Real Estate Investment Amateurs Just Look At The Numbers, The Savvy See More
As the story is told in Infomercial-land, just about anyone can make serious profits in the real estate business. That, of course, simply isn’t true. Financial success in investment real estate requires skill and knowledge. A superficial understanding of the business just isn’t going to bring in the types of returns on investments that are hoped for. This is especially true when evaluating the potentials of properties – real estate investment amateurs often make the mistake of focusing primarily on the numbers and how they shake down, while the savvy investor also considers many additional factors.
Numbers are important, make no mistake about that. But, numbers tend to fall into clear cut categories of black and white… or red. And, as we all know, there’s plenty of gray in real life and, presumably, your investment properties will include people living their real lives and will be surrounded by others doing the same. Successful real investors realize there is more to investment decisions than merely running the numbers.
In addition to looking at the numbers, it is important to determine whether or not the property under consideration fits into your overall investment plan. Hopefully your investment strategy is more sophisticated than just amassing properties, if not, you may to address this issue with an investment consultant before buying any further investment real estate. Seek professional help if necessary, but get yourself a plan. Having an investment plan is essential to the type of organization that separates amateur level money from professional profits.
Part of determining whether or not a particular property fits your investment plan is looking at such factors as – yes, the old adage is about to appear – location. However, today’s real estate investor has a bit of a different strategy on real estate’s most ancient adage, and that strategy is emerging markets. Developing the skill to take advantage of the potentials of emerging markets is a significant distinction between the real estate dabbler and the successful investor.
Emerging markets have the potential to offer a strong return on investment, as these are not the already discovered desirable locations. These markets are on the cusp of a shift in rate of growth. Some are even almost bad areas about to go good. When investment properties are bought by future thinking investors, investors that are selective in their tenants and careful in their property upkeep, they contribute to the overall value of a particular market segment and can be a valuable part of the growth process. Experience, research, and familiarity with local growth trends and patterns can position an investor to be able to step into a given market at the right moment and maximize profit potentials.
Other factors to consider when thinking about location and tenant quality are what is in the local area – colleges, employment opportunities, etc. – and how that is going to affect the demand for rental units and the vacancy rate potentials, as well as how those factors will influence the type of people seeking those units. The set up of the building, its age, and its structural integrity are going to affect the amount that will have to be spent on maintenance and remodeling, and should also factor into the decision making process.
These are things that can be difficult to assign a specific number value to and can influence numbers in ways that are hard to predict, but they are essential considerations to savvy investment real estate decision-making. Numbers should serve as a foundation to the decision on whether or not to buy a particular investment property, but should not be the only consideration. After all, a building can have a strong foundation, and still have a leaky roof that unexpectedly caves in and sucks the profit right out.