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The Ingredients Of A Lucrative Real Estate Deal

Aug 18, 2007
Investment in real estate is undoubtedly the best provider of long-term wealth investment opportunities. For decades, people have been investing in this field and making a profit. The value of real estate rarely goes down, even without making any major improvements to a property. Value of a house is most likely to go up if you maintain it properly. Real estate is the only investment that you can get insurance for. This reduces the possibility of any major loss. Even the banks can lend you money for investing in real estate.

There are many real estate investors who focus on the techniques of investment rather than wondering whether a deal is good or not. It takes loads of education, research and experience to recognize a good deal. However, there are some important points to be kept in mind for a profitable real estate deal and they are:

Flow of cash: Determine whether the property you are buying will result in cash flow or not. This will depend on various factors like the interest rate on the finance, strength of the local rental market and how much down payment an investor will be making. It also depends on a multi family or a single-family dwelling. Consider these factors and determine the amount of cash flow. Once you have done this try and compare the cash flow of the property with other potential properties.

Leverage: This is one factor that is important for investors because if you invest less cash on each property you will be able to buy more properties. When the value of the property goes up the rate of return will also increase. In case the property goes down in value and there is a lot of debt on the property this will lead to a negative cash flow. Generally, real estate is cyclical and if there is a negative cash flow it can be handled if the investor is having some other income source to handle this situation. Leverage will work in your favor if you are a long-term player. This will happen only if the market in which investment being made appreciates in the long run and the income from the properties can pay for most of the monthly debt services.

Equity: Investors need to determine whether the property that you are purchasing has equity in it or not. Equity can take several forms like:

1) Potential fixer upper
2) Discounted price
3) Rezoning opportunity
4) Poorly managed property
5) Foreclosure

Equity can be created in many ways, but buying into equity can be the best bet. Find a motivated seller who will give up his or her equity for less than full value.

Appreciation: Profit and appreciation can come only when investors buy in the right neighborhoods and in the appropriate stage of the real estate cycle. Buying properties with cash flow or equity solely for short-term appreciation can be a very risky investment.

Risk: Investors should consider risk as well. They need to think that what will happen if their assumptions are not right and what can be done after that. You can be out of business if you purchase with an adjustable rate loan, as rates go up. It is best to be prepared for the worst.
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