Helpful tips for those considering property investment

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Considering investing in property? The real estate market is one which can be rewarding and lucrative, but it can also be difficult to understand and there are many easy mistakes that even experienced investors can make. In a challenging economic period, being able to generate money through your real estate investment can be of huge help financially which is why many people are now looking to enter the market for the first time. In order for your investment to go smoothly and to generate revenue from the property, there are a few simple tips that should help whether it is your first investment or if you are an experienced investor.

Establish Goals, Timeframe & Exit Strategy

Like many areas in life, preparation is the key to success, and this is certainly true in this market. Before looking at any properties, you first need to think about exactly why you want to invest in property and what your goals are for it (flipping, buy to let, etc.). You should then establish a timeframe, and this will depend on what your goal is (buy to let is best for a higher return over a long period). Finally, you need to have an exit strategy so that you can act quickly at the opportune moment (you must carefully keep an eye on the market to determine this).

Directly vs Funds

You will also need to decide between buying a property directly against using funds. Buying directly has a few risks in that there is a lot of money tied up which can be hard to access, it is a big commitment with a lot of buying and selling costs, but it can yield higher returns. A pooled property fund which is managed professionally with money from a few investors can be easier, but keep in mind that it will affect how much you earn as fund managers will charge a fee. If it is your first time, using a collective property fund is probably the best approach.

Property Tax 

Property tax can be confusing and especially for new investors as there are nine different types of tax which must be considered. It is for this reason why investors should seek property tax advice from specialised accountants who will be able to guide you and help you to make the most from tax reliefs and exemptions.

Research

Finally, it is vital that you carry out thorough research before making any investment decision. This will include looking at the state of the property market, carefully looking over different properties and researching the location (speaking to neighbours, learning the history and searching current property prices). This should help you to make an intelligent decision - head over heart is vital in this market.

These tips should help any investor to make smart moves in the property market and, hopefully, generate a lot of revenue. The property market can be an intimidating one and particularly for new investors as a lot can change very quickly, but with careful preparation and research you should be able to make the right investment.