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Real Estate Investments: Investing in Land

By Karen Hoeve Published 07/17/2007 | Real Estate
It is really surprising that more people aren't prospecting in land. With cities growing rapidly to encompass areas that were once suburbs, land is really at a premium and those who purchased land years ago are seeing their investments bringing in top dollar from developers who are in need of space. Land prospecting has long been a mainstay of the real estate industry and in reality more money has been made from raw land than anyone realizes. If you are one of those people who is interested in real estate investing then perhaps raw land is something you should check into.

Think about it this way. The population of this country is rising fairly quickly and with that rise in population comes a real need for living space, shopping space, recreational areas and so on. Simply put there is a need for land to develop. As cities grow more and more of the suburban and rural areas are being developed. In addition many people want to live outside of the major urban centers and so rural land is being gobbled up to make subdivisions, gated communities and new cities/towns. All of this development requires land that has to be purchased from someone. Why not from you?

Take a look at your local area and how it is expanding and then set about looking for undeveloped land around the outskirts of the area. Chances are there is a fair amount of open area that is available for purchase. When thinking about this type of land it is imperative to consider whether or not you will have to clear the land and if it is a sizable portion then this can get costly. Many people who do this subdivide their land and sell it off to developers in pieces and this can bring in an incredible profit. Buying land is relatively cheaper than buying homes and you can usually find some great deals in areas that have not been considered for development yet, the trick is to think ahead to where development will be necessary in the future. Even if the land is not slated for development, the appreciation of property will continue to assure the value of the purchase. Get in on land prospecting, it could just be your ticket to a successful investment.

Karen Hoeve is a professional realtor who specializes in the dynamic Raleigh real estate market. With over 20 years experience, Karen has dedicated her life to bringing families and homes together. For more information contact Karen today or visit www.yourraleigh.com.