Repayment of the borrowed amount ranges conveniently in 5 to 30 years. But you should not carry the loan repayment for larger duration as it will make you pay high overall interest payments.
Make sure you have the money if you are going to invest. You will need enough to cover a down payment, closing costs, points and earnest money. When dealing in commercial real estate, it is much nicer if you will not do it all alone. Properties valued highly fall outside the investment range of most individuals, but if you partner up with a few others, a group investment becomes possible. Besides, the more folks there are in your network, the more likely it is you will hear of a deal before it gets listed.
Brokers do not make money by passing good leads to inexperienced agents. If you sign up with a ‘bargain Broker’ and cannot easily generate your own leads, expect to starve. They are there to be served, no to serve. The alternative is spending several thousand dollars to sign up with a big name franchise. These operations are backed by nationwide advertising and a great brand name. However, this still doesn’t guarantee you good leads. It just means you have an organization backing you that offers a better chance to earn then Jerry’s Happy Home Real Estate Office down on the corner of Main and Used Car Lots Avenue.
First you need to do your homework. This isn’t some make money quick scheme. This is a real side job that you should plan on being in for the long haul. First you should find some good investment property for sale and try to get a good deal on it. You should check it over for potential repair problems in the future, as having this long term you will be dealing with new carpet, new roofing, new appliance, and all kinds of major repairs that you may not be expecting at first. After you have your investment property and some tenants, start saving the excess money from them that doesn’t go towards the loan. You will need this money for repairs.
You need to thoroughly study and understand the pros and cons associated with every property that you are shown by your real estate agent. A big house with an equally big home loan will not do you any good, unless you are a billionaire. Otherwise it will just snatch a chunk of your salary every month. Huge condos and villas often come with a hefty maintenance cost as well which are often equal to a commercial property rent. Think it over before signing the agreement with the seller.
Being your own landlord can be a great way to build credit and you could have some property investments paid for without ever having to fork over a single dollar of your own!
A home inspection is a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings of your home. Many home inspectors will let you proceed through the house alongside them. That way, they can educate you about your roof, heating and cooling system, water heater, etc.
On paper, this looks like they’ve been an excellent property manager with a profitable property. And you won’t know any different until you get into your own Due Diligence.