Everyone wants to achieve financial independence.
However, until you have enough income-generating assets, you are unfortunately dependent on someone else such as your employer.
Investing in properties, when done right, can provide an ongoing income stream and a cash lump sum when you decide to sell it. If you are a first time property investor, check out these five tips that can help you along your journey towards financial independence.
1. Treat your investment property as a business.
For your investment to work for you, you need to ensure that it is structured correctly, managed by the right people, and supported by people with the technical knowledge and experience. You also have to check its financial viability and make sure it is compliant with government rules.
2. Don’t do it alone.
Investing in a property is a major financial decision and commitment. So make sure you understand the business and seek help from trusted advisors or financial planners.
Make the effort to educate yourself and read about market trends in newspapers or property publications, or surround yourself with those who are experts in these areas.
3. Research, research, research
The goal is to buy the right property, in the right location, at the right time, and at the right price to maximize your gains.
As mentioned, you need to be educated on property investment before you make big decisions. Research the market, talk with local selling agents, read property and investment reports, or visit property websites online to gain some insights. Also, you can find real estate investment groups on the social media platforms.
4. Invest sensibly
Buying the wrong property will not deliver your desired results, so you have to be really careful. Put yourself in the shoes of your target renters and ensure that your property meets their specific needs.
5. Cashflow is vital
Don’t overcommit financially– choose an investment property that you can afford to own, manage, and maintain. Ask the question…How long can float this property without a renter? Be prepared for unforeseen circumstances (storms, a renter goes unemployed, repair delays, etc).
Decide how much of your money can you commit upfront and on an ongoing basis. A professional advisor can help you come up with an accurate budget. You can also quantify the cash flow your investment will produce so you can be well-informed before you push through with it.
Getting Help From Experts
As a new property investor, it is wise to get all the advice you can get from experts to mitigate risks and maximize potential gains. Also, seek to understand how real estate impacts your taxes.
If you need some help with key investment decisions and compliance matters, simply drop us a message and let us discuss what will work best for your specific situation.