Real estate is not the stock market. You cannot expect to play it for short term profits. In the past, people have invested in property and flipped it for handsome profits. But that bubble has popped and it is anybody’s guess when things will be as they were before. So, play in real estate only if you are in it for the long run.
Before the housing meltdown, we purchased a really nice rehab property that we decided to keep for our personal home (and its still a great deal even after housing prices have tanked). However, the words “trashed and destroyed” doesn’t quite cut it with describing this house. The previous owners even took the ceiling fan that was in the entry way.which has a 16′ ceiling. The ladder needed to reach that high costs more than the ceiling fan is worth!
Look for an association that meets at least monthly if not more. This gives you a time to attend, meet people, have people meet you, ask questions, learn, network. If you have a choice this is the ideal situation. Now if the group only meets online or virtually, you might try to work with this group and see if you can’t find a way to get the people at the virtual meeting to attend a live networking events in town – be sure to work with the leader of the virtual group.
Second, know what your options are. You do not necessarily have to sell the property investment right after you purchase it. One good thing to do with it is to wait until the value of the real estate increases – and that is when you sell the property. At times, it is worth biding your time while you patiently wait for the industry to boom to make better profits. This is also a two-fold winning situation since as you wait the value of the property goes up higher and higher and you can even make some decent income out of renting it while waiting for its value to rise.
Lastly in my opinion, this is by far THE SAFEST real estate invesment you can possibly make. If the real estate market collapsed today, your tenant must still pay the appreciated price that you two agreed on if they wish to purchase the house. If they back out, you can keep their down payment and the extra rent payment (for the option to purchase the home). In addition, the collapse of the market will create a renters market where people will be better off renting a home for some time instead of buying one. Your house can now change from a rent to own property to a rent only property for the duration of this time. Finally, it is likely that since your original tenants intended on purchasing the home, they will have likely kept it in a good condition and may have improved the property.
Prepare to spend. Land does not come cheap. Prime property can run up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and competition can get very stiff. You need to make your bid competitive, but make sure that you don’t short-sell yourself in the process. Negotiate a very competitive price that you and the seller are happy with.
Paint your house as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a property that has a freshly painted either window or front door is inviting. Paint also inside your house and make sure that you paint it based on the designs as well as in the styles of your house. It is also better if the color of the paint also matches the features and appliances.
The state has a lot to offer from the beautiful climate all year long to great scenic views. The median price home in Bend Oregon is 2,000 and that’s after the 16% correction that it had this past year. In 2003 the same homes were going for 5,000, which means that the value of that home has increased by 50%, better than what is going on in the rest of the country. If by chance you bought it as an investment and had rented it out for the price of an average price rental in the area, you would have brought in roughly ,000. Investments like that are not something you find every day, but in Oregon it’s much more likely to happen.