How to Choose a Winning Investment Property

Guest Post by Jacksonville Wealth Builders

Venturing into the real estate investment business is exciting and is one of the few types of investments that can return large gains year after year. When you are first starting out, getting the best value for your investment takes more strategy than buying a property for the right price. There are elements that exist in successful investment properties and knowing what to look for will help you to choose the best investment.

The right location can take a property that is acquired for the right price and turn it into a complete money machine. The best properties are ones that are in populated areas and are marketed to working class residents. Locations that are in growing economic markets near major cities always produce higher returns compared with an average property beyond the city limits. If you think more like a tenant, it will be easier to spot properties in lucrative locations.

A property that has been recently renovated or that will not take too much construction work to turn it into premier living space is a sure winner. Construction costs vary widely depending on the budget and working schedules that are decided after negotiations with contractors. Avoiding expensive repairs and remodeling will mean more profit in your pocket faster because the property will not be delayed by construction work or upgrades. A property that has already been converted into ideal living space can be rented out faster.

Properties are sold due to a variety of reasons. A property that sits vacant on the market for extended periods of time may have liens or structural problems that stop knowledgeable investors from buying it. A little research into the background of a property can reveal the cold hard facts about why a property is actually up for sale. Things like annual property tax, the school district, the exterior appearance and previous monthly rent are all important elements that must be uncovered to judge the value of the investment.

The size of a home is always a factor when considering the purchase of a property. A home that is just a starter home could be too small for a growing family that is actively searching for a vacant home to rent. The quality of the kitchen, number of bedrooms and the floor plan are all things that should be figured into an investment strategy. You might find a great deal on the wrong property and get stuck trying to rent it out to help cover your mortgage payment.

The last factor to consider when searching for a winning investment property is the purchase price. Too many investors are more concerned with the price instead of evaluating the other important details that make a property complete. Gauging the risk of buying a property versus your expected monthly rental income can quickly show signs of a problem that points to you avoiding the property purchase. Learning to buy an investment property is a skill that you can master to reach your real estate goals.

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