5 Things You Should Know Before Purchasing An Investment Property

Published on October 15, 2020 by Smith Marketing

Buying an investment property is a little different than buying a single family home to occupy yourself. The experts at Allen Tate Greensboro can help you find the perfect investment property but before you buy an investment property there are five things that you should know:

Plan On Putting Down A Hefty Down Payment

Private mortgage insurance isn’t available for investment properties so investors will need to put down a larger down payment than they would have to put down for a non-investment property. If you are financing the investment property you should plan on having to put down anywhere from 15-20% of the total cost. Also you should be aware that the loan costs may be higher because it’s an investment property.

Have Realistic Expectations When It Comes To Renovations

First time investors may be tempted to snap up a great deal on a fixer upper investment property without realizing just how much it can cost to swiftly bring a fixer upper up to code and make it attractive to renters. When you’re looking at investment properties it’s essential to consider more than the bottom line. It’s a good idea to have a professional contractor look over any properties that you’re considering getting a professional’s assessment of the home and the amount of work that it’s going to need. Otherwise you could end up going over budget really quickly and you could even end up upside down on the investment.

Know The Neighborhood

When you’re purchasing an investment property the neighborhood is just as important as the condition of the property. You should take time to look around the neighborhood and make sure that it’s a neighborhood that won’t have any trouble attracting renters. Look for things like the availability of public transportation, if the houses around are in good shape, the proximity of stores and businesses, and the rating of the local schools.

Choosing an investment property in an established neighborhood that will appeal to renters is essential if you want to get the most out of your investment. The only exception to this is when a property becomes available in an up-and-coming neighborhood and you want to jump on that opportunity. If a particular neighborhood isn’t a great neighborhood currently but it’s on the upswing and it’s poised to be a neighborhood that’s in high demand with renters then it’s worth taking a look at any properties in your price range that become available.

Remember The 1% Rule

The 1% rule is what will determine whether or not a property is a good investment. The rental price should be 1% of the total cost of the property. If that rate is average for that neighborhood then the investment property is a good purchase. But if 1% of the purchase price is a number that is much higher than the average rent in that area then you shouldn’t buy that property because it would be difficult for you to get the rent you’d need to get a good return on your investment. So if the purchase price of the property is $150,000  you’d need be reasonably sure that you could get $1500 a month rent for that property in order for that investment to make sense for you.

Factor In Extra Costs Like Taxes And Insurance

There is more to the cost of buying an investment property than the cost of the property. You should always factor in the costs of taxes and insurance into the amount of money that you’re putting into the property. When you’re deciding what amount of rent you need to get from the property in order to make it a smart investment those extra costs need to be considered so that you don’t get stuck losing money on your investment because the rent doesn’t cover all of the costs.

Call Allen Tate Greensboro today to get more expert tips about buying investment property in Greensboro.

6 Negotiating Tips for Building a Custom Home

Published on October 9, 2020 by Smith Marketing

Are you considering a custom home? There are a lot of benefits to building a custom home over purchasing an existing home. You have so many more options as well as the ability to negotiate. When it comes to Greensboro real estate, the only way to get exactly what you want is to work with a custom home builder. But before that first meeting, consider these negotiating tips to help you get the best deal.

Set a Maximum Price.
If budget is a concern for you, then determine what your maximum amount is to spend and do not agree to anything above that price. It’s easy to get carried away talking about all the amazing features that are available for custom homes, and next thing you know, you’re way over budget. If the builder tells you they can’t build the home you want for the price you want, be prepared to turn down the deal.

Determine What’s Included and What’s an Upgrade.
Your builder will include some features in the basic price and some features will be considered upgrades for an additional charge. Be sure you are clear about what items are included and what items will drive up the price. Use upgrades as a negotiating factor when it comes to price.

Do your Research.
The more information you have about Greensboro real estate before going into a meeting with a builder, the better. Find out what other homes in the neighborhood cost to build. Find existing homes that are comparable in size and features to the home you want to build and use that price in your negotiation. Talk to homeowners who worked with the same builder and find out what kind of deals they were offered and what they liked or didn’t like about their experience. A local real estate agent will have a wealth of helpful information.

Ask about Ways to Save.
Ask the builder if there are any discounts available, such as using their preferred lender or agreeing to use discontinued materials or items the builder already has on hand from another project.

Communicate Effectively.
Be clear about what you want. Ask questions. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something. You can’t negotiate if you don’t have all the facts and if you aren’t willing to ask the hard questions. Good communicators are good negotiators.

Practice your Poker Face.
Do your best to keep your emotions in check. No matter how much you really want your home to look a certain way or to have certain features, no matter how much you really want a home designed by a certain builder in a certain neighborhood, showing your true feelings could mean you won’t be able to negotiate as effectively. You want the builder to think they have to work to earn your business, which may lead to better pricing and more upgrades.

Negotiate with the Help of an Experienced Greensboro Real Estate Agent

However expert or basic your negotiating skills, it’s helpful to work with a real estate agent when meeting with a custom home builder. Smith Marketing and Allen Tate Realtors® can help you negotiate and provide you with the information you need to get the best deal on custom home. Call today to schedule a consultation: (336) 215-7880.