It’s been several years since the housing bubble burst, yet every day we’re bombarded with reports of more bad news about the real estate market. What you may not know is that many of the same people spouting the doom and gloom are also busy making lots of money in real estate. They have the secrets of what it takes to successfully buy real estate in this economy. Now you will, too!
The value of residential real estate is influenced by educational opportunities – that is, the kind of schools near a house will affect that house’s price. Schools of any sort in close proximity are a plus, but the condition and reputation of the schools are also factors. Schools that parents love will boost a nearby house’s value more than schools that parents consider troubled.
If you are purchasing a rental property with tenants, check their lease length and history. It is not unheard of for a person desperate to unload a property to find or hire short term renters to entice a buyer. Once the home is sold, you could be left scrambling to find new tenants.
An important aspect to consider when buying a house is the number of bedrooms. Each neighborhood was built in a family model in sight so it is easier and usually cheaper to find a 3-4 bedroom house in an area where most of the houses have 3-4 bedrooms. If the neighborhood usually has smaller houses, you will pay much more for the extra bedroom.
One important tip when it comes to real estate is to be sure that you check out the crime rate of the neighborhood. This is extremely important to the safety of your family and the security of your possessions. In addition to this, your insurance rates and resale value will reflect the neighborhood’s safety.
Ask yourself a lot of questions before your next home purchase. Know what style house best fits your needs. Get a good grasp on how much home you can actually afford, too. Narrowing down your search, will point you in the right direction and help you find the home of your dreams, much faster.
If you are in a bind and have to buy a home even though you have not sold your other home, make sure that you can afford to pay for both mortgages for quite a bit of time. This will keep you from getting into financial trouble with your original property.
Before you purchase a piece of real estate, it is important to hire a building inspector to inspect the property. A licensed inspector will be able to alert you to any problems with the property, and can advise you on how to fix any issues found. It is a small investment to make, and it could save yourself from costly future repairs.
When househunting, don’t make an offer on the first house you see, even if you think it’s perfect and meets all your needs. Take the time to look at several homes, and if it turns out that the first one really is your dream home, you can make an offer then. Very few markets are so competitive that you can’t take the time to see at least three homes.
So, in summary, the economy is bad and there are lots of risky real estate buying investments out there. The secret is being able to sort through the chaff to find the properties that are still ripe for profit. Now that you understand a little better about the realities of the market, go forth and get your piece of the pie.