The real estate market is a fast moving and competitive one. If you don’t have the ability and the preparedness to move fast to secure a deal that will end up with you buying an investment property, then things can get complicated. Think of how big the real estate market is and then try to visualize how many people might have their eye on the property you want. It is not always easy to land your dream rental.
The property value of the real estate market is incredibly lucrative because of its stability that it leads people to buying an investment property. This triggers a huge amount of demand that is dependent on what I like to call “picky supply.” All investors would like to buy houses that are central or that have the most potential rising value. This creates a gap, hence the term “picky supply” – the competitiveness is mostly restricted to limited areas in your city, which means not everyone can buy the home that ticks all their boxes.
There are steps that should keep you prepared and ready to pounce whenever the opportunity presents itself in buying an investment property. They are steps that will help you shorten the time needed to buy a house and give the extra push needed to do the hard work that most of us leave for the last minute.
1. Get professional help
Acquiring the services of real estate professionals is the first and most important step in speeding up your house hunting process. When buying an investment property, a person will require the services of a real estate professional’s team. The team will for example include a lawyer, real estate broker and mortgage banker. For instance, the lawyer’s job is to check that the legal conditions of your purchased property and follow up the legal procedures of transferring ownership of the property. The real estate broker will help in facilitating the deal between the seller and the buyer.. Real estate brokers are good at finalizing deals and showing you a selection of houses that are the closest to what your perfect one would be. Finally, having a mortgage banker ready so that you can acquire the mortgage funds in the least amount possible in buying an investment property.
2. Look for hidden gems
A shortcut to save you some time and money on services would be considering buying an investment property in location that isn’t being smothered with potential buyers. Looking for houses at the suburbs or in steadily developing neighborhoods can cost you less money because of the lesser demand. Time constraints and fears of outbidding won’t be a problem in such a case because of the inflation of houses existing in these areas.
3. Stick to the list
Making a list of the characteristic of your dream house is a smart organized way of saving time and energy when buying an investment property. How does it save you time? For example, I’m considering buying a house with a swimming pool, which means I am willing to eliminate every house that doesn’t have one. Being strict on yourself for having this list will only mean you won’t live to regret another purchase that doesn’t comply with your list. However, don’t expect to find a property that meets all of your requirements.
4. Cash on hand
Be prepared to have cash on hand. For investors, you will close the deal to buy your house faster if you have cash available for the down-payment. It’s very important to arrange the funds beforehand because most regular investors have already taken loans or mortgages, and applying for another mortgage for example means losing more time and possibly the property.
For first time investors, selling your home will provide you with the necessary funds to make another house purchase without having to pay interests or mortgages to banks. Having the necessary fund to close the deal would make you flexible. Closing dates are a problem when your funding process is dependent on a loan or a mortgage from a bank.
These are the ways that will guide you to an accelerated way when buying an investment property. It is mostly dependent on you and the people around you who you have chosen to represent you. We can always debate about the importance of acting fast in the real estate market but it is also advisable and necessary to be cautious. Making a hasty purchase will result in regrets, loss of money and time. These guidelines are a way to ensure that this at least doesn’t happen.