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Real Estate Investing Basics for Novices Part II

In the first part of this two-part post, we talked about the different ways you can make money by investing in real estate. Now as promised, we are going to give you some tips for purchasing your first real estate investment property.

Buying an investment property is still among the most popular ways to invest. But what you should know is while most of the time it delivers positive returns, it’s not exactly a breeze. You have to remember that how effectively you handle the management of your investment dictates whether or not you’ll reach your financial goals.

Here are some helpful tips for you:

Choosing the right property is important. Because investing in real estate is typically about capital growth, it is crucial that you choose a property that is likely to increase in value. Buying at the right price, of course, is an important factor, too. How do you know it’s the right property? For starters, you want to be sure that the property you are going to invest in fits the demographics of renters in that specific area.

Look for a good property manager. Have a professional keep things in order both for you and your tenant. Often a licensed real estate agent, a property manager will be able to give you advice on property law, as well as all your responsibilities and rights as the landlord while making sure that the rights of the tenants are also respected. Your property manager will help you find the right tenant, do reference checks, ensure that the renters pay on time, handle maintenance issues, and more.

Have a full understanding of the market as well as the dynamics of the area where you are buying. One of the best ways to do this is by talking to as many locals as you can. After all, they are the ones who truly know if a specific street is considered better than others. It’s also good to know if any changes are going to happen in your area.

Choose the right type of mortgage for you. There are quite a few options for you when it comes to financing investment property. It is important that you get really good advice in this particular area since it’s really going to make a difference financially. Whether you go for a fixed rate loan or a variable rate loan depends on your circumstances, of course, but do take some time to consider both options before making a decision.

Check the condition of the property. It’s really advisable that you hire a professional building inspector before you decide to make an investment. After all, you don’t want to affect your cash flow negatively by purchasing a property that would need repair after repair in the first few months of your ownership.

These are just some of the things that you should remember before you invest in real estate. By making smart decisions and with a lot of patience, you too can reap the benefits of real estate investment.