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How to Invest in Real Estate

Aug 17, 2007
As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money, and that could not be truer when investing in real estate. You may have grand ideas about how to spruce up a local property and then sell it for a mint, but if you dont have that initial capital, than you cant even start. What most investors do is get a loan. A loan that is used for real estate investment purposes is a mortgage. As any homeowner knows, a mortgage can be an albatross around the neck of any property owner, but if you are looking to flip properties fast, they are not such a big deal. You can get a mortgage from most banks, credit unions and even from insurance companies. They can also be done privately through a wealthy investor who is going to be investing in you, but these tend to be rare.

The average mortgage can be broken down into two categories: loans for residential spaces and loans for commercial spaces. If you are looking to buy a property that is going to be used for commercial purposes, like a store or a research centre, than you would need a commercial loan. Most properties that fall into these categories tend to be multi-units, ranging from 4 or 5 to dozens. If you are looking to get a mortgage for a residential space and it needs to only be a one-unit space, than you would want a residential mortgage. Even if you are going to be making a commercial profit, say as a landlord, from a residential property, you would still need a residential mortgage. The way the loans work, you file for one and when you receive it, you are given all the money you requested at once and then you pay the mortgage back in bits and pieces. If you are going to be investing in property, you will need a lot of money, not only from the cost of the property but things like closing costs and points can really add up.

The bank or credit union that you are applying for the mortgage from will take three main factors into consideration when they look at your application. The first is your income. The second is your credit score and the third is savings. The mortgage can be broken down into five essential parts that any investor needs to look at closely before signing any legal papers. The principal of the loan, meaning how much the loan if for, the rate of interest, meaning the fee the bank is requesting to borrow the money, the terms of the agreement, meaning how and when the bank is going to want their money back, the payment schedule, and the final value, which includes any extra fees that are not otherwise stated. One important aspect of mortgages that needs to be understood is that the longer the bank gives you to pay back the loan, the higher the interest rate will be, meaning, the more money you have to pay the bank to borrow the money. Try to get the shortest period possible on a loan to save yourself the most money in the long run.
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