It’s been several years since the housing bubble burst, yet every day we’re bombarded with reports of more bad news about the real estate market. What you may not know is that many of the same people spouting the doom and gloom are also busy making lots of money in real estate. They have the secrets of what it takes to successfully buy real estate in this economy. Now you will, too!
Insisting on a home inspection can save you thousands of dollars. There are many things that can go wrong in a home that are not easy to see. One example is the electrical system. There can be problems in the wiring that you cannot see by simply turning on a light. Having a real estate inspector come in, can help reduce the chances that you will get any unwelcome surprises, after the purchase.
Find and network with other real estate investors. In addition to being able to share information, hearing other investors experiences first-hand is one of the best learning tools you can find. It can help you avoid mistakes they have made. Additionally, having a network of connections can alert you to investment opportunities you may not be aware of otherwise.
If a real estate purchase is too good to be true, then it probably is just that. Many sellers want to unload a lackluster piece of property and will do so by any means necessary. If the cost is extremely low or the seller is quick to jump on any deal you offer, there is something there that needs your attention.
If you want to purchase a brand-new house, consider searching in the fall season. Builders often mark down prices beginning in September in an effort to close out their old inventory before the start of the new year. They raise those prices again in the spring, so make the most of the deals while they are available.
If you are shopping for real estate, don’t give a low offer on a home you are very interested in buying. An extremely low offer will scare off the current owner and make it appear that you are not willing to negotiate. A more reasonable offer shows the owner that you are serious about buying it.
When you place an offer on a house you are looking to buy, add certain disclosures to your offer. When you toured the home, you obviously looked at the walls, ceilings, floor, etc, but there are parts of the house that the seller knows inside and out that may pose problems to you later. If you assure that the seller discloses this type of information before the sale, you can decide if you want to pursue the house.
When househunting, don’t make an offer on the first house you see, even if you think it’s perfect and meets all your needs. Take the time to look at several homes, and if it turns out that the first one really is your dream home, you can make an offer then. Very few markets are so competitive that you can’t take the time to see at least three homes.
Remember to examine the commute times that will be involved in the purchase of a particular piece of real estate. How long does it take to get from the home to work? What about going from the house to schools? What about shopping? A house that is priced low but guarantees hours of commuting time may not be the bargain it appears at first glance.
When purchasing a home, you should shop around for financing options. Try to get the best deal when financing. Make sure that all of the terms of the loan are wrote down on paper. Some lenders will try to change the terms and rates during the financing process. Keep your eye out for hidden fees.
Always rely on your own experts in the real estate market. Many sellers – or buyers – will offer to let you employ the same agents and appraisers they are using. What you must remember is that objectivity is impossible in these situations; the only way to prevent bias is to commission your set of professionals.
When shopping around for a new home and you plan on keeping the furniture that you already own, make sure that it will fit the new home. Nothing is worse then moving in and realizing that your brand new king size bed will not fit into your bedroom if you plan on also including the dresser in the room.
It is vital to get any real estate property, be it home or rental, professionally inspected before committing to a contract. If you cannot afford the cost of the inspection, then it is prudent to further examine whether you can fundamentally afford to own the property. An inspection can show costly issues which a layman can easily overlook, but end up being liable for further down the road.
Making sure you have enough for a down payment is essential. Without it, chances are you will not be able to purchase a home. If you do not have enough for a down payment on a home, try asking family members for help or sell items that you do not use.
You should always be sure to see the house you are interested in buying in person. With how busy life is nowadays it is easy to take the easy way out and take advantage of everything that technology has to offer. Virtual tours are take you through the house, but they also could be easily edited to leave off the things that you would see in person.
So, in summary, the economy is bad and there are lots of risky real estate buying investments out there. The secret is being able to sort through the chaff to find the properties that are still ripe for profit. Now that you understand a little better about the realities of the market, go forth and get your piece of the pie.