you to make money from property, not just today, but in the long run as well.

Let's jump straight into it.

1 - Have a strategy

You have to formulate a strategy that is right for you from the word go. It is no good looking one week for one bedroom apartments and the next week for five bedroom houses. You have to focus on what you want to get out of a career in property investing, and then you need to put together a strategy and a plan around these goals and then focus totally on achieving them. Don't get distracted with anything else, just focus on what your strategy is and in the beginning make sure you stick to it.

2 - It's a numbers game

Don't be fooled into thinking the first property you look at will be a bargain that you will buy, refurbish and rent out for a huge profit. You have to understand that the likelihood is that you will have to look at tens if not hundreds of properties to even find one that fits your criteria.

Psyche yourself up and be prepared to look at lots of properties. Now, this doesn't mean spending hours on the road driving round 20 properties a day. All it might mean is you looking at 200 properties in you local newspaper on a Thursday afternoon, and from there you might find five to call up, you might go and actually visit three of these five and then put an offer in on one or two.

Another alternative is to get someone else like a property finder to do a lot of the searching for you, and then you just pay them a commission when they find you properties that meet your criteria.

3 - become an expert accountant

You don't have to be a maths whiz, but you do have to learn to account for all your costs and know ahead of time what your costs are likely to be. To many novice property investors and developers buy property at below market value, only to find out that the reason they were able to buy it so cheaply was because it has huge problems and the cost of putting these problems right will be more than the price it is worth at the end of it all.

4 - Buy in the right location

If you are buying rental properties you need to make sure you are buying them in a location that has a history of providing good rental returns and few voids. Don't buy in locations where there is no rental demand, you will be wasting your money and will probably have to sell the property anyway.

5 - Aim for low maintenance properties

Stay away from properties with a history of maintenance problems or properties that are likely to provide you with maintenance problems. When you become a landlord and are renting out properties, maintenance issues are one of the biggest drains on your income. So, if you can identify potential problem properties before you even buy them, it will save you a lot of time, headache and money in the long run.

If you follow the guidelines above, you should stand a much better chance of buying rental properties that successfully make you a profit from day one.
About the Author
To learn more essential tips on how to buy properties to rent or develop in todays property market visit the Investment Property Guru website, where today you can also pick up a free book title "The Five Rules of Property Success" this book will help you to make the right property money making decisions.
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