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Location is Crucial in Real Estate Investing

Feb 10, 2008
You've heard the old real estate adage, location, location, location, and the fact of the matter, this still holds true. Location is vital in choosing where to invest your real estate dollars. Pick an area that is going downhill and you'll end up having to sell at a loss, but if you get the right location, the property you invest in could eventually be worth millions.

Finding the right location is part of the research needed for real estate investing. The amount of time that you are willing to have money tied up in your investment will also have a big bearing on where you invest, since some areas will tend to take longer to develop than others. If you are in a hurry to get your money back, you'll want to look for a semi-developed area where you can drop in your money and then resell a short time later once the market has risen for that area.

Longer term investments require a lot of foresight. You need to be able to tell if the location is a good one and predict that it will still be a good one in ten or twenty years. This can be a bit more difficult to do, and often you'll need more investigation done. A real estate agent who is experienced in real estate investment can help you out with this part of the process.

Previous years can give you an idea of the trend in specific neighbourhoods, there are even websites that track this sort of thing. You should be able to see fairly quickly if an area has had a rocky past or if it has steadily improved in value over the past few years. Take a look further back, too. Some neighbourhoods may actually be in an upward climb after decades of ups and downs, in which case, you need to carefully consider the wisdom of buying there.

Of course, the worse off or the less developed an area is, the lower the investment. This means that if the real estate goes up in value, you could stand to make a very tidy profit. This is a numbers game, so if you are good at figuring out the odds, you have an excellent chance at making money in the real estate investment market. Keep in mind, too, that real estate investment, tends to be far less risky than the stock market, which can be pretty volatile. The trends in the housing market tend to move up and down fairly slowly, so you can anticipate the changes in time to start buying or selling.

Having a great real estate agent can be a big help when you are making real estate investments. An agent worth his or her commission fee will be able to help you find up and coming locations that are excellent places to buy with future selling in mind. Once you find a good real estate agent, make sure you hang onto them, since it can be difficult.

Real estate investment depends heavily on location. Without the right location, you risk losing money, or at the very least, not making much of a profit. Get the right area and you will earn big.
About the Author
Seb Frey is a Capitola, California Real Estate Broker specializing in Santa Cruz Real Estate. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys helping people find their piece of the American Dream in Santa Cruz. You can find Seb's blog at SantaCruzHomeBroker.com/blog.
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