Real estate is not the stock market. You cannot expect to play it for short term profits. In the past, people have invested in property and flipped it for handsome profits. But that bubble has popped and it is anybody’s guess when things will be as they were before. So, play in real estate only if you are in it for the long run.
A quick look at the math will demonstrate that purchasing for cash flow works. Let’s start with the purchase price. You decide to purchase a property for ,000,000. You deposit 0,000 as your down payment and earn a 10% cash on cash return on your investment. This investment will pay you ,000 in the first year and as the rent increases, so will your cash on cash return. Plus, while you’re holding the property, your 0,000 loan is amortizing or being reduced by your rental income. This means that you’re recovering your down payment while you pay down the debt.
Another important thing to remember in real estate investing is to keep your risks proportionate to your ability to absorb these risks. Make an investment only when you are financially capable of it. For instance, a person who is accumulating assets can take higher risks than, say, a retiree.
However, real estate invesment calls for certain qualities, such as a good credit record, a sound financial position, an appreciable income, bundles of dollars for down payment, and the lenders by your side.
You’re a people person. When working in property investments, you will have to deal with people from all walks of life – contractors, agents, brokers, and lawyers. Being a people person means you’re comfortable with all types of personalities. You’re able to keep an even keel through intense meetings and negotiations.
Find a mortgage broker who is NOT an investor. A person who has a part time job as a mortgage broker isn’t always in the trenches and up to date on the latest happenings in the market. Use a professional, full time mortgage person. You will be much happier with their results.
With an off plan investment, you do have to be sure to research every aspect of the property and location. You also want to be sure you are dealing with a reputable seller. If you are not familiar with architectural plans, be sure to have the plan analyzed by someone who can explain what everything means. Of course, the developer will do this to some extent, but you should also go over the plan with a disinterested party.