Investing in real estate is a profitable business that can be easy for those willing to invest time and effort. The market for real estate is at an all time high and there are tools available to help you evaluate various properties. Since there is a significant amount of money involved there is always a risk involved and there is a chance that you can lose your investment. Here are some tips to real estate evaluation and to help you find a property that will make you money.
Use the Internet
The property hunting process has been made much easier with the internet. Property listings will include photos as well as important information such as square footage, amenities and price. This allows you to search for properties outside of your area. Unless you find a property that is for sale by owner (or “FSBO") you'll need to plan on paying realtor fees.
Research the Market
Become familiar with the market by looking at listings and visiting realtors or estate agencies. For a price you may be able to get a MLS (multiple listing service) if no license is required to obtain one. With a MLS you get the same information that agents get regarding the listing and sale price of houses in a certain area.
Visit the Property
Even with all of the available tools such as the internet and MLS, you still can't make decisions sight unseen. You can only tell if a property is right for you if you actually visit the property and neighborhood. A neighborhood with surrounding homes that are in disrepair and unkempt can bring down the value of the property. Talk to the neighbors about any problems they've noticed. Ask them if they've seen a lot of repairmen in and out of the home. Plan on making multiple visits to the property at different times of day and in different weather conditions. This will tell you if there are holes in the roof or if the heating and air conditioning works properly. It will also give you the opportunity to see the property with different lighting. This is true if you're looking for property for sale in Benidorm or anywhere in the world.
After you've determined that the property is right for your needs, you can make a contingent deal that is dependent on a professional inspection. Find an inspector that is honest and reliable even if they cost more. Review the report and ensure that every major and minor problem is recorded. Not everything will require repair but it should still be recorded. Things to look for are water damage, termites and other items that have significant costs to fix.
Once you have the information you need, you can negotiate who pays for the repairs. This is generally as reductions on the final sale price. In any case, be realistic and keep in mind that even the newest homes will not be 100 percent perfect. Just make sure that the repair costs required are not eating up your projected profit.
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