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How To Buy Your First Investment Property

Sep 5, 2007
Once you have decided that you want to invest in property, you need to decide how to source your property at a good price.

There are several methods that you can use to source property below market value. Three such methods are listed here.

The Internet

One of my favourite Property Mentor's Dolf de Roos talks about the 100 - 1 rule (he calls it the 100:10:3:1 rule) in his book:

"Real Estate Riches"

If you don't have this book, I would highly recommend that you buy it. It's one of my favourite 'right-to-the-point' books on real estate.

The 100-1 rule stipulates that if you were to look at 100 properties, you may end up buying one good deal! Property is very much a numbers game. The more you look at, the more chances you have of knowing exactly what it is you're looking for, and henceforth finding your deal.

Not a day goes by when I'm not looking at property, if not physically, I will be analysing deals in the local property paper or on-line. I prefer on-line as I can literally analyse hundreds of deals in one sitting.

If you are a beginner and are not sure of the type of property that would best meet your needs, it is definitely worth spending time doing research on the internet. You can also search for properties to let.

This will allow you to understand rental values and help you to decide how much funding you will need in you purchase, as buy to let financing tends to be based on rental valuations.

Estate Agent

Regardless of what people say, I find estate agents to be a valuable resource when it comes to buying property. I have bought several below market value properties through estate agents.

By being persistent, and proving to an estate agent that you are a serious investor, you will have them ringing your phone of the hook with potential deals. However as with anything, you need to be careful that you are not receiving 'dogs' and that the deals are indeed deals. Once you understand your market, this should be simple.

Get to know your local estate agents and get them to know you. Be persistent in your approach. Go around in person and speak to them. Use them to give you their opinions on any particular area. If you are serious about investing in property, you need to maintain regular contact with at least three good estate agents in your preferred area. Over time, as I have found, these agents will be worth their weight in gold!

Do Your Own Marketing

This is my preferred method of acquiring property. You could start off by advertising in your local newspaper.

Typical adverts might read:

"Properties wanted. Cash buyer waiting, any area considered"

"Repossessions stopped. Don't wait for your house to be repossessed.

Ring now for an instant decision"

TEST your adverts. What works in one location may not work in another area for any number of reasons ranging from social demographics to the type of newspaper you're advertising in.
About the Author
Dr Javaid Kiyani is a successful Property Investor and Internet Marketeer. With 10 years experience of property, his knowledge of property investment is vast as evidenced by the books he has written.

For his FREE Property Investment Course, visit http://www.hmopropertyriches.com/
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