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Real Estate Investing Expert Craig Summers’s Guide to Investing in Real Estate

Posted by RCPAP on January 1, 1970
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Investing in can be a very profitable business for the wise investor. Unfortunately, you can also lose a lot of money in real estate if you don’t know what you’re doing. In this article, I’ll go over several tips to help you ensure a profitable investing career in the real estate market. Pick a Specialty When you’re going in to real estate investing, you’ll likely find that there’s an overwhelming amount of available information on all kinds of investing tactics. Rather than specializing in being “a real estate investor,” pick something more specific. Perhaps you’ll specialize in small apartments. Perhaps you’ll specialize in buying foreclosures. Perhaps you’ll specialize in fixing houses. Whatever the case may be, pick a specialty and learn everything you can about that tactic. You’re much more likely to success that way. Know Your Taxes Taxes are often a big “gotcha” for investors. To start, it’s important to learn as much about tax laws as you can. Have an accountant you can rely on and educate yourself in the various ways you can work with the tax laws to reduce your taxes. Understand how taxes will impact your bottom line. Realize also that taxes change over the years. When you choose a property, it’s important to choose a property that will be profitable even if the tax codes change. Be Meticulous With Your Inspections You should always meticulously inspect your properties before making a purchase. You shouldn’t ever purchase a building before you’ve done a proper inspection. Many investors simply inspect the property by hand. However, it’s usually a good investment to have your property looked at by a professional before making your purchase. Know Your Rent, Utilities and Maintenance Costs Cashflow is something that you must be very careful with. If you’re working with a thin margin, things like vacancies and unexpected maintenance can easily put you in the red zone. It’s important when you’re calculating your investment to factor in vacancies and maintenance costs. A good way to determine this is by looking at the building’s past history. If there isn’t a good record or if there isn’t a reliable history to go back on, another way to help determine these costs is by looking at the costs of similar units in your area. For a FREE List of 3 Plus Bedroom Paulding County Homes under $150,000 with prices, addresses, and descriptions click the link or fill out the form below.