For those with no investment experience it may seem extremely challenging to break into the world of real estate investing. Use these tips to help you make a start in this profitable side of investments with rental properties.
Participating in Real Estate investing should operate like a business for the investor. Much in the same way an entrepreneur would write out a business plan as she begins her own small business, new investors should write up a plan for their investments.
With any plan, it’s smart to include realistic and measurable goals. For someone interested in building a small portfolio of rental properties, this goal may include the acquisition of a certain number of properties within a set time frame and within a set budget. Make your goals specific to your needs and what’s realistic for you.
Savvy investors will want to fully research, understand and mitigate the risks involved in investing in rental properties. There are a number of potential hazards that can turn a great investment opportunity into a nightmare. Having a clear understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding Real Estate investing and rental properties in your area will help to keep you out of hot water. A qualified lawyer can advise on all legal matters.
Beyond being able to protect yourself, it’s important for those becoming involved in Real Estate investing to educate themselves about investing and the local Real Estate market. Knowing the ins and outs of investing, the terminology and the local market is important for setting yourself up to succeed. Taking the time to educate yourself on Real Estate investing and rental property investing in particular, will assist you in making smart investment choices. It’s especially important to have a full understanding of the Real Estate market in which you are looking to invest because every market is different. A wise investment choice in one market may be a less profitable investment in the next. Taking the time to fully understand the climate of your market can mean the difference between turning a profit and turning up broke.
Once you begin looking at homes to invest in, keeping the climate of your local Real Estate market in mind can help when choosing properties that are right for your portfolio. Depending on what your goals are, you can choose properties that will allow you to grow your wealth through a variety of methods including cash flow, appreciation, loan pay down and tax benefits. Sometimes, with wise investment planning and Real Estate market knowledge, you can invest in properties that will bring in wealth through all four of these methods.
As an investor begins accumulating rental properties, he or she should not only be thinking about growing their portfolio, but also how they will strategically downsize their portfolio. Each property acquired should have a plan associated with it. This plan should be dictated by the circumstances under which the property is acquired and informed by the current market trends. Having an idea of what you will do with the property while it’s in your ownership and how long you plan to keep the property in your portfolio will help you develop your a plan for each property. This will also help keep you focused on the goals you made earlier.
One final thing to consider as you begin your journey as a Real Estate investor is gathering together a team of colleagues and other professionals with which to network and seek support from. Having a strong network of like-minded business professionals will provide a sounding board as you learn and grow as an investor.
It can be very helpful to build working relationships with professionals who can help you achieve your investing goals. Having a strong business relationship with an attorney who is well versed in Real Estate investing and an accountant who can help you navigate the complexities of the taxes you will face, can help you get the most out of your investments.
For those investing in rental properties, having a solid property management team on your side is of the utmost importance. Working with a reputable property management firm, like Park Avenue Properties, will allow you the freedom to focus on your investments, while we handle everything from advertising your properties to find the perfect tenant, to collecting rent and performing property maintenance.