Investing in Property and some Common Mistakes to Know and Avoid
by Frank O'Hara
Buying a home or property is a true investment. It is one of the few instances in which property actually increases in value instead of depreciates. People who lose money on property investments usually make a few common mistakes which can be avoided.
The goal of real estate investment is to buy low, let the property increase in value, and then sell high. Just like the stock market, real estate investment carries it’s own set of risk and factors which can influence market price and profit.
Think Before You Leap - Never buy any property without first knowing what you are buying. It may be a great deal and it may be in high demand but if you don’t know what you are going to do with it or how it long you will keep it will just end up losing you money.
Flipping houses is extremely trendy and can make a great profit but only if you have a plan and stick to it. Knowing what you can afford, what type of property you want to buy, how long you want / afford can keep the property, and how much money you want to make from it - These are all important questions to ask yourself before any investing happens.
All successful investors have an exit plan, if something goes wrong, they already know what they need to do to close up shop and save as much money as they can on the deal.
Investments Are Not Just for the Rich - If you have any extra money at all you can invest in something. Homes, and properties can be bought for just a small amount of money. On top of that there are many good loans with good rates that allow individuals to put a limited amount of money down on a house.
The less you put down on a house the less money that house is going to have in equity. You will also have to pay a higher interest rate and therefore a higher monthly payment.
Before buying real estate establish a budget and strictly adhere to it. Remember you are not purchasing your dream home, just a property that is going to make you money.
Quick but not too Quick - Buying and selling property is profitable however it is important to remember that buying a property and selling it in a slow market is not going to make you a profit at all.
Yes, you may have to make a few mortgage payments but selling a house in the right market is going to add to your gain, offer tax benefits, and also establish equity. If a property is purchased and sold in the right market making a profit is easy.
Remember! Investments are a long term opportunity, do not expect to increase you net worth over night.
Expect to Lose Sometimes - No one is going to profit all the time. Real estate investors have to suffer through times of little to no cash flow - it is part of the game.
This may cause panic but if you can stick with it for the long term, cash flow will increase. Investing especially in real estate is not for the weak of mind or body. It can be frustrating, and stressful. But for successful investors the rewards are priceless.
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