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How to Create an Investing Plan for Turnkey Property

By: Gregg Cohen, CEO, JWB Real Estate Companies
June 26, 2012
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If you spend enough hours searching for a property, several things start to stick out because they are the same. You've likely seen a great property in a good neighborhood that just can't seem to find a buyer. Beginning buyers are usually the first ones to make costly mistakes in real estate. Experienced buyers know how to hold out for the best deal. Serious investors always have a plan and constantly update their plan as market conditions change. You should know how to create an investing plan for turnkey property before you buy one. Much of the success that you can have with a rental property happens in part because of a great plan that you follow each day.

 

The Basics of a Real Estate Investing Plan

1. Know Your Investing Goals

Any person can jump in and buy a property if he or she has the cash. Buying properties is one of the easiest things to do. Making a property become successful is where most investors struggle. Many things affect the value and performance of an investment property. You can live in state or out of state and still have the same set of problems. Every great plan starts with knowing your investment goals. A person that is 35 with no debt and with small children might not have the same goals as a recent retiree. You should always layout what you expect to do with and to get from the property that you purchase. Your expectations are one of the things that will motivate you to do better if your original plan begins to slip downward. 

2. Estimate Rental Income

Due diligence is something that is learned as few people possess this investigatory skill. The seller of a rental property can put any number that they want on the price of rent when you inquire what past rents used to be. Researching the neighborhood, economy and speaking with other renters in the neighborhood can give you a good estimate of how much rent you can expect. Since rental income is the lifeblood of any property, estimating the amount of income you expect to receive will give you an idea of your future. Your main goal should be more than breaking even with your property. A quick look at your investing goals will help you ensure you always get the right number for your rental income. 

3. Know When to Upgrade

Keeping costs low is one way to save money, but it can be hard to rent to someone if your property is devalued. Putting time and emphasis on the outside and not the inside is a common mistake. If you buy a property that is furnished, the chances are that most of what is included inside is reaching its age limit. In order to get the most rental income, knowing when to upgrade appliances and other interior decor is helpful. You don't have to spend a lot of money to attract a permanent lessee. The little things add up and things like landscaping, painting and new window shades work like magic to attract a tenant if you do not have one in place yet.

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