Buying to Rent: How to Make the Best Investment

Posted by Jennifer Dollar on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:10pm

You are interested in purchasing a home. You don't plan to live in it, but you plan to rent it out as an income property. There are plenty of television shows that indicate that this is a good time to make such a move. Is that really the case though? And, if you want to make this move financially, how can you make the best decisions through the process?

Realize There Is Risk

Before getting involved in the investment business, realize there is a significant amount of risk present. You'll have to take on the risk of not having a renter and, in that case, paying two mortgages yourself. You'll also have to handle all investment into the property, from new roofing to a new foundation, if it is needed. Yet, there are plenty of benefits to this process, including turning a monthly income on the property.

Discuss the Market with an Agent

Before plunging into this process, it is best for you to work closely with a real estate agent who knows income property well. You want to know if the area is ideal for it, how much you can expect in monthly rent, and how much demand there is. In short, you can trust your real estate agent to help you to find the key area to buy based on these factors.

Buy with Experience

You may not have a lot of experience in this process. That's okay if you surround yourself with the professionals that you need to help you through it. This includes a real estate agent that is familiar with the area and income properties. You also need a home inspection to know of any repairs you'll need to do. It helps to have a general contractor with you during that home inspection so you know what it will cost to get the property up. You may even want to talk to a property management company if you plan on being hands off during ownership.

Buying income property is a good deal. With the right mortgage loan, the right property, and the right financial information, this could be an ideal way for you to build your net worth. Ultimately, it is up to you to find the right property for your needs and to ensure you are in the right area. For those who do it well, purchasing multiple properties can help to lead to a profitable long-term business. 

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