INVESTOR FrequentLy Asked Questions
Buying real estate isn't a simple transaction. There are legal ramifications to everything you do, and you have to make sure you tread very carefully every step of the way. Every person involve - from the lender to the seller, has an interest in how the purchase turns out, and their interests may not be the same as yours. To protect yourself, make sure you've thought the purchase of real estate thoroughly and asked yourself all of the important questions.
How much can you really afford?
When you sign a mortgage, you're agreeing to be responsible for a substantial sum of money. If you default on the obligation, you can end up losing your savings and a whole lot more. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you can really afford the payments. If you're making a large down payment, make sure you aren't draining yourself of reserve cash you may need for an emergency.
How comfortable are you with the unknown?
If this is your first time investing in real estate, the excitement of flipping a house can carry you for the first two weeks. But when the reality of cost over-runs on remodeling or other uncertainties arise, will you be able to cope with not knowing if you're going to actually make money or just break even? Some people thrive on the challenge; others suffer so much from worry that they regret investing in the first place. Make sure you know whether you can handle the uncertainties of investing in real estate.
What do you hope to get out of your real estate investments?
Some people buy real estate as a long term investment. If you are doing this, keep in mind that while it will probably appreciate slowly over time, during those intervening years a large chunk of your capital will be tied up. Unless you borrow against it, it isn't a liquid asset that you can easily use until you actually sell it. If you're planning on buying low, renovating and then quickly selling a property, keep in mind that while the potential returns are greater and can be realized quickly, it's also a riskier plan. Weight your goals against your approach carefully.
Are you detail oriented?
Investing in real estate requires a huge investment of time and concentration. You simply can't afford to miss any details, or you will lose money, and possibly run into legal complications. If you are an "ideas" person, but hate handling details, you'd better find a partner who is willing to focus on the little things for you before they turn into big problems.
To make money investing in real estate you have to know everything about a property, its neighborhood, and market trends in the area. You will also need to fully understand contracts, appraisals, inspections and have at least a general understanding of construction and building codes. If you love details, you should do well - keeping accurate records, being aware of costs and estimates at all times and sticking to a schedule are all essential to getting the greatest return possible on your real estate.
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