What to Know Before Investing in a Rental Property

Investing in Rental Property

Investing in a rental property is a fantastic way to diversify your investments, but it isn’t without its challenges. The condition of the property, the location, and the rental history are just a few of the things you’ll have to keep in mind and manage while searching for the perfect property.

While it isn’t an easy business, the challenges aren’t insurmountable, and it can be quite lucrative. Here are a few things you should know before investing in a rental property.

Know the Area

The first consideration of every smart real-estate transaction: location. You may end up finding a great building in fantastic condition that checks off all your boxes, but before you sign anything make sure you consider the location.

A few helpful questions you can ask yourself are:

  1. What are the demographics of the area (e.g., is it a college town or an area that attracts retirees)?
  2. What is the crime rate?
  3. Are amenities easy to access?
  4. What are the history and condition of other rental properties in the area?

Questions like this can help you get a grasp on the area and whether or not it would be a smart investment for your business purposes.

What is the Condition of the Property?

Before you invest in anything, you should have a professional inspect the building. Many issues are not easy to spot with the naked eye like water damage, insulation issues, mold, and faulty wiring that can have a significant impact on the value of the property. Awareness of these problems beforehand allows you to negotiate a better deal and ultimately decide whether the property is even worth the investment.

Also, consider the rental history of the property. Does it have a solid history of occupancy or has it been vacant for a long period of time? If so, why? Seriously consider the answers to these questions when making your decision.

What do you Expect to Gain from the Property?

It’s important to have realistic expectations before investing in a rental property. There is a lot of work involved in this business, and it certainly won’t be easy money. The market often fluctuates and you will want to take this into account. In addition, there are many hidden costs that someone inexperienced with the commercial real-estate market may not be aware of. Incidentally, this leads us to our next and final point.

How Much Will you be Doing Yourself?

Investing in rental property is a tricky business. The process of finding the right location can be arduous, and even if you find a property you like, you need to consider whether you are qualified enough to know whether it’s a sound investment. This is why you should contact a professional with an eye for commercial real-estate. It’s tempting to think that you could save money by doing the whole thing yourself, but having someone to guide you through the process will help you avoid common pitfalls that lower your income potential.

At Ullian Realty we’ll put our 50 plus years of combined experience, specifically in the Brevard County Space Coast commercial real estate market, to work to find you the perfect rental property. Please contact us at 321-729-9900 or info@ullianrealty.com today for more information on investing in rental property in the Melbourne, Florida area. Our real estate process puts us a step ahead of the competition, and we will help you find the right investment property for your needs.