Allow kids – Many landlords do allow kids in their properties, but at the same time one would not believe how many don’t. A property owner should be encouraging families to live in their homes, not discouraging them. It is much harder for a family to pack up and leave than a single person. Keep this in mind, as families tend to stay longer than singles.
The reality is challenging situations do happen. Your tenant moves out, the hot water system needs replacing, one of your properties won’t sell and/or interest rates go up. Do you have ready access to cash to help you through difficult times?
My friend Lee was referred to Jane Doe by one of his investor clients; her carpenter had just quit and left her in the middle of an unfinished renovation on two new 1 bedroom basement apartments. She was visibly upset, stressed out and running out of money really quickly, in what she referred to as “an endless money pit”. As mentioned, this was her very first real estate investment; she had no previous experience of renovation projects first hand. To her, this experience was supposed to be easy, fun, and trouble free . after all, she was supposed to make more money for herself than she was making in the stock market and in mutual funds, right?
Now I want to state clearly that while I’m an advocate for anyone taking that first step and commend anyone who wants to improve his or her life through investing in real estate, it should be noted that many of these first timers are also last timers. In my experience, these ultra-enthusiastic investors start off with a bang then crash and burn with their investments, only to never try again. The truth is that these investors, who I’ve dubbed the “Resolution Investors”, really didn’t have a chance because they avoided the proven track record to success in real estate investing.
It’s easy to learn the basics of the real estate property investing. Read magazines or check out websites online. These tools can help you but only if you invest time and effort.
These are all quick and easy ways to increase the value of a property. They require very little upfront investment, allowing you to squeeze the most profit out of every investment. The main thing to remember is that a home needs to look like a home. If people can’t picture themselves and their family living in the home, they aren’t likely to buy it.
One thing that you can do is to check the history of capital growth of the area where you are going to purchase the estate. You have to check if it is steady and there are no significant risks involved. Speaking of location, it is also necessary that you make sure that the estate is very close to all the major establishments and modes of transportation. You should also be certain that it has a tight security and the estate itself is well maintained.