When considering what real estate to purchase, the word “location” should come to mind. However, many people forget to think about all the concerns that are factored into “location.” Find out all the information you can about the neighborhood, such as surrounding home values, crime rates, schools, employment and more.
Although most people are aware of the importance of investing regularly, many never do it. When investing have a game plan that you can adhere to. Dedicate a certain amount from your paycheck for investments. Simply have some money taken right out of the check and have it automatically invested. If you are uncomfortable with this, you could do it manually. Most important is making it happen.
If the area you are looking at seems to have a lot of vacancies or the city seems to be in decline, avoid it. Instead, invest your money in real estate located in stable, well-established, growing cities. In this way you can be sure your investment will continue to grow in value. Real estate located in a depressed area is bound to cost you money and cause you headaches.
When looking to purchase an investment property, make sure the rent you will be collecting will cover most, if not all your monthly mortgage payment. Doing this will set you off on the right foot. Little is worse than paying money out of pocket for your rent each month due to not having a monthly payment from the tenant to cover it.
One piece of advice to remember is buy low and sell high. A lot of investors will actually do the opposite. They will get carried away by the excitement of owning a particular stock and buy it at a high price. On the flip side, they become scared when there is bad news about their stock and it is losing value. This results in selling at a loss.