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Investing: Starting With A Good Foundation

By Preston Guyton Published 06/25/2007 | Real Estate
The world of investing in real estate is simply a highly lucrative one. With more people making more money on real estate than ever before, everyone wants to try their hand at making the big bucks. However, so many people jump into this world without proper preparation and find themselves floundering and not being able to afford the upkeep of their properties. As with any form of investment the first thing you need before making a run at it is a good, solid foundation and the knowledge of what is going to work and what isn't. It's kind of like buying stocks blindly. you would not dream of buying stocks without first researching them and the companies. find out what they stand for and how they have performed over time. The same holds true with real estate.

There is really no point in investing in something if you don't know what you want from it and what hurdles you have to jump along the way. Investing in real estate is a bit more difficult than simply mortgaging or purchasing a property and renting it out or flipping it. Television is a main culprit in the mindset that investing is just that simple. What you don't see on those investing shows is all the legwork and planning that go into a typical purchase. Trust me, there is a lot more that goes into an investment than can be covered in 1 hour minus commercials.

Investing is all about having a game plan with failsafe's built right in. Let's look at a couple of things that you may want to consider in making a real estate investment.

Location - This is incredibly important. If you are planning on making a long-term investment then you will be looking for an area that offers a lot to residents. Areas with schools, shopping centers, recreation facilities etc. It is more difficult to rent a home in the boonies than it is to rent a home in an urban area. If flipping a home is your plan then look for areas that are hot. New developments, condos and town homes are great places to look for this kind of thing. Talk to your realtor and find out which area of the city is selling fast, that is the kind of area you want for a flip.

Cleanliness- The key factor of almost any real estate transaction. Nobody wants to rent or buy a dirty home. renting will be dependant on keeping the property in good condition for some time so as to be appealing to renters. Also being attentive to the needs of said renters is important. An ignorant or careless landlord attracts tenants of the same caliber. Bad tenants can be a nightmare that no landlord wants to deal with so be sure to get to know people before they rent your property.

Finances - An investment should never have the ability to break you financially. This is where the failsafe's come in. Make sure you have the funds to look after the property if you cannot immediately find renters or if the home take longer than anticipated to sell. If you build yourself a financial buffer then you can be properly insulated from taking a loss if things do not go according to plan.

Invest smart and don't rush into things. You are making a big play for your financial future so it is not something to be taken lightly. Make sure you make the right decisions and always be prepared in case you make a mistake.

Preston Guyton is a professional RealtorŪ serving the Myrtle Beach real estate market. For more information on Myrtle Beach homes & properties, contact Preston today or visit www.prestonguyton.com.