Property investing has often been seen as an easy way to make quick money, but unless you know what you are doing and how to make the correct purchases, it is very easy to lose money and to lose it quickly. Investing in property is no different to any other type of investment; it carries its own risks and also needs careful planning and strategic work to make sure that you always strike gold with your investments.
Below, we look at our top tips to make sure you make money from investing in properties:
Research Your Area – As the popular TV programme would suggest, Location, Location, Location is a vital part of the investment equation and something you really need to make sure that you spend as much time as possible researching before decided the area that you would like to buy in. Buying in the wrong location can cause any investment to become almost unviable, so it really is vital that you do the research and choose three or four areas as your main focus for your investments.
Research Your Property Type – From houses to flats, every property type has their own unique pros and cons when it comes to being a viable investment. Flats can be easier to rent but harder to sell and houses can be harder to rent but easier to sell in some markets, so its vital you decide what you are looking to do with the investment and then decide the correct type of property for you.
Compare Market Prices – With the invention and progression of the Internet, there are now quite a few free services on the World Wide Web that allows you to successfully compare house prices and also look at the previous sales prices. Although this data can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, you do have to take into account market down time and recessions but also take a look at the overall picture when studying this data and using it in your investment purchasing equation,.
Set Your Budget – Overspending on a property can sometimes wipe out the main aim of buying it if it is for an investment, because if you spend too much and make the mortgage repayments too high, you can lose out on the rental side of things or the purchase price reward equity if you are selling quickly. Set yourself a budget and stick to it, only choosing to go higher if it makes commercial sense when it comes to the end of play figures that you expect to receive.
Chose Your Method Of Purchase – Are you going to be buying the property with a mortgage or will you be borrowing on existing property to fully purchase another one. By making sure you are set in your own mind about how you are going to pay for the purchase means you will be able to sit down and work out the figures, and indeed the pressure involved in terms of the required rewards needed for the investment property concerned.
Decide On Your Exit Strategy Early – Deciding on how long you plan to keep the property for is sometimes quite a good idea, especially if you invest in a few properties all of which have different strategies. A lot of this will depend on your area of purchase, because some properties can be purchased then sold quickly, which would indicate an early exit strategy, where some you will need to buy and wait for the market to rise up in price or for a regeneration project to be completed etc.
Decide How You Will Use The Investment – Are you going to rent the property out? Are you going to quickly refurbish the property and then sell? Are you going to sit on the property and sell when the market is higher? There are so many decisions that you need to identify on a property by property basis exactly what they are going to be used for, because some properties will be better to be rented out and some will benefit from being sold quickly once renovated.
Keep Control! – At all times make sure you keep your eye on the property or properties that you have invested in and purchased, no matter how you decide to treat the investment. If you are renting the property out, always make sure you keep in touch with the rental management company or if you are buying the property to renovate and then sell, always keep one finger firmly on the pulse of the project, else it is far to easy to let things get out of control.