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The Pros and Cons of a Real Estate Investment Business: Home Buying

Jun 12, 2008
Many people are looking for ways to earn an income either as a part-time gig or to replace their jobs and work full-time as an entrepreneur. One of the hottest and most popular ways of doing this is getting into real estate purchase and resell.

Overview of a Real Estate Investment Business

A very basic type of real estate investment is buying a home and then renting it out in hopes of keeping up with mortgage payments and coming out with a nice profit at the end of each month. This often entails making some repairs to the home you want to rent, as well as giving the home some perks that will raise its value from its original cost.

This is a lucrative business, and people make a nice living from their real estate investments. It takes work, a good understanding of the real estate business and determination. Now take a look at the pros and cons here.

Pros of Real Estate Investments

One way people obtain real estate is through foreclosures. Often these homes are auctioned off for less than they are worth, which is the prime scenario. In this case you may have to fix up the home a bit, and then have the option of renting or selling it. This is an easy way to get started in the real estate investment business.

Another way to obtain real estate is through buying a fixer-upper and making needed repairs. This type of investment makes sense, as you get to see the house before you make a bid to buy it, so you know what types of repairs it needs ahead of time. The key here is to make a bid early and try to get the lowest price for the home. This works especially well with sellers who want to make a quick deal.

Cons of Real Estate Investments

A foreclosure sale is almost always a "buy as is" type of sale, and you have no recourse, if you want to back out of the sale. In the case of a foreclosure, you could find yourself having just purchased a home that has way more damage than you expected, leaving you to have to make major repairs before the house can be put on the market. These repairs can add up quickly and soon you find that you have put out more money than you can recover.

The same goes for buying a fixer-upper home on the market. If you do not pay close attention to the condition of the house you are interested in purchasing, you might be paying for costly repairs that you did not count on. The ideal situation is to buy a home that is in need of little or no repairs, so you can concentrate on additions and other cosmetic changes that will raise its value. You don't want to sink your money in major repairs caused by a careless previous owner.

It all boils down to the fact that a careful buyer must take the time to research homes, including their locations, up for sale before making any purchases. Real estate investment should be profitable to you. You should learn the ins and outs of buying homes that will make you money rather than cause you headaches. Be informed, and you should do well.
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Stuart Anthony Atkinson
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