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Buying An Investment Property- Is It Right For You?

Jul 30, 2008
When you see all the infomercials on TV it makes you want to run out and jump into the real estate investment market. They make it look so easy and a lot of fun as well. There are now numerous shows on television showing ordinary people and professionals investing or flipping homes with usually positive and profitable results. However, buying an investment property may or may not be for everyone. Let's take a look at a few things you should consider when buying an investment property.

1. First of all you need to understand the market that you're in. Just as location is important in selling your home it's also important in purchasing investment properties.

If you're coming into a new market, doing research will be more important than ever. Even if you've lived in an area for a long time, you may not really have considered it from an investment standpoint.

There are always going to be more desirable areas in a market than others and you should consider things such as zip codes, average median income, sale price of homes, education levels, schools, shopping, and other things might be important to you.

Also consider what the market is doing. Are real estate values going up, down or are they fairly steady. The market will determine your end selling price and renovation timeline. If you are investing in a rental it will determine your rent prices.

2. If you are new to buying and selling real estate you may want to deal with a realtor. If you don't have one then it will be important that you come up with someone that you feel comfortable working with. You may even want to interview several of them as well as check references.

Real estate professionals will be more in tune is what is going on in the specific marketing and can be very valuable in helping you find good deals. Even if you consider yourself to be a professional it might be worth dealing with the realtor if you are coming into an area cold.

3. What is your financial situation? Again looking at the TV infomercials, you see people that are really broke, and in a few months are sitting on a pile of money. For the most part you will need to have some money or good credit to get started as a real estate investor.

Part of that stems from the fact that the homes you purchase may need repair before you can sell them. Even if you plan on sitting on them and renting them out for awhile you've got to get them presentable and that takes money or credit.

4. Another thing to consider is the type of investment property that you are going to buy. Many people think buying investment properties is geared towards the fixer upper when in reality, not all homes are like that.

There certainly is a market for this, and if you're the type of person that can do work themselves, this may be the perfect avenue for you to get started as a real estate investor.

These are 4 tips to consider when buying an investment property. It can be very profitable and rewarding if it is something that interests you.
About the Author
Patricia Hodge-Rendall is a sales representative who specializes in Oakville real estate for RE/MAX Realty specialists. If you have any questions about the Oakville or Burlington real estate market or would like to search for homes for sale please feel free to visit the site.
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