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Should I Buy Investment Property Now?

By: Gregg Cohen, CEO, JWB Real Estate Companies
January 19, 2012

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Deep thought about the purchase of real estate investment properties is a natural process that every investor will make when venturing into real estate. A rental property investment is not like a home that you buy to live in within a month. What is often misunderstood is that the investment that you make is returned to you from renting out the property to other tenants. The profit potential that is created offers an enormous advantage. Monthly income flows automatically to your bank account each month that the property is rented.

Considerations to Make Before Purchasing Investment Property
The location of a property that you are interested in purchasing is just as important as the condition of the property. A property that is available in an economically challenged area might not be the best investment to make. Properties can sit vacant for many reasons. Smart real estate investors often avoid properties that are located in high crime areas or with low economic development. A rental property investment can be a prosperous venture when properties are purchased in thriving markets that are full of individuals and families ready to rent.

Additional things to consider before investing in rental property:

• Average monthly rent collected
• Income levels of residents
• Public and private school statistics
• Property management
• Existing liens on a property

Know Your Current Financial Health
When you make an investment into a rental property, there could be expenses that arise that you are responsible for paying since you are the owner. Damage caused by a tenant, pest problems or a sudden structural issue will require money to fix. If you put all of your investment dollars into a property, you might not have a source of cash available to cover extreme circumstances. By taking an honest look at your finances, you can determine how much money you can invest in a property and still have money leftover for needed expenses or repairs that can arise as a property owner.

Understand Taxes or Fees Involved with Owning Investment Properties
The decision to purchase investment property is a decision that only you can make after you have considered all details relevant to your purchase. Owning a property brings a new source of taxes into your finances that you should be prepared to face. Taxes can include local, state or federal taxes that are levied on an investment property and the profits that are generated by it.

Knowing what monetary investment figure that is comfortable for you to work with and subtracting potential expenses helps you to prepare for the real cost of owning an investment property. Real estate investors have enjoyed considerable profits from owning investment properties in any economic conditions. When comparing the future to the past, there has rarely been a time not to buy investment property.

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