A lot of prospective investors go into property expecting that it’s going to be the same story no matter what kind of real estate they buy. However, the truth is that not every property on the market is going to react in it the same way. In fact, there are entirely different markets. Success in real estate investment is about knowing which market you’re getting into and how you’re going to profit of it.
The first thing to realize is that renting a property can be more profitable than selling it sometimes. It might mean doing more work to become a landlord that’s more hands-on or splitting some of that profit with letting agencies, so you have to know which way you want to handle it. When you buy a new property, think about whether it might be more suited as a rental. For instance, if it’s close to a college campus, it will appeal to students in the short term. If it’s in a tourism area, then it can make for a great summer rental.
On the other hand, family homes tend to sell reliably, even despite the news of some disturbing trends about younger people buying homes less nowadays. If you’re in that market, however, you need to take advantage of that shrinking market by knowing how to appeal to young buyers. Updating the kitchen, the bathroom, and incorporating new technology and low maintenance materials are some of the most appealing aspects for first-time buyers.
If your budget’s significantly higher, you might look at dipping your toe in the waters of luxury homes. The luxury market covers a few different things, usually meaning that a home is within a gated community or one that has access to unique amenities. Appealing to luxury buyers is less about updating the home, as many of them will have the budget and urge to do that themselves. Competitive market analysis and emotionally compelling marketing is the key here.
This is a market that crosses over into a few different ones. High-quality cabins and waterfront properties often work as luxury properties. But they also work as potential vacation rentals. The truth is that these markets are almost always strong so it’s just about being able to find the opportunities when they arise.
People are a little more nervous about buying real estate in general, which is reasonable. We experienced a huge property bubble that resulted badly for just about everyone. However, some of the caution is misplaced. While dealing in property, keep an eye out for the signs of a potential bubble. If you’re not seeing home prices rising significantly faster than salaries, really unreliable loans being handed out, and a lack of demand from foreign buyers, you can assume you’re safe.
Context is crucial in real estate, and having the wrong idea about what context you’re dealing with can be a fatal flaw. This is why many beginners use estate agents to make sure they’re hitting the right demographics, marketing in the right way, and holding the right expectations.