In the last four decades, investing in residential real estate has garnered lot of interest from first-time investors and professionals. Perhaps, real estate is among those few investments that have the potential to make many millionaires in a short amount of time. Another potential advantage of real estate is its ability to recover from deep recession in the economy. Despite these advantages, investment in residential real estate requires more knowledge than investing in stocks or other high-return assets.
Before making a decision to invest, it is important to remember that real estate investment is a business that needs a proper long-term business plan and a sound credit history. As real estate investors may buy multiple real estate properties, make sure that your debt to monthly income ratio remains low after buying a property. It also means that the investment property is able to generate profit as quickly as possible to allow hefty returns on investment. In fact, the easiest method to look for a profitable property is to buy real estate in an area that has huge development potential in the near future. Investing in such underdeveloped areas allows investors to buy residential properties at a lower price and sell it at a higher price tag, once the development completes.
Unfortunately, the deluge of information has confused real estate investors to an extent where these investors only look for MLS listings and distressed properties as a potential high-value deals. Often, investors forget that several high-value investment properties are found easily on popular websites. In fact, many hidden gems are found by searching the listings on well-known residential real estate websites.
Nowadays, globalization has allowed investors to buy real estate, overseas. For instance, many Asian entrepreneurs top the the Forbes Billionaire List because their investment portfolio contain properties in high development areas in Shanghai, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. For new real estate investors, investment in offshore iconic buildings is one of the fastest methods to profitability. Accordingly, investors should also look for investment opportunity in iconic residential properties in local areas. Due to the high investment stake on these properties, the developer of these residential complex try to ensure quick ROI, which ensures a highly profitable investment opportunity for investors.
Just remember, the key to successful residential real estate is the ability of investor to generate ROI in the shortest amount of time. In doing so, it is also important to keep the debt-income ratio, which should allow the investor to re-investment profits in other properties.