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Real estate investor tips

Real estate investor tips 

Buyer's market, like today's, is always enticing for real estate investors and those who want to become investors. There are opportunities everywhere and sometimes it's hard to focus on the fundamentals that are key to making a profitable acquisition. It's easy to get caught in the atmosphere of abundant supply and then make hasty decisions that turn out less than satisfactory. Let's look at three major areas that I value the most when selecting an investment property.

The house has to be in a basically sound condition. You don't want to replace the roof, do major plumbing work or get involved in a costly window replacement project. All of that is unprofitable work and should be avoided. Cosmetic improvements are the ones that will give you the best returns, like fresh paint inside and outside, new lighting fixtures can make a big difference and smart new landscaping.

Location of course. If the property is in a neglected neighborhood, there isn't much you can do to help overcome that. Stay away from freeways and busy streets. Look for property in areas of well-maintained homes and zero in on ones that are the worst of the street. Those have the best profit potential once they are fixed up to the surrounding standards and even the neighbors will like you for renovating an eyesore.

Motivated seller is my third point. If you're working with an agent, he/she probably knows why the house is for sale. Ask him. Mortgage foreclosure could be imminent, owner has a job transfer, death in the family, divorce, there are many reasons why people are selling. If it's a FSBO, just kindly ask the homeowner and he'll tell you. What about the house having been listed for 120 days? That ought to help elevate anyone's motivation level. Once you find a seller who is willing to negotiate, put your creativity to work and see what happens.

Of course, there are other areas to consider, but these are the main ones I focus on.


Provided by: 

Esko Kiuru
Mortgage, real estate and apartment industry analyst - syndicated mortgage, housing and property management blog
My cell: 702-499-1006

Comment balloon 3 commentsEsko Kiuru • July 23 2007 02:21PM


Thanks for the tips. I've been thinking of starting but have not gotten my feet wet yet. I think we have found the right the right house which is half the battle. now to get it for the right price. It is a bank owned property that has been sitting for a while. Any feed back on how banks are to negotiate with would be appreciated.
Posted by Jean Doyle, Morris and Sussex NJ Real Estate (RE/MAX House Values) about 11 years ago
Very useful tips, nice that they stray away from the usual "buy foreclosure" rhetoric. Most useful for all investors worldwide. Thanks Esko. It goes back to the three L's, Location Location Location!
Posted by British Homes Group (British Homes Group) about 11 years ago


AR has several good posts on bank repos and short sales. Click on Search and put in those keywords and you're good to go.

British guys,

Location is always high on the list, among other preferences you personally like.

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 11 years ago