Building wealth and credit – This is a form of “good debt”. It either makes you money or breaks you even. You can then use the equity for other things. Also if you can find a good deal when you buy investment property you can use the equity from those properties as additional leverage for other loans.
If you want to go from having a great life and saving money, to having a great life that works, you don’t want to be a slave to rental properties. Rental properties are great, but have the capital reserves so that you always feel that rental properties are great.
Always have a lead story from the local market. This will attract the reader’s attention. The lead story should have a photo or image to grab more attention.
Investors normally valuate a house or commercial property based on how much income it will produce. They determine the amount of rent a property will command, divided by the purchase price. This is ROI, or return on investment. If you are buying a home to live in, this is not really relevant to your situation.
Even the best Real Estate Offices have a pecking order and exist on a currency of THIS FOR THAT. If you want decent leads, you are going to have to put in some phone, desk and office time. You’ll be expected to cover for other Agents who are too busy for their own Open Houses. The worst part will be driving around your share of people who just like looking at pretty houses, cannot seem to make up their minds about anything and probably have no intention of buying from you anyway. In short, any Broker worth their salt will try and squeeze as much money, time and effort out of new Agents as they can. The more experienced and successful people know better or go on to be Brokers. You have to learn quickly and focus on the money, not being the most popular person in the office.
Ideally you’re looking for entry level to lower mid-range housing, 15 – 50 years old. It’s OK if the area is a little blighted as long as things are on the upturn. Look for visible signs of redevelopment.
Like other home-based industries, home inspection has its share of frauds and phonies. It’s safe to assume they represent the minority, but it still pays to ask about certification. A professional home inspector will be happy to tell you about his certifications.