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Tips To Keep In Mind Before Investing In Real Estate

Aug 17, 2007
More than anything, the first thing that one must keep in mind when looking at a piece of property to invest in is whether that property will generate a good income at some indefinite point in the future. This is considered the chief criterion while investing in real estate. If it seems that the investor will not be able to sell the property at a profit in the future, then that property is usually not worth considering.

Apart from this, it is very important to do proper market research on the property before investing in it. Consider opinions from various sources and dont just take your agents word for it. This will help you verify not only the earning power of the property but also other details that one must be aware of before investing in real estate.

It is very important to know your seller well. Make sure his credentials are genuine and you are not being taken for a ride. Run a background check before you get too excited and pay through the nose for the property of your dreams.

Old houses always look pretty and are prettier when they are put up for sale. Dont get carried away by the outward appeal; make sure youve done a thorough check. It makes absolutely no sense to invest in property that will cost more to maintain than the revenue it will generate. This, of course, can happen to a piece of new property too, but its usually the older ones that have this problem.

You obviously dont want property on which youll be spending thousands for repairs. However, there is no harm in investing in something if it requires just a few touch-ups here and there so that you can make it ideal for you. For this, you need to have an honest heart-to-heart with the original tenants, who will be able to tell you everything from pest infestation to how many cracks there are on the ceiling.

Make sure the insurance coverage that you currently have is enough and more to cover your recently bought property. This may seem overtly cautious to some, but you must be prepared. Suppose you move in from a small apartment to a huge Spanish style mansion and something were to happen. Wouldnt you want your insurance to cover all of it?

If you choose to let out your property to tenants, make sure you charge a fair rent. This way, your tenants will be happy and will stay long. Also, before deciding on tenants, run a background check on their credentials, making sure they are people you wont have any trouble with.
If youve just closed a good deal and have made a good amount of profit, dont go wild spending all that money. Instead, act wisely and invest some if not all of that money into another piece of property. Now that you know how profitable real estate is, invest in some more.
About the Author
James Klobasa, once broke with no job and $20,000 in debt made a choice that changed his life forever. That choice was investing in Real Estate. With the founder of, The Little Building Co. you too, can learn at Real-Real Estate Investing
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