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Learning how to buy investment property is a headache for many – let’s make it simple!
First thing’s first –
Alright, so when is it the right time to buy investment properties? The truth is, if you weigh out your pros and cons and really look at all necessary procedures, you could start looking at new investment properties sooner than you think.
Each month, at least one person will be sending you a certain amount money. If you invest enough, being a landlord can be equal to a full-time job.
Imagine this: you buy a property at a semi-good price, you (and your tenants) take care of it and when you want to sell, your property increases in value. Win, win.
Says it all.
In reality, property investments are extremely hard to sell.
It’s true you’ll still be getting money. But your income will depend on the stability of the property market. If it goes down, your money will go down with it.
Some of the best states where you can find the cheapest way to buy investment property are Florida, Michigan and Salt Lake City, UT.
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Speaking of cheap investment properties, what about buying with no money down aka buying when you’re broke?
Don’t worry – I got you covered.
No, really. Being a landlord sounds fun, but if you don’t have a hands-on approach and a couple of management skills under your belt, you might as well sign up for a job from hell. Along with patience, you will also need time. So, do you have time? Next question you need to ask is, do you have at least some money?
Before you purchase a rental property, you have to make sure all your debt is paid off. Trust me, having debt when buying a home as a landlord is practically impossible. On top of that, you need to make sure you have sufficient funds to make your down payment – calculate it at at least 20%.
Being a landlord is a long-term commitment and real estate market changes on the daily – especially when it comes to the interest rate. Your mortgage should be low enough so you can still make a profit out of your new rental income.
Buying from a cash buyer is a perfect choice for those who are hands-on, looking to do repairs and treat their new investment property as a project. It’s a lot of work – but remember, only go for a bargain-type house if you’re aware of what it will take to fix it.
What is a hard money lender? Someone who lends you money at a high-interest rate. Why should this interest you? It’s a perfect choice for short-term real estate deals, especially if you don’t have the money to invest at the moment.
Mike LaCava from quickanddirtytips.com states that “just be aware that you can typically expect a hard money lender to loan you money at anywhere between 14% and 20% interest, with perhaps 4 to 6 points on top of that. A “point” equals $1,000 for every percentage point of the loan – therefore, four points on $200,000 would equal $8,000.”
You probably wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t at least 60% interested in purchasing a residential investment property. Luckily for you, plenty of homeowners went through the process and were able to share some mistakes they learned along the way – so you won’t have to.
Your property taxes WILL go up. Make sure you base your rental price on your new mortgage bill and adjust if necessary.
I said it before – being a landlord means you will have to be hands-on. It doesn’t matter who you’re renting to. If it’s a family, something will break. If it’s young people, something will break. If it’s old people, something will break because they weren’t sure how to use it.
As a real landlord, you will have to make frequent visits to your house. Get to know your tenants beforehand if possible, so none of their habits surprise you. Absolutely make sure you take inventory and clearly state which repairs will be your responsibility and which will not.
Responsibility is key. Responsible tenants mean fewer repairs and more profit for you. It means better relationship and an overall reduced stress – the last thing you want is to see a trashed house when you come for a visit.
Good tenants are a rarity, but at the end of the day, real estate is a business. If your tenant will not pay rent on time and it causes you stress, you will have to do something about it. If you don’t put your foot down and set rules, you might just have to watch your house get completely destroyed.
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