3 Tips For Your First Investment Property

Diving into the world of real estate is an exciting new opportunity for investing your money. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not the first person to do it. One of the biggest challenges that come along with investing in real estate is that you might like to think that you know a lot more than you actually do. Don’t make the mistake of believing that it’s the same as buying a family home. 

In fact, buying an investment property couldn’t be further from the process of buying a home for your family. Investing in a home where you and your loved ones will live is a financially rational decision, while investment property can be more of a gamble.   

If this is your first time investing in real estate, it’s important that you know what you’re getting into and how you plan on selling your property later.  Take a look at some of the best tips for first-timers delving into the world of investment properties. 

Know Why You’re Doing It  

Before you put your money into anything, it’s important that you have a clear intention about what it is that you’re getting into. Ask yourself what your goals are, and whether you’re looking to generate passive income, or whether you’re perhaps trying to establish security of your assets. 

Once you have a clear vision of what your overall goal is, you’ll be able to start developing your plan. Your plan will help piece together criteria to ensure that whatever you choose will meet your particular needs. Whether you’re looking at a long term rental property or a vacation property, the only way you’ll be able to determine whether it’s a good investment is whether the property you’re looking at will be able to fulfill the goals you’re set after. 

Make Estimations 

Any time you’re putting your money into an investment, it’s critical that you have a clear picture of what kind of a return you’re looking at. The kind of return you’ll get on a property will depend on whether it’s a commercial or residential investment. 

When you look at commercial properties, you usually see a four to five percent return per year on their total value. Whereas residential properties are more likely to return one to two percent as much as every month. 

It’s important that you have an idea of how much work you’re willing to put in for the kind of reward you’re hoping to get back. 

Make Sure You’re In a Position To Invest 

First and foremost, you need to get your finances ready. You should ensure that any unpaid debts are paid off, and you have a nice bit of money put aside for emergencies. You should also set aside some money for retirement. If you don’t have these little pockets of money set away first, you’re not in a position to invest yet.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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