An Investment Property Checklist

Posted by Curtis Brown on Jan 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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It’s no secret that all of us want to make some extra money without having to work everyday, which is why people with money to spare often invest their money to grow their wealth. The wealthiest people in the world aren’t just rich because of their jobs. The rich are rich because they invest their money well.
There are a variety of ways to invest your money that will suit your lifestyle and your personal goals, but one of the most timeless investments you can make is in real estate. When done right, investing in real estate can prove to be very lucrative.

Of course, investing in real estate isn’t as easy as simply buying a property and expecting money to come your way. As with any other investment, you have to be strategic in order to yield maximum results. Proper preparation is essential as well for true success. 

Here is a checklist you should cross off before investing your money in real estate:

Do Your Research

While the money you make off your investments generally come in the form of passive income, it doesn’t mean that investing doesn’t entail work that needs to be done. It may seem as easy as parting with your money and expecting that it will grow, but investing, especially in real estate, involves considerable risks. 

This is why it’s important to do your research before deciding to invest on a particular property. You want to make sure that the property you’re looking to invest in will net you a profit. Some factors to consider when deciding to invest in a property are its location, your target market, and how the property aligns with your personal lifestyle and financial goals.

Assess Your Finances

Your financial status should greatly influence how you invest in real estate. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to allocate your money for investing if you wouldn’t have enough funds for your own everyday life. Plus, investing in real estate requires you to part with a considerable amount of cash. Furthermore, it’s important to make sure that even after parting with your hard-earned money, you still have an emergency fund in addition to your personal funds.

If you find that your finances are still not in place, don’t be afraid to take some time to save up first to make sure that you’re comfortable with letting go of your money.

Another thing you should consider once you’ve decided that you’re ready to invest is how your target investment should be in-line with your financial status. Not everyone has the capacity to invest in property in high-class and exclusive locations, and that’s fine. There are plenty of investment opportunities in real estate for various budgets.

Pay Your Personal Debts

You should also strive to rid yourself of all your debts before investing. By doing this, you ensure that you don’t have any other financial obligations to worry about, and you can spend spare money and energy in your real estate investment. Remember that there are no sure things in investment. You wouldn’t want to have a failed investment and be in debt at the same time.

Calculate Your Expected Expenses and Profits

Once you’ve set your eyes on a particular property, take the time to estimate how much you’re going to spend apart from the upfront payment for the property itself. In order to make your property more profitable, it’s important that you improve on its current state, whether through renovations or through new furniture, or a complete overhaul of the property itself.

Compare these estimated expenses with how much you expect to make from the property, whether you’re going to resell the property or rent it. With this in mind, you should be able to have a clear plan on how you wish to proceed should you go through with purchasing the property.

Find the Right Real Estate Agent

Real estate investing can be difficult, especially if you’re doing it on your own. This is why it’s advised to find a real estate agent who can help you seek out possible investment properties as well as connect you with buyers and renters.

It’s also important to find an agent who will be on your side and who’s not just providing their services for a commission. This is even more important if you’re planning to invest in a location that you’re not familiar with.


Invest With a Rational Mindset

When it comes to investing, especially in real estate, it can get tempting to let our emotions dictate our decisions. There are properties that may seem enticing but aren’t actually profitable, so it’s important to invest with a rational approach. For example, just because the property was owned by your favorite celebrity doesn’t mean that investing in that property would net you a profit.


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