Tips for Investing in Rental Properties in the area by Investing Expert Craig Summers Investing in rental properties can be a lucrative opportunity in . In this article, we’ll go over several tips to ensure you choose the properties that’ll result in the best returns on your investment. After reading this article, you’ll know some of the more common pitfalls to avoid with properties in , as well as the signs to look for in a great investment property. Tip #1 – Look at Surrounding Properties If you’re buying your property to rent out, one of the most important steps you could take is to look at the rent market in the surrounding area. What are units like yours renting for right now? Take 3-5 units that are similar to the unit you’re considering your investment and average them out. Would the income from this property be enough to cover your expenses? Tip #2 – Be Conservative Be very conservative when you’re calculating your numbers. It’s far better to overestimate your numbers and accidentally make more money than it is to underestimate your numbers and find yourself draining cash. Remember to account for vacancies and maintenance costs. These costs don’t accrue all at once, but when they do come they can be large expenses. Tip #3 – Check Your Rental History How has your unit(s) been renting out over the past years? How strong is the rental history? If in the past the unit(s) has been consistently rented out with few vacancies, that’s a good sign that the unit(s) aren’t difficult to rent out. If the opposite is true, that should be a red flag to take into consideration. Tip #4 – Take the Low Hanging Fruit Properties in often have what I call “low hanging fruit” opportunities. These are improvements you can make to your unit that will immediately improve its sale value or rental value. Some of the more obvious ones include steam cleaning the carpets, painting the walls, making necessary repairs, having tiles cleaned and so on. The key is to tackle the repairs that will give you the highest return for the least amount of work. The idea is not to repair every little thing, especially if it won’t give you a positive ROI. There is a lot of free information available to you about investing in real estate. For complete information about investing in real estate, including current potential investments, property values and more please visit the most complete website online dedicated to everything real estate at www.pauldingandpolk.com. Please feel free to contact me with any of your real estate or investing related questions and I will be more than glad to answer your questions. Call me on my cell at 404 374 1620 or email me at Craig@pauldingandpolk.com 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.