Buying & Selling on Our Emerald CoastGlobal Luxury January 30, 2023

Build Wealth With a Residential Investment Property on Our Emerald Coast

Are you considering a residential investment property on our Emerald Coast?

Buying a residential investment property can be an excellent way to build wealth over the long term. However, it’s also a significant investment, so it’s important to approach the process with caution and due diligence. Here are my tips to help you successfully purchase your first residential investment property:

  1. Determine your investment goals: Before you start looking for a property, you must understand what you hope to achieve with your investment. Are you looking for short-term gains or long-term income? Are you targeting a specific rental yield or just trying to increase your wealth over time? Understanding your goals will help you make better decisions about the property type and where to buy it.
  2. Conduct thorough research: Research is crucial in investing in real estate. I can help you become familiar with the local real estate market, housing trends, and economic conditions to help you understand the current state of the market. The research will help you make an informed decision about the type of property you should buy and where you should buy it.
  3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage: Before you start looking for a property, it’s important to get pre-approved. This will give you a better idea of how much you can afford to spend on a property and make buying a property much easier.
  4. Create a budget: Once you know how much you can afford to spend on a property, you should create a budget. This will help you keep track of your expenses, and it will help you avoid overspending. Make sure to factor in all the costs associated with owning a property, such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.
  5. Look for properties in the right location: Location is key in residential investment properties. I can guide you in finding properties in high-demand areas (near beach accesses, golf courses, etc.) and ensure the property is located near other amenities such as shopping, restaurants, and area attractions.(Ask me for a copy of my Residential Investment Analysis spreadsheet – inputting custom expense & income projections can give you a good idea of whether the property is a viable income generator.)

    Western 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

    Eastern 30A, close to Seaside and Watercolor amenities.

  6. Negotiate the price: Once I’ve helped you find the property you’re interested in, it’s time to make an offer and be prepared to negotiate. I will research and present comparable properties in the area and help you use this information to make a fair and reasonable offer.
  7. Hire a professional inspector: Once you have found “the one” and have an accepted purchase offer, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional. (I have several licensed & insured property inspectors to recommend to you.) This will help you identify any potential issues with the property and help you figure out whether or not moving forward is feasible.
  8. Hire a property management company: If you’re not interested in managing your new investment property, consider hiring a property management company. (Again, I can provide expert guidance for you.) This will help you avoid the hassle of dealing with tenants, and it will help you maximize your returns on your investment. The company you choose and the rate they charge (typically 18% to 20% of gross receipts) will depend on the location & size of the home.
  9. Keep your property well-maintained: Regular maintenance and upgrades are crucial to maintaining the value of your property. Keep the property well-maintained, and make any necessary repairs or renovations promptly.
  10. Be patient: Some residential investment properties can take time to generate a return on investment, so be patient, especially if your new investment doesn’t have an established rental history. With the right approach, you will build wealth over the long term!

Buying a residential investment property in Destin or Santa Rosa Beach can be a great way to build wealth. But it requires working with a knowledgeable & experienced Realtor like myself, careful research, planning, and patience. By following these tips, you can ensure that you make a smart investment that will provide you with a steady income over the long term.

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