Profits can always be made with the right balance of discipline during a real estate market slowdown, stagnation or depression. This article shows you the top ten tips that real estate investors apply to ensure success from their investments.
1. Slow and Steady
Take the necessary time to learn about potential investment properties. Peruse the MLS, speak with realtors that are keen in the area you are interested in, research the comparable properties and prioritize making friends with a realtor that specializes in income properties. Spending time on research can keep you informed and ready for lucrative investment opportunities.
2. Everything is Negotiable
Remember the age-old adage: “Everything’s negotiable?” Well, there’s truth in that. Successful negotiating means being assertive enough to go after the deal you want, but insistent enough to always be willing to walk away from the negotiations that aren’t giving you those “warm fuzzies.” Make that sweetheart of a offer that the seller(s) look for in order to secure your deal. If it’s attractive to you, make it just as attractive to the seller and you will seal the deal!
3. Never Stop Learning
Investment strategies, especially in real estate are ever-changing. Market trends go up and down like a seesaw on steroids. The best way to stay ahead of the game, or at least in the game, is by staying up to date on the newest and latest tactics.
Carve out your budget. And stick to it. No matter what, a strict budget is top of the list in investing. Carefully set your parameters, do the math, research the market and set your budget in stone. Stick to properties that meet your budget and don’t compromise your budget to meet your needs.
5. Consistent Progressive Cash Flow is the Goal
Despite anyone’s best efforts, an upbeat market can take a downturn just as it did in 2007-2008, leaving an investor drowning in depreciated real estate. In this case, while a loss is inevitable, you can minimize your loss and avoid financial ruins by focusing on investing in properties that maintain a confident cash flow monthly. Optimistic or positive cash flow does not rely on rent income or market values to increase. From the start of a potential deal, if the numbers don’t add up, start subtracting by removing your interest and funds from the table. Invest elsewhere.
6. Make it Count
Starting off, be discriminative. Until your real estate investment portfolio grows, it may not be practical to purchase the distressed property in the historic area of town. You need time to gain a steady and positive cash flow on your investments. Less is not always more when starting out in real estate investing. That first property might cost a little more than what you imagined.
7. In the Beginning, One is More than Enough
In the beginning, choose a category of investing and test it for a year. For example, do you want to flip real estate and sell it? Or would you rather prefer renovating and renting? Once you have mastered that area with expertise, then start looking to take on another.
8. Don’t Try to Boil the Ocean
Start small. It’s literally an ocean out there and one wrong decision could cause you to drown before you even start to swim. You may even want to start with your primary residence and rent a portion of it in order to get some capital flowing.
9. Follow the Money
Follow the money trail. If there is a property in an area that can generate cash flow, you should jump on it like bears to honey! Whether your investment volume is big or small, get into sound investing and build your real estate dynasty one property at a time.
10. Don’t be Shy when it Comes to Taking on New Challenges
If you are already in the real estate investment game, expand your horizon and broaden your territory by taking on new and different investment opportunities. Minimize the risks, but without making any hasty investment decisions. And by all means, go for something new.
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