You’ll hear the same advice from multiple professionals, if you want an asset that will continually appreciate over time real estate is the way to go. It’s true that real estate is a solid investment. Real estate investing isn’t fool proof though so, how do you know when you’re ready to own a rental property?
You shouldn’t go into a rental property without a solid financial footing. The same closing costs you encountered during your primary residence closing will be due when you close on an investment property. You’ll also need to be able to make any necessary improvements to make your property attractive to potential tenants as well as meet the monthly mortgage obligations until a tenant moves in.
Many investors use the equity in a property they already own to purchase another property. If you’re able and willing to use the equity in your primary residence you’ll possibly be able to pay cash or pay a sizable down payment to reduce the amount of money you’ll need to finance.
Real estate investing is a multi-faceted business and you should approach it as such. Define your goals for real estate investing. Are you looking to make a quick profit or are you in it for the long term? If you’re in it for the long term you need to develop a budget for upkeep, marketing, general overhead, and unexpected issues. You’ll also need to determine how you’ll meet these costs, how you intend to handle emergencies and disputes with tenants.
Purchasing a property that will costs a lot of money to repair isn’t necessarily worth the discount you many get on the price. The same goes for an immaculate home that will only rent for enough to simply cover the mortgage. You will need to research potential areas for not only home prices but also rental prices. Potential investors should also research the local laws related to rental laws to be fully aware of what is expected not only of the landlord but of the tenant as well.
Finally, as an investor, you’ll need to determine how you’ll handle the logistics of being a landlord. You’ll need to collect rent, manage accounts, and maintain the property. If you don’t want or are unable to handle these issues you can hire a management company but be prepared to account for this expenditure in determining your profits.
Successful investing can be measured in many different ways. Defining your goals and assessing if you can reach these goals with the resources available to you will determine your ability to become a successful real estate investor.