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How do I Choose the Best Investment Property for Sale?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 24 October 2018
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If you are looking for investment property for sale, this means you are probably looking to buy so you can benefit from resale or rental. Many people try their chances with this investment strategy. However, only some of them are successful. If you want to be among that group, there are several things that you need to consider, including the property, its location, and its price.

Just because there is investment property for sale does not mean that it is a wise investment. You need to closely analyze a potential property. When considering the selling price, you must also consider the potential value.

If there is not a gap between the selling price and value that is in your favor, then you either need to consider another property or develop a strategy for achieving a pleasing return. That strategy could involve holding the property for an extended period and allowing gradual appreciation. It could also involve renting the property out for a profitable amount.

Many people seek to combine renovation with property investment. For some, it works. For others, it is disastrous. If you are looking at investment property for sale that is in poor condition, you really need to consider all that will be involved in bringing it to a salable condition. You can lose a lot of money if you buy a property and underestimate the repair costs.

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If you are planning to buy substandard property, make sure you get accurate quotes in advance for all of the work to be done. It is wise to get at least two to three quotes. Also, make sure the people you consider hiring can do the full job to a standard that will allow the house to pass an inspection. This is important even if you plan to use the property for rental income. You do not want to have people getting injured or requesting extensive maintenance because the renovations were poorly done.

You also need to consider the location of the investment property for sale. Compare that to your goals. If you are buying commercial property, you need to try to envision what type of businesses could utilize that space. Then, you need to assess the area and see if those types of businesses are likely to be attracted to the location.

Residential investment property for sale needs to be subjected to the same scrutiny. Research the area where you are considering the purchase. If many properties are for sale, then that may be a warning sign the location is undesirable. If property in the area is known to stay on the market for a long time, you may want to reconsider if you are looking for quick revenue.

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