Buying Your First Investment Property: What You Need to Know

Many investors would consider the property market to be one of the safest ventures for those looking to make a substantial profit. After all, everyone needs a home, so the property market will never suffer, unlike other assets. However, before delving into real estate, it would be highly advised to do your research and ensure you’re well versed on the ins and outs of the industry. It can take years to get to grips with the theory of real estate, but there are some factors you will need to know to help you become a successful property investor in the early days. Here are some useful tips to take into consideration:

Buy in ‘up and coming areas’

The location in which you choose to purchase your first property is extremely important to your long-term success. One bad move could leave you in thousands of dollars of debt and potentially harm your chances of taking out further loans. You can almost guarantee that the value of a property will rise by purchasing in high-demand areas that are likely to become hotspots in the years to come– especially those in cities. However, this isn’t down to simply guessing. Some key clues can give you an insight as to whether the area will cater to the majority. These include good transport links, new developments, and close proximity to the town or city center.


To purchase properties, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to fund your investments. Many banks will offer buy to let finances, but this will heavily depend on your credit history and whether you have any outstanding debts. Being in substantial debt may mean you’re not in a suitable position to be a property investor for the sole reason that this type of investment can become costly before profits are made from a sale. If you’re struggling to secure a loan from the bank, you should research various loan types and find one that is best suited to your situation.

Be sensible at auction

Your adrenaline is likely to be high when bidding for properties at auction, and it can be very easy for things to get rapidly out of hand. Auctions can be quite dangerous, as your emotions take over and almost become wrapped up in the excitement, to the point that you’re bidding far more than the property may be worth. It wouldn’t be advised to turn up to an auction without viewing the property beforehand and having checked your budget and legal requirements you need to be aware of. In doing so, you’ll have made a more well-informed decision as to whether the property is a worthwhile investment.

Find good tradespeople

Investors essentially purchase properties for redevelopment purposes, so it’s important to make connections with reliable tradespeople to carry out the renovations. As you work on more and more properties, you’ll start to recognize the very best tradespeople and build your local network so that refurbishing an old and tired property will take a short period of time and run much more smoothly.


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