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August 30th, 2013 at 2:24pm

Five Keys Points for Real Estate Investing

Market factors have converged to create a strong environment for real estate investing in the Indianapolis area. The current market of low home prices combined with low interest rates make this the best time in years to consider real estate as an investment. The experts seem to agree.

At Complete Real Estate Solutions, LLC, we have compiled this quick list of Five Key Points to remember when considering real estate investing.

1) Know your comfort levels.

Think about the role you are interested in playing. Do you want to become a landlord, or would you rather rehab and resell properties? Collecting rent and paying off mortgages can be a powerful way to build wealth with someone else’s money. However, some investors are not patient with earning their investment back over a longer term. The flip side – other investors do not wish to be hassled by tenants.

2) Admit what you know and what you don’t know.

Even the most avid real estate investors work with brokers. First-time investors should definitely work with a real-estate agent experienced in investment property deals. These industry experts can help to locate the most promising properties when it comes to price, condition, location and terms. Look for the type of broker with which you can build a relationship. You want the type of professional who expects to do business with you on a recurring basis. These are the real estate experts who will be much more careful with what properties they recommend.

3) Avoid Wholesalers.

Stay away from the middlemen of the real estate industry. Steer clear of wholesalers who buy homes on the open market, rehab them, and then simply resell them to uneducated investors with large mark-ups. With the services we offer at Complete RES, we help clients to cut out the middle man and acquire properties at “below market” prices. We always recommend using Licensed General Contractors for the home rehab. Then, we help you to rent or resell the property – and, you get to keep the profits.

4) Pick the right location.

If you buy a property with hopes of renting it out, picking the right location is key. Look for homes with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms in neighborhoods that have a low crime rate. Choose neighborhoods that will support the rent you need to generate and stay in the more highly populated areas. Stay away from rural areas where there are fewer people and a small pool of potential renters. If renters have kids, they will gravitate toward good school districts. Consider other potential selling points for your property. Is it near public transportation, shopping malls or other popular amenities? If it will attract renters it will also attract potential buyers if you decide to sell later.

5) Build a supporting cast.

You cannot do this all by yourself. Find an experienced Property Management Company – preferably one that offers Real Estate and Construction Services. For landlords, having one team of diverse professionals servicing your investment needs makes things easier to handle. It can allow for smooth transitions for maintenance and tenant issues – and, can seamlessly offer your property for sale when the phase of your investment focus shifts.