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Should You Invest In Rural Or Urban Real Estate?

Aug 17, 2007
The population of the world is always in a state of change. Many longtime city dwellers are making more money and are choosing to settle down in more inexpensive, beautiful, rural areas. Many of these houses are much larger than the small apartments people are used to living in the city, but at a fraction of the cost. Such investment opportunities offer investors a chance for big profits.

1. Bigger Profits Means Bigger Risks

Before you take the plunge into investing several hundred thousand dollars of your hard earned money, you should carefully inspect and evaluate the property to make sure it will sell and that it will be profitable. In rural areas there is much more of a concern about the environment and the surrounding neighborhood than in urban areas. The local store may be several miles away as opposed to a five minute drive away, for example. Snatching up a home that is close to the best local ammenities is a surefire way to sell it faster.

2. Advertising Strategy

It is often harder to sell a rural home as opposed to an urban one because less people live in the area. This means that less people will drive by your property and see the for sale sign. You therefore need to more heavily rely on advertising to sell the home. Because less people are interested in the area, it will take a longer time to build a list of qualified leads. It can also take longer to find desirable properties to buy at potentially profitable prices. In areas where property values are rising rapidly, high demand snaps up good properties quickly. Only the fastest and smartest real estate investors typically find sucess in this area of real estate investing.

3. Home Evaluation For Rural Areas

Because homes are much larger and are often built uniquely they are more difficult to put a price on. Unlike mass-produced condos or other real estate projects, farms, ranches, mountain homes, lake homes, island property, etc are all different from one another in architecture and design. For example, a villa in the south of France is very different from a vineyard only a few kilometers away.

4. Flip This House

For investors that plan to buy, fix-up and sell, you need to take into account the potentially greater difficulty of finding qualified, reliable contractors and labor. Specialized workers often come at a greater price in rural areas because there are less experienced craftspersons available to go around. One of the best things about investing in real estate is that property values rarely, if ever, go down.
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