Investing in real estate is your gateway to a richer life. However, there are many risks involved. Here’s a look at the 5 top things to keep in mind before you take the plunge.
There are two major types of investments that you can make in real estate. One is when you are buying that dream home where you will be spending the rest of lives and the second is when you are buying a home as an investment. Either way, you mustn’t fall for your emotions and make a bad investment. Investing in real estate is a major move that involves a huge amount of money. It is a major investment and you must negotiate for the best price. This is where research comes in.
When investing in real estate, you have to be very meticulous. Think logically. Know that location is the key. It is important to have an in-depth understanding of the neighbourhood and the infrastructure that is available and how you can earn an income from your investment if you are not planning to stay there as soon as you purchase it. Once you have zeroed in on the location, do a careful check of the various builders and the properties available at the location you have picked. If you are investing in a flat, ask and figure out the total livable area – also known as the carpet area- that you will be investing in. The builders normally mention only the built-up area and the super-built up areas in the brochures. Opt for the best builder and the best available property that matches your budget. Do a thorough background check on the builder, and the title deeds before signing on the dotted line.
Once you have zeroed in on the flat, the focus should shift to the paperwork. Ensure that the necessary paperwork is in place and if you do not understand the terms and conditions, get it verified by a professional. Check, and double-check the legal documents. Make sure that the project is not stuck in any kind of litigation. This is also the time to check the credibility of the builder one last time before you invest.
Investing requires planning too. You have to calculate your finances, pay up your debts, and maintain a good credit score if you are thinking of a loan to fund your real estate investment. It is ideal to go for a loan option when you are making a major investment like that in the real estate sector.
All said and done, real estate investments are safer than most other investments. However, it is not risk-free. Be prepared for this risk.
Weigh in the pros and cons properly and spend endless time in research before taking the plunge into real estate investment.