Thursday, March 20, 2014

Top tips for property investors

Becoming a real estate investor is not just about buying and selling properties. More than business know-how, real estate investors should have in-depth knowledge of the market and a solid network of clients and agents. Here's how to be a successful property investor...

One of the most significant factors that could make a real estate investor successful is market knowledge. It’s important to be updated about market trends, running prices, mortgage rates and laws on real property.

Market knowledge

One of the most significant factors that could make a real estate investor successful is market knowledge. It’s important to be updated about market trends, running prices, mortgage rates and laws on real property. Information on consumers’ spending habits and the unemployment rate may also be helpful, as these are factors that also affect the market’s buying power. Great risks are involved when it comes to investing in real estate, but knowing the market well will help you foresee possible risks, get good deals and drive positive cash flow. 

Networking

A large part of being a real estate investor is dealing with people from different areas of the business. From real estate agents and contractors, to renters and potential buyers, these are people a real estate investor typically comes in contact with. A lot of real estate business is driven by referrals from satisfied renters and clients. Relationships with real estate agents will also help you discover profitable opportunities and be updated on the latest industry news and trends. Thus, networking plays a huge role in a real estate investor’s success. 

Planning

Planning goes a long way for a real estate investor. Getting a good price on a parcel of land or piece of property is just one side of the equation - knowing how to turn this into profit, whether by building and selling, ‘flipping’ houses or renting it out, is the true indication of a great real estate investor. Be intentional in your decisions. Real estate investments should be well planned just as you would any business. Planning will help ensure that your investments turn into profits.


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