There are vast amounts of ways that someone can make a living off real estate investing, some ways involving more risk than others. Slow and steady wins the race most often while the real estate investments that carry the most risk can often offer the highest returns. This risk however can be managed with research and experience. A lot of people have made money by using house flipping, that is why this topic pops up so much in the news. A lot of people have failed miserably with this but of course this won’t make the news.
Investing in rental properties doesn’t provide the almost immediate profit returns that you can see with something like flipping houses but if you plan properly it is a very good form of real estate investing that brings in steady profit. Rental properties are always a good idea, especially if you can identify and grab those golden opportunities.
While there are some risks involved in investing in rental properties, the risk is much lower than in something like pre-construction investment and flipping activities. There are however a few things to consider when buying real estate with the intent to rent in order to make good decisions concerning your investment.
1. Be sure you will have tenants. It is impossible to create a monthly cash flow without tenants. It is sometimes easy to buy a property for very cheap in a run down section of town. Just buying for cheap is not enough. Rather spend a little more and make sure there will be a demand for what you are offering. You see, two things happen if tenants are difficult to get; No monthly income and your property value falls. Why do you think you got that property for so cheap?
2. Know the people in the area. Rather than renting out a large house, it can be turned into multiple smaller apartments (ideal for near colleges and universities). On the other hand this is not a good idea in a typical family home area that won’t be happy if there are college students living next door. Design the rental property according to the specific market you find yourself in.
3. Don’t be greedy. While the goal of investing in rental properties is to make money; don’t price your properties to high or you may find that it will be empty most of the time. It’s always a good idea to look around the area to see what rent other people are asking.
4. Know the market. Research the market for renting properties and buying properties. This will help enormously when you start buying. You will be able to tell the potential of a property, know what the market wants in that area, and be able to negotiate a lot better. The golden rule of any investment is to do your homework.
5. Keep your eyes on the long term goals. Renting real estate is a marathon, not a sprint, with the greater gain coming at the end. You will want to pay off the property as soon as possible by paying as little interest as possible in order to maximize your profits and buy more properties. Rental properties start really bringing in good money when you own 20 or 30, not 2 or 3. The more you own the more money you stand to make.
Brian Menthis is a Real estate investing enthusiast and Chief Editor of realestateincomesecrets.com. He has spent years doing research on strategies and opportunities.