Investing in real estate, like any other investment is done with the primary intention of making money, some people do it as a side hustle while for others it becomes their main means to earn bread and butter.
Real estate investment is indeed very rewarding when it is done with proper preparation, acquiring requisite knowledge and with an ambition to work hard, excel and generate immense value for the client and themselves.
Usually the investors look to put their money to flip properties or earn a stable monthly income by investing their money in rental properties. Since flipping involves a bigger risk so it is always advisable to start flipping with just one property at a time to learn through the entire experience, the steps involved, sales, purchase and working with re-modelling team. If you have deep pockets then you can couple one flip property with multiple rental properties as rental properties are less cumbersome and more rental properties you have, the greater are your chances to make more profits.
If you were to ask me about the single most important trait of a successful real estate investor, I would say it is the ability of an investor to communicate and negotiate successfully. This requires an alert, flexible mind that not only keeps in mind its bottom line but also gives due importance to its client’s concerns and tries its best to create a win-win situation for both sides.
When investing, focus more on middle to lower income properties on the border of the high-end neighborhoods, as the people from these neighborhoods would want to move to an upscale neighborhood or somebody from a medium income property, due to financial issues, would want to move to a lower income property. Properties in these places are usually available at a fraction of the cost of a higher end property and could give excellent returns when flipped and could make for a good rental property.
They say knowledge is power and timing is everything when it comes to investing. So being thorough with the latest trends in your real estate market is very important. When the market sees a downturn, this is the time to invest in rental properties because people are looking more to rent a house rather than buy a new one. When market comes alive then more people are looking to buy a new house and hence invest in getting a new property under your belt.
In case of rental properties, there are two challenges which most of the investors face, unpaid bills and damaged property. These two issues can be overcome by raising security deposits, this will help cover these two risks and attract only genuine clients.